Angela Evans was a professional nanny for 30 years before starting Dogtown Cleaning in St. Louis. She was born and raised in the Dogtown community of St. Louis and enjoys providing her neighbors with clean homes. Her pivot to house cleaning came after she had finished up a long-term nanny job and was looking for another.
“When you’re a nanny, it’s hard to find the right fit with a family and I could not find what I was looking for. But the bills still had to get paid and I knew I was very good at cleaning. Whether I was nannying or house sitting or managing a house, I always left the home in better condition than when I arrived.” Angela credits her years of exposure to extremely wealthy homes with giving her an idea of exactly what people look for in a clean house.
It’s very hard to find someone that you can meet for the first time and trust them in your home. I have been blessed with that gift. I love helping people and seeing progress. I love going into a place that has not been cared for in a while and transforming it. The feeling of accomplishment is very satisfying.
Those decades of experience helping people in the intimate setting of their own home made it easy for her to transition to house cleaning. “It’s very hard to find someone that you can meet for the first time and trust them in your home. I have been blessed with that gift. I love helping people and seeing progress. I love going into a place that has not been cared for in a while and transforming it. The feeling of accomplishment is very satisfying. It’s kind of like therapy for me. I know what I’m doing, people trust me, I’m dependable, flexible and I work around all kinds of schedules.”
For now Angela is running the business and doing all the cleaning herself. “People have suggested that I hire people to help, but it’s rare that I come across someone that has my work ethic. I’m leery of hiring just anyone because it’s my name and reputation. It’s a big risk.”
She enjoys interacting with her clients and they look forward to her visits, especially the older people in the community who are looking for conversation. Getting to know her clients is one of Angela’s favorite parts of the job and she even invited a few customers to her wedding this spring.
As she’s driving from job to job, she wears her cleaning apron and frequently is asked what she does. One woman at a gas station asked if Angela didn’t like to clean her own house and she laughed and said that she does, because when people come over to her spotless house, it’s like an advertisement for her services.
While managing her successful cleaning business, Angela is also looking to expand her horizons and recently took an introductory class about real estate at the local college. “I loved it. I could definitely do it, and I learned things that I can apply to my business.”
She definitely excels at wearing a lot of hats; one customer hired her for house cleaning, pet-sitting, baby-sitting, and when they moved out of state, she became their property manager.
For anyone looking to get the most out of their house cleaning time, she suggests that they keep their home tidy in between visits. “Clean as you go. Then it’s not like all of a sudden someone will be here in an hour. Try to declutter as much as you can so the cleaner doesn’t have to spend time picking things up off the floor.”
To get a high quality cleaning service in St. Louis, be sure to check out Dogtown Cleaning. You’ll be in excellent hands with Angela.
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