Running a cleaning business smoothly can be tough, especially when it comes to managing your cleaning supplies. Some clients prefer to provide their own materials due to concerns about allergic reactions to certain products. However, others expect the cleaning service to bring the supplies because, after all, they are paying to get their house or office cleaned. So, you must have an adequate amount of cleaning supplies stocked at all times, no matter the season.
At this point, a question arises in every cleaner’s mind: “Where should I buy my cleaning supplies from?” A good business owner always looks for ways to reduce costs and maximize profits without compromising on the quality of their services. Hence, you must know where to buy quality supplies from without burning a hole in your pocket. Like any other business, you have two options: wholesale and retail. Generally, wholesale is the best one for your cleaning business. Again, that too depends on a lot of factors.
In this blog post, we will throw light on both options. We hope that by the end of it, you will be able to make a better decision regarding where to buy your cleaning supplies from based on your situation.
When we hear the word “wholesale,” the first thing that comes to our minds is a bulk of products. That’s basically what it is. This model is especially targeted towards businesses that buy materials and supplies in bulk for their day-to-day operations (however, consumers too can take advantage of wholesale. Example: Costco!). A notable advantage which wholesale stores have over retailers is that they sell products at lower prices by reducing the profit margin. Their goal is to sell more at a lower price. If you have an extensive clientele that takes up many hours per day to serve, opting for wholesale stores to get your cleaning supplies from will save you a lot of money in the long run. Moreover, since your teams are cleanings on a daily basis, it wouldn’t be so challenging to manage all your stock.
On the other hand, we have retailers who sell at prices that are a little higher than those of wholesale. The reason for this higher price is that retailers sell small quantities or single units of products to the ultimate consumers. In a way, they act as “middle-men” between wholesalers and consumers. Buying from retail isn’t considered a very smart move in business, that is if you have to deal with a lot of clients on a daily basis. But if you don’t have a significant amount of clients and your day-to-day tasks are fairly easy to accomplish, then you might want to consider going for retail. Also, if you don’t have a large enough team and the resources to manage a large stock of cleaning supplies, we suggest that you ditch bulk-buying altogether. Just order your supplies a week before they are likely to run out and have them delivered to your doorstep. Amazon is a great resource. But, don’t forget to keep the cost-profit ratio in mind.
I am an entrepreneur, wife, and a mother of two girls. After immigrating from Bosnia to USA 20 years ago, I went to school and worked in accounting and human resources for 10+ years. In 2012 I started a house cleaning company – BA House Cleaning. It is now the top-rated maid service in the East Bay Area of San Francisco, employing 18+ people and servicing over 1000+ clients.
I started Service Roller, after spending years of hopping form one software to another only to find out that its missing a functionality that my cleaning business could not thrive without. So I decided to have a software built just for BA House Cleaning. After being approached by many cleaning business owners questioning our online booking platform, I learned that many other cleaning businesses are having the same issues I once had and Service Roller was born.