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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Question

My question is simple. How much should I bid for a 16,000 sq. ft. church with classrooms, six restrooms, a meeting hall, kitchen, book store, a baptismal pool, and offices?


Answer

Your question sounds simple, and, as it stands, it is. However, any janitorial pricing involves much more than you presented in it.
How often will you do this work? Exactly, what will you have to do in each area? How long will it take each time? How much do you need to earn to cover your business costs and make a profit? If using employees, what are your costs concerning them?
If you do not know the answers to these and a multitude of other essentials, you will likely bid too low and not be able to do the job successfully. Where will that leave you?
Figure the time you must spend and the income from the job you must derive to pay expenses and leave a profit, and then you will have your answer to the question.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com