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post #1 of Old 02-26-2011, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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How do you compensate employees that use their own transportation? I do have a company vehicle but we service four surrounding counties. Do you pay per mile or a weekly or bi-weekly flat rate?
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post #2 of Old 02-27-2011, 02:12 AM
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We don't compensate for that, our employees have 2-3 accounts that they are cleaning every day, but that's commercial cleaning. In residential cleaning it all might be different.
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post #3 of Old 02-27-2011, 08:08 PM
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I have been working up a compensation program for my employees. While working for a company I only made $10 an hour. After sitting in traffic for an average of 3-4 hours a day, not getting paid for the time in between the cleanings and not getting mileage or gas, it ended up being about minimum wage or less.

In residential cleaning I think it's fair. How the others do it, I'm actually interested as well. I was thinking if it over 20 miles from their house and the mileage in between or something like that. Or perhaps a gas allowance.
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post #4 of Old 02-27-2011, 11:28 PM
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I have never been paid for any travelling costs even when I was a sub contractor. it's all part of the game. Even for residential I was never paid fro traveling hence we only use our company vans etc when a subbie hasn't got transport. Probably also because I dont trust these subbies to be honest in the amount of km's they travel to and from a job
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Compensating for Mileage

Well the type of compensation really depends on a lot of variables. How long are they in traffic, how many miles are they driving and so forth. I don't think it is unreasonable to compensate someone for driving - they aren't doing it just for kicks, they're driving as part of a job. One way of calculating their mileage is to use Mapquest and create a route. Mapquest will give you the total mileage. Another way to make sure your cleaners are being taken care of is to just pay them more per cleaning and then the mileage thing won't be a problem. If you want good employees for your cleaning company you have to pay decent or at least competitive wages. I know some cleaning company owners don't care at all about training their employees so they don't care if anyone quits because they don't have to invest anything in the training process. But what kind of quality are they giving their customers? If you want a good reputation, you need to train employees properly and keep them happy. A happy cleaner is a happy customer. Especially in residential cleaning where they interact with customers.

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Talk with your accountant. I'm sure he/she will explain about mileage and give you the options. I don't personally handle any of that stuff but I think if you don't pay an employee mileage they can get it back on their taxes. And even if for EXAMPLE you pay .35cents per mile and the government allows .525cents per mile they can claim the .175cents difference. I could be mistaken though.
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We pay a car allowance per account! We feel that you have to give them that compensation especially today with gas prices being so high, with no end in sight.
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I feel the same, just asking is it a flat rate or is it based on mileage per account.......
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post #9 of Old 03-27-2011, 10:58 PM
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We give just a flat rate. Most of our accounts are scheduled in such a way that they are pretty close together for each day. Hope that helps.
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post #10 of Old 03-29-2011, 01:38 AM
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What some people do is pay $x amount for house cleaning then pay hourly minimum wage for drive time. Example: if minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and it takes 15 minutes to travel to next job, they pay $1.81 for that drive time. Over the week that small amount will add up. So.... you better make sure YOU can afford it as a business owner before you decide you want to be nice to the employee. Over 1 year, depending on drive time and number of houses cleaned it could be a minimum of $1000 ++ just 1 employee. And $1000 is on the low side.

I'll give a better example. Back in another life when we had 12 employees we saved $12,000+ a year by not emptying trash containers in houses. And... not 1 customer ever complained about it. With the way I set up pay we did not pay drive time either so we saved another $12,000+ in drive time pay. While that is a small amount to an employee ($18 a week), it was a minimum $24,000 SAVED for us as a company ($461.50 a week)!
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