DON'T LET YOUR
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THE TRUE TEST - EMPLOYEES
V. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
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Who Would You Trust?
Choosing the right maid service can enhance your life in so many ways. It enables you to free up your time so you can focus on what you care about the most, it relieves stress and can hugely impact your health for the better. There is so much involved in a maid service that may not meet the eye- that you would not know about unless you immersed yourself in the industry. We are here to inform you about maid services using employees v. independent contractors- a huge aspect of the industry that effects so much from the price to the experience. The scariest part is- you may not even know!
What Are They?
Employees: Employees are directly hired by a company. Employees go through a hiring process, a training plan and are directly managed by a company. They are covered by various federal and state employment and labor laws. For the employee, the company withholds income tax, Medicare and Social Security from their wages.
Independent Contractors: Workers who are outsourced to complete a job. They provide good or services to another person or company as settled in a contract between the two. In the United States, a company is not permitted to train and independent contractor.
What Are The Differences?
It’s All On You
When it comes to independent contractors v. employees- liability is the most detrimental factor. You will see that cleaning companies Chicago will hire independent contractors in order to cut cost- they don’t have to spend time hiring, training and paying them a high wage and high-quality place of work to ensure their satisfaction in work. As well as that, they save money on payroll taxes but at the cost of you. The biggest factor however- is that they don’t have to insure them which can put you at financial risk. If your cleaning lady gets sick or breaks an item, then you are liable for that. This can put you under severe financial strain. Your cheaper house cleaning service may end up costing you so much more in the end.
When a maid service hires an employee, that employee is licensed, bonded and insured- you don’t have to worry. In this case, if there is an accident, you’re covered! Feel safe and secure with employees and a company which will take care of you. You don’t deserve to deal with a bigger mess than you had to begin with.
Training is not permitted
Independent contractors are not trained up to standard. US labor law prohibits cleaning companies to train and direct independent contractors. As a result, if you get an independent contractors to clean your home, it means the house cleaning service is not really committed to quality, safety, and worker’s protection. Instead, the cleaning company put profit first at all cost.
Employees tend to be trained to the highest standard. The best cleaning companies ensure their employees go through a strenuous hiring process and have the same cleaning ability across the board. Not only that, they all go through the same rigorous training plan which means their skill level will be very high and they are more than capable to do the job. Not only that, all of the employees will be of the same standard. If your usual technician is sick, on vacation or even had an emergency, you’ll be guaranteed that your replacement technician will be trained to the highest degree and will do an outstanding job. No matter what cleaning technician that helps you- they will clean to a much higher standard and with more ownership and integrity.
You Don’t Know Who They Are
When using independent contractors, there naturally is a limited choice among current practitioners. This is a drastic change from the vast pool of potential employees that a cleaning service has access to. Companies can be selective. They can be highly selective for candidates who have the right values which fit the company, work ethic and attitude towards working and the job at hand. Skills can be learned. Once an employee is hired, the training process will teach them cleaning processes, about the cleaning tools and customer service. You cannot teach attitude.
When a cleaning company hires an employee- they go through a hiring process, they are screened, and background checked. The company knows this person, trusts them to do the job well and makes sure your safety is the highest priority. They ensure the employee has never committed a crime- especially theft because they will be in your home after all. When using independent contractors- the standard is not the same. Sometimes the company may have not even met the independent contractor before sending them to your home! You may trust the customer service representative on the phone but the cleaning company may not have even met the cleaner before. Would you trust a stranger in your home?
How They Shape the Service
For independent contractors, cleaning companies have major legal constraints to shape the culture and values of the staff they sub- contract, but that’s about it. This majorly differs from the company who hires employees. For employees, the cleaning company has all management, legal and value-based leavers to shape the culture and optimize performance.
Why Cleaning Companies Use Independent Contractors?
The answer is simple: it cuts costs. There is no need for as much man power in hiring and training, this is the highest cost for a cleaning company and it cuts costs massively. Using independent contractors can reduce payroll tax up to 10%! In addition, the liability cost, reflected by worker’s compensation insurance and liability insurance, can also reduce another 8% of labor costs. Adding all of these factors up can save a company thousands of dollars a year. This results in a drastic profit increase and saves a company huge costs however someone has to suffer. That person is you. The cost they put into their company reflects on the service provided. They may have high profits but it will be at your cost.
How Do I Know If They Are Independent Contractors or Employees?!
Whether it be on the phone or in person- ask them. They may say on the phone in order to make the sale that they use employees however this may not be the truth. If your cleaning technician comes to your home be sure to ask them. Asking them will put them on the spot and if they have any hesitation- you know what the answer is. Talking to your cleaning technician can reveal a lot about the company that you may not know. Listen to what they say and make a judgement call on that.
Evaluate if it is worth the risk
When you have talked to the company- evaluate if using an independent contractor is worth the risk for you. The price may be cheaper using the independent contractor however a cheaper price may cost you more in the long run. It will cost you your money, health and most importantly your time if something goes wrong. A cleaning service provides more than just a clean home- it removes the stress of cleaning from your life, frees up your time and ensures you have a trustworthy person in your home.
Price v. Value of Your Time
It doesn’t all come down to price with a cleaning service. The true cost of a maid service is the price + time to manage + the stress added or reduced. Don’t just focus on the price alone. Why paid for a cheaper service and have a painful experience? You will be left managing the cleaning yourself and left to pick up the pieces if something goes wrong. The goal of a cleaning service is to make your life easier. Who said you can’t be a great parent and have a successful career? With a GREAT cleaning company you can do just that and more.
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We love providing a beautifully clean home for our clients. After every clean we send them a quick one click review to see how we did! If you see a negative review, please know that our staff has reached out and fixed the issue as quickly as possible. Mostly though, you will see only glowing reviews. That’s how we create happiness, one home at a time.
Team GlendaBook Instantly
Glenda’s work was excellent this week and every week! The surfaces were gleaming, and it was wonderful to come home to a clean home. The children were very appreciative and loved their rooms arranged so nicely. Thank you to Glenda and to Fresh Tech Maid for this excellent service!
Kate I., Libertyville Verified Customer
Team KimBook Instantly
Kim did an amazing job! All of the techs we’ve had from Fresh Tech have been wonderful. The place always looks spotless and their cleaning agents do not leave any harsh chemical smells. I highly recommend them!
Limor G., Chicago Verified Customer
Team LindsayBook Instantly
Lindsay were punctual and pleasant and left the apartments sparkling clean.
Sharon W., Chicago Verified Customer
Team TatianaBook Instantly
We’ve been using Fresh Tech Maid for about 6 months and have been extremely happy with our service. They are in frequent communication about (rare) schedule changes. Tatiana, our tech, is fantastic. She is very detailed-oriented and pays special attention to problem areas. My husband frequently works from home, and she is always careful to not disturb him. We’ve tried many services in the past, and Fresh Tech Maid is by far the best.
Christina L., Chicago Verified Customer
Team IeshaBook Instantly
Iesha did a great job at the house and was very friendly. She was also very nice to talk to.
Melanie B., Evanston Verified Customer
Team TheresaBook Instantly
Fantastic company to work with. Their techs are prompt and professional. Any concerns are quickly addressed and resolved. Theresa is my tech and it is a joy to see her. I know that when I come home from work, my house will be standing tall and my dog will have spent several hours with a good friend. She is quiet, very polite, and a hard worker. I have recommended her and Fresh Tech to my family and friends and will continue to do so in the new year!
Elizabeth B., Wheeling Verified Customer
Team CeniceBook Instantly
We use this service once a month, and it really helps to keep our apartment clean. Our cleaning tech is Cenice – she is always punctual, pays attention to the details, and uses her time well.
Brandon T., Chicago Verified Customer
Team AliciaBook Instantly
I was very impressed by Fresh Tech Maid. I was originally assigned a group of cleaners but fortunately, I ended up with Alicia. While she was late, she was extremely communicative in keeping me updated on her status. That completely made up for being late. She did a fantastic job cleaning. Very efficient and did a great job. My only thing I would change is I would check to see that they clean inside of the microwave. Besides that it was fantastic.
Matthew D., Chicago Verified Customer
Team AprilBook Instantly
Fresh Tech Maid came to do a move in clean and went above and beyond to make sure I was satisfied. April was a great cleaner, professional, and very nice to work with. She worked extremely hard to make sure the apartment was as clean as possible and payed close attention to areas of concern.
Jaime B., Chicago Verified Customer
Team JoannaBook Instantly
We have been talking about getting a maid service forever and finally decided to give it a go. After a lot of research we landed on Fresh Tech as they are highly rated and I don’t have to worry about chemicals with young children. I have to tell you, it has been life changing. With two busy young boys I would say our house is clean, but lived in. Having Joanna come in twice a month to really get in there and deep clean is literally one of the best things we have ever done for our family! Talking about Fresh Tech and more specifically about Joanna she is just wonderful. It is amazing how much she gets done and how shiny the place looks when she leaves! If you are on the fence about getting some help around the house I say 1000% DO IT. And if you are wondering about a good, reputable and friendly company call Fresh Tech and request Joanna. You will not be sorry!!!
Jessica H., Arlington Heights Verified Customer
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