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How to Save Time While Running a Home Cleaning Services Business in 2019

Running a home cleaning services business is intense work, especially when you’re doing everything manually.

At a certain point, using manual processes will result in 1 of 3 things:

  1. A waste of your employees’ time, and consequently a waste of money
  2. A bottleneck in your profits if you’re handling the work yourself
  3. Overworking and burnout

However, there is no need to keep using manual processes. Here’s how you can use home cleaning business software to manage your time more efficiently, cut down on costs, and run a tighter ship in 2019.

This post is an offshoot from How To Run A Home Cleaning Services Business. Read the main post to learn everything you need to know!

Establish Clear, Repeatable Processes

What happens when everything is done manually?

There’s no foolproof way to ensure everything is managed in a consistent way. Translation? You end up running like a headless chicken, extinguishing fires as they arise.

When your processes are automated, they’re not just done automatically – they’re done in a consistent way.

Let’s say you want to establish an onboarding process for new home cleaning clients. If you did everything manually, you would need to respond to inquiries, either by phone and email, and walk through their needs to think up an appropriate quote.

Next, you would need to write up emails to confirm a booking, and another email to remind the client of the upcoming appointment.

You also need to dispatch your staff to the appointment at the right moment and ensure you’re getting paid.

Along this process, many things can go wrong. You can forget to send an email. You can make a mistake in your quote. You can forget to dispatch your employee.

When this process is automated, you don’t have to remember to accomplish every step – technology has your back.

These automated processes can be repeated over and over again, and even optimized as you learn what works best for your business and your clients.

For instance, if you implement PodiumIO’s Real-Time Pricing & Booking Pages, clients always know what to expect in terms of pricing for your online platform. Additionally, you can follow up with online payment so you don’t need to chase clients for payment at the actual time of the booking.

Processes Work for Manual Tasks, Too

Processes aren’t just for business management – they work for cleaning homes as well. Whether you’re cleaning homes yourself or dispatching staff, establish a clear process for how homes should be cleaned.

This means there is no question as to how to do the job the right way. No wiggle room. All you or your staff need to do is follow the process every single time.

What’s great about repeatable processes is that the more you do them, the better and more efficient you become!

Learn to Delegate

If you’re just starting your house cleaning services business, you may be on your own and handling every task that comes your way.

That’s fine to start, but down the line, you will become your own bottleneck. To save time, you need to learn how to delegate!

Software and automation can help cut down on repetitive tasks, but they cannot:

  • Clean for you
  • Do data entry and bookkeeping
  • Brainstorm business growth opportunities

That’s what employees are for!

When you start delegating tasks, you’ll have more time – and more headspace – to manage your business for growth.

Cut Down on Time-Consuming Tasks With Home Cleaning Software

Every hour you save by cutting down on manual processes is an hour you can reinvest towards growing your business – or taking some well-deserved time off.

Want to automate your processes and make more time in your day? Sign up today for a free trial of PodiumIO and implement business automation using a single platform.

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