I use Clean Bid. This software does it all. Input the rooms, the area, and the software does the rest. In fact, all you really need is the total square footage and the software will intuitively help you sort out the details. It can produce a concise, detailed bid, complete with production hours. It can bid by the square footage or hourly method.
I hear you.I'll never understand why people give bids based on square footage. It misses so much about the job! I think it can help as a metric that you can add into your assessment. I would never use software for this part of the business, I do use software for every other part though. I can now run my whole business with Ipad apps and online services.
For me the bid is where the real magic happens, that is the "art" part of the business. It is about making a connection with the client and assessing if it is a good fit and what kind of monetary exchange is possible and beneficial.
So many cleaners are miserable because they feel they are constantly falling behind or being taken advantage of or being under priced or.... I mostly blame the 'square footage bid' and the attitude that it is a purely objective business broken down into data that can be easily mastered through a formula.
Anybody else feel that way? Just curious. It obviously works just fine for some.