7 Best Practices for Winning Cleaning Services Proposals

7 Best Practices for Winning Cleaning Services Proposals

Read Time: 10 mins
By Jennifer Faulkner, Head of Content at Proposify

Like most business owners, you probably have a love/hate relationship with proposals.

You love proposals because, if successful, they lead to new customers and more money coming into your business. But, creating proposals can be a pain in the butt. They’re time-consuming, you may not be quite sure exactly what you should include, and, if you don’t win, it can feel like a big waste of time.

The fact is, love ‘em or hate ‘em, you need proposals to bring new business in the door. So let’s look at ways to improve how you create proposals, so you spend less time creating them and more time winning them.

Here are seven best practices for creating winning proposals:

The Unpopular Truth About Why Cleaners Don’t Stay

The Unpopular Truth About Why Cleaners Don’t Stay

Read time: 5 mins

At Swept we talk about employee retention in the cleaning industry a lot.

Because 1, constant employee turnover almost always has a negative impact on customer satisfaction...

….and 2, we’ve surveyed janitorial business owners and found that keeping cleaners is one of the biggest challenge the industry faces.

Employee turnover rates in the janitorial industry average between 75% and 375% each year.

So even though we’ve written articles about how to improve cleaner retention (like this post about celebrating small wins in your business and this post about employee recognition,) we feel like there is more to be said on the topic.

We want to get to the root of the problem and understand:

What actually causes high turnover in the janitorial industry?

How to Increase Revenue in your Cleaning Company

How to Increase Revenue in your Cleaning Company

Read time: 5 mins

This is the second article in a two part series on time management practices that lead to growth in your janitorial business.

If you haven’t read the first part — The Real Reason You’re Not Getting Anything Done — I recommend doing that first. It will lay the foundation for what I’m about to teach you.

So, what am I about to teach you?

A technique called “Revenue Block Time”

The Real Reason You're Not Getting Anything Done in Your Janitorial Business

The Real Reason You're Not Getting Anything Done in Your Janitorial Business

Read Time: 5 mins

By Swept CEO Mike Brown

“Either you run the day, or your day will run you.” — Jim Rohn

When I first started my cleaning business, my day was definitely running me.

It was so discouraging going home at the end of the day and feeling like despite being busy and working a reeeeally looooong day...

(which wasn’t really over, because I would no doubt receive texts and calls from cleaners throughout the night...)

I felt like I hadn’t accomplished anything.

Because I spent all day multi-tasking.

12 Things Only Cleaning Company Owners Will Understand

12 Things Only Cleaning Company Owners Will Understand

Read Time: 5 mins


1. Being woken up in the middle of the night

We put this one first because when we ran our own cleaning business it was what drove us to build the software we now offer to other janitorial companies:

Getting calls from cleaners with questions / problems in the middle of the night wasn’t just annoying — the disruption to my sleep affected my productivity and performance in other areas of the business.

If this is an issue in your business, I encourage you to try out our app!