For most of our home cleaning businesses there are two big surges in demand. The first is the annual Spring cleaning surge. The second one is back-to-school season.
Once the kids go back to school and the family gets back into their routine, there is a substantial spike in calls for reoccurring service to all of our offices. Younger families will be sending their kids to school for the first time. Many stay-at-home moms will be going back to work. With homework and after-school activities, others will discover just how little time they have. These factors combine to make late August and the month of September some of the best months in our business across all locations.
However to really take advantage of this surge, we need to plan ahead. Now is the time we need to start hiring. It takes an average of 4 weeks to get a cleaner fully able to work alone. Only half of our trainees make it out of our training programming. So we are hiring now for demand we do not expect to really kick in until the end of the month, and we are hiring twice as many people as we think we are really going to need.
This can all be really scary. The first few weeks of August are traditionally very bad weeks for business, as many families take their last big summer vacations. Our skip rate skyrockets as a result. However if we want to be able to really take advantage of the surge we know is coming, now is the time to hire. If we wait until the end of the month, it will be far too late. Now is the time to start recruiting, screening, and hiring employees.
The Recruiting & Hiring class in Cleaning Business Builders' Foundations Fast Track program provides the information and tools you need to put your hiring process on the fast track. To preview Liz Trotter's recorded webinar on the subject, click the play button on the image below.
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Recruiting and Hiring
Derek Christian has been involved in the cleaning industry for more than 20 years and is an owner or investor in several cleaning companies including My Maid Service Dayton and Real World Services Columbus, and now he works as a sales and marketing consultant for Castle Keepers.