Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Is there a standard percentage rate that I can use to accurately calculate the cost of paper products and supplies for an account? Like 40 percent of the monthly billing?
No. There are too many variables to calculate your costs in that fashion.
If I had to guess I''d say maybe 3 percent to 5 percent for paper products and 2 percent to 3 percent for cleaning supplies would be a safe number in most accounts. If it''s a small account, just add in 12 percent for all of it and forget it.