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Apr 22, 2016

In this episode Mike has special guest Troy Howard share his excitement about So Tell Us, the simple to use application for getting reviews and testimonials to work seamlessly with your website and marketing. 

 

Apr 20, 2016

In today's episode Mike coaches Charity Reshard on how to repaid a damaged reputation and maintain excellent relationships with her customers. 

Learn how to deal with bad reviews, angry customers and all around pain in the butts and more importantly avoid reputation management issues in the future. 

Apr 18, 2016

In today's episode Mike coaches Mario Francois on the good, the bad and the ugly of how to advertise his cleaning business. 

 

Learn where you should be investing your time and money and more importantly where you shouldn't. 

 

 

Apr 15, 2016

Today Mike chats with Hanna Kennedy from the ISSA about what the ISSA has to offer owners of cleaning companies. 

Apr 13, 2016

In today’s episode,  Mike coaches Dianna Valle from Honest Maids Clean Living Goodness

http://www.honestmaids.co/ on How to market her cleaning business!

Do you have a cleaning business but you don’t know how to approach your possible customers?

Don’t worry! We Cover that!

Learn how to maximize your awesome personality in your company and marketing efforts.  

Bonus Quote: “For it is in Giving that We Receive.”

2ND: KNOW WHO YOUR CUSTOMERS REALLY ARE

Go where your target customers are! Whether it’s in a group, on the park, anywhere! Know their pain, know why your customers get up at night, And use that to introduce yourself and how your cleaning business can help!

3RD Key: Associations and Groups

SUPER FREE NINJA TIP: Always get on the board when you can! Most associations have a board with the president, vice etc.  That’s how you will really get to know people because they will put a spotlight to you!

PERKS OF A NINJA: You might not know everybody, but everybody will know you!

Tactical Ideas

>Go to an area where you are demographically fit.

>Join the RIGHT Networks of People and Groups.  

>Know your target market.

>Stick around, make a commitment.

>Be consistent and gain their trust!

BONUS: Things to know about associations, groups or leads: Do not expect to get a lead on day 1 or 2. COMMIT. You need to be Patient. You need to be consistent. Thing is, you just need to be there when they needed you. And when you do, say hello to your Customer!

EVENTS AND TRADE SHOWS > Find out how Mike turn your customer’s friends into another customer with just a cup of coffee or lunch!

Finally the lightening round:

“Don’t try to be everything to everybody.” “You need to invest in your business, and the only way to do it is to invest in YOURSELF!

Make sure you only have clean healthy products, Give value upon value.

Keep doing this, when the time comes, they won’t go to look somewhere but the customers will find you!

Inject curiosity to your customer’s mind.

Make them more interested, less bored.

Make your customers feel that you are here because you care, not for the bucks.

 

 

Apr 11, 2016

Hear how to get a steady stream of eager customers lined to do business with you instead of constantly begging and chasing for accounts. 

 

Today Mike coaches James Reese on the shifts he needs to make in his company to stop the endless cycle of having to go out and get cleaning contracts. 

 

 

Apr 8, 2016

In this episode Mike coaches James Melton of Ug Play Services on how to attract, keep and motivate his best employees ever.

Cleaning employee retention has always been difficult in this industry but Mike gives actionable coaching on how to motivate employees to be their best.

Apr 6, 2016

Learn how to maximize your niche with these targeted strategies. 

 

Today Mike coaches Dwayne Martin of A Alberts cleaning in Honolulu on how to reach the  ideal clients for his unique method of green cleaning. 

Apr 4, 2016

Don't miss out on this exciting news from Grow My Cleaning Company. We are hosting a live online training April 14th! 

 

Listen in for all the details and don't miss out!!

Apr 1, 2016

Today Mike coaches Bruce Whitlock on how to compete with lowball bidders and substandard competition. 

You might be surprised at the answer. 

Mar 30, 2016

Have you tried to make your cleaning business with email and failed? 

Today's podcast features Pete Boland or Oracle Building Maintenance and his question on how to effectively use email to market his commercial janitorial services. 

 

 

Mar 28, 2016

Cleaning Services Pricing

 

Profits, earnings and expenses are crucial to running a cleaning business. First thing business owners must have is patience in putting the pieces together from the ground up.

 

You must have a marketing strategy, strong core values, experience, and all other stuff that makes up a good and reliable business, but of course every business needs customers.

 

But the thing is, many businesses may charge their customers a little too much, or a little too cheap, not knowing that their gonna make a profit or not.

 

Of course business is business, but we tend to make a lot more good out of it, such as having fun, helping out and profit!

 

In today’s episode, Mike is chatting up with Jose Martinez the owner of Clean For You Service­ www.clean4uservice.com, about Cleaning Services Pricing.

 

BONUS TIP: Do not do sliding scale pricing

 

Your business must have a default asking price for each and every customer. That way you will not end up losing a customer or not being able to have a good deal.

 

Both sides must be a good fit to do good business. You can also offer different levels of service such as Good, Better, or Best service so that customers can have much more options with the services that you offer avoiding the perception of charging more or charging less.

 

To make sure that we are on the right track, listen in on Mike’s MAJOR coaching to Jose as they tackle the Tactical Piece on Pricing and on the last part is about Profits and Covering Expenses. Check out Mike’s exceptional strategies!

 

Needless to say but customer satisfaction is ALWAYS a must. What’s more important is that you should be able to SOLVE their problems, not just offer them a bunch of stuff they don’t really need.

 

Customers should be happy and employees must be happy as well and be productive, they must feel that they are being valued. Now, that makes a lot of sense!

 

BONUS LOVIN: Be clear on your bids

 

Do your bids at the very beginning. Be clear and specific on the things that you are gonna do for them and what’s not included in your service.

Once they ask for more service, then offer them another level of service and make sure that is spelled out in your contract and its cost, make

 

sure everything is covered in from the start, thus, avoiding misunderstanding, or upsetting your customers.

 

Jose gives back to the cleaning nation with his thoughts about the cleaning business in, THE LIGHTNING ROUND!

 

  • Work Hard
  • Have an excellent Marketing Strategy
  • Listening would take you far

 

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Give us a thumbs up on our videos, you can leave comments and likes, and learn about how grow your company!

 

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Mar 25, 2016

Getting More Cleaning Business Clients

Growing your company is a real challenge to those who are just starting or even to those who already spent almost their whole life in the business.

What most business owners’ stumble on is getting more clients.

It’s an everyday challenge to business owners trying to find their ideal customers, keeping them, and much worse, losing their customers.

Today’s podcast is with Tory Crutcher of The Crutcher Group Inc. Mike coaches Tory on how to get more cleaning business clients.


The first and most important thing to do is really understand who’s your ideal clients are.

This way you can narrow down your search to a minimum, and then set a criteria for your ideal clients and select a business type that you want to service on. In short, pick an ideal niche market.

In doing so, you’re attracting the specific prospects and give them the right messaging that is specific for their needs, passion, and pain.

Get ready to blow your mind and listen in on what Mike’s sizzling words of wisdom that he shares with Tory and the Cleaning Nation!

BONUS TIPS: Start your DREAM 100

Focusing on the more profitable niche is not a bad idea, but Mike recommends the DREAM 100, it’s a strategy of growing your company by trying to get and have great customers up to a hundred that you’re gonna focus on. Now, that’s a game plan!

This portion is brought to you by: Mike and Tory! And welcome to the LIGHTNING ROUND!

Now, it’s time for Tory to share his thoughts about good advices, mistakes, personal thoughts and give back to the cleaning nation. Here it goes:

Do not buy franchise
Hiring your family is a no, no
Clean and not a Dream
Do real cleaning and do a great job


Visit our website at www.GrowMyCleaningCompany.com and enjoy all the free stuff you can find in there about growing your company.

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Mar 23, 2016

Cleaning Business Cash Flow

 

It sucks trying to process credit card info all the time, it’s like a part time job. For commercial companies they are constantly managing all the different ways people get paid.

 

Today Mike interviews Mike Coy from True Merchant Advantage and goes over merchant processing for cleaning companies.

 

Mike and Mike agree that you have to have an agreement for payment right off the bat with your customers.

 

Are you one of those companies that individually negotiate payment dates? Listen in to why that is a HUGE mistake and how you can fix it and your cleaning business cash flow problems in 45 days or less.

 

BONUS TIP: When you sign a contract, if it’s before the 15th get a cc and charge them for the rest of the month. If it’s after the 15th charge them for what’s left in this month and the next month.

 

Learn the secret to solving your cash flow problems forever.

 

Every other major vendor charges the same time every month, (mortgage, health insurance car ins etc) Why aren’t you?

 

This helps with bad debt and non payments. Anyone that isn’t approved, they don’t get their cleaning that month - call them right away and give them the opportunity to pay you for 2-3 days and if they don’t, you don’t service that account.

 

Listen to what Mike and Mike say is the best way to stop chasing your customers for payment.

 

Are you eager to solve your cashflow problems but have anxiety about customer reaction and contracts? No problem, Mike and Mike cover how to set it up right with your client with easy contracts.



They cover the 2 Major things that freak people out when they think of integrating merchant processing to their billing:

  • Technology of how it works
  • Interaction with your customer - how to switch them from willy Nilly to at the first

 

It’s important that you understand how the money goes from your customer’s card to your account.

 

  • You can swipe it on an iphone
  • Or manually type it into your account on your computer



Best of all you can do one time payments and recurring payments.

 

BONUS TIP: You no longer need a swiping machine or modem, you can use something that attaches to your iphone or key it in online on the portal.



What about credit being a factor in getting a merchant account? Are you concerned you have to have perfect credit and a vatican blessing to get approved for a merchant account?

 

Don’t worry, It’s like getting a loan, as long as your credit is above 600 and you haven’t had previous merchant accounts shut down you should be able to get an account.

 

What about contracts??

 

Never fear, Mike Coy to the rescue, they have forms that their clients have to use with the basic info to cover you as a business to charge your customers.

 

BONUS TIP: Keep the contracts super simple

 

Getting a true signature helps against customers lying about what they agree to and reducing your chargeback occurrences.

 

You can modify your contract to include billing and charging your customers .

 

You might be surprised to hear how quickly you can get your money once the payment has been processed, listen in to get the inside scoop.

 

Ever accidentally bill someone? No problem, undoing the charge is easy as a button click. Listen to the show to get the full details.

 

Mike’s recommendation is at the min set up an automatic billing for your customers. It’s a convenience to them as well as you!

 

Want to know how do you transition all old customers into this new system? Mike Coy gives a detailed step by step story of how he switched his own company from sporadic billing to one monthly billing in less than 45 days.

 

Mike Coy recommends the 4 hour work week - Timothy Ferriss for some mind blowing shifts in mentality over your company.

 

BONUS TIP: You have to cut service to clients who don’t pay

 

WHen you continue to service customers who are in default, you end up throwing good money after bad because you are constantly chasing the guy that owes you 1500 and he knows you want the money but won’t stop service.

Learn how to nip that in the bud with merchant processing.

 

Finally Mike and Mike confront the the fear of all your clients freaking out. Hear what they have to say about the shift from paper to automatic billing.

 

Mike Coy has set up a very special page just for owners of cleaning companies to get more information about what it would look like to get a merchant account set up for your company. www.growmycleaningcompany.com/cashflow takes about 20 minutes and cost nothing!

 

So stop wasting time by reading! Go there now!



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Mar 21, 2016

How to Make Cleaning Cool

 

In today’s episode Mike interview’s Joshua Lammers from Above All Window and Cleaning Services on how to make cleaning cool.

 

Mike starts off with the foundation of any company, culture.

 

Anyone that has ever worked with Mike knows his core values; Have fun, make money, be real, help out. In fact if you asked anyone that has worked with him over the last 10 years he can almost guarantee that they will be able to recite them.

 

BONUS TIP: Be clear about what your core values are. If they are having fun then that needs to be throughout everything in your company from owners to management to employees.

 

Excited but don’t know where to start? Start internally.

  • Videos on the website
  • They need to be congruent with what you actually are
  • If you are fun on the site, you have to be fun in real life

 

Make sure your culture is clear to your employees. Mike shares some of his best tricks to getting culture deeply embedded into their psyche.

  • Use Fun titles
    • Listen in for Mike’s outrageous titles for his employees that can make cleaning cool
  • Write fun on the site - be original, fun pictures of employees instead of professional ones
  • Have fun events with employees and prospects

 

It’s important that you have to act fun if you are fun. It’s an all or none commitment.

 

Mike shares the hidden benefits to living your core values outloud.

 

BONUS TIP: The goal isn’t to make everyone love you, but the people you really want to work with that will get and appreciate your unique vibe will be hard pressed to leave.

 

Don’t try to be everything to everybody and be true to who you are.

 

Mike talks technical with some of the best ways to show your core values to the world.

 

Learn how to use video and your culture and core values to polarize your audience.

  • People that love you will go nuts for it
  • People that hate it will get out of your life

 

The cool part is you get to be who you are

 

Hear Mike’s sad story of how he transitioned from super professional to real and fun and how it transformed his business.

 

Finally Joshua gives back with his genius in the Lightning Round

 

  • America is the land of opportunity - you have a chance every day to make your dreams happen
  • Don’t expand too quickly and then neglect your family, morals, quality
  • Read books to expand your knowledge - do your homework and spend your time wisely
  • If you have 6 hours to chop down a tree - spend 4 hours sharpening your axe - Abraham Lincoln

 

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Mar 18, 2016

How to Keep Employees Happy

 

In today’s episode Mike chats with Alex Sherman from Eco Friendly Maid Service about how to keep employees happy.

 

MIke starts off with tackling the fallacy that if you pay your employees more you will get a better employee.

 

BONUS TIP: Moving from 10-12 dollars won’t get you a better standard of employee.

 

Hear why Mike hates Health Insurance and what you can do to make your employees happy and healthy.

 

We all know with health insurance you end up hemorrhaging cash and they hate you for it because it’s always worse than they would get by themselves.

 

If you don’t spend money on health insurance you can put money time and effort into better ways to keep them happy

 

  • Health Clubs
    • Find out if you can get a group rate for all your employees
      • Find one that is like a mini community
      • There’s a benefit to showing your employees that you do care about their health
      • Its sticky, high pain to disconnect
  • Paid Birthdays and Work anniversaries
    • Throw in a gift certificate

Another great idea are Books - Give them a Kindle after 60 days for free and say you will pay for any book they buy.

 

These ideas make your 10/hr commodity job into an irreplaceable job.

 

Mike then goes into Referral programs to get more of your best employees.



BONUS TIP: Your best employees hang out with your other best employees!

 

Definitely don’t be afraid to screen and segregate who your best employees are - find out where they hang out and advertise there for more employees.



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Check out the last episode http://www.growmycleaningcompany.com/competing-with-lowball-bidders/

 

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Mar 16, 2016

Competing with Lowball Bidders

We have all been there, trying to provide a good service at fair prices with a little bit left over to put food on the table only to be frustrated with competitors offering to “clean” for a fraction of the price.

Today’s guest Joe Scrozati of Dust Busters NJ asks Mike how he can sweep these people under the rug.

But in a world of instant gratification and walmart cheap prices, how do you compete with the lowball bidders?

First things first you have to ask yourself is it just you or are you customers angry about the service they get with the lowballers as you are?

BONUS TIP: The opportunity lies in the quality of service you can give.

The short answer to this problem is EDUCATION.

You need to educate your customers and perspectives on the benefits to THEM
If you have customers that you have good experiences with coming in after lowball bidders use them as case studies.

It’s worth it to hire a videographer to film it. Mike breaks down the step by step process to getting excellent testimonials and sound bites to use in your marketing arsenal against the lowball bidders out there.

BONUS TIP: Get your client’s pain from before using your services. Ask how it affected their lives. Ask how their lives/business/employees are better since switching to you

It’s also very likely that you have customers and prospects that just don’t care. If you do have customers that don’t care and are just trying to get the cheapest service, don’t bother wasting your time, get different clients.

BONUS TIP: Use a lead magnet.

Mike harps on the lead magnet often, but only because it works! Listen in on how to do it right.

Finally you must know your Unique Selling Proposition. If you don’t know what that is, you better listen up.


Here are some of the guidelines for your USP:
It has to be unique
Not cheap or green or anything generic
Not money back guarantee
Very specific audience meeting a very specific need
Ask your customers what they want for ideas

To tie it all up in a nice pretty bow Joe shares his smarts in the Lightning Round

Don’t stop selling
Do what you say you are going to do
Get somebody to help you with the paperwork


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Mar 11, 2016

Choosing the Right Cleaning Employees

 

Hiring the right staff for your cleaning company is a big challenge in the industry. After your first 10 or so hires you know generally who your star employees are and who you would die happy never seeing again.

 

But you can’t say “ I only want to work with a specific race, age or gender” in your hiring ads...Well, you could, but I’m sure there’s some kind of government entity that would frown upon that.

 

Today Mike coaches Michael Frenda on how to zero in on choosing the right cleaning employees that work with your whole team cohesively and make your life easier.

 

BONUS TIP: Find out where you ideal employees hang out, what they’re interested in, what they read and listen to and put your ads there!

 

Next up is Culture and Core values. This is a topic that Mike hits on all the time but it’s crucial to making your cleaning company run smoothly on all levels.

 

Listen in on how to weave your core values throughout your cleaning company and hiring process.

 

If you are very clear on your core values you ads should be dripping with your core values.

 

If your core value is honesty or integrity then make that abundantly clear in your hiring ad.

“Would you rather cut off your left arm than tell a lie? then this is the company for you

You”


Learn how you can use the copy in your ads not only to attract the employees you want but repel the ones you don’t.

 

Prospective employees should know exactly who they are dealing with from the words you use. This can also be translated to your sales copy but that’s another podcast for another day.

 

The right employees will be attracted to your core values and culture will feel like they’re home when they are working for you.

 

Mike shares wisdom on how to transform your hiring process into an indoctrination to attract the best cleaning employees and keep them.

 

It’s not about the money.

 

A lot of employers make the mistake of thinking if they pay more than the others they will get a better caliber of employee. Learn why that fallacy can be costing you more than $1/hr per employees.

 

Obviously you have to pay min wage by law and it’s not going to be 18/hr but typically it’s a 1-3$hr swing.

 

Hear how you can combat the hourly rate battle and weed out all those problem employees before they even step foot in your office.

 

Mike recommends reading Topgrading - Bradford D. Smart Ph.D. These concepts can really supercharge your hiring process.

 

BONUS TIP: Don’t accept people with large employment gaps.

Don’t just accept long periods of time of no work. Dig into why didn't they work. What they might be hiding could save you time and money.

 

You might be surprised at what you’re telling your new hires when you don’t dig deeper into their employment history.

 

Finally Mike breaks down a few key concepts when it comes to hiring.

 

Don’t let your fear of not hiring someone you need to hire a bad employee.

 

Learn what he means when he says 3 different places, 3 different people and how it can refine your selection process without any extra work.

 

Finally, when it comes to choosing the right cleaning employees keep in mind, once you do hire them you can easily turn a good employee to a bad one without ongoing support, community and daily examples

 

Michael then brings the heat in the Lightning Round

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better” -Jim Rohn

Make sure you put enough effort into marketing and sales

Make the decision that you are going to work ON the business more than IN the business

 

More great stuff on the last episode http://www.growmycleaningcompany.com/where-to-adverti…cleaning-company/

 

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Mar 9, 2016

Are you bombarded with advertisers trying to get you to spend your hard earned advertising dollars?

 

Listen to todays podcast with Jose Guerra on where to advertise your cleaning company. 

Mar 7, 2016

Learn how to maximize your website with John Ayers owner and founder of Local Slice. 

Mar 4, 2016

Bidding for Janitorial Services

 

Today’s podcast is gonna blow your mind as Mike shares his genius ideas about the things you should do when bidding for your cleaning business.

 

Lamar Saunders asks Mike about following up and closing a bid, but instead Mike coaches Lamar about the important things to do before placing a bid for clients that might be unworthy of his precious time.

 

TEASER: Mike gets excited about finally sharing his thoughts about the stuffs he usually gives to private clients.. Got curious? Want to know about it? Go on and listen to Mike’s podcast episode for today!

 

BONUS TIP: Mike is very specific about Setting Your Ground Rules

 

  • TIME!
  • Ask a lot of Questions for the customer

 

Never go out on an appointment unless agreed upon. Get a straight commitment, demand for a specific length of uninterrupted time for the whole meeting/appointment. It should be fixed with the ground rules to avoid you getting your time wasted.



BONUS LOVIN: Do not sell yourself too much.

 

Customers can’t stand having too much information about you that they don’t actually need. It annoys them, and an annoyed customer means zero profit. Instead Mike suggests to change that into asking questions and then you follow up, in that way you can get good informations that favors your interests.

 

BONUS QUOTE: If there’s no ‘pain’, there’s no sale ever!

 

What Mike means by PAIN is, the NEED of the customers. All you have to do is ask them instead of feeding them with info’s which are practically useless to them. They don’t care about you, they care about what can you do for them.

BONUS MANIA: Mike sums up the 3 things you need to know before placing a bid. Here’s a brief break down for it:

  • You’ve got to get ‘pain’ (No Pain, No Sale)
  • Talk About Budget
  • Make a decision making process

 

Make sure you listen close and listen carefully to what mike has to say about these three things because it is crucial and Mike want’s all of you to know.

 

And then lastly, Mike advised Lamar to raise his prices. Lamar complains about customers often give him bad credit or stereotyping him and claims that Lamar lacks some experience because his rate is too low, might as well his services aren’t good either.

 

Before they end this episode, Mike invites Lamar  to the lightning round as he lights some of his bright ideas to answer Mike’s questions:

 

  • The Prospects doesn’t care about us but cares about what we can do for them
  • It’s the owner’s reputation that is on the line
  • Do not WASTE your precious years doing the wrong things
  • Lead Magnets

 

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Mar 2, 2016

Retaining Your Customers

Today’s episode is a barrel of fun as we talk about retaining your customers in the cleaning business. Mike Campion coaches Joshua Boyd from Boyd’s Cleaning Services - www.boydscleaningservicesmd.com on why retaining your customers is so important and just how to do it. 

Mike opens today’s conversation with the WORST time to try and keep a customer and some red flags to look out for that can mean something bad is coming. One of the things you will discover is how to take a proactive approach to keeping customers for the long term instead of trying to salvage a problem last minute. 

Too many times we get busy and don’t listen when our customers are telling us there is a problem- even worse, we tend to blame the customer for being “too picky” instead of figuring out how we can use their feedback to step up our game!!

Sure we cover the tried and true- it takes six times the time money and effort to replace a customer than to keep one, but listen in and figure out HOW to make that number work in YOUR business. 

You will also discover how to set your customer up with “pain of disconnect” so they are more inclined to stay with you, give you more chances and forgive you when you make a mistake!

When we do lose customers, rookies feel like that is the end of the story- veteran owners of cleaning companies know that there is a treasure trove of valuable information to be mined from customers on their way out- Mike explains how to get that information and make it profitable for your cleaning company. 

KEY POINT: Your BEST prospects are your PAST CUSTOMERS!!

So few owners spend time and money on previous customers and lost bids that never were customers- but those people are so much cheaper and easier to convert into customers than total strangers. 

When you lose a client, that is THE best time to start marketing to them!!

Just when you think you have had all the customer retention fun you can handle, Mike invites Joshua into the Lightening Round and he treats Cleaning Nation to some wise words…

  • Never Give UP
  • Don’t judge or underestimate
  • Treat everyone as a prospect
  • Be disciplined

Resource Alert: Once you know how to retain your customers, you are going to want to retain your employees- discover how HERE. For ALL the good stuff, subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking HERE and iTunes HERE. What’s that you say? You are a Stitcher fan? We got you covered- check us out on Stitcher right HERE (we just started on Stitcher, so make sure you leave us a nice review while you are there…

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Feb 29, 2016

Janitorial Company Hiring

Getting tired of working all day and wondering how on earth would you make your job become lighter and make your life much more easier?

Listen in to how today’s awesome episode can help you with your milestones by giving you some tips and advice on how you can grow your company.

Today’s podcast interview is with Todd Vaccarello from West Coast Commercial Cleaning­ www.WestCoastClean.com.

Todd and Mike discuss  promoting from within and hiring for the best employee. Mike’s shares his insights about the concept of different salaries according to your employee's workload and for him.

BONUS TIP: Cleaning is  $10/hour work.

Mike comes up with a set of ideas that can help cleaning business owners improve their approach in hiring or promoting employees. Make sure you check out Mike’s brilliant ideas!

BONUS TIP: There are two things to consider before hiring/promoting an employee and Mike will deliver them to you, so tune in. Don’t miss this! This is interesting!

Of course, a workplace should include Core Values that is shared between each and everyone within the company and reflects them to the customers. Without these factors, you are bound to do things the hard way, waste most of your precious time and spend it on less important things, and what makes it harder is­ you’ll be doing it everyday!

Being systematic is very important, that is why Mike suggests to create systems that average people can excel in to do the work, systems that could make the work easier and could handle different situations and scenarios. Systems saves lives people!

BONUS TIP: Get your Culture & Core Values Right!

Mike strongly promotes to have a good set of core values for a growing company.

Of course, always encourage employees that they should make decisions that don’t violate the company’s core values. Listen in to hear how to pull it off.

WARNING: Don’t violate the core values, or it’s gonna be ugly!

 Here are some last thoughts Mike shares with Todd:

  •  Hire someone that shares your core values
  • ●  If you got the people that shares the same core values, life is so much easier
  • ●  If they violate your core values, it’s gonna be a problem
  • ●  Hire somebody that's going to have a chance for success

BONUS TIP: Do not abdicate authority but delegate authority

Mike believes that posing authority must be done in a right way. Making sure that an employee is ready and capable to do your work, they must undergo a long and systematized process before considering them to be locked and loaded. And abdicating authority is just setting things up for failure.

LAST HIT: KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) Enjoy Mike’s nerdy talks about KPI. This will definitely give you some good ideas on how to come up with your own KPI and make your company grow!

 Here comes the Lightning Round!

  •  Don’t ever lose focus on why you started your own business
  • ●  Do not allow employees handle tasks without proper training
  • ●  You can’t please everybody
  • ●  Learn to smile, be considerate, and appreciate feedbacks
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Feb 26, 2016

How to Build a Successful Cleaning Business

 

A lot of owners of cleaning companies are burdened with the tightrope walk of working in their cleaning businesses and trying to spend the time and energy it takes to grow their business to hire people so they can stop cleaning and start being the entrepreneur they know they are.

 

Today Mike coaches Jeffrey Carruthers from Gold Cleaning Canada on how to build a successful cleaning business.

 

Having enough cash flow to hire people to do the cleaning for you can be one of the biggest problems owners have when it comes to transitioning out cleaning for their business to working on their business.

 

Finding the time to plan can be a big obstacle for knowing how to build a successful cleaning business, especially when you are exhausted from manual labor.

 

For commercial cleaners, finding that time can actually be pretty simple. Listen in for some quick tips on when and how to find the time and what you need to focus on.

 

Mike breaks down how to  selling for 30-60 days, earmarking all jobs for subcontractors can change your business and your life.

 

BONUS MATH: Say you sell $1200 of work, then subcontract them out for $600, You now you can hire a $600 employee!

 

If you can pay someone 10$/hr that’s 60 hours a month of time you just bought yourself deal listener.



Mike explains the simple concept of when you want to get out of the business 90% of the time it’s not a transitional problem it’s a client acquisition problem.

He then goes into how you can set up a good client aquisition system to finally free you from working in your business to on it.

 

BONUS TIP: if your margins are right, you’re always going to be ok

 

He then explains a huge mistake owners make when charge for their time. Are you afraid that raising prices will scare all of your clients away? Then listen in, you might be surprised at the reality.

 

Don’t get tricked into thinking you can save money by doing the work you yourself, listen to why this can be a business killer.

 

Finally Jeffrey brings on the Canadian charm and wisdom in the lightning round

 

  • Just do it
  • Make sure you vett subcontractors well
  • Look into joining a networking group

 

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