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Here Are Your Housekeeping Job Options

Here's how you can find the right type of housekeeping job for you.

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You're a hardworking, honest, and reliable worker. You find satisfaction in cleaning and organizing homes and you enjoy having concrete tasks to perform that make other people happy. Does this sound like you? Then housekeeping could be the job for you. Once you’ve decided that you’d like to enter the house cleaning profession, you’ll want to figure out exactly what type of house cleaner you want to be. Some like being able to do a job well and thoroughly and then move on to another, while others 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 house cleaner 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. Here are pluses and minuses to each.

Types of House Cleaning Jobs:

  • Independent Contractor: If you work on your own, you will be responsible for finding the clients and also for anything that breaks while you’re cleaning the home. You will have to provide your own health,disability, and liability insurance. You will also have to use your own car and pay for your own 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 decide to 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. It’s important to find a trustworthy team of people to work with because if they don't do a good job, or are not careful or honest, you will all suffer the consequences.
  • Cleaning Agency: If you work for a cleaning service, they will keep a percentage of your earnings. Typically, professional cleaning agencies will provide a company car for you to use, saving you transportation costs. The agency will also be responsible for finding and assigning clients to you. Benefits such as liability, healthy, and disability insurance vary from place to place.
  • Live-In House Cleaner: If you have recently lost your home, one option to consider is work as a live-in house cleaner These jobs may not be that prevalent but they do exist. A live-in house cleaner typically cleans the house each day, performing many of the same tasks as a bi-weekly or monthly house cleaner.  Additional live-in house cleaner duties often involve preparing meals for the family and acting as a nanny for young children. The disadvantage is that the work hours can be long. A great deal of the job satisfaction would depend on your relationship with the particular family you would work for.

You should always ask the client what their house cleaning expectations are before accepting a house cleaning position. This ensures that the two of you are on the same page when it comes your house cleaning duties. The following duties are typically expected of residential house cleaners:

Typical House Cleaning Duties:

  • Vacuum
  • Dust shelves, light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Bathrooms (Wiping down counter tops, mirrors, shower and/or tub tile, and sink)
  • Kitchen (Wiping down appliances , counter tops, inside of microwave)
  • Bedrooms (Make beds, straighten up closets)

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

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