OK, so now you want to step out on your own and clean houses for money. Starting a cleaning business is probably one of the easiest, least costly and perhaps most financially rewarding businesses to get into. With the economy and job situation as it is, the timing couldn’t be better. I’ve been down that road; let me share some tips to start you out on the right foot with your own house cleaning business.
Where do I begin? You may not know just where to begin, what services you should offer, or what you will need to start and run your own cleaning business. These are all things you need to look into and think about.
However, the most important question to ask yourself is “why” go into a business in the first place. Is it because you want to manage your own business, make a full time income, or maybe just even make some extra spending cash. Before you go ahead and take the plunge following are some key points to consider.
How do I get started? Just because you’ve done a great job maintaining your own house doesn’t mean you should just jump into it as a business. Test the waters first, you might want to try out a couple houses and see how it goes. Do it for free or offer a discount and see what your new “clients” say about your work. This will give you an idea of what to expect and will be your first referrals.
Who else is doing this? Another thing that you must do is market research. Find out who you will be competing with, what services are they offering and how much are they charging. You want to be able to stand apart, so be creative. Think about the areas you are strong in and bring them into your house cleaning business.
What services should I offer? After giving it some Castle Cleaners – House Cleaning Services in Clear Lake TX though you should decide just what kind of house cleaning services you will be offering.
- For instance, you may want to offer maid services. This is where you do the general cleaning, plus make beds, do the laundry, dusting, and much more.
- Another service you may want to consider is something called clean-outs. This is where you will be working with rental agencies or realtors preparing a house for a new owner or one that is for sale.
- Another one may be construction cleans, where you go in and clean newly built homes, or ones that have just been re-modeled.
Will you be working alone or as a team? If you are working by yourself, you’ll be a one person show and you can only expand the business as your energy level permits. Most house cleaning businesses start out as small teams composed of friends or family. Also, it is more interesting and fun when you have others on your team working with you. If you already have your house cleaning business started, you may want to look for some help.
What will it cost? Starting a house cleaning business does not require lots of start up costs: A good vacuum cleaner(s), buckets, good mops, brooms, rags (microfiber ones are great) and your cleaning supplies. The other costs you’ll need to consider are the liability insurance and whatever your state or local community requires, such as workman’s comp, or licenses. If you are serious about your business, you’ll also need to think about how you will promote your business, who will manage your records, who schedules the jobs and the work hours, and so on and so forth.
In wrapping up, following are some must dos; 1) Figure out how you want to position yourself and your business, 2) What is going to make you stand out above all you competition, 3) Think about going green and 4) Do your homework.