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post #1 of Old 11-06-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Please help need some advice...

Hello all... to start I want to thank whoever is so kind to give me true sound advice. So I have been in business for a few months and I have had my share of jobs, residential and commercial. But today was the day of all days, I got a call to do a commercial building.

Here are the details:
3 floors, 30 suites
hardwood floors
2 conference rooms
6 bathrooms
basic cleaning-vacuum, sweep, mop
elevators only on friday
*Client wants it to be only 2-3 hours
Windows (not sure what they mean by that yet, could just be mirrors)

Now the thing is I have done a1 or 2 commercial locations before but those were one floor stores (Jewelery stores to be exact), and I charged by the sq ft plus shampooing carpet...

I need to have just an idea and gist of how I should intitally look to charge this new client. I dont wanna run them off, but I dont wanna get robbed or rob myself!

PLEASE SOMEONE ANYONE IF YOU CAN SPARE SOME ADVICE I WOULD APPRECIATE IT!
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post #2 of Old 11-06-2012, 11:14 PM
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You didn't mention how many days per week of cleaning?
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post #3 of Old 11-07-2012, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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3 days week
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post #4 of Old 11-07-2012, 01:16 AM
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Not a good start when a customer wants all of that work done but says they only want to pay for 2 hours or so to clean it. You will need to sell them on why they should use your services although it will be a little bit higher then they were probably looking to spend. For 3 hours per night, if you think it can be done in that amount of time, I would charge approx. $795.00 per month.
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Can't be done in that time frame, not even close. Very simple.
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For only 2-3 hours per night at a building that size being done 3x/wk, you're looking at emptying trash and vacuuming only and the bathrooms, no dusting. Windows would be something totally separate. I agree with jahra352, right around $800 per month.
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Properly pricing a client account is imperative to a successful business. You should always gauge your customer expectations for cleaning. Some clients expect a more thorough cleaning whereas some clients just want the basics done with occasional special clean up to save on budget. Knowing what a customer wants will help you to determine the price for your service.

At 3 times a week service and having to spend 3 hours per clean, you will be dedicating about 40 hours a month plus gas, supplies, insurance, etc. So once you have determined what your costs are, you can then determine what a fair profit should be.

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That is a very short time frame, You charge pricerange would be around $600-$1000/mo , Jahra has a nice estimate for you.
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post #9 of Old 12-07-2012, 11:56 AM
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Indeed that is very short spell of time. You have to increase no. of workers and the charge estimation should be around $1 000. But not less then $700. That would be suitable for both of you.
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Starting a business requires planning procedure to be followed by looking over competitors' strategies in running the business as many a times even with less resources the proper start up of business can be done with moving towards the next step gradually.
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