Who has partnered with a company to get work? I’m about to talk to a commercial cleaning company about possibly working with them. I want to hear other people’s experiences
Rule number 1: they are NOT your friends. Business is business and you MUST keep it professional. Quote every job in writing and don’t trust them to do what they say they will (like rent a lift for you).
Rule number 2: lay out the payment expectations. 30 days, 90 days, or whenever they feel like paying you because they’ve given you so much work and blah blah blah.
Rule number 3: lay out the timeline expectations. If they want you to work weekends and over time on a rush job then charge them accordingly. Do not give them the route work special on a rush job.
Exactly the kind of information I’m looking for. Would you suggest writing out a contract with them?
You could, but I’d probably provide them with a quote and layout payment terms for each job. As long as it’s clear to them it shouldn’t be a problem.
The issue is that when you start spending a lot of time with them and you get to be buddy buddy and you lose focus and start cutting your own throat trying to get them a deal on this one rush job and pretty soon you’re chasing them for payment and the check they do give you bounces and you’re like what the hell. The point is, how do you know they’re not a crazy glue sniffer? “Building model airplanes” says the little contractor; well, we’re not buying it. He sneaks into your house once, that’s all it takes. The next thing you know, there’s money missing off the dresser, and your daughter’s knocked up. I seen it a hundred times.
Sounds like you’ve been burned in the past
I have heard of interior decorators doing that. Whatever you charge, they double or triple that amount and bill their client. A good friend of mine does work sometimes for interior decorators and that is what they do with him. He is not cheap either. He never goes down on his price.
I have partnered with other window cleaners, 50/50 on jobs that would take me way too long.
It worked well.
I have a contract with Cintas to clean the exterior glass at a local AT&T store. It was kind of a hassle to get set up with them- but for almost 2 years now their $65 payment comes like clockwork and the job takes about 25 minutes. Im happy so far.
-Joe in Oregon
How can I get hooked up with Cintas?
How often do you service this account and is it only this one location?
Cintas, (Now Metro Service Solutions), called me and asked for a quote, I have no idea how they got my number. They offered more accounts, but I did not want to travel that far as the other accounts were over 75 miles away. I clean this account monthly, have the local AT&T store manger sign, send an invoice and work order via email. They have also offered other one time jobs to bid like motels, high rise etc., but again, Im not interested.
-Joe in Oregon
I have partnered up with a screen company , pressure washer company , painter , window installation company , tile guy, carpet cleaner floor cleaner and I never had any issues . I think cuz money was not involved , ( now if they want to me some money , it’s up to them ) I just want them to take really good care of my clients , and I take good care of there clients . Now these partners I have are not new company’s , there’s stablished, with solid Workman ship with great reviews .