Trying to figure out what to charge..hourly or by the job. And do you supply the cleaning stuff or do your clients usually?
Do you report your income to the IRS? I am unsure how to go about keeping records for the money I earn.
Answer by whitepeppers at 7:11 PM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by emmyandlisa at 5:18 PM on Jun. 18, 2011
I would talk to an accountant about the best way to track for income and expenses. Something like Quick Books would probably work. You need to keep clear records and report everything to the IRS. You might need to set up a business, and if you do that you have to get a tax ID number, set up an account with federal, state, and local government. You might have to get a sales tax licence. I don't know what rules are where you live, just where I live.
Answer by happy-go-lucky at 5:30 PM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by LittleBirdFly at 5:41 PM on Jun. 18, 2011
Hi Texasgurl33 -
I clean homes and offices for a living. I choose to work alone and I make a very good income doing so. I don't care to charge by the hour because in my opinion you will not make enough or the customers could end up paying much more than they really expect to which is unfair. I charge by the job (or per house). I first meet with the customers, get a tour of their home, ask them what they expect with every cleaning, and towards the end of this discussion I will quote a price. If they make it clear they are not pleased with that price I make another offer. Usually they accept the first offer I make but there are times I need to go lower, which is still fair. This technique may or may not work for you however. Please understand that I offered a much lower yet reasonable price to begin my small business and to get those first customers. F
Answer by SarahFarah at 5:50 PM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by Granna2006 at 7:06 PM on Jun. 18, 2011