I’m not sure about you, but I enjoy cleaning. I suppose you can call me a bit of a clean freak, not the crazy type, yet I enjoy keeping my home orderly and clean to say the least. Realistically though, cleaning is not in the blood for most people. In fact, majority of the people dislike cleaning as a whole, and this is why residential house cleaners exist. So, if you enjoy having a clean home, and don’t mind doing it yourself, you should think about starting a cleaning business.
I’m not going to lie, but you do need to enjoy some faucet of cleaning, and more importantly you could dedicate the necessary energy to starting a cleaning business, then you have the right mindset to start a home-based business cleaning – whether you’re looking to clean homes or offices commercially. Starting a cleaning business focusing on residential homes gives you a larger potential customer base to deal with than trying to do commercial cleaning, and it may also allow you to do daytime hours where an office building will need to be cleaned at night. It can be inexpensive to start your home-based residential cleaning business, but it will take dedication and hard work to make it a success.
Tips on how to get started:
1. Research Stage
Anytime you’re looking to venture into unfamiliar territory, you should do as much as research ahead as possible. This way you can try to cover off as many angles as possible. If you’re uncertain with where to start, and how to operate a cleaning business, I’d strongly advise you of FREE training as I call it, by joining a local cleaning company and in turn learn the basic tricks of the trade. Next, I’d recommend you read a lot, whether it be books, blogging tips on cleaning or newspapers – gain as much info as possible.
When I started my cleaning business, I purchased supplies as I needed them. Simply, I didn’t have a large spending account to begin and also I was working out of my two bedroom condo, so my space to store supplies was limited. So, I dropped by my local Home Depot, and picked up some basic cleaning supplies, scrubbers and some safety items such as gloves. Everything else I own today, I’ve pretty much purchased at the time I needed to use the item.
I’ll also include business cards and flyers in the supplies. Why? Because they’re an essential need to get your foot into the door to any local business.
3. Start Soliciting
Solicit business by going door to door and introducing people to your service using a home made informational flier. You may also want to create a small informational website, and use the free social networking sites to get information out to more people in your area. To be quite honest, I only stared out with business cards, and dropped them off to local businesses within the area. It took me nearly four weeks before any calls started coming through, but then they became a regular occurrence. Anytime you’re selling your business idea, remember that you’ll need a lot
Why should you should start a cleaning business?
If you’re looking to go into business for yourself, starting a home-based cleaning business is likely one of the easiest business to start. The overhead cost is virtually non existent, and you certainly don’t need thousands of dollars to get started. A home-bases cleaning business offers a recurring business model with payment at the time of service.Furthermore, you have a small, yet manageable business model that has very low risk of failure, since you are building your business a few clients at a time, and more importantly you’re not fronting very many dollars upfront. This steady start allows the owner to master the moving parts of the business, one step at a time.
Today, revenues from running a cleaning service are still growing at a staggering rate. Gains will be driven by ongoing increases in the number of households and the number of business establishments, as well as the increasing availability and affordability of cleaning services. Changes in demographics will also support increasing home cleaning business revenues as the number of dual income households rise and the population ages. Dual-income families often do not have the time or inclination to perform home cleaning tasks, and the growing number of baby boomers generally have the financial wherewithal to use professional services on a routine basis.
Whether you get into residential cleaning or commercial cleaning, there will always be a market for cleaning. Household cleaning will exist simply because most people hate cleaning, and commercial office cleaning will exist simply due to timing constraints. Businesses do not have the time to clean when they’re focusing on sales, so they pay others to come in and do the cleaning for them
So, why start a home cleaning company? In short, it’s a great life style business that’s affordable to get into…with lots of potential for growth.
Readers, have you ever thought about starting a cleaning business? What’s holding you back?
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