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does anyone get paid for ironing???

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nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:02:30

am going to start ironing for money, but i wonder if its best to get paid by the hr or the basket/bag? if its by the hr, how does the client know how long it takes you, if you take it home to do it? and do clients expect it returned the next day?


SPARKLER1 Mon 11-Apr-05 11:03:36

You are brave NP. I hate ironing at the best of times. But I guess if you're gonna do it and get paid for it too it's a definite bonus. Sorry can't help on the costing side of things.

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:04:11

i love ironing, its very relaxing.

CountessDracula Mon 11-Apr-05 11:04:35

think beccarollover has been doing this or thinking of it.

You aren't near me are you? I am swamped and my local service has closed They used to charge by weight, but I saw a shop advertising £1 per adult piece of clothing the other day (in sw london)

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:06:00

i dont think anyone round here would pay london rates!

i might call up other services nearby and ask them what they charge, pretending to be a client

Toothache Mon 11-Apr-05 11:06:33

I have a few friends that get ironing done for them. You can price it per bag. Obviously a bag YOU supply them, like a small holdall. I'd say £10 per bag. Or you can go to their home to do it and charge per hour.... say £5 per hour?
You can do mine if you like... I hardly ever iron.

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:07:49

all you people who want it done, why cant you live near me?

toothache, do you work in grangemouth? i was there yesterday, helping my brother move house

Toothache Mon 11-Apr-05 11:09:46

Yes I'm in Grangemouth at the moment!! Do you live nearby?

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:13:30

im in fife, moving to angus next mth, where i hope to do the ironing thing. 2 of my elderly aunties have a cleaner who is pg, so im going to take over from her when she leaves. im going to take their ironing home to do it. the cleaner at the mo doesnt do their ironing, im going to do what she did and the ironing on top of it. its £5/hr for the cleaning, but i dont know about the ironing

im going to hopefully do other peoples ironing too

now you are all going to be disgusted cos im taking money from elderly aunts for cleaning their houses and doing their ironing, when i should be a dutiful neice and do it for nothing

but they asked me and offered, im only doing what their present cleaner is doing now!

Toothache Mon 11-Apr-05 11:14:47

Why don't you come the Scottish meet-up on Sunday 24th? It's at the MacRobert Centre at Stirling Uni.

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:15:12

im a bit shy about meet ups

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:15:51

sunday 24th is the day after my birthday party HOPEFULLY ill be in no fit state to drive

swiperfox Mon 11-Apr-05 11:16:43

I've been thinking of doing this too. I'd say you definately have to charge by item or by bag/basket/weight - otherwise you are bound to get someone argue that it never took you 2 hours to do their mountain of ironing and refuse to pay!!!!

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:17:29

i agree

think ill get those bags they have at the laundrette in eastenders

expatinscotland Mon 11-Apr-05 11:17:51

our downstairs neighbour does it by the bag. she charges £12/bag and does it at home. she offers free pick up and delivery and next-day service.

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:20:53

thanks expat

how big are the bags? are they laundrette bags?

Gomez Mon 11-Apr-05 11:21:15

Hi Nailpolish - I pay £15 per week to our cleaners for our ironing. One spends around 2 / 2.5 hours and this includes one set of kingsize bedding and one set of single bedding plus ironing for 2 adults 1 x (nearly) 5 year old and 1 x 10 month old. I usually filter first and take out sleep suiuts and things as I don't really want to waste her time doing them when there are shirts to be done.... She does them in our house BTW.

Good luck

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:22:49

thanks gomez, that sounds reasonable

expatinscotland Mon 11-Apr-05 11:39:47

yes, nailpolish, they are laundrette bags. she does this whilst her husband works outside the home, although they have no children yet.

iota Mon 11-Apr-05 11:43:17

we pay an ironing service by weight - £1.30 per lb. I only send shirts and lightweight stuff as a rule, so it's really good value.

the professional operations use steam presses etc and can do a shirt in seconds - it takes a lot longer by conventional methods, so weight might not be the smart way to go for you.

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:50:07

no, dont fancy doing it by weight from what you said.

also wondering if i should get a new iron

feelingold Mon 11-Apr-05 11:52:21

I pay £6 per hour to get my ironing done, and she can get quite a lot done in an hour. I take the pile of ironing and some hangers to her and pick them up 24 hours later, but the day I drop them off is arranged in advance on the phone so that she knows she can have it done within the 24hrs. I absolutely hate ironing so to me it's money well spent and she earns some extra cash whilst still being at home to look after her kids.

nailpolish Mon 11-Apr-05 11:56:50

so you drop them off and pick them up? was thinking i would have to do the picking and dropping

biglips Mon 11-Apr-05 11:57:09

nailpolish - do you mind me asking you how did you go about it as im looking for a cash in hand job too but dont know where to start... are you employing yourself or taking on a job for someone eg you saw an advertisement to do ironing?

marialuisa Mon 11-Apr-05 11:57:16

I pay £3 per kilo for clothes. They charge £4 per kil for sheets.

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