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Foreclosure Cleaning: 3 Things You Can Do to Price Your Services Just Right
Following are three things specific things you can do to price your foreclosure cleaning services right.
Following are three things to keep in mind which will get you on the road to pricing your foreclosure cleanup services right.
Know What You're Pricing: Underpricing is one of the main reasons many small business owners fail. If you own a foreclosure cleaning business -- ie, a service business -- it's particularly important to figure in the "cost" of time and labor. And, this is why so many small business owners fall short in their pricing.
So, how do you come up with a fee for your time and labor. Quite simply, think of yourself as a hired worker. How much would you hire yourself out for, eg, $10/hour, $15/hour, $20/hour, etc. Then, you simply add that on to the cost of "hard goods," which brings us to the next item on the list -- the cost of supplies.
Pricing Supplies: Pricing supplies for your foreclosure cleaning business is very easy. You can do it in a couple of ways:
(i) Visit local stores that sell cleaning supplies. This can a Lowe's, Home Depot or Sam's Club. It's best to visit those that sell in bulk, because ostensibly, that's how you will be buying supplies. Spend several hours visiting several outlets and write down the prices. This is business research and will serve you well for a long time. You'll be able to price jobs much more quickly when you know off the top of your head in and around what supplies cost.
(ii) The second way to find out the cost of supplies for your foreclosure cleaning business is to buy some and do a cleaning job. Start with your house or the house of a friend. This is good because not only will you find out the cost of supplies, you'll find out how much of each it takes to clean a home of say, 2,000 square feet.
This will also give you insight into how many hours you will spend to clean a house of this size, which means you can figure out how much to pay yourself (or workers) for labor.
Check the Competition:
Simply call up a few companies and pretend to be a customer in need of their services (yes, it is a little underhanded, but it is done all the time in the name of free enterprise; it'll happen to you to if you start a business, so don't think you're doing anything terrible). Be prepared to give specifics, ie, how many square feet, what services you need done, etc.
Another advantage of doing this is that you get a good idea of how to handle service calls. Pay attention to how they question you, what they ask you, how they ask to schedule appointments, etc.). You can use this information so formulate your own phone consultations.
If you do these three things, you will be able to price your foreclosure cleaning services almost right. And the reason we say almost is because there is a lot of on the job learning in this buisness. Every foreclosure cleanup job is different and you will learn from each one that you do.
But, if you're new to this business -- or small business in general -- these are excellent tips to use to start pricing your foreclosure cleaning jobs.
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