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Feelings & Financials

It’s time to review how well things are going for me since leaving full-time work to pursue freelance endeavors. Let’s start with the mushy stuff.

Feelings

I feel really good about what I’m doing. I have the flexibility to make my own schedule. I can set my own hours, pick which jobs I want to do, and charge what I want (I sell myself short in this department because I want to get clients quickly). The only thing I’m hating right now is toilets. They all smell the same and I’m tired of cleaning them. Also, tubs and showers are the WORST! See below for proof.

Financials

Now onto the interesting part of this post – how much money have I made? Is it really worth it?

Since I began (May 23rd), I have made $1,119 for 55.75 hours. This works out to be $20.07/hour. Of this $1,119, I have made $97.62 in tips.

How are my earning comparing to my old job? Considering how much money one needs to make in order to afford a 2-bedroom apartment ($36.12/hour), I’m not doing great. This really isn’t enough to support me, my husband, and our dog. I would need to work over 50 hrs per week in order to make what I was making before, assuming I continue to earn a little over $20/hour. But we have a large 3-bedroom apartment in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city. We have debt, a car payment, and a fat dog that needs to be fed. If I were a single person renting a room or a student trying to make extra cash, this would work out nicely for me.

The real question here, though, is: is it worth it? Cleaning for a living isn’t an easy job. Honestly, it’s often disgusting and it’s seriously exhausting. But there are also a lot of really great things about it. It gives me time to think about my life and my future plans and endeavors. It’s also a great way to zone out – it’s surprisingly relaxing, in some ways. If people are there, I get to have interesting conversations about their lives. I learn a lot about the people I clean for through their messes and the stuff they own. And like I said before – I can make my own hours and do things how I want to do them and that is really invaluable. I’m going to continue this for awhile and see how it goes.

Stay tuned – my next blog post will be comparing Handy and TaskRabbit. Which should you use for booking cleaning gigs?

P.S. The below kitty is a client’s kitty who REALLY likes to sit on the clean laundry as I attempt to fold it. ❤

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Milkshakes & Mops

Today, I learned that milkshake machines are pretty much the devil (my favorite Star Wars t-shirt agrees) and mopping with a Swiffer is a pain in the ass. Let me explain.

My day began with driving my husband to work. He bribed me with donuts and coffee at our favorite donut shop – Mighty-O. If you live in the Seattle area and you love donuts, you have to check this place out. All of their donuts are vegan (but you wouldn’t know it by taste – they are amazing) and they hand make the chocolate sauce that they use for their mochas (and chocolate donuts) – also vegan.

After coffee and dropping my husband off at work, I drove over to my very first cleaning job – procured thanks to the job platform TaskRabbit (I’ll blog more about this later). My first client was at work when I arrived. He had planned on letting me in through a lockbox but unfortunately, it was removed by management. He fought with them for awhile to try to get them to let me into the building. After 45 minutes of waiting, a kind tenant let me into the building. It was at this moment that I learned that the elevators were out, so I had to carry my cleaning supplies up 4 flights.

One of my tasks was to wash and dry all of the towels and linens. After collecting everything and throwing them into a heap onto the floor, I realized that there was no money to do the laundry. I contacted the client and he told me to just do them next time – so I hung all of the towels back up and put all of the linens back on the bed. I was thankful for not having to the laundry today, though – it turns out the laundry is in the basement of the building – 5 flights back down and no elevator! I did my cleaning and my mopping – by the way, Swiffer wet mops are a pain because they get dirty and dry out so quickly! I am officially recommending a steam mop like the one I use at home. It is efficient and is a no-waste product – you can wash the mopheads over and over!

After my cleaning job, I went home and showered – all of that sweat and stinky cleaning smells needed to be removed ASAP. After walking the dog, I went to the local burger joint for a bit of register training. Most of it was typical customer service (I’ve got that in spades) and some new knowledge of operating the registers. I wasn’t, however, prepared for the evil that is milkshake machines. Operating them takes a certain finesse that my new boss says, “takes about 100 milkshakes” before you get it down. I’m looking forward to that day because until then, my t-shirts will be exposed to milkshake shrapnel over and over again.

After getting home, I discovered that I received a $5.10 tip from this morning’s cleaning job! AWESOME!

And that concludes my first day. I have more work planned this week and this weekend I will be in Portland visiting family. Stay tuned for more adventures, helpful tips, and wardrobe casualties.