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Common Mistakes You Want to Avoid when Running a Commercial Cleaning Business

Running your own commercial cleaning company can be a great opportunity for yourself to run your own business, make a nice amount of money, and devote yourself to something you enjoy doing.  But as with any business, there are common pitfalls involved, which if properly avoided, will mean a smoother and more profitable business.  By just following a few of these easy tips, and being more aware of possible pitfalls in the future, your commercial cleaning company will prosper, as well as make profits year in and year out.

One of the biggest mistakes commercial cleaning services make is that they often don’t know what the right price is for doing a particular job.  This can be a common problem when your company is just starting out, and you may be unsure of what the market value might be, or you may want to slash prices to stay ahead of the competition.  Knowing the right pricing levels for each particular job may be crucial to your success or failure.  If you are charging too much, you might lose much needed contracts, business that your company just can’t afford to lose.

On the other hand, if your company is charging less than the market price, you may be undervaluing your work, and losing much needed capital.  The most important thing to figure out when you’re quoting a company is to calculate your expenses, by the market price, and figure out a comfortable medium price that you can live with.  Figuring out the right pricing system will be a crucial element to your long term success, or failure.

Another important pitfall to avoid while running your own commercial cleaning company is not knowing your employees well.  Many times in commercial cleaning companies, the owner usual hires his employees through contracting firms, or may have assistants do the hiring themselves.  This can sometimes cause problems if you are not familiar with who exactly is representing your business.  If you want your business run a certain way, and you want your employees to represent your company in a certain manner, then it might not be a bad idea to do all the hiring yourself.

Another common problem that many business owners fall into is hiring the wrong people.  This may include people who are not legal citizens, or unqualified family members.  Hiring illegal immigrants can be dangerous to your business if you’re not careful.  Hiring illegal immigrants is illegal, and although they may save your company expenses in lower wages, they may hurt the reputation of your company, as well as make you incur heavy fines if they are discovered.

You must also be careful when hiring close family members.  Oftentimes, owning your own business can be a great opportunity to create good job opportunities for fellow family members who might be looking for work.  This can be a great asset to a family; it can help families prosper, as well as bring them closer together.  But on the other hand, it can also break families apart.  If things don’t work out, and you have to end up firing a close family relative, this could be potentially detrimental to your long term relationship.  The smart advice is to hire family members, only if they are qualified for the job, and if you can properly separate your family life from your business life.  By following these tips, your commercial cleaning company is sure to have a more successful future, as well as stay ahead of the competition.

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