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Home Town: Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA
Cheryl's Cooking Now! is looking for: (2 recommendations)
OT, I'm feeling really depressed right now. Will explain inside, just give me a few minutes to type it up

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Last updated: Aug. 19, 2013 7:02 am
Posted: Mar. 15, 2013 4:05 pm
 
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Sad Cake

Submitted by: Sandra E. 
This cake is called sad cake because the cake looks sad. It actually "falls" during baking and is a flat cake. It may be sad looking, but it is moist, chewy and sweet. It does not need a frosting. 
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Mar. 15, 2013 4:17 pm
A client of mine told me she will no longer need me due to financial issues, which I can understand. Another client of mine told me she's renovating her home and will not need my services for awhile, which is understandable. Another client who only needed me once a month told me she's going to look at the price listings of house cleaning. The last time I was at her house it took me 7 hours to clean! I got paid $75. I told her how long it took me to clean and that I felt that I need to be paid more. I quoted $15/hr. Now to begin with I charge a flat rate not by the hour. Once a month cleaning is harder to clean. I'm only 1 person and have no one helping me. She told me she will ask her husband and get back intouch with me. She let me know today that she will not need me on the next cleaning day 'cuz she already cleaned. Her husband is going to look into commercal cleaning to find out what the going cost is. I just said "That's fine." I think I will lose them as well. I do have a job interview on Wed afternoon next week so, I'm hoping I will get it. Just wanted to vent a little. Thanks for listening
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sassyoldlady
Mar. 15, 2013 4:31 pm
Mom & Dad had Servicemaster come in and clean once...I remember it being 3 or 4 hundred. I think you should go with charging by the hour. $15 seems to be the median rate around here. Anywhere from $10-$30. Fingers crossed on the interview!
 
Baking Nana
Mar. 15, 2013 4:32 pm
Ah Cheryl - Chin up! When times get tough house cleaning is the first to go. We all feel like we should be doing it ourselves - or could do it, even if we don't. I have a couple of ladies that clean for me every two weeks. I treasure them but know that if time were tough I would have to let them go. Your rates are reasonable. You can't work for FREE! Once a month cleaning is MUCH harder especially if they don't keep up with the routine cleaning. Good luck with your job interview and put out the word that you have an opening. Wishing you well.
 
Elle
Mar. 15, 2013 4:33 pm
Wow, a lot of people at once time! I'm sorry this is happening to you. I imagine that people are trying to tighten their budgets any way they can right now. I'm glad you have a job interview scheduled and hope you get the job, if that is what you want. Is the job something you think you'll enjoy?
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 15, 2013 4:37 pm
Thanks Sassy and BN! I know when one door closes another will open! I still have 3 that I clean every 2 weeks. I do not want to lose them. This other job is part time and will work of the even'gs. So, I can still clean homes during the daytime.
 
Baking Nana
Mar. 15, 2013 4:37 pm
Just for your information - I have a 3 bedroom, one story, two bath house - I pay $100. every two weeks. They come at 9 AM and stay till everything is done which is about noon. They started here at $80. a month and I gave them a raise - just cause they deserve it! At our other house that was much bigger - I paid them about $150 every two weeks. More bedrooms and bathrooms and stairs to contend with too.
 
iceemama
Mar. 15, 2013 4:43 pm
I'm sorry it is all coming at once. Hopefully the job interview will lead to something. I agree to let people know you have an opening and someone else may be interested. Don't take it personally. Having someone clean for you is a luxury and those are the first to go when money is tight. Wishing you luck!
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 15, 2013 4:45 pm
This other job is working as a parking attendant. I know I will be bored! but getting paid by the hour. BN, I do not know what all they cleaned in your house but do you go behind to see how well a job they did? I clean when I arrive til I leave and it takes me 5 hours to get an average size house cleaned. This lady wanted me to do her baseboards, general cleaning, make beds, and vacuum her furniture!
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 15, 2013 4:49 pm
Thanks Iceemama! I do understand the "why's". It's this particular lady that's got me mad. It is hard to get more houses to clean 'cuz most people are on a budget. I will get over it and hoping I do get this other job.
 
misty
Mar. 15, 2013 4:57 pm
Cheryl, with so many people in a budget crunch these days, I can understand their concerns. But that now places you in a budget crunch as well. I do not think you were over charging, that seems like the going rate. Wishing you the best of luck with your job interview !! Just a thought here... have you considered cleaning for small business?
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 15, 2013 5:06 pm
I have thought of it but never actually did anything about it. I failed to mention that I have a bad leg, knee down to the ankle. Doc said I have arthuritus in the knee and legaments or nerve damage in the calf of leg. Maybe this house cleaning business is coming to an end. I really need to take care of myself.
 
It's A New Day
Mar. 15, 2013 5:11 pm
I have a cleaning lady who is my age (she actually went to high school with me) and she comes every other week. She stays no more than 2 hours and gets paid $70. There are just two of us in the house. Among other things, she dusts around things and folds any towels that are hanging in the bathroom. She is good about being flexible if I need to cancel or change a day.
 
misty
Mar. 15, 2013 5:16 pm
Sorry to hear about your leg; I imagine that could hinder your capability at times. Your health needs to be high on the list of importance. Take care of yourself and hopefully all else will fall in place for you. (( hugs ))
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 15, 2013 5:19 pm
It's a New Day, I'm flexible as well. How does one clean in 2 hours? Does she clean showers, floors, ...it's no way I can do a house in 2 hours.
 
Elaine
Mar. 15, 2013 5:31 pm
Wow hun you really take care of yourself first. Your health is so most important We have a cleaning service for our MN home and we pay $50 per hour and they are there from 7 to 8 hours.
 
Bibi
Mar. 15, 2013 5:39 pm
Cheryl, so sorry you are having health problems and economic issues, too! How about offering the remaining customers a $5 referral discount ($10 maximum per month), good for as long as the new client stays with you? Incentivize people who market for you. With new clients, get a clear understanding of how much time you will spend at their houses. It is not your fault that a cleaning job takes extra time. I've had help with cleaning in the past, and they never stayed longer than half a day, unless I paid extra for an unusual task. You are right about a once a month taking longer. When I started with one lady, she said the first time would be extra, because she would bring a second person and do a deep cleaning. I always did my own laundry, made the beds and picked up before they came, so they could spend their time cleaning, not tidying. I wanted to be able to find things, lol! When I lost my job, I had to return to doing my own cleaning, and I understand how this affects you.
 
Mar. 15, 2013 6:00 pm
Hi Cheryl. I don't know if this will help. My step-aunt works for a home health care or home hospice?? Sorry but I'm not sure what what it is called. She has appointments to go to certain same clients each day or half day of the week. She sometimes just sits with the elderly or disabled so their spouse/parent can run errands. Sometimes light cleaning or light cooking while there. I'm not sure of all the details but this service to the elderly or disabled is provided by an independent company who contracts with MediCare?? Anyway, steady work.
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 15, 2013 6:01 pm
Bibi, I never thought of giving a discount with referral. I should do that! I really did enjoy cleaning and would look forward to going to people's homes. I got into a routine and the every cleaning day went easier and faster. Now that I've got a bad leg this cleaning business is coming to an end. There were some folks I did enjoy talking to and did not mind cleaning their house. I've been doing this for 12 years now.
 
Mar. 15, 2013 6:03 pm
I do housecleaning too, and I would NOT recommend charging by the hour! You are wise to charge a flat rate! Here is what I have learned: I never give a rate until I have seen the job/house to be cleaned. If it is going to take me 7 hours? That'll be at least $150, and I live in a rural, economically depressed area! In a large city it would be twice that much. Second, when I arrive to do an estimate, I bring a two-page checklist of cleaning tasks, broken down by room. In bold face, I put the tasks involved in a standard clean. In regular font, I list extra items, such as baseboard cleaning, oven cleaning etc. Then I have the customer either check what they would like done, or strike-thru standard stuff that they don't need done. Only then do I give an estimate! I know I have a lost a few potential clients, because people want a price over the phone, but I find that the clients I do have are clear in EXACTLY what I will and won't be doing. Don't sell yourself short. It sounds like some of tyour customers are going to be in for a rude awakening, and you'll probably hear back from them!
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 15, 2013 6:06 pm
Thanks for the info HotGrandma. I'm going to this interview this coming up Wed about the parking attendant. My son did it last summer and he sat most of the time. Cars coming into the campground at our public lake.
 
Mar. 15, 2013 6:09 pm
p.s. I'd be happy to send you my check-list, so you can see how I do it. It really avoids any misunderstanding, because no two people mean the same thing when they say "Clean the kitchen"! So for example, on my checklist, cleaning the kitchen is broken down into like 15 discrete tasks, ranging from wiping appliances, stovetops etc. to range hood cleaning, window sills etc. About 2/3 of the list is included in a standard clean, but sorry! If ya want baseboards cleaned, it's gonna cost more! I lost a potential client last week because she saw the list and asked if baseboard cleaning was included in a standard clean. When I told her that it was not, she started lecturing me on how when SHE cleans, she ALWAYS cleans the baseboards. Good for her. I'm glad I don't have her as a client, cause she'd be a royal pain. But the clients I do have know exactly what I do and are totally happy with it, give me referrals etc.
 
manella
Mar. 15, 2013 6:12 pm
HI Cheryl,iam sorry to hear first of your leg which is most important,and second your job.I think your rates are more then fair,wishing you the best of luck on your interview.{{HUG}}think you need one.
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 16, 2013 6:58 am
Peregrinus
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 16, 2013 7:05 am
I don't know what happened. I posted then it went blank. I left a message for Peregrinus. I do a check list. I made sure the first time I was in her home and then she turned around and said "I made a check list" which is the exact same as what I've been doing. I just held my breath and went to clean. After 7 hours of cleaning I was paid $75. Later that even'g I texted her to say "it should be more since I have not cleaned in a month's time and had to work harder". I think she understood but I also think they don't want to pay more. It's agitating to me.
 
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 16, 2013 7:09 am
Thanks for the hugs Manella!
 
Commented by: iceemama
Mar. 15, 2013 6:41 pm
I am thinking the one person that has you upset may reconsider once they see what other people charge for what you are doing. Someone else may be cheaper but they may not do as good as job as you. Another option might be to list all the things you are doing and see if there are any she wouldn't mind you skipping. Then it wouldn't take you as long and the cost could be kept down.
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Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Mar. 16, 2013 7:07 am
That's really sweet Iceemama :) I doubt this lady wants me to "skip" anything!
 
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