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How to Start a Cleaning Business

Eric Kampel

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When starting a cleaning business, one of the first things you should consider is whether you are suited for the cleaning business. If you are interested in starting your own cleaning business, you probably already have knowledge of the business by having worked in it at the present time, or at some time in the past. If you have not, the best learning experience is to work for an established company in the cleaning business for about 6 months to determine how suitable you are to the job. During this time you will be gathering information on the prices charged, what is included, company policies, and procedures. These are things you will learn, just by being on the job.

Assuming you have decided that the cleaning business is for you, how do you get started with actually having your own cleaning business? Start your business as a business. This means to follow all the necessary steps to have a legal business. Having a business entity such as an LLC, keeps your business and personal assets separate. Here are steps for starting your cleaning business.

1. Decide what business entity you will be using.
2. Check on Federal, State, City, and Neighborhood regulations for running a business.
3. Acquire insurance for your business.
4. Bonding may be required.
5. Print or have printed business cards, and other printed material such as flyers, or door hangers.
6. Write a simple business plan. Include your services, fee structure, policies, plans for growth, and hiring requirements.
7. Open a checking account in your business name. Usually a business license is required before you can open one.
8. Plan your marketing. When you start you may only want to post flyers, and pass them out in key neighborhoods.
9. Purchase equipment and supplies.
10. Decide on the hours you will dedicate to starting, marketing, and working in your new cleaning business, and GET GOING!

You should start out small. Your business may be just you, or you and a partner in the beginning. Hire carefully. A background check should be a definite, and bonding may be required. Do not hire friends. It is harder to act in a business manner with friends, and also your friend may not take you seriously. Do you really want to risk a friendship if things go wrong? Train your employees yourself, or later by a trusted employee. Later, you will probably not be doing the cleaning, but handling scheduling, marketing, and customer service.

To get word of mouth marketing, you might give some free cleaning services in exchange for the positive word of mouth. Some ways this could be done, is make offers that if a customer sends you a prospective customer, and that person signs to have you clean their home, then the original customer gets a free cleaning. Another idea is to donate a house cleaning for school, or organizations giveaway prizes.

Plan the area you serve. Keep the area in close driving distance of each other. This will keep your time and gas costs down. Also it will enable you to give prompt customer service if there is a problem.

Have plenty of supplies on hand. Buy them in quantities from janitorial supply distributors so you get a better price. You will find everything you need at Reliable Paper. Items such as buckets, mops, lambs wool dusters, micro fiber cloths, wiping cloths, cleaning chemicals, sanitizers, odor control items, vacuums, brushes, and step stools are just a click away.

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