Hi Cleaning Nation! Today on the podcast, we have Chloe Pruolx here to talk to Mike about her newly started business. She started Dust Bunny Cleaning in September of 2021. Chloe is really new to cleaning but already knows she’s ready to get out of the cleaning aspect and ready to run a business. Though this is something we have lots of podcasts on, Mike takes a different approach in this one and coaches Chloe, not as part of cleaning nation, but as if he were coaching her privately. So though it is more personal to her, it’s a lot more specific which can be really helpful to hear. Sometimes even more helpful than when the advice is more general. So listen up, you’ll get a lot of today’s episode!
Initially, when Chloe started looking to hire, she the ideal applicant was one who had experience cleaning She quickly learned that she was more interested in a certain personality that she could jive with and who would add positively to the business she was growing than how much cleaning experience they had. Cleaning is a very teachable skill, being a good team member is not.
If you really want to get out of cleaning, step one is being willing to get out of your comfort zone. It is hard, it can even be expensive for a while because you are going to have to start paying someone else to do the work you used to do and pocket all the money. Things might be tight for a while. You may not be able to get enough clients right away to pay you and your new employee (s), but if you decide it’s worth it to be a little uncomfortable for a while to get on the other side of this, you will always be so happy you did. It will make the difference between real growth and staying stagnant.
Oftentimes, and this is the case with Chloe, we have insecurities about hiring. Sometimes, it comes from this belief that we are the only ones who can do it right. Other times, it comes from a lack of confidence or about judgment from these potential employees. IN Chloe’s case, she is only 27 so she’s worried it’ll feel weird to hire people and be their boss. But the most powerful thing she can do- for herself and for those she hires- is just to be totally honest and vulnerable with them. By saying something like-” Hey, this is my first company, I’m nervous, I don’t know if I’m going to do it right, but I’m going to try and I want someone like you to help me build. Are you willing to stumble along with me? That is such a refreshing way to communicate, especially as their superior.