When they called her in for an interview, they said they didn’t want to give a contract for more than two years
About five years ago, I agreed to help my best friend with her new office cleaning business. There had been a large complex of office buildings being built in our area. They were asking for bids from people for general cleaning services. My best friend thought it would be a breeze to clean offices. She had watched enough movies and television shows to know that they vacuumed, cleaned windows, did general dusting, and emptied waste baskets. She wrote up a bid. She included cleaning materials, uniforms and the cost per employee. She thought four cleaning people would be enough to clean thirty offices. I asked her about the equipment and cost of benefit packages and paying herself. She was overwhelmed when she saw her bottom line for getting this one contract for her office cleaning business. She needed four of each cleaning equipment so they didn’t need to be transported between floors. She gasped at the final line for a three-year contract for her office cleaning business. She was sure they wouldn’t pay her price. When they called her in for an interview, they said they didn’t want to give a contract for more than two years. They didn’t want to be tied to an office cleaning business for longer than that, if they didn’t do the job. They also didn’t think it would be fair if the office cleaning business were tied to them for any longer, if they didn’t feel the business was a good fit. We have now been working for this business for five years, and I have no intention of quitting the office cleaning business, for any time soon.