Bidding & Estimating

Bidding and estimating is a challenge for most building service contractors. If you are struggling with any aspect of the bidding and estimating process, we have several tools that will help.

Included with your subscription to The Janitorial Store are the following:

FREE EBOOK (100 pages)

Bidding & Estimating for Cleaning Companies

Are you confused on how to prepare bids for commercial cleaning accounts? If you bid too high, you might lose the job, but bidding too low might mean you won't make a profit on the job. Walking that fine line and bidding correctly can have a huge impact on the success of your cleaning business. This Ebook will show you how to bid, step-by-step.

 

 

Discussion Forum

 

 

PRIVATE BIDDING & ESTIMATING DISCUSSION FORUM

Have a proposal to submit but stuck on how to price it? We'll help you work through the numbers and any other questions you have.

 

 

BIDDING CALCULATORS

Choose from 10 calculators to help you work through all your estimating needs.

Profitability calculators, production rates, paper usage, trash can liners, soap, air fresheners, feminine hygiene, and window washing.

 

 

 

TEMPLATES AND FORMS FOR BIDDING AND ESTIMATING

Visit the Download Library for a huge selection of templates and walk-through forms to help you submit a professional proposal.

 

 

 

DVD (Discounted for members):
HOW  TO WALK THROUGH AND MEASURE A BUILDING FOR A CLEANING PROPOSAL

Congratulations! You did it! You successfully booked an appointment to do a walk through with the person who makes decisions on the cleaning service. Now What? Getting the appointment is just the first step. Don't let yourself down by not preparing -- this is an important part of the sales process if you have any hopes of closing the deal. This DVD is designed to help you learn how to present yourself at the walkthrough, how to interact with the prospect, and how to measure the space. When you do it right, you are on your way to making the sale.

 

Besides the resources listed above for members, we regularly add to our library of articles on the topic. Scroll through the topics below.

How Much Time Will it Take to Clean? How Much Time Will it Take to Clean?
Jean Hanson
Cleaning business owners ask themselves how much time it will take to clean a building all the time. After all, how can you know how much to charge if you don't know how long it takes to clean? keep reading

eBook for Members: Consumables Management for Commercial Cleaning Companies eBook for Members: Consumables Management for Commercial Cleaning Companies
Steve Hanson
Managing consumable products like toilet paper, hand towels and soap for your commercial cleaning clients is expected of commercial cleaning companies these days. Learn how to manage it all with this eBook and free forms. Learn how to successfully and profitably manage what to buy, where to buy, storage, inventory management, all the way to invoicing. Your customers will no longer have to rely on in-house staff to manage and perform the duties necessary to manage consumables and can look to you to fulfill this need. This will save them time and money by improving their building operations and efficiencies while adding additional revenue to your bottom line. keep reading

Episode 90: I Didn't Win The Cleaning Account - Again! Episode 90: I Didn't Win The Cleaning Account - Again!
Jean Hanson
How often do you have a meeting with a prospect, give your best effort to win the cleaning account, only to be disappointed once again? Do you ever take the time to evaluate the meeting afterwards or do you simply start working on your next prospect, hoping for a better result next time? keep reading

Is it Acceptable to Email Your Commercial Cleaning Proposal? Is it Acceptable to Email Your Commercial Cleaning Proposal?
Jean Hanson
Most building service contractors agree that presenting your proposal in person is the best way to convert prospects to clients. But what happens when the prospect asks you to email it? Should you go ahead and do what they ask or stand your ground and insist on an in-person meeting? This article explores the pros and cons of emailing your proposal to the prospect versus presenting it in person. keep reading

Episode 88: Are You Ready For That Large Cleaning Account? Episode 88: Are You Ready For That Large Cleaning Account?
Jean Hanson
Many cleaning business owners call us for advice because they have an opportunity to take on a large cleaning account -- one that is much larger than they're used to. In this video, Jean Hanson and Sharon Cowan discuss the pitfalls of taking on that first large cleaning account and what to be prepared for. Our guest for today's episode is Sharon Cowan, CBSE. keep reading

Production Rates Tracking Spreadsheet Production Rates Tracking Spreadsheet
This spreadsheet allows you to track and calculate each building's production rate. It also has tabs for tracking task times for up to 3 employees. This will give you a better idea of how long each task takes for your company. keep reading

Episode 82: Price Versus Cost: There IS a Difference When it Comes to Selling Cleaning Services Episode 82: Price Versus Cost: There IS a Difference When it Comes to Selling Cleaning Services
Jean Hanson
These days cleaning prospects tend to focus on the price of your cleaning service over everything else because they want the best deal to stay within their budget, while still getting a quality service. But it's your job to help them realize they should be thinking about COST, not PRICE - there IS a difference. keep reading

Bidding Office Buildings: No Two Are Exactly Alike Bidding Office Buildings: No Two Are Exactly Alike
Steve Hanson
This article illustrates why every building you bid on must be analyzed individually, and why you simply can't plug numbers into a formula to come up with a price that is reflective of the job itself. We will do this by comparing 2 office buildings, each with a total of 30,000 square feet, and each cleaned 5 days per week. I think you'll be amazed at the two completely different prices that must be charged with two building of the same size. keep reading

Jani Bid App - Available on iTunes and Google Play Jani Bid App - Available on iTunes and Google Play
Finally! The janitorial bidding app you've been searching for! Pricing your prospects' locations has never been easier and more accurate than with the Jani Bid Mobile App. Not only will you present an accurate price, you'll know that it's priced profitably for YOUR business. You won't find another full-featured app of this kind anywhere else. Available on iTunes and Google Play. Click here to learn more and watch the Video Tutorials. keep reading

6-CD SET: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Janitorial Companies 6-CD SET: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Janitorial Companies
This is a 6-CD Set filled with documents that you can use to create Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for your cleaning company. You can also use the documents to qualify for CIMS Certification. You also receive a BONUS One Year Membership to The Janitorial Store with purchase. Active members will receive an extra year added onto their membership. keep reading

How to Determine Staffing Levels in a Commercial Cleaning Account
Jean Hanson
If you've been in the cleaning industry for a while, you probably have a pretty good idea how many employees it will take to clean a particular building. But using an educated guess is not always accurate, especially in recent years where cleaning specifications are more customized to each building. keep reading

Cleaning Day Care Centers: What To Watch For Cleaning Day Care Centers: What To Watch For
As a cleaning business owner, some of my toughest experiences have been with cleaning Day Care Centers. I am certain there are many others who have had great experiences and love working for them. But be aware of the problems you might end up facing once you take them on as a client. Some of the common issues that you must keep in mind while putting together your cleaning service proposal are: keep reading

Episode #41 -- Tuning In To Dirty Buildings Creates Golden Opportunities Episode #41 -- Tuning In To Dirty Buildings Creates Golden Opportunities
Jean Hanson
Are you tuning in to dirty buildings? Learn how to create golden opportunities to submit cleaning proposals just by being observant and asking one important question. keep reading

Episode #38 -- How To Reconnect With Cleaning Prospects That Don't Respond To Your Calls Episode #38 -- How To Reconnect With Cleaning Prospects That Don't Respond To Your Calls
Jean Hanson
Having a hard time getting prospects to respond to your calls? In this episode, learn why cleaning prospects fail to respond to your calls and what you can do about it. keep reading

Should I Price My Cleaning Services By The Hour Or By The Square Foot?
Steve Hanson
This is a question we get from commercial cleaning business owners all the time. For those of you who do residential cleaning, there ARE some companies that price by the square foot, but it is much more common to estimate your time and apply your hourly rate. But for you commercial cleaners, it becomes a bit more complicated since there are so many different types of commercial cleaning accounts and dozens of variables that affect your ultimate price. keep reading

Episode #33 -- Winning the Bid and Winning the Customer -- What's the Difference? Episode #33 -- Winning the Bid and Winning the Customer -- What's the Difference?
Jean Hanson
Dick Ollek of Consultants in Cleaning discusses the difference between "bidding" the job and submitting a proposal and why it's important to know the difference. He also shares what it takes to win the customer. keep reading

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