I really did enjoy cleaning as a vendor for an apartment complex rather than people's homes in general. Totally agree with your residential points 100% lol - it's all too true.We have done both residential and commercial. Here are my thoughts:
Pros:- A lot of business out there for residential cleaning. Was always booked.- Day cleaning, usually had the nights and weekends off.- Always enjoyed interacting with the clients.- Paid immediately after every job.Cons:- Clients can be @ssholes.- Clients don't understand the difference between a house cleaner and a maid.- Seriously, if you could remove the client from the picture, residential cleaning would be perfect.Commercial:
Pros:- Commercial clients are daily/weekly/monthly service contracts, so you always have income each month.- They rarely complain. As long as you clean well, you will never have a problem.- You clean at night, usually between the hours of 8pm - 5am (each building is different) Works great if you have kids and your partner works during the morning/day.- Learn carpet cleaning, floor stripping and waxing, exterior window cleaning, pressure washing, etc... and you can charge a premium for these extra services.Cons:- You work alone usually, can be lonely sometimes.- Harder to find new clients and clients usually are looking for the lowest bid, not the most qualified company for the job.- Invoicing is usually Net30. Make sure you have a backup of money to pay bills and employees until your clients pay you on the last day of the month.- Work can be 7 days a week.We do not do residential cleaning anymore, the money we were making from residential was not worth the headache it was causing me. I love the commercial side because of its constant income each month and the clients never complain. I was making more money in residential, but as long as I keep growing on the commercial side, I will eventually make up what I lost from leaving residential and keep all the hair on my head.