Why Office Cleaning Jobs Aren't so Bad

By Eric Hammer

Office cleaning jobs tend to get a bad rap; they're considered low level, dead end jobs. However, for some people, these kinds of jobs are exactly the kind of work that they want and even need. It all depends on how you look at it.

Consider these points in favor of doing a job cleaning offices:

- You get to work in a stress free environment where it's often just you and the security guard, plus maybe one or two employees who have chosen to work late. This means that the job is perfect for someone who enjoys the solitude of the work.

- Your job can never be outsourced. No matter how many jobs get sent overseas, no matter what kind of office you are cleaning, there will always be a need for someone to come in and clean offices. While the work isn't glamorous, it's reasonably steady. Not to mention that you are unlikely to have a boss standing over you demanding that you work faster.

- The work is perfect for students or mothers of young children. Think about it - if you're a student, then you may very well need at least part of your day time hours to go to the college library to read books, not to mention that many classes are simply not offered as night classes. As a mother of young children, you'll be home when the kids get home and can then slip out when your husband goes to bed to do your job. Plus, you can sleep during the day while the kids are at school.

How Much Can You Make?

As we said, office cleaning jobs are not glamorous; however in areas of high demand, they can offer salaries in the range of $10-$12 per hour. More typical however is that you'll get minimum wage or a little over that.

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Consider working cleaning people's homes as well if you need extra money. The nice thing about cleaning people's homes is that you typically can earn more money doing it since you can often command $10-$15 per hour, however you will have to work during the day and often will have your "boss" around.

Qualifications / Requirements

There are no official qualifications to become an office cleaning person. You simply need to know how to scrub toilets, handle a vacuum cleaner and empty trash bins. That's another great thing about this job - it doesn't require much in the way of skill. However, if you work in secure government facilities or high tech companies where secrets are kept, you may need to pass a security clearance before you'll be able to take a job.

First Steps

Start by checking the want ads in your area. These kinds of jobs are often listed in the classifieds. You can also contact companies that advertise in the Yellow Pages offering cleaning services and ask if they happen to be hiring at the moment.


Check out these helpful resources to find out more about office cleaning jobs:

HomeBizTool: 7 Great Reasons to Start an Office Cleaning Business - while not necessarily aimed at getting a job doing this, you can learn a lot about the business of cleaning offices from reading what's said here.

eHow: How to Get a Commercial Office Cleaning Job - Again, aimed more at the entrepreneur than at someone simply looking for a job, this article does have some good advice on finding work.

ABM - This company is one of the largest companies in the United States for office cleaning jobs. They employ around 91,000 people at any given time and have work available all over the United States.

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