CleanGuru – Free Janitorial Bidding Calculators Can Be Too Costly

CleanGuru – Free Janitorial Bidding Calculators Can Be Too Costly

October 20, 2019 0 By Luis Garrison


Hi this is Dan again from CleanGuru and today we want to talk about how free
janitorial bidding calculators can be truly costly to you. So let’s do
that. Free janitorial betting calculator, it doesn’t get better than that right? Well not necessarily. Not if you can’t figure
out how to use it, don’t know or can’t find the data it
requires to work, and certainly not if it doesn’t get you
the results that you want. In that case free may actually be costing you. Now how can I say that; the
very sound to the word free is appealing isn’t it? Well to explain how, consider this old cliche ‘you get what you pay for.’ These words express a
time-tested wisdom specifically the connection between the
value of something and what you paid for that
something. So does this sage advice hold true for free
janitorial bring calculators? well if the limitations of many of these
building tools are any indication it does. First, some rely on oversimplified one-size-fits-all
production rates or price per square foot figures; which produce of course equally oversimplified answers and that’s where free can cost cleaning business owners
real money. Especially if it leads them to setting
prices that are either too low, not having sufficient profit built into
them, or too high, keeping them from being
competitive when bidding on commercial cleaning jobs. Next other free janitorial bidding calculators do not come preloaded with production
rates at all; relying on the user to both know and manually enter their own task specific cleaning times or overall
production rates. Well while janitorial contractors may benefit from conducting their own
cleaning time studies; the reality is many, especially those new
to the commercial cleaning business, have not done so and we feel
ill-prepared to even offer answers to the question of what would
constitute good or reasonable rates. In the end many of these calculators
appear to be little more than Excel spreadsheets and
with the only bidding help seeming to be having the title
janitorial bidding calculator pre-written at the top. In addition, many free janitorial bidding calculators
or even software programs can be hard to understand; and even
harder to use. Again, one has to question the real value
of free; when the user is left feeling that they can’t figure out how to make
it work. Even free cannot rescue something that is at the
very least not user-friendly; or at its worst not
usable at all. Put differently, what is the value of a
free janitorial bidding calculator or software program that does not adequately help the user to quickly and easily determine prices and generate professional looking
proposals? Well not much. Many of these free janitorial bidding
software or calculators have other weaknesses as well. They may
offer little or no technical our customer support. In addition, they may not be able
to help generate a professional looking proposal or job
specifications report; two important ingredients in the
contract cleaning sales process. Therefore many of these calculators may
simply be free, and that’s all. Worth what was paid for
them. Well for the owner of a janitorial
business serious about building a fast-growing profitable cleaning
business that simply won’t do. Instead the owners of successful janitorial business
and those wanting to join their ranks; well they know they need tools that
they can give them the results that they’re looking for. Is cost an issue? Well sure, but only in
the context of value. Results that the tools can deliver. To explain, here’s another cliche to
consider ‘don’t step over dollars to pick up dimes.’ The sage advice expressed in this cliche
is to be careful when blindly chasing one thing while completely missing
another thing of greater value in the process. In the case a janitorial bidding, the
lesson seems to be this; don’t lose sight of the real value of paid programs, blindly chasing instead
after free calculators that produce little more than confusion. Until then remember you can do this, you really can!