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post #1 of Old 02-21-2007, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Employess with their own "customers"

How do you handle having an employee with clients they clean "on the side" Obviously, owners of cleaning companies make potential employees sign a non-compete agreement before hiring but we all know that for all intensive purposes they aren't worth the paper they are written on.

So how do you handle this? Stay clear of potential hires who already have a few clients of their own?, stay away from part-timers so they don't have time to clean "on the side"?

The reason I ask is because I've had a few responses to a help-wanted ad by girls who have small cleaning routes of their own. I'm not sure how to handle this. My gut feeling says stay away because they are probably out to steal a few of my clients to try and build their own client base. The other part of me says I am just being paranoid.

What do you think?
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post #2 of Old 02-21-2007, 03:47 PM
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Let them stay on their own. Its not worth the risk because that is exactly what they will do. My feeling is either they own and operate a business or work for someone.. you can't have it both ways.

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This is one of those questions that comes up all of the time and actually opens doors to other questions. Technically all those businesses who say that they hire "independent contractors" should have only people who do have clients of their own (or on the side so to speak)!! However I can guarentee you that few actually do hire someone who has their own business/clients

My answer would be 2 part - 1) if your orgainzation hires only employees then no I would not hire persons who have their own clients on the side 2) if your organization hires independent contractors than all of your contractors should have their own clients as well as the work that they contract from you.
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Take it from someone who has been there. They will try to take your clients. It happened to me only it backfired. They approached a couple clients about them cleaning, even offered a cheaper price. The clients called me and told me what they were doing and of course they are no longer employed by me. If I were, you stay clear of those that do it on the side because they are your competition.
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I've interviewed those who had cleaning jobs on the side, nope. I will pass.

It's amazing what people will do. I've even been told in interviews by one applicant, "Yeah, my aunt owns a cleaning service in San diego and it's a good business. My husband said I should get this job to see what's it's like." NEXT!!!

The other one told me, "I love to clean and my sister thought it would be a good idea if I got a cleaning job so I could start my own business." NEXT!!!
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Angela, is it not amazing what some people will say. I had a guy last week tell Jason my ops guys, "I just need this job for a few weeks to pay off some fines"

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Oh my goodness, Ken. So what do you do with that information since he' already an employee?
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No, luckily, Angela, this came out in the interview. To borrow an expression... NEXT ! ;-)

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