Bidding a custodial job

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  1. steve_64
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    I figured they would take other bids once they saw ours and it sounds as if they did. They will probably put up the cleaners they have.
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    Yeah.. About five years ago I bid a job thinking to build a local route.

    They dithered and stalled until I finally called the contact for the last time. No, they were still "thinking about it" about six months after the urgent "we need a bid by Friday" call.

    So I offered him a choice, to "sh*t or get off the toilet."

    No idea who they hired or when; nor do I give a tinker's damn.
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    All the post on this subject were pretty interesting. We Are the Mom and Pop you all have been talking about for years:headscratch: You know the no vacuuming, toilet cleaning janitors:biggrin: I agree with everyone, that I wouldn't get to enamored with any auto dealership. All the bad that was posted is prolly accurate (maybe not). But, there's nothing "EASY" about this job. If you believe it's gonna be easy, breeze in, breeze out, prolly need to keep moving.
    Like everything, success only come with hard work.
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    It will be easy because I won't be doing it.

    Seriously though, I agree it's not just about showing up you gotta do the work too. All of our accounts are easy in the sense things run smoothly for us. We know what needs to be done and how to do it. The hard part is employees but that works itself out too.
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    So, they had decided to stay with the people cleaning already. They even rented a walk behind and worked all night on the tile a month or so ago. I had gone in to see what was up because we hadn't heard anything.

    Well Genny got the call today. They only want Tuesday Thursday and Saturday now so we reduced the price to $450 instead of $850. Looks like we got the job but it has to be approved first.

    They fired the other cleaners last week, not sure why yet.
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    When they go down in frequency, it means that each night will take you longer because it will be busier. I've had jobs ask if the price would be halved if we did half the nights. I said no. I lowered the price by about 35percent for half the nights.
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    I told them I thought $500 would be fair for exactly that reason. They also eliminated some of the work they want us to do. They wanted to see $400 so I decided to try $450 for awhile. Once in and proving ourselves we can ask for a raise.
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    I hope it works out for you.
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    Sounds like a plan. I have a couple jobs I'm a little low on because I like to have their business. First, a tire shop(I like burnouts, so this comes in handy) and second, california highway patrol office. Nice to not have to worry about a ticket or trouble for my Cummins not having emmisions stuff.
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    Cool beans

    Half the load is better than none

    Plus less burnout

    Had to chuckle at the " ask for a raise" comment

    It's a car dealership, they'll have to "talk to a manager" for that request :biggrin:
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    Many years back I had a house cleaning business and commercial cleaning business. While it was a profitable under taking, it did come with many pit falls.

    One large commercial contract that we cleaned nightly had this Magpie that was the unit Manager, or better known as the Keeper of the Cube Farm. About once a week I was summoned to the building to meet with the Facility Director to address her complaints. One time it may have been her accusing one of my girls of taking a piece of candy off of her desk, another time it may have been a complaint of not vacuuming good enough beneath her desk. It became a game of Cat & Mouse. She would intentionally try to set us up.

    One week she complained that there was a dead cock roach far beneath her desk. Oddly enough, there were never any roaches found elsewhere in the 30,000 square foot building. The week following the coach roach incident, I decided to make my rounds and conduct an inspection of the entire building with an emphasis on her Cube Farm and her Cube in particular. There it was...the smoking gun. Tucked neatly in the back of her cube panel was a shiny newly minted Quarter.

    After finding the quarter I decided to conduct an experiment. Instead of placing the quarter on her desk with a note, I simply picked it up and laid down two dimes and a shiny nickel. I never heard a peep out of her for the remainder of our contract.
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    Gotta love those Easter eggs, hahaha! I always counselled my elves to assume they'd be somewhere around and to assume there was a camera on them at all times. Often, there is.
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