Retail Cleaning and Maintenance
Another group of "behind the scenes" people is the cleaning and maintenance team.
- Wash floors
- Buff floors
- Shampoo carpets
- Wash windows and walls
- Clean bathrooms (employee and customer)
- Exterminate pests
- Decorate for the holidays
- Empty trash cans
- Minor construction repairs
- Yard maintenance
- Equipment care and repair
The worst part of being on the cleaning and maintenance crew is the hours. Because stores want shopping to be the main focus of the business hours, maintenance and cleaning crews usually work at night.
To join a cleaning and maintenance crew, you don't need any special education (although it is not the best job for high school kids, given the hours). Your training will be on-the-job. These entry-level positions don't pay well, but the good news is, once again, that this can be a stepping-stone. When there is a night cleaning crew, there is usually a supervisor, which means that you'd get more money, and from there, you can also move up to working in a warehouse, which has an even higher rate of pay.