Adressing the big fat elephant in the room

This is a post that I've wanted to do for some time, but the time as come to address it, prices.

I am actually going to give numbers, only basic, but numbers that reflect what our basic cost on site scenario would look like before costs.

Below is a link to the award we are under:

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On a standard hour day an adult casual employee is on 27.14/Hr, Over time first 2 hours 37.99/hr, after 2 hours 48.85/Hr.

If a cleaner is charging $66/hr inc minus GST as its not profit = $60/hr = $32.86/hr after wage & before any costs come out, keep in mind GST doesn't count as profit to a business as its payable to the ATO.

I was startled by a comment the other day " I thought its was 30/hr each cleaner onsite"

If that's the case we as a business are only left with $2.86/hr before any costs come out.

Frightening to think people believe it costs nothing to run a business!!

Though times are tuff, we need to support small business, and locally owned and grown businesses, or one day you will ask your self where are they all gone?

One thing we don't do as business is compare our business to another cleaning business, though we can learn from one another, price wise we are on par to most bigger established companies, out side of that we stick to what we do and know. Obviously we have to play our part in keeping our costs down and keep rates low as possible, but to grow as a business, rates need to be at a level so your actually growing and able to grow.

And also because we are under an award we bound by that award which means we have to pay the award rate and any relevant allowances and over time.

So in conclusion before to try to squeeze a cleaner for a cheaper rate, let it be a reminder its jeopardising his or her business and a risk of putting them out of business.

Cleaners reading this, charge what you need to, don't risk your business for the sake of winning business.