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CompletelyClean 4th January 2008 05:15 PM

Advertising For Employees
 
I have a small cleaning company and have more business than I do the employees to handle it. I keep finding employees off of craigslist but they do not seem to stay longer than a month or so. Does anyone have any ideas about advertising for employees for a small cleaning company. I am considering advertising in our local papers. What do you think?

PressureProsInc 4th January 2008 08:56 PM

Its called Dregg's List for a reason ;-)

Karri 4th January 2008 10:40 PM

Have you tried using subcontractors (independent business owners) instead of hiring employees? You may find them to be more accountable for their work. Perhaps also try advertising on sites like Monster or Workopolis (not sure if those are in the US as well as Cda but worth a try ...).

I have a cleaning service come to our home once a week and the company uses contractors. It works because there is less turnover, they get to know the clients homes and the clients get to see the same faces over a longer period of time which builds a sense of loyalty to the cleaning service. Overall, the results are good (and I'm VERY picky :)).

Karri

radiogirl 5th January 2008 01:29 PM

I know very little about the cleaning business, but I recently interviewed someone who might be able to help you.

Elaine at http://www.elainesamericanmaid.com/ should be able to help you if you send her an email.

enigmavaldez 20th January 2008 01:45 PM

finding good employees
 
Craigslist is ok, but to be honest, I've never really found any clients worth their salt on craigslist...most of them were bottom feeders.

So, perhaps the kind of employees you're getting off craigslist are those that are not serious either.

There are some studies that suggest that the reason people stay with a company is not money but because of recognition and the opportunity to advance.

If you're offering fair wages and benefits, I'd suggest looking somewhere else for employees. Think about who your ideal employee would be. What would their interests and habits be? My family and I owned a cleaning business some years back and we found that people who major responsibilities (married, kids, bills) had a lot more incentive to work than college kids. Also, a lot of retired people were good workers. They just wanted to work to have something to do. They were older and much more settled.

The cleaning business is not the most glamorous and a lot of people have a problem getting their hands dirty. Try approaching janitors that are working for a company during the day. A lot of them are not getting paid a whole lot and would love to do some extra work in the evenings and nights.

Good luck

Enigma Valdez





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Originally Posted by CompletelyClean (Post 59912)
I have a small cleaning company and have more business than I do the employees to handle it. I keep finding employees off of craigslist but they do not seem to stay longer than a month or so. Does anyone have any ideas about advertising for employees for a small cleaning company. I am considering advertising in our local papers. What do you think?


enigmavaldez 20th January 2008 01:48 PM

getting better employees
 
Also check out Joe Polish's Piranhha Marketing on joepolish.com he's a carpet cleaner, but he's got a program that shows you how to get qualified employees. The principles can be easily applied to the cleaning business. He's good stuff.

Best,
Enigma Valdez

Label Printing 23rd September 2009 05:37 AM

Yes, sub contractor is good alternate of hiring employee and i think local newspapers are helps to find employee.

CorneliaCoard 26th October 2016 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by CompletelyClean (Post 59912)
I have a small cleaning company and have more business than I do the employees to handle it. I keep finding employees off of craigslist but they do not seem to stay longer than a month or so. Does anyone have any ideas about advertising for employees for a small cleaning company. I am considering advertising in our local papers. What do you think?

Go with sub-contractors. OR find anyone from you neighborhood.

Celin_G 17th May 2017 10:25 PM

I think it's reasonable to start local. Get anyone interested within your area. It's time and money saver, which is good for anyone that's interested.


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