Commercial pricing for beginners

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  1. DannyB

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    #1 DannyB, Sep 20, 2015
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    Hi everyone

    Already next week I may start canvassing local retailers in my town for commercial W/C jobs.

    As I am a beginner, I have only a foggy idea about how long would any high street shop, office, diner, pub or restaurant take me. Moreover, my speed will gradually build up, so I can't take it for a constant variable either.

    Could anyone recommend me some system of storefront pricing that is NOT based on time assessment? Rather some way of pricing based on square feet, square yards or square meters, the height of storefront, number of window panes etc?

    Or should I resign on seeking such sort of system, do few storefronts for free and measure the time needed with stop watch, and at the same time ask all retailers for revealing the prices my competitors charge them?

    Any advice will be most appreciated.
     
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  2. boarcity

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    shopfronts are rock bottom prices . far below residential. it will only pay off if you do a string of them . by a string i mean at least 8 on the same day
    i had a stab at shopfronts few yrs ago, i had 2 fullsize tesco , santander x3 a few cafes. i jacked up the prices from previous cleaners but it was still rubbish money,late payment ,made no sense !
     
  3. DannyB

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    Thanks. How far below residential? If you get, as an experienced windie, say £8-9 for 10 minutes of intensive and focussed residential cleaning, how much will you get for 10 minutes of commercial cleaning in the same locality?
     
  4. Eclipse

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    Depends on your pricing, I've got plenty of commercial work that pays as well as residential. One pays £85 for 2 hours work a month.
     
  5. Green Pro Clean Ltd

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    I think Eclipse is pretty close on this one, £85 for two hours seems pretty spot on to me.

    Lets say you make £30 per hour on residential doing 3 semis then I reckon a pub that will take an hour should be charged at £30 also and the benefit of just one customer to bill and only one premises to have to clean.
     
  6. boarcity

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    i couldnt make it pay myself .thats not to say you wont

    the thing is all the main stores are usually under a contract with a big boy national firm who bid and got the contract for a number of stores-he then subs the jobs out to local lads . now the national gets paid a decent rate but he then seeks out someone local at as low a price as possible to actually clean it . if you insist on a higher price he may take you on but only until he finds someone prepared to do it lower . thats how the big national make their money. they also drag out the paying as long as possible cos they make big money in interest holding onto funds

    earlier this year i took on some Halfords stores against my gut feeling after i was promised immediate payment "we r not like the others" and i ended up waiting 70 days to get paid
     
  7. Eclipse

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    Yeah I don't deal with nationals, only do them if the store is willing to pay cash on receipt of the invoice or a cheque
     
  8. DannyB

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    Thanks mate. Informative, no-nonsense reply as usual.
     
  9. DannyB

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    Sure mate, it sounds absolutely real. But in my town, there are also local tattoo studios, ethnic groceries, takeaways, hairdressers and many other kinds of strictly local businesses...
     
  10. Eclipse

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    They're the best ones, string 8 or 10 together at £4/5 a pop and you could probably knock them out in an hour
     
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