How Much Should I Charge for Cooking, Cleaning and Shopping?

I recently accepted a job which I'll be starting in about a month working 8 hours a week cooking meals, doing the grocery shopping, laundry, and very light cleaning (the family has a separate weekly housecleaner). I have no idea what to charge for this kind of thing. I'm a college student struggling to pay tuition, so I want to get as much as I can, but at the same time want the fee to be reasonable. They are a wealthy family, so I think I could get a decent wage, but am not really sure what to suggest. Any input?


Kristin from Upstate NY

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August 5, 20060 found this helpful

not sure but when you figure it out let me know so I can charge my dear husband

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February 3, 20200 found this helpful

No kidding my says he pays so much and I dont pay hardly anything let's just see how much I'm saving him right ladies

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May 17, 20200 found this helpful

I just want to say that you got to keep in mind that in that profession what you're doing it considered hard labor it's like being a hotel maid you're doing a lot don't forget that you're doing the work why other sit so think logically if you are sitting and you have somebody else do it for you what do you think they would want you to charge them and my experience to have somebody that works 8 hours a week doing what you're doing think about it 8 hours a week and how many square feet of a home and not to mention how many people you're feeding what would you think would be there proper charge if it's 8 hours and you 20 to 25 bucks an hour how much would that be 160 I would go for that instead of 96

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By Beverly (Guest Post)
August 7, 20060 found this helpful

What area you are in would make a difference as pay varies from area to area. But where I live (TN) I would think $10.00 an hour would be good.

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August 7, 20060 found this helpful

check around and see what the going rate is for personal chefs in your area. That is what you are doing. I have heard that it can pay quite well.

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August 7, 20060 found this helpful

Since you are doing the shopping as well,I think you should charge $ 12.00 -$15.00 an hour. Will you be driving your car, or theirs? You need to take the price of gas these days into consideration as well.


I also agree with the person who suggested asking around as to what the going rate is in your area. You may be able to get an even higher rate. Good luck. Judy

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
August 13, 20060 found this helpful

I'd ask for $15.00/hr. regardless, PLUS GAS, and .10
mile if using your own car. Otherwise, insist on good insurance coverage if driving theirs, AND that the car be full of gas each day. Write every single instruction
down, if they don't, and be so specific that there is no room for error, otherwise there's room for misunderstanding. Laundry can be particularly tedious, so pay special attention to labels. If no washing instructions on colored items, lay them aside for owner instructions and write it down. If there


is pre-existing damage to the clothing, show it to the owner and write their response down.
Keeping a tiny but accurate journal, "with their permission so there is no misunderstanding" is only good business on both your parts. Remember that
shorter hours usually gets a higher wage, just as if you were in Temporary Employment who charge enough to keep part of what salary their employees
earn="a decent wage". You are obviously intelligent
because you are in college and willing to also work.
Balance your time well, learn to judge distance, call
ahead everywhere possible to save time/gas, be
willing to get owner's permission to substitute? and
write that fact down before going, such as another
brand or item. If out of stock, would the owner want
a rain check, or for you to call ahead to another store
across town to retrieve the item there? Keep a Mapsco handy if in a new area, and know where the

phone books are. That job is not as easy as one might imagine.The employers may be very picky in what/how/when they want the cooking done. Private Cooking is WELL worth the fee and no chef would work for that. Suggest you discuss how flexible they are, and remind them that you will need a little time to get into their routine and to fill their expectations. That should the juggling of all those jobs get too difficult, you would like the privilege of renegotiating your problems and rate. Good luck and God bless.

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October 13, 20180 found this helpful

That's a well thought out and detailed suggestion - very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to pass along your thoughts.

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By Kristin (Guest Post)
August 14, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks everyone for the feedback!!

By the time I got many responses, she had already called to ask me what I wanted to charge, and so I said $12/hour, which she thought was reasonable. They live only a couple of minutes away with the supermarket right up the street, and so I won't be charging gas money.


AND she has already insisted that I do my own laundry there AND make enough of whatever meal I'm making to bring home some for my boyfriend and I, which is awesome (because then I don't have to make 2 meals!). So all in all, I thought 12 would be reasonable. Thanks for all the input!

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