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post #1 of Old 10-11-2014, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Some Questions on Independent Contractors

Looking to expand my residential cleaning business. At a rock and a hard place trying to figure out if I want to hire employees or IC's.

As for the IC's - can I make suggestions to them on how they might want to go about things? Like what to carry with them in their supplies, helpful tips I've learned from my own experience, etc? Or is that too close to them being an employee?

How can I protect myself and assets should they injure themselves while at a customers house? Can I require they sign a waiver stating they will not sue me and I will not be liable for their hospital bills? (If I can do this for a non compete, why not this also?)

Would I be allowed legally to work side by side with them as a team? We have some fairly large houses out where I live (4000 + sq feet) and they take me a minimum of 5 hours each cleaning. It would be nice to not have to be there ALL day and I think my clients would appreciate us getting in and out quicker.

Also, I've heard some cleaning businesses pay by a percentage of the job. I cannot find any information on this pay model and I'm curious as to how this is done. What is the usual percentage rate?

Thanks for any help!
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Any independent contractors must have the same insurance that you have
As well get an insurance certificate,copy of their license and an additional insured from their insurance company to yours to keep any claims from potentially tapping into your policy.
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Regarding your question on commissions (pay based on a percentage)...

I've been in the cleaning industry since 2003 and suffered with the same questions in the beginning. I believe the key to a good compensation package is to create a balance of salary and commission. It’s a matter of finding the mix that motivates your staff and is best for your business.

Our front office staff is paid their hourly rate plus commissions and our cleaning staff is paid anywhere from 16% to 18% of net revenue plus quarterly bonuses tied to their attendance, work quality, breakage ratio, etc.

I hope I've provided some answer to your question!
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.....not sure percentages work right in this type of situation, tho. Correct me if I'm wrong. I like the bonus thing, however...though this wasn't my question...its where I'm at too. How to make it as uncomplicated as possible....where's SprintCar93 when you need him/her? lol...I'm new on here far everybody's GREAT help!
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Yes, GREAT answers! thank you!
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you can pay extra to have them follow ur advice

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you can pay extra to have them follow ur advice
If you mean you can pay contractors extra to follow your advice..... try telling that to your local IRS guy.

Here is how you pay extra to give them advice..... pay the fine that the IRS will give you for giving your contractor 'advice' or make them your employee.
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Don't know about resi cleaning by contract, but there is a company in a town near me who offers or used to offer 70 / 30 split on commercial accounts. The cleaner got 70 had to pay their own insurance, for a bond?. There is a national franchise that got into house cleaning by area--they sell the area to a franchisee and I assume they take a % of each monthly check for expenses.
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If you live in the U.S, don't, and I mean DON'T hire your cleaners as contractors. Eventually the government will come knockin' and when they do, you wanna make sure you come out rockin'. Having 1099's as cleaners will raise some red flags for sure. Hire employees to be on the safe side of things. Sure, it may be more of a hassle in the beginning, but in the long run you will have some superstar cleaners that you can train and tell what to do and how to do it and this in turn will ensure you're providing quality service to your clients. You can thank me later

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Hi all any help would be very appreciated I have recently set up a carpet and upholstery business in Manchester - can you take a look at my site and give pointers and give pointers I have secured a contract with cpm and have a few of jobs come on for household property how do I get recognised on google thanks
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Bidding process:

Estimate how many hours it will take to clean the office, building, or house for which you are bidding your cleaning services.

Determine the going labour rate in the area where you operate.

Add payroll costs.

Add estimated expenses including cleaning materials as well as overheads like phone, insurance, office supplies, insurance, advertising, etc.

Add your profit margin.
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