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post #1 of Old 07-24-2011, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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....one of the pros of commercial cleaning I figure is being able to control the hours, to a degree, that you work. My plans are to work alone (with possible assistance from an indentured servant...errr....my son) for a while. I want to be doing actual cleaning no more than three or four days per week. No more than 20 hours per week. I understand there will be some calling, marketing, etc. that will certainly go over 20 hours, but as long as I can do most of those hours from home, I can make it work. So my question is how many square feet of general office can be cleaned in 20 hours per week. Ballpark guess.

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It all depends. Mopping VCT? Vacuuming carpet? Is it a real estate office (hopefully fairly clean) or printing company (dust everywhere) or a medical office held to a very different standard of cleanliness? The amount of variables is huge.
I try to quote by time, $35 per man hour is my goal for every job. I can strip and wax perhaps 750 sq ft in 3 hours of typical nasty floor. The chemicals run about 10-15 per sf if I put down 4 coats of wax. If it was only 500 sq ft, maybe 2.5 hours, because the dry time is a huge factor. With a helper, no problem doing 1,500 sq ft in 3 hours, maybe closer to 2,000 sq ft. The sq ft is only half the equation, time is ultimately what you need to bill for. At some point, you will figure out what you can do in an hour. Maybe I'm faster than you. Maybe I'm slower. We all work at different paces. I expect a helper to be at least as fast as me, because I think I'm somewhat slow. I'm faster now than what I was 4 years ago when I started. There is no simple answer. I do believe you need to be able to make $600-700 in 20 hours, if you do floor care.
One of the most basic floor care tools... 17" floor machine

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So my question is how many square feet of general office can be cleaned in 20 hours per week. Ballpark guess.

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If your starting out...1,500 s.f./hr. Twenty-hours = 30,000 s.f.

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If your starting out...1,500 s.f./hr. Twenty-hours = 30,000 s.f.
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TGS....what percentage of jobs do you do the floor like that as well? I'm going to try to stay away from those at first. Would it be better not to discriminate and rent a machine until I make enough cash to buy a good one?

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what percentage of jobs do you do the floor like that as well?
10%

I'm going to try to stay away from those at first.

Would it be better not to discriminate and rent a machine until I make enough cash to buy a good one?
Don't rent. Subcontract the bigger accounts if you don't have the equipment/manpower. Work what you can WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. Grow your business slowly. Don't overextend yourself.
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If your starting out...1,500 s.f./hr. Twenty-hours = 30,000 s.f.
1500 sq feet per hour is a very low production rate. I would say on the low end you should be able to do around 3500 sq feet per hour. And as stated that number will vary depending on the type of account it is and the density of the furnishings.
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Don't rent. Subcontract the bigger accounts if you don't have the equipment/manpower. Work what you can WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. Grow your business slowly. Don't overextend yourself.
Good point, and one the accountant would agree with.

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