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Automation Edition for House Cleaners

Automation Clock Savvy CleanerAutomation: 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

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 * 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.

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Automation for Daily Tasks

 bill pay automationLife 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

Automation with Google Alert, Angela Brown, The House Cleaning GuruAs 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.

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Ask a House Cleaner – Automation for Work

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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.)

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Internet Marketing Tip of the Week – Content Automation

automation hacks Magic Marketing MixAutomation 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 <<<
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Time Saving Hack of the Week – CompressJpg.com

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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. Automation tip - new habits now - Angela Brown, The House Cleaning Guru

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.

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 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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Start Your Own Cleaning Business

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Start Your Own Cleaning Business

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Back in the olden days before Google, if you wanted to start a cleaning company you were on your own. Success by trial and error. Starting a house cleaning company from scratch was rarely an overnight success for anybody. The big success took root in cleaning service franchises. They could afford the fancy training and well-built brands. While the mom and pop cleaning services had to figure it out on their own.

Good news – times have changed. As an independent house cleaner, you no longer have to wade through endless Pinterest boards looking for tips. Yay! You can just read this (Free ebook): How to Start Your Own House Cleaning Company by Angela Brown.

Angela built from scratch one of the most successful house cleaning companies in the Southeast. And she’s trained thousands of independent house cleaners to start and grow cleaning businesses. Guess how she did it? Yup, by trial and error. LOL.

But You Don’t Have To

Trial and error is the old way of starting a cleaning business. It’s a huge waste of time and money. Don’t be the lone ranger. Don’t go at it alone.

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In this step-by-step “How to” book you’ll learn:

  • How to set up your Home Office
  • What Office Supplies you are going to need Green bucket of cleaning supplies
  • Your Company Logo
  • Choosing a Company Name
  • Your Uniform
  • Creating Your Company Image & Brand
  • Setting Your Rules & Policies
  • How to Choose a Territory
  • Everything You Need to Know about Creating Flyers
  • What is a Worksheet and Why You Need One
  • How to Bid Jobs
  • What to Charge
  • What kind of Car you need
  • Punctuality
  • Confidence Builders
  • How to Build Instant Credentials
  • Bonding & Insurance
  • How to Get an Endless Stream of Referrals
  • Billing and Collections & Payments

There is a reason they call Angela Brown “The House Cleaning Guru”. (It’s because of the trial and error thingy. So you can go that route – but did I mention that it took her 25 years to get where she is today? Yeah, about that…)

Are you here because you have an interest in house cleaning? Or do you just want to upgrade your life by running your own business? Either way, you’ve chosen one of the biggest booming industries. 

Residential cleaning services are part of a growing 49 billion dollars a year industry. (Per the US Commercial and Residential Cleaning Services Industry, compiled by Marketdata Enterprises, Inc.) And if you’re looking for a way to supplement your current income, or you just want more control of your schedule and to pay your bills, you’ve come to the right place.

House Cleaning is Recession Proof.

When times get hard, people work more to pay the bills. They are home even less to clean. And they outsource their cleaning. Which means more business for you and me.

Unlike a regular 9 to 5 job, if you get fired you’re not out of work. You just add another customer into that available time slot and keep going.

And you’re about to learn how to do such an awesome job that you will never get fired. Woot Woot!

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Franchise or Start Your Own?

So should you buy into an existing franchise like Molly Maid, Merry Maids, The Cleaning Authority, Maid Brigade, Maid Pro, Sears Maid Services, The Maids, Two Maids & A Mop, You’ve Got Maids, Maid Simple, Cleantastic, Home Cleaning Services of America, Jani-King, MopFrog, Jan-Pro, Maid to Perfection, or many of the others on the market? Or should you start your own house cleaning company from scratch? There are pros and cons to both.

If you are not sure of the differences, I’ve created a comparison chart you can download free. https://savvycleaner.com/franchise

If you think you want to start your own house cleaning company – grab this free ebook How to Start Your Own House Cleaning Company and spend an hour to see if it’s right for you.

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