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I am new to the world of commercial cleaning. My business partner and I are bidding a job for a company near us.
They have about 3,000 sq. ft. and need vacuuming, dusting, windows and bathrooms cleaned, mopping, and a kitchen area cleaned 3 times a week.
I estimated that the job would take the two of us about 2 hrs. a day. I am trying to figure out how to bid the job.
(This is the formula I used. I am not sure if this is too high or if I am doing it correctly.)
These are my figures per week: Labor and Materials: $168.00 ($12.00 per hr. per cleaner and 5% for supplies) Overhead: (35%) $58.80 (The book said overhead should be between 20-50%) Net Profit: (20%) $45.36 (The book said net profit should be between 10-28%) Total would be: $267.96 a week.
This makes the average cost $.09 per sq. ft. per week.
Am I doing this correctly? (I used the formulas from How to Start a Cleaning Service - Entrepreneur.com
Your figures are in the ballpark, but may need some tweaking.
First off, it is difficult to give exact answers without knowing your experience level, training, general speed, and a host of challenges on the worksite.
I like to classify the challenges as Cleaning Variables that are unique to each building. With that in mind, here are a few observations.
Your cleaning time of two people for two hours would put you at a cleaning production rate of 750 sq. ft. per hour.
That rate is usually reserved for even smaller accounts that are almost uncleanable, and only cleaned once or … - Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corporation
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