"Wow, that seemed to take, like, FOREVER
and I thought you were going
to be totally bored just watching
You never stopped writing"
"That's a lot of paper you have there!"
"Where do we start?"
Let me put on the coffee
I think I am going to need it"
"Are you all set?"
"Oh shoot, just a minute
Silly me "
"Need to have my lucky pen
and look it's Green
How freaky is that"
"Oh, that's freaky and it goes nicely with your
pink I AM A DIVA furry notebook too"
"I know, it's totally me...so now I'm ready"
"Let's start with the products you used today"
"That was a lot of products used to clean with"
I counted 11 different ones used throughout the clean
so let's start talking about the first one you used"
Wow, I did a number on that bottle.... It's empty"
"Yes, you ran out halfway through the house and
switched over to your homemade all-purpose"
"That's right, I had to switch over when
I started the dining room.
I thought the bottle would last longer
Oh well, I will just have to make sure to buy
in bulk when I go to the grocery store"
"Really, ok, so this is a good place as any to start"
"You are going to purchase at your local grocers.....
"Well, that's easy...
they carry more products so they have better prices."
"Of course, everyone knows that...
you wouldn't buy your cleaning supplies
at the corner store 'cause
the price would be double of
what you pay at the grocery store"
"Are you going to be a professional cleaning service?"
"Yeah, cute logo, uniforms, stickers on my car...
of course I will be a professional cleaning service"
"Then why are you purchasing your products from a retail store...
Most professional cleaners purchase theirs
from a reputable Janitorial Supply store."
"Let's calculate your cost of product"
"You used one bottle of the Windex to clean 1/2 your home
Taking in consideration, you had already cleaned
the bathrooms and kitchen before running out
it would probably only take another
1/2 bottle to complete the clean"
"It costs roughly $3 for a bottle of Windex Green List
so to complete the home it would cost $4.50
A home this size would take about 4 hours to clean
so that bottle of Windex cost you $1.30 per hour of cleaning"
"That's not bad.....
if I charge $25 an hour that still leaves me
with about $23 an hour"
"Actually $23.70 but remember that is just one product
You used 11
and did you know the product you bought is mostly water"
"I know that it might cost a little more to get
my products the way I do
but I can't afford to buy
large amounts of concentrates
from the Janitorial Store"
"Under 3 hours pay from one client buys you
72 quarts of the Green Certified glass cleaner
at about 95 cents spray bottle which would
cost you, using 1 1/2 bottles per home, 35 cents an hour"
I'm thinking 35 cents an hour sounds so much better than....
what was it???
"1.30 an hour"
"Hold on....let me write this down"
"Note to myself...
By spending more in the beginning
I save more in the end"
"Not only do you save money
you show your clients how truly
Eco-Friendly your cleaning service is.
By using concentrated instead of
RTU (ready to use) you are
using less plastic bottles
1 bottle compared to the 72
makes a huge statement to your clients.
Think about it
That's 9 free spray bottles.
Think your local grocer can match that?"
Well look at you”
“Don’t you look like you are ready to do some heavy duty cleaning.”
“I found this really cute pink spray bottle
That I just had to have
And then I thought to myself
In my business we are all going to wear pink
But when I got home
I realized the bucket I bought was red
And I didn’t know what to do
I had a realllllllly hard time with this
Do I scrap the bucket and try to find one that is pink
And what happens if I can’t find a pink one
Then I am going to have to get rid of the pink spray bottle
And try to find a red one"
So I seen this red apron
Tried it with my pink outfit
And Wow It just worked”
“So what have you got in those bottles?”
“Well in the yellow one I have Windex Glass Cleaner
You know, the one that has the Greenlist Label on it”
“Is it a new product?”
“Well it says it is the original formula
So it must have been “green” all along
And we just didn’t know it
“Yeah…go figure Windex “Green”
“What’s in the clear one with the pink sprayer?”
“It’s a bathroom cleaner”
This lady came over and showed me all of these
Cool things from this company she's with
Cute bottle huh
And did you know I can get 6 spray bottles
from this one little bottle
See, I’m thinking about my business costs already
And I haven’t even started my business yet.”
"How much money did you have to spend to save on your business costs?"
"Did she tell you, you had to purchase so much To get this deal."
"And that you will have to continue purchasing This much every month "
"She did mention something like that"
“The kitchen cleaner from there too?”
"Yep that’s the pink bottle…and the toilet bowl cleaner, the degreaser,
The furniture polisher, the floor cleaner and the disinfectant."
“Wow, all of that in that little ole apron?”
"Nah, couldn’t fit it all…
I tried but It was a real bitch every time
I tried to Bend or actually move."
"Oh…oh….I almost forgot"
"The pink bottle in my hand Holds the Magic"
"I found this recipe on line
It’s an all-purpose cleaner
And it’s all natural
Ingredients right from my home
Well, not quite
Cause I had to go out and get the Borax…
Do you know how hard it is to find
They keep it right on the top shelf
Man I don’t know how many times
I went down that cleaning aisle, looking
Before I thought to look up.
And I didn’t have Natural Dish soap
So I had to buy some
I’m glad I bought this one because
It already comes scented
So I didn’t have to buy any Essential Oils
Another savings for the business"
"So, are you ready to be dazzled?"
Is there anything you need before we get started.
I see you got pen and paper ready
I have no problem sharing my cleaning techniques
Wow…there’s a lot of paper there"
“So you really want to start a cleaning business?”
“And you want to use products that are eco-friendly?”
“What have you done so far?”
“What do you mean?”
“What have you done to fulfill your dream of owning a cleaning business?”
“Well, I have timed myself and
I can clean my house in a little over 2 hours
So I figure people will hire me
because of how fast I can clean"
"I can save them money”
“2 hours huh?”
“And you cleaned it all?”
“How big is your house?”
“Pretty big so I was really excited
when I seen how long it took”
“Hey, you want to come over
And I can show you how I do it?”
“Oh, I think I would love to see how you do it”
“Well, I’ll wait a few weeks and not clean
So you can see how good I really am at this”
“I can hardly wait”
“Oh this is going to be so much fun”
"How much are you going to charge?
How long will it take you to clean a home?
What will you actually be doing for the client?
Are you legal or are you going for the cash deals?
What products will you use to clean with?
What tools are you going to use?
How will you advertise?
What will set you apart from the
100's of others
In your area that have the same idea?
Why would someone want to hire you ?
"When was the last time you cleaned your oven?"
"When was the last time you scrubbed the inside of your oven?"
"I don't do that"
"Silly, I push a button and it cleans itself
Doesn't everyone have one of these?"
"No they don't"
"How do you clean your shower?"
"oh, that's easy, I have one of those
shower sprayer thingys....
You know the commercial
It's like having a bunch of maids in your tub
Scrubbing away all the yuckies"
"I will get all of my clients to put one in"
"Piece of cake....my Swiffer Wet Jet"
"Hmmmm and you are going to be a "Green" service?"
"Well maybe not for everything...
It really doesn't matter does it?"
"As long as I am using some
It should count for something...right?"
"We'll talk about this later"
You know who you are
You have lost your job
Or your man has lost his
The bills are piling up
Maybe you want to be your own boss
Create your own destiny
you just want a little bit
of extra spending money
You think to yourself
WHAT CAN I DO?????
I have no money to buy one of those "stay at home and get rich" packages
If I apply for one of those jobs in the paper
I will have to work weekends and nights
I DON'T WANT THAT
And as you are wiping the kitchen counter
well actually, your man was wiping the kitchen counter
(that's a great smile...hmmm)
which got you to thinking
I CAN CLEAN
"Can you really?"
"Yes I can!!!!!"
"I've done some research online
Checked out some websites
On "How To Start a Cleaning Business
and I have read some books on
because I heard that's where the money is"
"Really, you want to start a Green Cleaning Service?"
"Yep, Going Green is the in thing"
"I betcha I am going to get tons of clients
All I gotta do is put flyers in the laundromat and grocery stores
and I'll be up and running in no time"
"Whoa, hold on there
Let me ask you......"
Through humour we understand dignity and grace. This is just a fun way to help new and struggling businesses in the cleaning industry become successful. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I have enjoyed writing