Feeling Overwhelmed with Your Cleaning Business

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Looking for tips and ideas to help guide you when you’re feeling overwhelmed with your professional cleaning service business?  Here are 3 actionable and proven, helpful tips for stress and burn out! 


There’s nothing worst than a professional cleaning maid and janitorial business owner feeling stressed out! We can have a myriad of concerns that have devastating effects on so many other things.


For example, late payments from customers, can put a strain on making payroll.  Or, the constant need to balance our cleaning rates in order to match the rising costs of supplies or material.  And this is classic.  Just when you’ve hired a handful of good people ready to work, you get news that a lucrative cleaning contract was cancelled.


It’s enough to make you scream!  Or, in my case, have a good cry… and curse!


I can’t fail to mention the constant pursuit to get more good customers on one end and stop the retained customers from leaving.


Some concerns with owning a professional cleaning service company

  • There are money mismanagement concerns.
  • Hard to please customers.
  • Wasted time on nonsense network meetings that never bring in real money-making business.
  • Missed deadlines.
  • Property damage.
  • And theft.


This sad list of problems can go on and on – and I haven’t begun with the real cost of employee turnover which is extremely high.  According to this article, employee turnover rates for the professional cleaning industry is between 75% – 375%.  (The norm is 200%!)


Seriously, are you ready to scream too. Or cry?  Still, cursing is also acceptable. (In private, 😉).


Keep your professional cleaning service business

Why continue to stay in the game of professional cleaning?  Because it’s all manageable.  And let’s face it.  Crap happens, and you can move past it.  Sure, all the things mentioned above can bring overwhelm and stress and exhaustion.  However, you CAN move past it.

You can move past this and stay in the game too.  Seriously,  you owe it to yourself, your family, and to your business.  The very business you decided to have.


Trust me!  Your professional maid and janitorial service can get better.  Buuuut, you have to make it better.  And, in this instance, making it better starts with you!


Here are 3 things to do to STOP feeling overwhelmed with your cleaning service business


First, prioritize what needs to be cared for immediately and schedule out everything else according to your availability.

If there is a fire, and I mean a real fire, put it out.


What constitutes a fire?  A fire is whatever is going on in your business that requires immediate attention.  Such as… 2 employees having an argument at a customer’s location and you get a phone call from the customer.  Stop everything!  Handle that situation at all costs.


You just got word from a relative of an employee that your employee passed away.  Stop everything and be the most compassionate, sympathetic listening ear that you could ever be.  (Don’t fret about the job they had to do that day.  The caller is suffering waaaaay more than your inconvenience).  Just take the time to listen… right then and there.


Those are fires.  Put them out right away.


There are some things that will not need your immediate attention and can be filtered throughout the week.  Things like data entry of sales or marketing strategies you’re eager to implement.  Or new designs for your website.



Secondly, delegate the tasks that really don’t need your input.


Now this tactic of stress relief is always ongoing and it shifts as you evolve with your house cleaning and office cleaning business.


There will always be times that you need to push off certain mid-grade or low-grade responsibilities to others.  And, depending on what level you’re at in your business’ journey, those duties will vary.


Don’t try to be the Lone Ranger. (It leads to crying, and certainly a curse word or two).



Simple low-grade, but important tasks can be laundry duty for the towels and mops or wiping down equipment and refilling supplies.


Mid-grade duties can be data entry into your systems and structures, like mentioned above.  Or ordering uniforms and supplies, (inventory stuff).


These things can be easily taught, so most team members can catch on quickly relieving you for the bigger things to manage.



Third.  Take.A.Break.  I’m sure someone in your camp has probably mentioned this.  Please listen to them.


It really doesn’t matter how you take a break nor to what degree – if you take 3 days or 3 weeks.  Just remove yourself from your work and do something relaxing.


If you golf – go golfing!  Fish, put that famous sign out “Gone Fishin’”.  Scrap book!  Finally, use those crazy stickers you’ve been collecting since Mop and Glo was the go-to cleaner!


Seriously though, take a break.


Take it from me, breaks…

  • recharge your body, your mind, and your soul.
  • they help you to see things from a bigger and better perspective with a relaxed mind.
  • your team probably needs you to go away also because they too can feel your stress.


Here’s an action plan…

Homework:  Recognize when you’re stressed out and feeling overwhelmed with your cleaning business.  Do something about it.  It can be one or all of the 3 suggestions highlighted here.  Above all of them, TAKE A BREAK!



Feeling overwhelmed with your cleaning business is serious stuff so try these things to help >>> prioritize your duties, delegate where you can, and go take a break.



“Give your stress wings and let if fly away.” –Terri Guillemets



Until next time,

Happy cleaning!



I grew my office cleaning side hustle into a ½ million-dollar corporation with the partnership of my husband and our amazing staff. In 2020, I retired my service-based business to shift my focus and passion from serving cleaning clientele to serving cleaning business owners.


Utilizing my 27+ years’ experience, I offer free and paid products exclusively for cleaning business owners and cleaning side hustlers at A Janitor’s Story® Website and my VIP Group Coaching Membership App.


I’ve served other cleaning pros by helping them to turn one time cleaning jobs into high paying recurring customers, create excellent client retention practices, develop hiring systems that really work, build marketing techniques that convert and so much more.


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