Cleaning Business Owner Confesses ‘Stop The World, I Wanna’ Get Off!’

Ever felt that way?

Has the ‘stuff’ you’ve got to get done today got you spinning so fast -you feel like shutting the whole thing down – just to catch your breath?

Have you ever thought to yourself as you race around trying to bid jobs, clean accounts and hire people…

‘If THIS is what it takes to grow, I’d be better off just staying small, and doing the work myself !”

I don’t blame you for feeling that way.


If you feel that you’re ‘killing yourself’ to find leads, bid jobs and then get them staffed and cleaned – then I don’t blame you one bit for feeling like it’s not worth it.

But while I don’t blame you, I do want you to know that it doesn’t have to be like that.

It really doesn’t.

There are plenty of things you can do to make it easier on you as you grow. Here’s a few:

1. Pick your fights.
Stay focused on the ‘right things’, like marketing and selling, and avoid, or spend as little time as possible, on ‘fights’ that don’t matter as much or at all.

2. Be prepared for the fight.
If, for example, marketing is one of the fights you pick, then you need to find out what works and what doesn’t work. And that’s takes some homework.

3. Show up for the fight.
If, for example, you’ve decided to create a marketing plan, but then fail to take the steps needed to ‘make it happen’ like having the system and discipline to stick to it as scheduled – well, then you haven’t ‘shown up for the fight’!

4. Ask others to ‘fight’ along with you.
This may be the most important tip of all – delegating.

If you’re not good at delegating, and prefer to do things yourself, you simply gotta get over it – if you want to grow.

Not everybody does – grow, that is, and there’s nothing wrong with staying small if you want.

There are plenty of folks who do a great job and our very happy doing all the work themselves – it gives them a great deal of pride and satisfaction.

BUT, if you want to have a fast growing and profitable cleaning business – then, you simply cannot do everything yourself.

And remember; delegating isn’t ‘dumping’ work you don’t want to do on someone else.

Not by a long shot.

Having others help you, by training them to take on more and more responsibility, not only helps to reduce your work load, it empowers and motivates your people along the way.

You can’t ‘stop the world from spinning!’ It’s supposed to spin.

Your job is to avoid getting ‘motion sickness

19 Responses to “Cleaning Business Owner Confesses ‘Stop The World, I Wanna’ Get Off!’”

  1. Anthony says:

    I’m am hearing this message over and over again. I have to stop trying to do everything in order to grow. And I do feel as if I am spinning my wheels and getting nowhere fast.

  2. Keisha Walker says:

    Thank you Dan, you must have been reading my mind today.

  3. Charlotte Gilmore says:

    We started our business using Cleanbid 4 years ago. This year we hired 13 employees and are currently cleaning 16 buildings. I still consider us small and my head sometimes spins a little! I just want to Thank you for all your tips and information you provide.If it weren’t for your program my job would be much harder. You take the guess work out of bidding!

    Thanks again,
    Ken and Charlotte Gilmore
    St Joe Commercial Cleaning

  4. Susan says:

    Thank you so much for words of encouragement. I love what I
    do I love serving people. I love simple things like the smiles I get when a job is well done. I was primed as a child for this job.LOL.! If someone is comforted for 3 mins.
    out of their day without feeling an attack from dirt and grime then I’ve done my job and well satisfied. I am out of the norm but thats ok! Keep doing what you do.I feel We are placed in life for a reason.

  5. Ron Schmidt says:

    Thanks Dan working on that…like you said not easy but that’s what has to happen. Growing can be painful but once you reach that goal you’ll probably kick yourself that things didn’t happen sooner. Moving forward with the help of your bidding system sure puts the “fun” back into growing again.

  6. DLiebrecht says:

    Ron, thanks for the comment! We’re always thrilled to hear from members who share how CleanBid has helped them grow their cleaning business. Wishing you much success!! Dan

  7. DLiebrecht says:

    Susan, Wow – thanks for the wonderful note! You have such a terrific attitude about your work! I am glad and proud that you signed-up to get our emails and videos. Wishing you much success! Dan

  8. DLiebrecht says:

    Charlotte, thanks so much for your kind words! I’m thrilled to hear of your success and that CleanBid played a part in helping you get there! You and your people should be very proud – it takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication to achieve what you have in your cleaning business! Wishing you continued success, Dan

  9. There’s great tips by John Maxwell that flows along these lines. If only we changed our daily disciplines; Wow could we change the individuals and the world around us

  10. DLiebrecht says:

    Hi Keisha – thanks for the comment! Yep, we’re all so much alike and seem to experience many of the same things. But, hang in there, ask John Denver sang, ‘ Some days are diamonds, some days are stones’. Here’s wishing you have many more that are diamonds than stones. Wishing you much success, Dan

  11. DLiebrecht says:

    Anthony, thanks for the note! Don’t get too discouraged – it’s not easy to build the kind of cleaning business you dream of having. It definitely takes a lot of trial and error, but, the fact that you’re even thinking about how you can spend your time and energy better so that you ‘spin your wheels’ less – shows you’re on your way and heading in the right direction. Wishing you much success!! Dan

  12. DLiebrecht says:

    Doug, That’s a good way of putting it –>changing ‘our daily disciplines’ that can make a BIG difference in our results! Thanks for the note and wishing you much success, Dan

  13. Krysti Watters says:

    So enough is more than enough! Not only do I find myself spinning my wheels but I just lost a huge account because the client was not getting 100% from me. I feel like I’m doing so many things all the time that not a single thing gets done right.

  14. DLiebrecht says:

    Krysti, I’m sorry to hear you are struggling and of the big account you recently lost. It’s hard when that happens. If it’s any consolation, Tony and I lost many accounts too over the years, including some large ones. And, each time we did, like you, we we’re very upset about it. It’s natural, because when you’re a hard worker who tries to take pride in your work, which it sounds to me like you are –well, then losing an account can be a ‘real kick to the stomach’ emotionally. I won’t pretend to be able to solve all your problems in one short reply like this – I’ll only say again, ‘ I’m sorry, hang in there – and I hope some of the information Tony and I offer will help and be of value to you. Dan

  15. Susan says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. It is hard trying to grow, but it helps to know there are people out there that have made it happen. I’m working on it and will take these words of wisdom to heart!


  16. DLiebrecht says:

    Susan, thanks for the note and kind words. I’m glad you’re with us and getting my emails and videos! Hope you continue to find them valuable and encouraging as you work on your cleaning business! Dan

  17. Betty says:

    Hi I’ve been in business for a long time and I’ve been spinning my wheels doing it myself but now I want to sit back and hire someone to help me but you also need the good leads to come in to afford to pay for help and that’s where I’m having a problem I’m just not jumping out there on the cheap leads hi I’ve been in business for a long time and I’ve been spinning my wheels doing it myself but now I want to sit back and hire someone to help me but you also need the good leads to come in to afford to pay for help and that’s where I’m having a problem I’m just not jumping out there on the cheap leads thank you and this matter

  18. Dawn Hackett says:

    What is wrong with wanting to stay small and do all the accounts yourself? Hiring people is more of a pain than it is worth in my opinion. First you have to make sure they are doing their job and you don’t lose accounts because of them and second, it costs too much to hire people. By the time you pay taxes, the accountant and extra machines. That in itself makes my head spin. I make a very nice income with no employees. I have residential and commercial accounts. I may work 6 days a week now and then, but basically, it’s a pretty good life.

  19. CleanGuru says:

    Hi Dawn, you asked ‘what is wrong with wanting to stay small and do all the accounts yourself?’ My answer – absolutely nothing at all.

    While being sufficiently profitable is key to being a viable business of any size; beyond a certain point, money is only so much of a motivation.

    Much more important to Tony (my business partner) and I was the good feeling we always maintained about our plan, our principles and our people. Of course, nothing wrong with being the biggest in town either, as long as it happens while you’re staying true to who you are and what you want out of life. You sound happy to me – and that’s worth a lot. Hope you have a happy and healthy 2017, Dan

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