You Can Clean Up as a Freelance Housecleaner

Make money as a freelance house cleaner, includes advice on how to advertise your business, organizing your cleaning schedule and freelance payment.

| September/October 1977

  • You can make money as a freelance house cleaner with these helpful tips.
    You can make money as a freelance house cleaner with these helpful tips.

  • You can make money as a freelance house cleaner with these helpful tips.

Make money as a freelance house cleaner, includes advice to start a part-time house cleaning job while still spending time with your children.

Become a Freelance House Cleaner

You say you'd like to be able to work part time — and you'd like to be able to leave the house during the day — but you don't have any "marketable skills" . . . you don't want a clerical job . . . and anyway, you can't leave the children at home unattended? Don't give up yet . . . not until you've read what Andee Carlsson has to say!

Finding yourself without any funds in the middle of a northern Idaho winter can be pretty inconvenient . . . take it from me. When we ran out of money a couple of winters ago, unemployment here was disconcertingly high, and what few jobs there were (particularly for women) usually paid only the minimum wage. To make matters worse, we lived 30 miles from the nearest small town, and a full 65 miles from Spokane, Washington (where the best employment opportunities were).

There were other considerations, too. My son — at the time — was three years old and I didn't want to be away from him all day . . . besides which, I couldn't stand the idea of working more than part time anyhow (since there are plenty of chores to do — even in the winter — on our 80-acre homestead). Another problem was that, after eight years in the country, I didn't have any clothes suitable for a city job (nor did I particularly want to buy any).

By far the biggest complicating factor, however, was simply that I never have cared for the routine of a nine-to-five job . . . and still don't. (Let's just say I get bored easily.) That ruled out the majority of job openings for which I might have qualified.

A Surprisingly Simple Job Solution

After pondering the situation for a few days, I had a sudden brainstorm: "I'll bet I could get some weekly housecleaning jobs in town," I said to myself. Sure . . . why not? My parents had a "cleaning lady" when I was a child, and the work looked simple enough. If I went into the cleaning business, I could wear ordinary jeans and sneakers (no need for fancy clothes) . . . and quite possibly, I could work things out so that I could bring Erik (my son) along with me.

7/3/2019 5:29:45 PM

I noticed the low pay too, then looked at the date of the article, 1977. There you go. Still good advice though, just different pay scale. She even said she called which I never thought to do to find going rate or you can ask around and check what companies pay. I love how she said its easier to ask for too much than ask for a raise. Very cool article.

2/21/2018 8:00:53 PM

The best way to earn a decent compensation is to charge per home $100-$180. Getting paid by the hour $10 -$12 you will not earn nearly your valued worth. The job may only take 4-5 hours and you will be broke and exhausted.

3/14/2015 8:31:59 PM

I have been cleaning homes for about 8 years. I have one thing to say about this article. It does provide some good information for those looking to go into housecleaning but to those looking to do this for a living DO NOT CLEAN AN ENTIRE HOUSE FOR $28!! I make between $10 and $12 per hour. You at least deserve to make minimum wage. Many people who are looking for a housecleaner have the money to pay a fair wage. Do not sell yourself short and live in poverty out of fear of asking for a fair livable wage for the hard work you do. The amount housecleaners make can vary from state to state or region to region but $3.50 per hour in 2015 is slave labor. If you get turned down in asking for a fair wage, move on to someone who can afford it and, believe me, many upper middle class to wealthy people can afford to pay what is fair.


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