Today we’d like to introduce you to Savannah Revis.
Hi Savannah, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Honestly, the first cleaning job I had; I was 15. I didn’t even have a car yet and my parents had pushed me to start working. I was cleaning offices in the evening. I really hated it. It was the least favorite job I had and I figured I would never go back. I continued on but ended up working at Forever 21 shortly after. I then ended up moving away for college at 16 and graduating high school 2 years early. I moved 5 hours away from home and lived my first year in the dorms. Royally messing up everything I could that first year and a few following. In college I had a hard time holding jobs, I stayed in the service industry bartending and waiting tables.
It took me some time to get back on track after a few years of college life. I realized I did not want to be a criminal justice major anymore and I decided to make a swift jump to Colorado, across the country. I was living in Virginia at the time and had originally been raised in North Carolina at the beach. It would be a big change but I knew I needed it. I needed to completely uproot everything I knew if there was going to be the growth I was looking for.
Upon arriving in Colorado, I had just turned 22. After becoming pregnant with my first child, my son. I realized what I had been doing wasn’t going to work. He was unplanned, I was young, every single person I knew was on the east coast and I was alone. Once he had been born, it really wasn’t working AT ALL financially. I was waiting tables here and there at different places, although none of the restaurants were providing enough business to even pay for one day of childcare for my son. I knew I had to act fast, I was young, didn’t have a full college degree, and was quickly drowning in the Boulder Country bubble.
I had a girlfriend from work who got me signed up with her MLM company Norwex and I fell in love with the products. I had a huge kit of cleaning supplies now- but nothing to do with it. I never ended up selling anything. Within a week of receiving the kit and really awful shifts with no money, I decided to start marketing myself in local Facebook groups. I mainly told the truth- I said what my experience was, that I was planning on using eco-friendly and nontoxic with waste reduction focused products, and prayed people would bite for $25 an hour. Well, it worked, it worked better than I expected. I was so determined to do a good job so I could guarantee my 25$ an hour wage that before I knew it, I had a full schedule of bi-weekly clients. I quit my job in the restaurant I was at full time within 3 weeks and kept my 1–2-night shift serving position at a small place in Boulder, mainly because I loved the food.
I planned on cleaning alone and thought that would be the plan before I met my first property manager, Zeona McIntyre. I never had an idea of a business, or would I have thought I was capable of where we are today. To this moment that woman will forever be a huge influence on how I began. I had never met her before but she had been referred to me through the community; she found me, called me, and asked me to clean her “Airbnb” at the time in 2016 this was still somewhat new and coming. It was a super low rate for what the job seemed like but I figured I could take the extra work and call it a day. When I cleaned her space, I realized whoever had been cleaning was not following her checklist properly, I spent a lot of time fixing very dirty build-up and told her about everything after with pictures from before and after. She was very appreciative and we went on our way. I didn’t expect to hear much unless it was to rebook another clean.
About a month later, I received a call from her. She told me she knew it sounded crazy, that we had never met in person but she wanted to have me hire 2-3 girls to help clean her small one-bedroom Airbnbs in Boulder. I thought it was a super cool exciting idea, it was fun to think of giving other people work and being in charge of something, so I said yes. The profit was still low but it was more than I was making alone. I had to give it a shot because, WHY NOT!? And, this is truly how the start of Earth Love Cleaning happened. Over the next 3-4 years Zeona, and I would work together and service Airbnbs across the country. She was the investor and host guru. I was the cleaning company and moving part that made it all come together. We continued to make really amazing things happen remotely for the short-term rental cleaning world. She was a mentor and a huge referral network for me while building my STR cleaning business. While we are no longer full-time partnered together, we still work keep in touch and periodically work together on projects. I have her and a lot of determination to thank how far this business has come.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This has been the hardest road, other than motherhood that I have ever taken.
There are so many reasons why owning a business is hard. A cleaning business and you make it even harder.
The moving pieces that go into play, with scheduling, job profiles, and notes is enough to make your head pop off. I run everything mainly alone, meaning I do all quotes, all scheduling, all emails, all correspondence, all payroll, you name it. I am doing it. Currently, that’s my main struggle. Delegating.
However, staffing has always been the hardest issue long term. Navigating the world of humans and how to support them in the time they need while still being a strong leader is not always easy. There was a point we lost a huge contract because of staffing issues and my inability to manage them- I ended up deciding to shut my business down. We went from 14 cleaners to 3. After almost a year lull I decided to start marketing again and putting myself out there, we were picking up speed fast and signed a contract to clean after solar panel installs in homes locally. 2-3 houses a day. We were about to be SO BUSY! Then another struggle- COVID happened, and we lost everything again. I kept 3 team members on and gave them as much work as possible while I did other jobs that were not cleaning, a lot of it consisted of Instacart and Lyft/Door dash. I did whatever I could to make it by so my team still had the little work we were scheduled during the first part of COVID.
After all of it… The one thing I learned is not to give up, that failing is part of the process and to fail is to learn and knowledge is the greatest gift.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Our company is based on strict eco-friendly practices. I am certified in Clinical Herbalism from the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism which my studies were funded by my cleaning business during its 3rd year. I always had hopes of incorporating this into my cleaning business by education on cleaning products- essential oils, and tools. We currently focus on waste reduction, using products that do not produce consistent waste in our homes. Biodegradable items when they are available and reduce toxins within the cleaning parameter.
I believe there are companies out there that practice eco-friendly for the sole purpose of marketing. However, I believe and know in my heart that I not only run my business by these standards but I also live my life by them. I strive to choose eco-conscious and eco-friendly products in everything I do on a daily basis. I believe putting your money into the pockets of the companies you support has a huge impact and try to help educate that through my business. In my home we don’t use paper towels, we recycle basically everything- I am extra strict on my littles about it as well. I think this sets myself and my values for my company apart from most. I believe you must model consistency through everything you do and use my business apart from others with this.
I believe I am most proud of how far we have come, how much we have learned and grown as a team. I am proud of how I have learned to rise with integrity through difficult situations as they always arise in the cleaning industry. Navigating these has taught me so much about being a more well-rounded person to the people I come in contact with on a daily basis.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I see us potentially franchising into the STR world. I also could see us staying just as we are for now. Our team currently sits at 23. I am happy with that, however, if we get the right delegates for work- there could be an even larger scale of growth happening.
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