Looks like this forum is home to the real 'pros' of the cleaning business. As a newbie who's considering doing some part-time cleaning work (own business), I wondered if I could get some insight on a couple things:
1) Which is more customary: Per unit or per hour billing?
2) What level of detail do most customers want? For example, I once dusted (with rag) every book, wall, and piece of furniture in my room, then vacuumed every inch. Problem is it took the entire day. Obviously, I either have to get on speed, or adjust my expectations
3) Is this a business that only becomes profitable after you've established a huge client base? Running the numbers, even if I had 12 clients/week: $100/house x 12= $1200 gross - $400 expenses (very conservative) - $300 taxes = $500 net. Which may be fine in some areas, but crumbs in most others...
4) Is personal safety an issue (determined by neighborhood, obviously), and if so what are some precautions you take while on a job?
Thanks so much for any advice you can throw my way!