I used to work for cleaning and maid services in Orlando and in Satellite Beach in Florida, as well as hiring a few maids in my time. I would call that a GOOD CLEANING. I am not sure now what a service would call it, but it is basically what you do on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. I think what may take it into the deep cleaning phase, is the fact you are actually WASHING and WIPING the baseboards and door frames down and doing more than dusting the mirrors. I think, depending on the area you are in, and what the actual size of the home is, $50 seems pretty reasonable to me for a girl doing her own service. Honestly, if it is say an apartment or small home, you should be able to knock it out in 2 hours with a little experience and no one at home to "chat" you up. And move onto to another place. The trick is to get good enough to fit 2-3 of these in in a day, thats where you start to actually see some serious money. Some free advice, when pricing a home, GO AND SEE IT FIRST. Some people will TELL you they only need this or that done and when you get there, it first need a bulldozer, then a dipsy dumpster. Then you can see for yourself the level of clean you are starting with and then, if you take them on as a client you can bring up a level of clean to where you are in and out in 2-3 hours and onto the next house! I remember having a client who insisted being at home while I cleaned, she needed help with this, she needed help with that, while I was supposed to be cleaning the bathroom, she'd have me come in the kitchen and have me do her dishes, as her friends were coming over. My 2 hour in and out turned into a 4-5 hour problem. The service had a fit with her about it. The only plus was, they said it was the first time that she specifically asked for a certain girl (me) and one she was happy with. I did what she wanted and let the owner sort it out (not my job to tell a customer NO!). She tried to buy me from the service, which they refused to allow, as she wanted me, but not paying the hefty service fee for me, cause she knew I only got a small portion of the fee. I think her real plan was to pay me the small fee and skip the agency fee. So I had no benefit either to actually leave. Be wise to what people want, try to please them, if you have a demanding customer, I'd take them on, but only if they are willing to pay for what they get and don't EVER be afraid about the money! As you take on new customers, you may find the old ones bugging you more, or less and wanting to thin the herd, think of expanding your business. Its really easy, add another person, get paid the same, but pay them a portion, and give them the ones you are ready to take a pass on. I did this when I went to Satellite Beach and I was making quite a bit of money pretty quickly, and I would start the new girls with me, showing them as I went, making sure they did as I did, as I wanted, as the customer wanted. You will be surprised how much happy customers talk to other people who will hire you and your crew. Being honest, reliable and personable and hardworking will hold you in good steed! Be prepared to deal with unhappy customers from time to time, with a smile and an effort to do better to please and make it right. Sometimes you find they either go one of two ways, they keep whining to get more free and become a nuisance, or they are so happy they tell 10 friends who now want you to come and do their place! Weed the whiners out as you take on more. Someone who can't be pleased EVER is not one you want to keep. It sounds to me, as if you are willing to do a little extra, you are not trying to squeeze every dime out that you can, you are reasonable. Thats a good start! GOOD LUCK my dear!