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  • Writer's pictureDejan Plavsic

Elevating Your Cleaning Business: Strategies for Setting Yourself Apart

In the dynamic landscape of the cleaning industry, standing out isn't just a perk—it's essential. As a cleaning business owner, differentiating your services can profoundly impact your success. Here are some proven strategies to make your cleaning business shine in a crowded market:

1. Specialized Services:

Offering specialized cleaning services that cater to specific niches is by far the most important step to standing out. Whether it's eco-friendly cleaning, deep sanitation, or post-construction cleanup, carving out a niche can set you apart and attract clients seeking specialized expertise. Absolutely Clean chose the niche of high-quality office cleaning for small office locations less than 5000 square feet. This allows us to purchase specialized equipment for small spaces and perform high-quality cleaning which others can't manage to do. Another niche I recently heard of from another business owner is about industrial pressure cleaning. This involves helping manufacturing facilities clean their machinery on a regular basis.

2. Exceptional Customer Service:

Prioritize exceptional customer service. A positive and reliable customer experience can create lasting impressions. Respond promptly to inquiries, communicate effectively, and go the extra mile to exceed customer expectations. If a client messages Absolutely Clean, we almost always try to respond within half an hour. Some of our clients are shocked at how their email is often responded to within less than three minutes!

3. Professional Image:

Project a professional image through your branding, uniform, and online presence. A well-designed logo, professional attire, and a user-friendly website can instill confidence in potential clients, making your business appear trustworthy and credible. Many cleaning businesses have old websites that look like they are from another century. For how cheap it is to design a new site, it is unacceptable to have an out of date site. Use Absolutely Clean's site as inspiration (don't copy us), but see what industry leaders' sites look like.

4. Transparent Pricing:

Be upfront and transparent about your pricing structure. Hidden fees or unclear pricing can deter potential clients. Clearly outline your rates and services to build trust and showcase your commitment to honesty. Absolutely Clean is the only cleaning service I know of in the region that posts our pricing on our site. Our online pricing tool has a ~90% success rate at predicting the exact price that will be charged to our customers.

5. Employee Training:

Invest in employee training to ensure your staff delivers high-quality services. Well-trained and professional cleaners not only enhance the quality of your services but also contribute to a positive reputation for your business. Don't skip steps here. Read books about management; they are often the best way to become a better boss and to have a more successful company. A few books we would recommend are "Principles" by Ray Dalio, "Your Next 5 Moves" by Patrick Bet David, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie, and "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. There are countless more and we recommend reading as many as you can, or receiving a professional education in management..

6. Innovative Technology:

Embrace technology to streamline your operations and enhance customer experience. Online booking systems, digital invoices, and communication tools can make your services more accessible and efficient. Keep up to date with the cleaning industry by attending cleaning trade shows and seeing what's new.

7. Customer Reviews and Testimonials:

Encourage satisfied customers to leave reviews and testimonials. Positive feedback serves as powerful marketing, building credibility and trust among potential clients. If a fair percentage of your new leads are not coming from company referrals, that is a bad sign. A happy customer refers your service to other companies, so you should work your best to make your customers as happy as possible to receive more referrals and keep your existing customers.

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