Automation Edition for House Cleaners
Automation: How are you using it to make life easy?
A: Email Marketing: Software: (Aweber, Mailchimp, Infusionsoft)
B: Sorting Email via rules into junk, folders, keep and follow-up (Gmail, Outlook)
C: Social Media Posting (Buffer, HootSuite, SocialQuant, TweetJukebox)
D: Automatic coffee pot brews coffee at 6:00 am each day
E: Drive an automatic car so I don’t have to think about shifting gears.
F: Use crockpot so dinner is ready when I get home from work.
G: Amazon Prime for automatic shipping of common repeat purchases
* You can leave your answers on Twitter by clicking the picture, or you can reply at the bottom of this post with your best cleaning answer. Tune into this newsletter next week for the best answers.
Automation for Daily Tasks
Life Hacker recommends online banking. Online banking is usually free for most customers who have a bank account. It’s a great way to accept checks and deposit them to your account, right from your cell phone. No more trips to the bank. And paying bills is easy and hassle free too.
Google Alert Yourself
As a small business owner, your company image is part of your brand. Constant monitoring of how you show up in the search engines is crucial to your success. Go to http://www.Google.com/alerts and type in your name, and business name and create an automation alert. Every time a client mentions you on a referral website like NextDoor.com or MyNeighborhood.com, it will send you an alert and show you the post.
This is a great way to track what your clients are going to find when they do a search on you. If something is amiss, you can contact the posting site and correct the information.
Plowz and Mowz offer automated lawn mowing and snow plowing care. Right from your cell phone you can submit a request, type in your address, a time you want your grass mowed, pick a mower, get a price, and pay for the service. On the day you selected, somebody comes and mows your yard and texts you a picture of the finished job. You rate the job all right from your cell phone and you don’t ever even have to be at home. Think of the possibilities while you’re away on vacation or if your regular service calls in sick.
Think about how you can create something like this for the services you offer to your clients. Make it easy for people to do business with you.
Ask a House Cleaner – Automation for Work
One of the most helpful tips that I can recommend for house cleaners and maids is to create a uniform. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does a couple of things.
1: It creates consistency in the minds of your clients. If you show up every time looking the same, your clients will assume you offer the same quality service. It’s an unconscious branding technique.
2: It takes the guesswork out of what you are going to wear for the day. No more trying to piece together outfits each morning, and you always look professional. This alone saves so much time.
3: The cargo pockets in my pants hold my cell phone, a razor blade, a toothbrush, my client’s house key, and my Swiffer Duster. Everything I need while moving from room to room cleaning.
4: It sets the tone for my work day. When I am in my uniform and have my hair done, I am ready to work. I even wear my uniform on days when I’m cleaning my own house because it keeps me in the zone. (Otherwise, I might wander off and become distracted by other “to do” chores.)
Internet Marketing Tip of the Week – Content Automation
Automation can streamline businesses of any size. At Savvy Cleaner we are a small team who offer house cleaner training. If we are going to be efficient we have to automate as many tasks as possible. This allows us to use human time and resources to serve our clients.
Take our newsletter for example. It goes out each Saturday. It is set up through a software program called Infusionsoft. If you are receiving it… >>> read more <<<
Time Saving Hack of the Week – CompressJpg.com
At Savvy Cleaner, we take lots of photos and videos to document our cleaning processes. When we transfer the photos to the web, they are HUGE files. So big in fact that you could blow them up to be poster size. Which is awesome if you are making posters. If you’re not making posters and High Definition videos and just creating a website that you hope will load fast on a cell phone, you don’t need such big files.
The key is to have the highest quality image, compressed to the smallest file possible without losing sharpness and quality.
The Search Engine Optimization game also known as SEO is not forgiving to slow loading pages. So if you’re going to do the website right, you’ve got to compress your images.
I just found a new free tool called CompressJpg which allows you to batch compress your photos. Open CompressJpg.com and drag up to 20 photos at a time into the box. You can process images with the extensions .jpg, .png or .pdf and within a few seconds, it will shrink the images to the smallest size high-quality image. (It shrunk most of my pictures between 65% – 90% in size.)
Did I mention that this is a free tool?
It’s not saving me time now – to download all the photos from our websites, and compress them. I still have to upload them again and format them back into to the articles, lessons, and courses we’ve created. But it will save lots of time in the future by creating a new automation habit now to compress images before uploading. It will also make the buffering times of the website lighting fast – which is super important if you have lots of people visiting your site at once.
New habits now create amazing and consistent results later.
What’s going on with Angela? – Podcast Creation
At Savvy Cleaner we’re ramping up for our new Podcast called “My Cleaning Connection” coming later this summer.
I’ve just gone through some intensive “how to create and host a podcast” training. And I am now a member of the international Podcasters Paradise. I’ve got the recording equipment set up in the office with a boom microphone, spit filter, swing arm, mixing board and M-Audio speakers. We’re going to use the recording and editing software Adobe Audition. I’m learning now how to use it now to adjust sound quality and cut out “umms and ahs” from the conversation.
I’ve picked a couple of mentors who are hosting successful podcasts who are teaching me what to do. I plan on having show notes with links where you can find the cool stuff we’ll cover on the show. This is such a big learning curve for me. I’m so excited.
What cleaning related topics would you like to hear on My Cleaning Connection? I’d love your feedback.
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