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$100 an hour....

Jonah Crawford

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As Im sure you already know there is a lot of opinions on this. But to me it all depends on what your goals are. Are you just cleaning enough to make your salary? Or do you have bigger goals? For me I know Im trying to Grow which means I have to spend money on advertising, I also need to save money for more equipment and cost of adding employees. I Also would like someday to make more money as who wants to work your life away breaking your back only to not have a good standard of living! I mean if I wanted to be a poor Mexican Carpet cleaner I could just go work for someone else. So There are a lot of factors to add in here. For me Im doing this to provide a quality service but also to make money! To grow, beat my competition, while providing myself with profit! I don't know about you but when I was a kid growing up in NV I didn't dream of growing up and being a blue collar low wage janitor.
 

OxiFreshGuy

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I find myself around $150 per hour in residential (not counting windshield time)
 

SkylinePrints

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Last week I had a Maple tree taken down in my yard. 2 guys showed up, dropped the tree, ground it up, raked the yard, and gone in less than 1 hour. $600....

The point is... why do we continue to use $100 hr as a marker for business? it's been used for decades even though the cost of doing business has gone up. This actually related to a post I made on this topic a couple of weeks ago.

Know your costs. Know your margins. Know your goals. Build your business.

Everyone has a right to run their own business as they see fit. I'm am just amazed at how the pricing overall in this industry has remained fairly flat for 30 years even though expenses have risen.
 

OxiFreshGuy

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Simple- its too easy to get into. Customers don't see it as a high value service.

I routinely get about $200 for one hour and ill often get a comment , "Wow done already?" And I know in their mind they think maybe I didn't work hard.

Ill point at my truck and explain I have one of the most powerful machines, the experience to not waste motions and adapt to the layout, and the chemical knowledge to remove most stains/dirt quickly.

You're paying me for my expertise. Which sometimes translates into higher quality for less effort.