Are you kidding me? I was a church pastor and now you offer me a job cleaning houses? Yes! Provided your pride does get in the way!
Jesus taught the disciples to seat people in rows (ushering), then taught them to hand out baskets of fish and bread (waitressing) and then he taught them how to clean up the whole meal and retrieve the baskets (bus-boy). If that is the training for the twelve guys who will sit on the twelve thrones over the twelve tribes, maybe there is a bright future for you cleaning houses.
Kathy and I use house and office cleaning in conjunction with our window cleaning business. In window cleaning, especially in winter, you have a lot of rain outs. So we mix house/office cleaning with window cleaning and the two seem to work well together. True, there is more money in window cleaning, and I personally do not get as tired window cleaning as house cleaning. Pushing a vac for two hours is far more tiring than climbing a ladder – but that is my opinion.
Again, just like window cleaning, DO NOT TARGET the middle class. They will want you to clean their house for next to nothing. Middle class people like to think like rich people and have house cleaners, yard maintenance etc, but they do not have the funds to support such dreams. Target upscale wealthy neighborhoods. House cleaning is hard work, people. Do not give an estimate based on anything less than $20.00 per hour. We have several large homes that take 2.5 to 3 hours to clean. For that we charge $100.00 – that is for two people.
From our wealthy house cleaning clients, we have been given office cleaning. When they are please with what you do to maintain their home, they ask you to clean their business for them. This is evening work, and will dove-tail well with daytime window cleaning.
Try and set clients up for a bi-weekly cleaning. Office cleaning is usually weekly. The first cleaning is the hardest, just like window cleaning. Once the house/office is clean, and you are just maintaining it, the job will get easier.
Believe in yourself – you have been house cleaning all your life! Now, with confidence, you can get paid for it. We knew a lady in Colorado Springs who had a master’s degree in speech therapy, but gave it all up and joined her friend in a house cleaning business – there was way more money in cleaning the houses of the wealthy. Questions: call Kim at 918-919-1490.