The Housekeeping Job Guide: Housekeeping Job Options

Find the right type of house cleaning job for you

You're a hard worker, honest and reliable. You may be like many people who find satisfaction in cleaning and organizing their homes and think they would like to do that for other people. Some housekeepers enjoy having concrete tasks to perform that make other people happy. Some like like being able to do a job well and thoroughly and then move on to another. Some enjoy controlling their hours and being their own boss. Some are new to this country and want to earn money while improving their language skills. And some have recently been laid off from a different type of work and need to earn money until they can get a job in their preferred field.

Whatever your motivation may be, working as a housekeeper can be both enjoyable and a good way to pay your bills.

You can work either on your own, as part of a team, or for a professional cleaning company. There are pluses and minuses to each.

  • Independent contractor If you work on your own, you will be responsible for finding the clients and also for anything that accidentally breaks. You will have to provide your own health and disability insurance. And if you want liability insurance for anything you break, you will have to pay for that. In addition, you will have transportation expenses. On the other hand, you will be able to keep all the money you make (other than taxes!). You will be able to control your own schedule and choose your own clients. You will be your own boss, and will be responsible for your own work.
  • Team of independent contractors If you work as part of a team, you will be able to divide up the work, perhaps with each person owning a preferred task, but you will then have to divide up the earnings, as well.  You will have to work with people you trust, because if they don't do a good job, or are not careful or honest, you will all suffer the consequences.
  • Cleaning services If you work for a cleaning service, they will keep a percent of your earnings. They will also often provide a car for your use, saving you transportation costs, and will be responsible for finding the clients whose homes you clean. They usually also provide liability insurance and vacation pay, although not always health or disability insurance.
  • Live-in housekeeper If you have recently lost your home, one option to consider is work as a live-in housekeeper. These jobs may not be that prevalent, but they do exist. A live-in housekeeper would normally clean the house each day, do laundry, and clean up after all meals. Often, a housekeeper will prepare the meals, as well.  Many housekeepers also watch the children when they are home from school, although their primary focus is housecleaning, not child care.  In return, the housekeeper will get free room and board, plus a salary. The advantages of this job are the free room and board, usually in a nice home, and getting to know one family well. The disadvantage is that the work hours are long. A great deal of the job satisfaction would depend on your relationship with the particular family you would work for.

Now that you are aware of the various housekeeping job options, you can move on to the next stage of assessing how much to charge for your services.

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Comments (2)
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Bonny M.
It depends on how often & how much time is spent in your home or running errands for you, if that is even something you want done. I can cook for you as well.
Posted: January 02, 2014 at 10:22 AM
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Jackie H.
Depending how much is done and where from 50 to 150
or more depending how often and when?
Posted: December 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM
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