How to Run Your Commercial Cleaning Business

By: kelvin m young

Starting any kind of business can be scary, no matter what it is. It can be a great experience or a terrifying one. It might even be both. If you're new in the business world and have just started your own commercial cleaning business or are thinking about it, the part that you might have not considered is how to run one. Yes, the daily grind of being a business owner. It will be a daily grind that is challenging, exciting but best of all, yours.

Like many businesses, a commercial cleaning business will have some daily things do deal with. Here are a few tips on how to run your commercial cleaning business in a smooth orderly fashion. Read on how to run your cleaning business without too many headaches.

1. Keep everything organized! Your papers, insurance forms, bills and expenses should be organized. Just keeping four folders marked with labels can easily help you and keep you from rummaging around in your desk come tax time. Keep your contracts and copies of contracts. Keep double copies of the following:

a.Insurance papers

b.Registration forms

c.Tax forms

d.Business permits

e.Deeds or lease / rental agreements

Keep one copy in the bank and the other in your office. Either that or keep all copies in a fire-proof safe. I keep my papers in a folder marked Save In Case of Fire or Apocalypse. Seriously.

2. If you have employees, then a good manager is a must. A good manager will help you evaluate and control your employees. He or she will help you run the business smoothly. You can be the good manager, even without experience. If people just aren't your thing, consider hiring one.

3. Employees are key to running a good business. Having good, well-trained polite employees will do wonders. This is especially important if you have regular clients or contracts. Good employees will keep appointments, be on time and move on to the next appointment without taking up too much time.

4. Keep your equipment clean and well-maintained. Schedule regular maintenance for your equipment. A little preventive care means that you won't have to cancel on jobs because your steam cleaner doesn't work. And on that note...

5. Have a plan B. Know where to buy emergency supplies or rent heavy duty cleaning equipments in case the above does occur. Keep the numbers by your phone.

6. Keeping contact numbers of your clients and a good working phone line is a must. This is one way of scheduling appointments easily and knowing who to call if something comes up. A great receptionist would also be helpful here.

7. A big calendar with appointments next to your phone is a really good idea. You can keep track of all current appointments for the day and the week without too much hassle. That way you don't have someone screaming "Are we available for Wednesday 4-6 PM?" all day. Everything's there for all to see.

We hope that these tips can help you run your commercial cleaning business smoothly. There will be bumps along the way, but these tips can make your days hassle-free, so that you can concentrate on what's really important for you and your business.

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