Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: 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 square feet and need vacuuming, dusting, windows and bathrooms cleaned, mopping, and a kitchen area cleaned three times a week. I estimated that the job would take the two of us about 2 hours 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 hour per cleaner and five percent for supplies) Overhead: (35 percent) $58.80 (The book said overhead should be between 20percent and 50 percent) Net Profit: (20 percent) $45.36 (The book said net profit should be between 10percent and 28 percent) Total would be: $267.96 a week This makes the average cost $.09 per square feet per week. Am I doing this correctly?
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 ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.
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