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I have to get a job. It's that simple.<br><br>
I've been trying to work on the court-reporter transcripts and get skilled at that, but the work is inconsistent and the money isn't coming in quickly enough to make a difference. On top of that, I don't get enough consideration around here to be able to work in peace, so I can't really amp up my work load, even if there was more work to do.<br><br>
I am going to continue working on the transcripts as I can, but bottom line is I have to get a job doing something that is bringing in enough money at one time to make a difference, ya know?<br><br>
So, a friend suggested I start cleaning houses. See if I could build up a client list of 4-8 houses a week and do that a few days a week rather than rejoining the 9-5 work force.<br><br>
I'm really considering it to be a possibility, but I'm just not sure how likely it is that anyone is going to want to pay someone to clean their house when we're plummeting into a recession and gas prices are at $3.25 a gallon these days.<br><br>
Anyone ever done housekeeping work to make money? Any experience as the housekeeper? As the person hiring the housekeeper?<br><br>
What would you consider reasonable to pay someone to clean your house--floors, bathrooms, dusting, that sort of thing?<br><br>
What would you most want a housekeeper to take care of on a weekly basis if you were to hire one?<br><br>
Just looking to flesh out this idea...any input is welcome.
 

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Where I live, the services charge $140 or so for 3-4 ladies for about 80 minutes worth of work. The people who do it on their own routinely make about $20-$25 an hour or more. Most like to do a flat-rate of $65 or so per visit and then they are in and out in 2-2.5 hours. When I lived in CA I found a gal who charged only $12.50 an hour, which was a steal!<br><br>
I've been on both sides...I've done it and I've employed housekeepers.<br><br>
When I was doing it, I was charging $10 an hour (this was the early 90's) and I hated it. My clients were picky and treated me like crap. But I only did it for a few weeks--if I'd stuck it out perhaps I would have found some nicer people to work for. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As someone paying someone else to clean my house (back in the days when our financial situation was much better!) I expect to have everything that it would take me a whole week to get to done in a morning (or afternoon). Bathrooms from top to bottom, kitchen from top to bottom, floors washed (by hand rather than with a mop....some people don't care if you use a mop), dusting and vacuuming. Things like wiping the baseboards and cabinets I don't expect to be done weekly, but maybe 1x per month. I also like it if the person will run the dishes that are out, pick up toys that are out of place, change the sheets (if I leave them out for them) and just general straightening.<br><br>
Good luck with your endevour if you try it. It's pretty good $$ and flexible hours. Probably more fun if you have a partner or friend to work with though!
 

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I am a housecleaner. Just started the business. One thing I want to warn you about - tell your clients upfront exactly what you are going to be able to accomplish in the time you are there, and ask them *exactly* what they want you to do.<br><br>
A lot of people want things done in two hours, that just aren't possible in that amount of time. Be specific and expect lots of unrealistic expectations.
 

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I clean houses part time. I get $16/hr. That's way more than I'd make at any other job I could get.<br><br>
I have two regular clients, and I pick up extra work sometimes. And that's with no advertising other than word of mouth.
 

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Did anyone have experience working for a business first before starting up on your own? Anyone know resources on the practical side of starting up, etc.?<br><br>
Anyone take a baby/child with you?
 
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