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There is no minimum level of education required to become a housekeeper, but a high school diploma or GED is strongly encouraged. Self-employed housekeepers will often start out as house cleaners or maids at a company in order to gain enough experience in the field. Normally, housekeeping jobs at hotels and other companies will provide on-the-job training. Individuals who wish for further career development can start their own housekeeping business, which entails a lot of experience, proper licensing, and the purchasing of equipment.
Maid is another, old-fashioned, word for housekeeper, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Both a maid and a housekeeper are hired by the household who provides everything needed for the job of cleaning and maintenance. A housekeeper (or maid's) role may extend further in responsibility than that of a house cleaner, to the realm of childcare and house sitting. There are also live-in housekeepers who provide care for the family and the household on a full-time basis. House cleaners are hired on an hourly or daily basis and usually bring their own cleaning products.
A good housekeeper pays attention to detail and takes pride in their work. Trustworthiness is highly valued in the field, as the homeowner is essentially entrusting a stranger to manage much of their affairs. Experience cleaning and using household cleaning products is also a prized skill. House keepers should be self-starters and feel confident working alone.