When is a Business NOT a Real Business?
I visited a forum yesterday where there was discussion going on about whether or not to take children into homes while cleaning. Of course that caught my attention.
The woman who initiated the conversation mentioned that while she technically could leave her six year old daughter at home with her other two children while she goes out to clean homes, the child would miss her so she would rather take the child along. She added that she would have enough activities available to keep the child busy for the two hours it would take her to clean the home. And she wanted to know whether or not she should tell the home owners that she was taking her child into their homes while they were not there. THEN, she insinuated that if something happened, no problem because she could just use the home owner's insurance policy to cover any damage.
In response, a second woman chimed in to indicate that she cleans homes for members of her church and that she takes her nine year old son along. She said that the church members were aware that her son had to be taken with her and that he sits quietly on a couch and reads books for the two hours she is there (yeah, right!)
Neither woman had any type of liability insurance or bonding insurance. I doubt that either had registered their business name, if there is a name. I'm pretty certain that they only accept cash. And therefore, I don't see them as a real, legitimate cleaning service. I simply view them as "scabs" who go into homes to clean for a dirt cheap price and who are unprofessional and basically give the cleaning business a bad name.
The excuse one of the women gave for taking her son with her was that the boy's father had walked out when she was pregnant and she needs the extra money (cleaning is her on-the-side job).
What do you all think about people like those two women who give the outward appearance of having a real business but who obviously have no business at all?