12 Basic steps to get your business going.
1-File a DBA in your county “Doing Business As" assumed name
2-Use your DBA to open a business checking account, deposit the miinimum to start.
3-Design a business card , and contact a local printer, start of with either 250-500 business cards.
4-Call and tell everyone you know that you have started a cleaning service, and to please tell their friends and family also.
5-Keep your business cards with you at all times, wherever you go whoever you meet tell them about your services.
6-Develop a flyer, or simple brochure, and go from business to business or door to door telling potential customers about your services.
7-Online list your cleaning service in as many free or paying directories as possible, yahoo local, google local info seek, etc you do not need a website to do this.
8-Accept jobs, take all the jobs you can possibly handle in the beggining, even if they are not the most high paying, you need to establish some references.
9-Buy only the equipment that you need on a “as needed basis", and rent equipment that you need in the beggining do not buy.
10-Follow up with your customer, ask them if they require any more cleaning from you, offer them a special.
11-Concentrate on promoting your business , call your local yellow pages and get prices for a moderate listing, in most cases from the time that you start your business it could be 6 months till the next yellow pages comes out, find out when the deadline for a listing is, even if you get the smallest listing, get a listing.
12-Keep promoting and improving your services, buy new business cards and flyers as needed.
These 12 steps are just the basics, If you should have any more questions related to start up please feel free to email me.
Kevin Carnahan International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association http://www.ijcsa.com