Solo vs a Team/Company
Hi, I'm new (here and to cleaning)and was wondering how many solo cleaners(independent) are here , and how many work with a company, small or large?
I'm at a point in life where I want the be my own boss. I work for a small company and she pays by the job, not by the hour. Typically there's 2-3 of us and we're done in 2 hrs. I get paid generally $40-$45 which is at least $20/hr. Her basic cleans are what others would consider a deep clean(blinds,windowsills, baseboards) so we work for our money. I had my first client a few days ago, and bc I was taught by the best in my first month, I cleaned like I had OCD and my client was RAVING about how good her house looked. The house was 1,700 SQFT and I finished in 2hrs10min. I was paid $60, even after telling her I only charge $20/hr.
I absolutely LOVED working by myself. I loved not having anyone check over my work, or tell me I need to redo something (company I work for is overly picky, as in seeing stuff that isn't there) or ask me if I did this or that. However I was sore by the time I left her house since I worked twice as much and twice as hard. Eventually I would like to get my own clientele but stay at part time status. Anyone here want to share your pro's and cons with working alone vs with others? Any tips or warnings you want to share? How long did it take you to build your own customer base? I honestly couldn't do this work for $10-15/hr. The bar has been set.