Many small businesses have skilled staff members performing a variety of tasks that eat into their work days. Many of these tasks – such as answering the phone or cleaning the office – can easily be taken care of by part-time help, leaving the company’s key staff to focus on work that will make money. A small fee to get someone else to do these jobs may seem an unnecessary expense, but in the long run it can free you up to make more money for yourself.

Time taken
For every hour you spend cleaning, it’s an hour you spend away from your business’ main role. Especially when you’re in the early stages this is extremely valuable time, time that you could better spend elsewhere – whether that’s attending to important business, building up relationships, trying to make sales or attending to marketing.

Cleaners can also work around your schedule – whether that’s after office hours or at a time that you have put aside for meetings – so they won’t get in the way of your job.

Staff happiness
It takes a special kind of person to enjoy cleaning and if you’re hiring people for specialist roles, but end up giving them more than a few non-related tasks, it’s not going to end in a positive work atmosphere. The more of this they have to put up with, the higher your staff turnover and the more time you have to spend looking for extra staff rather than having a full team working towards the same goals. The cleaning job they do is also likely to be a bit slapdash, meaning you won’t get the feel good factor of walking into a shiny clean office every week.

Cost of cleaner vs your earnings
It’s not only time, but also money that you lose when you’re busy cleaning. People often think that ifyou spend money on something then you’re losing out and that’s that.

Cleaners, though, are normally paid less than most specialist companies can earn; for every hour you focus on cleaning or tidying up that’s an hour you’re not making sales or working on your main product. By hiring a cleaner you can remain on task and make more money than you’re spending.

You also have to take into account the extra money you have to spend on cleaning supplies, the time spent ordering those or going to the shops and if you’re working as efficiently as a pro.

There are many benefits to hiring a cleaner and having a nice space to work but the financial side of things is often neglected. Remembering how much money you’re worth in your main role can help put things in perspective.