There is a lot of money to be made by running your own cleaning service. In fact, the average cost for a cleaning service is $25 – $40 per hour.
A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment typically takes 3 hours. You can imagine how much can be made with a large house.
And the best part is that it actually will cost you very little to start a cleaning business of your own.
Read on, and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to start your own cleaning business from scratch.
Do the Work Yourself
Paying employees is often an unnecessary expense when first starting out. Try to do as much yourself as you possibly can so that you can save on paying staff.
If you work a full-time job, schedule your cleaning for after work or on the weekends.
Cleaning yourself also allows you to get a better understanding of your business works and which equipment is necessary and which is not. You will also be able to build more personal relationships with your clients.
As time goes on and you start to accumulate more money and a longer client list, it will be easier to start hiring employees.
Use a Simple Uniform
When just starting out, you need to look professional but shouldn’t have to spend too much money to do so. Wearing a simple outfit, such as all-black, is a great way to look professional while saving money.
Try to wear the same uniform whenever you are working. This will help establish a level of professionalism in your clients’ minds. You can also include an apron to your uniform as an added polish.
One of the most fun parts about starting a business is coming up with the company logo and name. Try to come up with something simple yet catchy.
Design the logo yourself in a program like Photoshop or hire a designer to help you make one. Add your logo to your invoices, business cards, and anything else you can stick it on.
You should also make a website so that your clients can find more information about you. It’s now easier than ever to make one and there are many free templates out there to help get you started.
Know Your Market
Cleaning services range from residential to commercial. If you are planning to start a cleaning business, it is advisable to first focus solely on residential cleaning.
Commercial projects often require expensive, industrial cleaning equipment.
Instead, reach out to family members, neighbors, and friends and see if you can start by cleaning their homes and apartments.
If you’re good, encourage your clients to refer your new business to others.
Plus, as your business grows, you may even expand into other services. For example, ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba not only cleans carpets but they also specialize in areas such as mold inspection and water damage.
Anyone Can Start a Cleaning Business
When you start your own company, you are often in complete control of how things run. Starting a cleaning business is a fun and lucrative way to make money and also learn about business. If you are interested, you should definitely try it!
But be careful. When starting your business, be aware that the economy has a great effect on how well or poorly cleaning services do.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how to start a cleaning business.
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