Posted on 24 Apr 2010
Do you know how long it takes to do your jobs? As the business owner, your first job is to know how long it takes to do any particular job. The janitorial industry is a time/motion line of work; meaning the work to be done can be measured in a specific time. For instance, it takes a specified length of time to vacuum a specified area of carpet.
Some business owners actually do the jobs initially to determine how long it takes. Of course there are other factors that can make those numbers vary, but for the most part, there are good efficiency numbers that have been derived from studies of labor and materials in the cleaning business. So once you land the job you need a way to make sure the employees you put on that job actually put in the time it takes to do the job right. A telephone timekeeping system that allows you to track jobs as well as employees can be useful for these job costing numbers. Your employees clock into a job and you can see the amount of time spent on that job each month. It is a great way to determine if your job costing numbers were right.