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post #1 of Old 01-24-2017, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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How to really bid...?

I'm about to start-up a commercial janitorial business. I'm mostly done with my website, biz plan, flyers and sales letter. I've researched a lot, but I'm not completely sure how to bid on jobs yet. I know you charge by sq. ft. (.05-.12) for a month's invoice but how is that determined? Also, how does that effect how many times a week you should come? For example: If I charge someone .05 a sq. ft. but have to come everyday of the week; won't that kill any profit I would make?
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post #2 of Old 01-25-2017, 12:56 PM
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Bidding Suggestions

ISSA publishes a book 540 Cleaning Times do a search for ISSA 540 or 612 Cleaning Times, parrishsupply.com has a pdf version. Ths book show cleaning times for cleaning stairs, cleaning walls, cleaning a restroom etc.

Cleanbid.com offers a free trial for their bidding software--online bidding software where you add in sq ft, room sizes, level of cleaning such as light, moderate and your hourly rate. Then it calculates a bid bid price.

There are some rules of thumb such as 1 person "should" be able to clean 2500-4000 sq ft in 1 hour.
Another rule of thumb is that $.10 or $.05 per hour is usually for larger accounts.

2 day a week cleaning may only consist of 1 day just doing trash & recycle + restrooms + desk tops and the 2nd day cleaning may be a full service day.
It would like something like this
1 day 6 trash 6 recycle 6 desk tops 2 restrooms ( light clean)
6 minutes for trash & recycle - 3 minutes for desk tops - 6 minutes restroom


2nd day Full clean 6 minutes for trash & recycle - 3 minutes for desk tops - 10 minutes restrooms (full clean scrub out fixtures)- vacuum 10 minutes
The above is an example.
Good Luck, I have made my share of bidding boo boos, each bid is a learning experience. Brad BD Janitorial
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