Yes, it is 95% females you will deal with.
Depends what town you live in for the other answers.
I'm having a big debate right now. I can't seem to settle it. I would greatly appreciate it if you can convince me to choose one or the other and do it forever.
I can't decide between doing residential or commercial cleaning. I am under the impression residential is easier in the long run because I don't have to buy heavy duty floor equipment. Maids' hourly wages are paid 3-4 bux more than light duty cleaners and that will kill my bottom line. My goal is to stay 40% margin. I need a full comparison between the two and I've already been researching for six months. Just when I thought I was ready to settle with commercial cleaning (office and retail), I get this crazy idea that I can be very wealthy with residential based on companies that are out in the market. I mean, it's all about setting up the business model the right way. I just don't know what to think. So confused. Any help would be appreciated.
My main concerns:
1. I want to go into residential cleaning because I assume margin's are higher than routine light duty cleaning for office and retail - 1 point commercial cleaning
2. From looking at other local companies, maid's are paid $15 per hour and light duty cleaners are paid around $11. -- 1 point commercial cleaning
3. I don't have to do proposals for house cleaners, but I will have to do it for commercial - 1 point residential
4. Making one sale in commercial takes 3-6 weeks. I'm under the impression that a sale in residential is a lot quicker? However, I don't know the selling process for residential. How long does it take and what is the flow chart?
5. If I pay maid's $15 per hour per maid for residential cleaning, it doesn't count payroll, employment insurance, pension benefits, etc. It's too damn expensive.
6. Why does it seem like all residential companies have two maids working together for every home? What is the reason behind that? Does it save time only or money too?
7. Which market is more saturated? Residential or commercial? Which one is easier to get into? Which one is there more of? After reading tons of industry reports, adding residential cleaning into the equation has confused the heck out of me. And I'm not even counting industrial cleaning.