2016 is a Leap Year. See the date of this writing…. 2/29/16. We get one extra day this year. What will you do with it? Time is precious; not only in life, but also for the operation of your business. Perhaps 2016 (Leap Year) will be the year you re-evaluate the time spent in your business.
One of the best ways to save time and be more productive is in labor savings. Did you know that most carpet cleaners waste 1000’s of minutes each year in “Pre-Spraying” alone? Think about it… let’s say you have an 8 room home to clean, and it takes 4 minutes to effectively pre-spray each room. That is 32 minutes of pre-spray time. Now, let’s convert this to MONEY. Let’s say your goal is $60/hour of revenue. That means every minute is worth a $1.00 in revenue. So, your technician wasted $32.00 on the above mentioned job in pre-spray time. Now, multiple this by the 2 jobs your technician had each day by the 5 days of work each week by 50 weeks (we will give the tech 2 weeks off in a year) and that equals $16,000 in wasted pre-spray time! Wow!!!! You can see how time becomes the most costly factor to your business.
So, how can you make this time more efficient? One simple way is to take a look at our product called Code: Green. We made Code: Green to be an “All-in-One” cleaning agent. What does this mean? It means, you can use it has a pre-spray, an in-tank cleaning solution, and a spot & stain remover. This also means you no longer need to “pre-spray” the whole room down and waste 32 minutes in an 8 room home. With Code: Green, you only pre-spray the center traffic area. Then, you run Code: Green in your extractor (portable or truck mount) and actually clean with the product! This means every stroke you take with the wand has cleaning power behind it…. Not just rinsing. You can also use Code: Green as a spot & stain remover when you come across bad stains that need extra help. You see, Code: Green is neutral pH and leaves no residue (it actually eats residue). So, Code: Green will save you tons of time.
Let’s put Code: Green time savings into MONEY! In the above scenario, you could cut down 4 minute pre-spray time in a room down to 0:30min (30 seconds), because you only pre-spray the center traffic area. So, 8 rooms x 0:30min = 4 minutes total pre-spray time. This is down from 32 minutes!!!! That means you saved 28 min on that job, which is $28 in savings. Now multiply (2 jobs each day x 5 days week x 50 weeks) = $14,000 in savings. You will notice you have only $2000 in wasted pre-spray time in a year vs. $16,000. That is a savings of $14,000 each year.
Now, the $14,000 savings is only realized if you can do something with that time. Meaning, you can book another smaller job each day, use the time to market your business, etc.
As you can see, time slips away quickly. By recognizing a better product and better way to do things, you can put time on your side and use it to produce more efficient cleaning and more profit in your business. Perhaps this Leap Year, you can give Code: Green a try. Why, not… we just gave you the time! 🙂