How do you become qualified to be a housekeeper?
Your choices must reflect your cleanliness and organization. For example, is your own home clean? Do you present a clean and organized appearance?
Begin by housekeeping for your friends and family members. Once you have done housekeeping for someone, ask that person to write a letter of reference for you.
Maintain a file of reference letters (these will come in handy when you are job seeking). (Never give prospective employers the originals of these letters. The originals should stay in your file. Copies of these letters are what should be distributed to prospective employers.)
Obtain bonding and professional liability insurance coverage.
Print business cards and brochures.
Distribute your cards and brochures.
Developing referral networks with other housekeepers (who may have as many clients as they want/need), insurance companies (who pay for housekeepers to clean after insurance claim-triggering events such as a basement flooding), etc.
Take advantage of opportunities. For example, see if a local radio station will interview you on air periodically, as circumstances warrant. Perhaps you may do an on-air interview in June about housekeeping when children are home for the summer.
By taking each of these steps, you will have become qualified to be a housekeeper, and you will have done the self-promotion work necessary to project your qualifications. Then, you should be able to secure some professional housekeeping jobs that are right for you.
An interview is a sales pitch: it is your opportunity to sell your services to your prospective client. It is wise to prepare for an interview to ensure that you are making the most of the opportunity that is your interview.
Your prospective client will likely ask you a variety of questions to determine if you are a good fit for their housekeeping position. Good interview preparation includes having ready, well articulated answers on the following subjects:
why you are the best housekeeper available,
what services you do/don't offer (i.e., do you do windows?),
what supplies you do/don't provide (i.e., vacuum, mop, detergents, etc.),
whether you work solo or as part of a team, and
what your charges are.
In advance of your interview, you should also prepare a list of professional references, or you can compile a variety of letters of recommendation from past or current clients. Copies of these documents can be provided to your prospective client during the interview. (You should retain the originals of these documents.) All reference lists and letters of recommendation should provide contact information on those individuals willing to speak on your behalf.
Next, you should prepare questions to ask of your prospective client to ensure that the prospective client's housekeeping position is a good fit for you. Such questions may include:
Finally, you may want to prepare a template housekeeping contract. Many housekeepers use a template housekeeping contract: then, as they learn the information above during the interview, they can write the information in the contract. When the position is offered and accepted, both the client and the housekeeper can then sign the contract, showing that they have agreed to the provision of what specified services, the timeline for the provision of those services, the compensation due as a result of the provision of those services, etc. By having this contract ready, you can prevent a host of subsequent difficulties over what was/was not agreed to at the time of the inception of services.
By taking these steps to prepare for an interview for an independent contracting housekeeping position, you will be well on your way to creating a positive first impression and landing the job.
Congratulations! You have a new housekeeping position. What do you need to do to make sure the job starts and continues to go as smoothly as possible? Following are some tips to do just that.
By taking these steps, you can start off your new housekeeping job on the right foot and keep your client happy throughout your working relationship.