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#1 ~iMum~

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

I've just finished my first ironing job for a lady and I'm not sure what to charge her, hoping EB will offer some advice, please biggrin.gif

There were 52 items, made up of ladies and mens casual clothes, and 6 short sleeved mens business shirts. I picked up from her house, which is about 5 minutes away, earlier today, and will be be dropping it all back this afternoon. It took me 3 hours to iron it all.

The lady was a previous client of a friend of mine, who was charging her $25/hour, but she usually had smaller, more frequent ironing jobs for her.

I'm looking at it all folded and hung now and am incredulous that someone out there hates ironing enough to pay, potentially, $75 to have it done by someone other than themselves.  huh.gif Or do you think I should charge her $60, being $20/hour? We did try to agree to a price beforehand but, being my first client, I didn't want to seem too pushy and she seemed to be not fussed by either option.


#2 causeway

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

Id go $75 - most ads I see are for $25 a basket... 3 hours @ $25 p/h seems reasonable!

#3 Orangedrops

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

Oops wrongthread

Edited by Orangedrops, 08 February 2013 - 04:38 PM.

#4 *melrose*

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

I would go $75...
Buy the way i wouldn't mind doing that for a bit of extra money on the side.

#5 ~iMum~

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:58 PM

Thanks ladies. We decided upon $25/hour and she was happy to pay $75. She has even offered me a few hours of cleaning each week at the same rate - awesome!

#6 Wise Old Owl

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

Would you mind me asking how you deliver it back to her? I am presuming that everything that is folded after being ironed goes back into the basket but how do you deal with everything that is on hangers?  Did she supply the hangers?

Sorry for all of the questions but it would be something I could see doing myself but having never known anyone who does this I have no idea of the logistics.

Thanks original.gif

#7 Elemental

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:41 PM

It sounds like a fair price, and if you're doing the drop off/pick up then that's a pretty good bargain for her.

#8 ~iMum~

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

QUOTE (OneBlueStar @ 08/02/2013, 08:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Would you mind me asking how you deliver it back to her? I am presuming that everything that is folded after being ironed goes back into the basket but how do you deal with everything that is on hangers?  Did she supply the hangers?

Sorry for all of the questions but it would be something I could see doing myself but having never known anyone who does this I have no idea of the logistics.

Thanks original.gif

With everyone I know of, including myself, the client supplies the hangers. I just laid the stuff on hangers in the boot of my car. I was a bit worried about how they'd be at the other end, but they were fine.

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