Roughly four years back, I agreed to help my best friend with her new professional office cleaning business.
There had been a large complex of office buildings being built in our area.
They were asking for bids from people for general cleaning services. My best friend thought it would be simple to clean offices. She had watched enough films as well as cable shows to realize that they vacuumed, cleaned windows, did general dusting, as well as emptied waste baskets. She wrote up a bid. She included cleaning materials, uniforms as well as the cost per employee. She thought six cleaning people would be enough to clean thirty offices. I asked her about the cleaning machines as well as cost of benefit packages as well as paying herself. She was overwhelmed when she saw her bottom line for getting this one contract for her office cleaning business. She needed a bunch of cleaning machines so they didn’t need to be conveyed between floors. She was blown away at the final line for a seven-year contract for her professional office cleaning business. She was sure they would not pay her price. When they called her in for an interview, they stated they didn’t want to make a contract longer than three years. They didn’t want to be tied to an office cleaning contractor for longer than that, if the work wasn’t satisfactory. They also didn’t know it would be even-handed if the office cleaning supplier were tied to them for any longer, if they didn’t guess the supplier was a nice fit. We have now been working for this supplier for roughly four years, as well as I have no intention of quitting the office cleaning business any time soon.