Had we done all of the legwork, we would be asking a lot more from our clients than just the minimum
My brother and I had always thought people who worked for cleaning companies made easy money. My mother never complained about the houses she cleaned, and she often commented on the tips she received. Mom would talk about how the people treated her like a member of the family. They would offer their help and even have her sit down to a meal with them. I didn’t think about the fact that mom worked for herself and not for a cleaning company. With all of this in mind, my brother and I thought we could start our own cleaning company. We could hire the people to do all the cleaning and let them keep their tips. We would make a killing by charging our clients twice what we were paying our cleaners. We never considered that we had to buy the equipment and supplies for the cleaning company. We didn’t wonder what would happen if one of our cleaners couldn’t come in one day. As the owner of the cleaning company, we thought we would do the books and never had to work. This didn’t work out this way either. We were working harder than the people who worked for us. Once we paid wages, taxes, and business expenses, we barely made minimum for ourselves. We didn’t put a lot of thought into our cleaning company. Had we done all of the legwork, we would be asking a lot more from our clients than just the minimum. Now, we know why we were getting so many clients. We were charging almost half of what other cleaning companies charge.