I Tried to Hire My Housecleaner

Every week (or every day, depending) the same housecleaners come to your home as part of the cleaning service that you’ve hired. Over time, it’s easy to strike up a relationship with him or her, which can lead to either a great working relationship or a deeper friendship. Or, if nothing else, you’ve come to trust the housecleaner and know that she will continue doing an excellent job no matter. And then the worst decision that you can possibly make happens: you decide to try to save some money or think that you’re doing her a favor by telling her that if she quits her job, you’ll hire her full-time as your private housecleaner. Why is this a bad decision? Let’s start with the basics:

1) There is a lot involved in hiring a full-time employee. You not only have to pay your housecleaner a living wage (40 hours a week, versus what you paying previously), but you’ll have to provide private health insurance, personal days, vacation time, and drug-testing. On top of that, you have to pay several different types of taxes — standard employment taxes to both the federal government, state, city and possibly the county, plus social security and medicaid payments. All of that should come out your housecleaners wages, but that money still has to come from somewhere: you. Each type of tax has different payment coupons, specific calculations and many forms. On top of that, you’ll be penalized if something gets messed up.

2) Your relationship with your housecleaner will suffer. If you decided to hire her because you are “friends” that will change rapidly once you become “the boss.” It’s impossible to stay friends with someone who’s salary you’re paying. On top of that, if her work becomes sloppy, you are responsible for disciplinary measures, along with providing a safe workplace. Do you have what it takes to be a boss? Not many people do.

3) You sour the relationship between yourself and your maid service company. If something goes wrong (and it will) do you really think that you’ll be able to call up the old service that you “stole” the housecleaner from? Odds are, you will not. You’ll have to start all over again with another cleaning company — one that you may not trust or get good service from.

As you can see, there are far more negatives than positives to luring a housecleaner away from your cleaning service, therefore, it’s better to just leave things the way that they are.



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