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How to Start a Home Cleaning Business and Cultivate Clientele

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Expert Author Ronald Ayers

How to Start a Home Cleaning Business and Cultivate Clientele
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Ronald_Ayers]Ronald Ayers

American Demographics magazine reported recently that of all households with two adults, over half of them are two wage earning households. For couples with an education above high school the numbers are as high as seventy six percent.

Today, a rising divorce rate has produced large numbers of working single parents–as much as fifteen percent of the American workforce holds two or mote jobs.

These facts coupled with a general dislike for cleaning house has made the residential cleaning industry one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy.

“Residential and commercial office cleaning is a multi-million dollar business with no signs of slowing down.” Says Marcell Thomas, owner of a Coverall Janitorial Service based in Blue Island, Illinois.

A residential cleaning business has historically been one of the best businesses to start up when you need cash fast. In fact, residential cleaning may be the perfect start up business for those who have lost a job, and are looking for new avenues of generating income. You can start a residential cleaning business on the proverbial shoe string. For as little as one hundred dollars, a mop, a bucket, a broom, some rags, and some old fashion elbow grease you can have an instant business.

What about heavy equipment you say?

You don’t need much more than a vacuum, and a long handled duster. Back in 2001, when my wife Ann and I started our Aegis Home Cleaning Service, we found that many of our clients preferred we use their vacuum. When our customers needed carpet and blind cleaning services we rented the necessary equipment, and included the cost of rental in our service charge.

As with most start up business the hardest part of starting your own cleaning service is getting that first client.

“Most clients want to know how long you’ve been in business and want references,” says Thomas. “The best thing to do is let clients know that, yes you are new to the business but that you have researched all aspects of the cleaning business and assure them that you know what you are doing.”

To get a few good references when starting out, you can ask some of your friends or family members if you can clean their homes for free. Working for free may not sound appealing but your “freebies for the family” will be worth it to get some good referrals.

Remember the old adage:

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well?”

This applies to those first homes you clean. Do your best work. Forget speed. Think quality. Pull the couch away from the wall to clean. Make sure bathroom porcelain sparkles like diamonds, and always leave the bathrooms smelling fresh.

“After cleaning go back and double check all rooms to make sure you didn’t miss anything.,” says Thomas of Coverall Janitorial Services “Impress those first clients and word of mouth will spread soon.”

Some ideas you might consider to get your cleaning business started are:

� Go to your local janitorial supply store. Ask for advice from the experts there on how you might go about getting your business started. You’ll get their help because you’ll be seen as a potential customer.

� Get bonded. Some customers will insist on this. Bonding will protect you against liabilities you might incur in your customer’s home.

� Put together a professional looking quote sheet to give potential customers, along with your business card when bidding on a cleaning job.

What can you expect to earn from your residential cleaning business? That depends on whether you decide to stay small, or whether you decide to buy into a residential cleaning franchise.

When my wife and I operated our Aegis Home Cleaning Service our starting rates in 2000 were $10.00 an hour. By the time we sold the business in 2009, we were charging home owners as much as $25.00 an hour.

David Kiser who owns and operates one of the most successful home cleaning businesses in America Champagne Services generates substantial seven-figure annual revenues.

Finally, if you see yourself as the CEO of a large residential cleaning business you might want to consider investing in a residential cleaning franchise. Many cleaning franchises include earnings claims in their Franchise disclosure document (FDD) and these earnings can be very impressive. If you research cleaning franchises to the point of receiving the FDD you will be surprised how much people are earning owning these businesses.

Over the past decade, residential housecleaning has become one of the fastest growing industries in the country. According to industry estimates, over twelve million households use paid domestic services.

Residential cleaning franchises you might consider are:
� The Maids Home Services
� Molly Maids
� Maid Brigade

Starting your own residential cleaning business is a great way to generate income if you’re out of work, and looking for a new stream of revenue. The demand for your services will be high, and you can grow your business as large as you want and still be home based.

Ronald Ayers owns Aegis Hosting Service: [http://aegisbiz.net]http://aegisbiz.net. Aegis Hosting Service is Americas reliable and affordable web hosting company. Aegis provides shared hosting services, domain registration services, and webpage creation for smartphones and mobile devices.

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A Simple Plan to Running a Successful Carpet Cleaning Business

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Expert Author Dennis Watson

A Simple Plan to Running a Successful Carpet Cleaning Business
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Dennis_Watson]Dennis Watson

A carpet cleaning business offers many opportunities to make a good living with very little business experience needed. I should know because I ran a profitable carpet cleaning business for 10 years before selling out for a huge profit. In this article I will present to you a simple plan to getting you started in your own carpet cleaning business.

Buying a Franchise or not?
Go a head and look into what a franchise can offer you and then weigh it against doing it yourself. The plus will be that many franchises will train you in marketing techniques and give you instruction on how to operate and maintain your equipment. They will also run some local advertising to get you started. The down side is that you will be paying a franchise fee up front and for the duration of your contract. Also, you will have to spend a certain percentage buying their cleaning chemicals. This can really put a damper on your profits. I recommend that you save your investment and go for it on your own.

Equipment:
Cleaning Equipment – Do some research on what is the newest technology for cleaning carpets, I’m sure you have seen many different types which include steam, dry chemical, portable units and truck mount. There are many equipment manufacturers online that will give you a better understanding of what works well. I recommend using a portable power head unit because many of your clients may be businesses in which a standard truck-mount hose will not reach. Plus the cost of portable units is more affordable. The price range of this type of equipment can range from $1,500 to $3,000 depending on the options.

Vehicle – Purchase a used cargo mini-van or small size pick-up truck with a bed liner and bed top. The costs will very depending on year and condition.

Cleaning supplies – Again, do some research on the Internet to find a wholesaler of cleaning supplies, many of the equipment wholesalers will offer chemicals as well.

Advertising:
Vehicle Signs – At first buy the standard magnetic door signs to save money but eventually spend some money to get professional signs painted. This will give your business a professional look.

Word of mouth – Tell your friends and family that you are in business and I promise you will have several people up front as paying customers. Many times they will recommend you to their friends and family as well.

Door to Door – Canvas your neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods going door-to-door placing flyers on each door. You will be amazed at how affective this will be.

Newspaper Inserts – For some reason this form of advertising really works well, maybe because these flyers can be saved and hung on the refrigerator or message board.

Business Cards – This is a must, you never know where you will be that will provide you an opportunity to sell your service.

Business Location – The great news about this type of business is that you can run a small business right from your home avoiding warehouse cost until you grow into it.

Target Market – Your first priority is to service homes because you can accumulate several repeat customers relatively fast with little cost but your long-term profit will come from commercial establishments like restaurants and apartment buildings. If you do quality work at a fair price they will use your service every week or month.

Pricing:
Use a flat rate approach. Advertise a whole house special for around $300, you will at times get that huge house where you will spend more time but you will get more small to medium size homes in the end. For commercial units use the square footage pricing, for example $.50 a sq. ft. If the business or apartment is 600 sq ft then the price should be $300. Do some research in your area to see what the going price currently is. 

Investment:
Equipment and supplies = $4,000

Vehicle = $10,000

Up front advertising = $2,000

Office supplies = $300

Total = $16,300 give or take a few hundred
Monthly overhead (if you work from hone)

Advertising (flyers, newspaper inserts and business cards) = $1000

Chemicals = Depends on how many carpets you clean plus it’s built into your pricing

Vehicle Fuel = Depends on how many carpets you clean plus it’s built into your pricing

Total = $1,000 give or take a few hundred
Don’t forget the tax write-offs for all of your overhead expenses.

As you can see it won’t take very many cleanings to recover your overhead expenses and to make a profit.

In conclusion, this is not a get rich quick proposition. You will have to work hard at researching pricing and promoting your service but if you are priced right and get a reputation of high quality in short time your phone will be ringing off the hook with repeat and new clients. Good luck.

Dennis Watson has been helping others promote their products or services for years through his Free Classifieds website => http://www.zeoh.com/

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Women-Owned Cleaning Businesses: The Finest in the Industry

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Women-Owned Cleaning Businesses: The Finest in the Industry
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Sarah_L_R]Sarah L R

The professional cleaning business is in a renaissance of sorts. It has evolved into more than just dragging a mop across the floor or sweeping a feather duster across knick-knacks. New concerns such as toxins, environment conservation, and ever-improving technologies create competition among products and companies. An influx of women and minority-owned cleaning businesses is forcing the competition take notice.

Cristi Cleaning Services

Successful women come from all countries and backgrounds but one thing they have in common is their ability to inspire. In 1980, business owner Christina Lopez created an opportunity for herself when she founded Cristi Cleaning Services. At the time there were not many female business owners in the cleaning community, and Christina set out make a name for herself. After 30 years of successful operations, Cristina received the Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award from the US Small Business Administration in 2001. Her cleaning company caters to businesses in the New York and New Jersey area. Clients include offices, hospitals, schools, shopping malls, and even The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Cristi Cleaning Services employs approximately 475 workers who are trained to provide top-notch professional service with a personal touch. The company bills itself as “guardians of your customers’ first impressions” and sees its job as a vital part of their clients’ life-support system. The company takes great pride in being caretakers of the environment. They use green cleaning products and procedures to create theirenvironmentally friendlycleaning service. These products create pleasant indoor and outdoor environments using natural ingredients and fragrances.

Ideal Cleaning Services

Ideal Cleaning Services, LLC is located in New York City and is a woman-owned residential and commercial cleaning company. Ideal Cleaning Services has been in business for ten years and it services the boroughs as well as some upstate areas. This company has found a unique niche. They specialize in hoarding cases, biohazard cleanup and cleaning crime scenes.

Ideal Cleaning is the first company to specialize in hoarding/clutter and human waste combo cases and they have nine years of experience in this area. They realize that compulsive hoarding is an issue that needs to be dealt with using compassion and resources to help clients with their problem. The company works with the hoarder or a third party to get the living space cleaned out. Ideal Cleaning even has a life coach to help clients work through their hoarding issues.

Ideal Cleaning has a separate crime services division that does some very intensive cleaning in sensitive situations. The staff is properly trained to remove and handle bio-hazardous waste.

Green Cleaning for Life

One of the most inspiring story of all takes place in Denver, Colorado where ten immigrant women started their own cooperative with the help of El Centro Humanitario of Denver, an organization that promotes workers’ rights. The co-op is called Green Cleaning for Life LLC. Each woman makes $12 an hour and has an equal share in the business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2011 maids and housekeepers in Colorado earned an average of $9.72 per hour. This puts the co-op workers ahead of their peers as far as starting salary, plus these women can take pride in their work and the fact that they own part of the business. At the end of each year, the ten women divide the co-op’s net profits among themselves. This gives everyone the incentive to work harder since they reap the profits directly.

As in all these scenarios starting a business is never easy, but these women were very dedicated to bettering themselves. El Centro spent more than six months teaching these women to speak English, how to run a business, and the importance of green cleaning. It is this sort of supportive environment that helps the successful of the team. And they do not forget it either. Maria Lopez, one of the co-op owners said, “Our intention is not just to make money; it’s to make money so we can help other women who are in the position we were before.”

Each of these women’s stories is unique yet all are inspiring – not just because they are women, but because they are successful women who had the courage to step out of what they knew, take a huge leap of faith and ended up being successful and helping others by providing services and jobs that improve people’s lives.

If you are interested in starting your own business, visit ViziClean’s blog to read the article, ”  rel=nofollow [http://viziclean.com/how-to-start-a-cleaning-business-and-rise-above-the-competition/]How to Start A Cleaning Business.”

Sarah works with hundreds of companies to increase their client base through competitive online marketing campaigns. Her website provides resources new buyers of industrial floor cleaning machines. Read more trending and informative articles at http://www.viziclean.com

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The House Cleaning Business Startup Manual – Part I

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The House Cleaning Business Startup Manual – Part I
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Christoph_Puetz]Christoph Puetz

Starting a business often requires a lot of money to get the business going. However – service related startups can often be started for less money than most people would expect. A house cleaning business is one of those businesses. With just a few hundred dollars you can be up and on your way to entrepreneurial success.

Supplies

To be able to clean houses you will need a few supplies. Wal-Mart, Costco and Sam’s Club (or any other club membership warehouses) are great places to buy your supplies for less money. A good business rule to go with is that most customers expect you to bring your own tools and supplies. They do not want to go to the store and stock up on cleaning supplies before you come. What will you need? A step stool or small ladder (2 step ladder or 4 step ladder), industrial-grade bath cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner, an all purpose cleaner, high-grade window cleaner, soft scrub cleanser, carpet cleaner, furniture polish, wood floor cleaner, a set of buckets, a cleaning carrier and a bag of cleaning cloths and your ready to go. The initial set of supplies will probably set you back about $100.00 to $200.00. Try to buy wholesale sizes as it will save you money in the long run. Avoid being the cheapest stuff because often you just get what you pay for – cheap stuff. You want quality to be able to do a quality cleaning job. Quality work will impress your customers and make them to have you come back.

Some customers prefer certain name brands to be used in their house. This could have several reasons. Talk to each client if they have any concerns or preferences. Some people have health concerns and prefer to only use brand X as an example. Ask them to have sufficient supplies at hand if they want you to use their supplies. Important Marketing Tip: A special sales pitch could be to advertise that your service options include environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.

In most cases you will be able to use a customer’s vacuum cleaner. Find out in your pre-screening process if that will work with each particular customer or if they expect you to bring a vacuum cleaner. To keep your startup cost low you can make it a requirement that customers have to supply a vacuum cleaner.

Important: Do not use the same cleaning tools on different surfaces. As an example – it is highly recommended to use one mop for tile floors and a second one for wood floors. Different cleaners used on the same mop can have severe effects to surfaces they were not developed to be used for.

Fees & Prices

Pricing and fees you will be able to charge have several dependencies. The most critical dependency is your geographical location. An area with high incomes among a broad part of the population will allow you to ask for higher prices. You will also find more customers in such areas as low-income households are not really your preferred target group.

Important: Cleaning jobs should be priced by the project/job and not by the hour. There is a little psychology going on when looking at it from a customer point of view. The customer knows that he has to pay $75.00 to get the house cleaned it does not really matter to them if it takes you 3 hours or 5 hours. If the same job would be priced by the hour the customer might look more detailed at how long it takes you to get the house cleaned and eventually questions why it took you an hour alone for the 2 bathrooms in his house. Your customer as well as you will know in advance what the price for the house cleaning is. Customers will like the fact they do not have to expect any surprises if it takes you 2 hours more to do the job.

Pricing strategies: Cleaning a house is not always the same. You should differ between the initial cleaning of a place and maintenance cleaning. Imagine a rundown house – it will take you much longer to clean a really messy place compared to one that is cleaned on a regular base. If customers want to hire you on a recurring base the job should start with an “initial cleaning”. The initial cleaning should come at a price of about 50% above your normal rate for the same job.  If you charge $75.00 for a 1,500 SQFT. home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths the initial cleaning should cost the customer between $100.00 and $125.00. The initial cleaning protects both sides from disappointments and also assures that you are in a position to deliver quality work.

To find out what the going rate for house cleaning in your area is you should check out your competition. Get price information from established companies like “Molly Maid” as well as from the sole proprietor that works alone or only with a small crew. You also have to put a fair value at your own time and put that into consideration. Setup your own price list for houses of different sizes. Base your initial pricing on a standard house of 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and approx. 1,500 SQFT. of space. A 4 bedroom/3 bathroom house with approx. 2,200 SQFT. should drive up your price by $15.00 to $25.00. As a rule of thumb you can add $10.00 or $20.00 per 1,000 SQFT. of space of the house to cover your time and your expenses (instead of working with the number of bedrooms/baths).

Exclusions: Window cleaning, oven cleaning, and refrigerator cleaning are not included in standard house cleaning jobs. You should charge between $15.00 and $25.00 for ovens and refrigerators and about $5.00 per interior (normal sized / easy to access) window.

Important: Don’t work the market with prices too low. It will be difficult to raise prices later on when you are more established. Getting customers is not just a matter of pricing. Put into consideration how much it would cost you to hire somebody to do the same job and still make some money from the job for yourself after having to pay salary to your employee. Do put a fair value at your own work. Home cleaning is hard work.

Christoph Puetz is a successful entrepreneur and international book author. His small business related website is [http://www.smallbusinessland.com]Small Business Land. Christoph’s own small business is located in [http://www.highlandsranch.us]Highlands Ranch in Colorado, USA.

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Oven Cleaning Business – Why Start One?

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Oven Cleaning Business – Why Start One?
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Graham_Rogers]Graham Rogers

So why start an oven cleaning business?

Well oven cleaning is a job everyone hates doing because they find it to be:

• Hard work.

• A messy and dirty job.

• A job where they cannot get it finished to their own satisfaction.

• A job to get the shiny bits, such as the racks, shelves and grill pans back to their shining best as they do not fit into their own kitchen sinks.

• A job that is more trouble than it is worth as shop bought chemicals are so difficult and unsafe to use.

And because of all these things people just do not bother to even try and clean their own ovens, leaving them to get dirtier and dirtier. This also extends to their microwaves, to their cooker hobs and even to their extractor and hoods where extensive grease can be a fire hazard.

The Oven Cleaning Market

In the UK there is still a large untapped market for cleaning ovens as a lot of people just do not know that there is such a thing as an oven cleaning business providing an oven cleaning service and carry on using their filthy ovens ignorantly. For those that know they are using the service regularly and more people are tuning into the fact that they can only get a spotlessly clean oven and one that is cleaned SAFELY, if they get it cleaned professionally. Because of this oven cleaning as a professionally delivered service is on the up and there is an ever expanding market. Oven cleaning is THE service business for the future. Although there have been oven cleaning businesses in the UK since the early 1990s it is still only in the early stages of growth. Perhaps you can remember when it was considered a luxury to have your own cleaner or get in a company to get your ironing done? For us we have noticed that now it is more often the norm to have your own cleaner, especially if you are a couple of professional people who just have not got the time to do your own cleaning. Home cleaning is the ever expanding home service and oven cleaning is part of that growth.

What is the Business Potential?

As every household has a cooker that will need cleaning at some stage it also means that every household is a potential customer. With their ovens most households also have a hob, an overhead extractor unit or hood and a microwave oven. Our customers come from all walks of life and are not stereotyped into social classes as many people might expect. There are numerous reasons why someone may want to have their oven cleaned and we get the following customers:

1. Letting Agents who use us for end of tenancy cleans. Here in our area we have quite a few letting agents who use us regularly.

2. Private landlords for end of tenancy clean.

3. Student accommodation landlords, including university accommodation companies, who use us for student change over cleans.

4. Pregnant women, customers with children or other people who are concerned that the process of cleaning an oven with shop bought products may be harmful to their own or their children’s health.

5. People with allergies to normal shop bought cleaning products which includes asthmatics. They like our safe process as it is non-toxic.

6. Elderly people who used to regularly clean their own ovens but now ‘cannot get down’ to clean their ovens. They like the fact that we do get down and do a thorough job for them. They are proud people who want the one job they now cannot do themselves done for them.

7. Working people or professional people who do not have the time to clean their own ovens.

8. Cleaning contractors who sub contract the cleaning of ovens to us as we can do the job quicker and more thoroughly than they can.

9. Disabled people who cannot clean their oven.

10. People who have enough money do get their household chores done by other people and whose cleaners do not clean their ovens.

11. Cleaning Agencies whose cleaners again do not clean ovens as there is a potential for the cleaners to cause a lot of damage to the oven and kitchen surfaces with shop bought oven cleaners.

12. Military Establishments where end of tenancy, or “March Out Cleans”, of ovens, hobs and extractors are required to the highest standard.

13. Commercial establishments. We tend to clean village halls, town halls, sports clubs and the occasional pub.

Our oven cleaning business operatives clean typically 3 to 4 ovens a day, charging between sixty and one hundred and fifty pounds per job, depending on the size of the cooker and the amount of work carried out. All work is quoted at a fixed and inclusive price in advance on the phone and this is the price that is the customer pays. This is a fair way for the customer to ensure that they are getting a great service at a great price. With an average price of eighty pounds per clean each operative would normally take approximately two hundred to two hundred and eighty pounds per day.

Typically, annual costs per Oven Cleaning Operative are approximately five thousand pounds per year. On top of this figure if you have leased a vehicle or have hire purchase on a vehicle there will be additional costs, plus you will need to allow for advertising which will be dependent on area and methods use to market your business. However, potential earning of over forty thousand pounds for a one-van operation are very realistic and achievable once you have built your customer base up. Typically your target should be to achieve 600 clients per year which means that you will get to 1000 clients in about 18 months. Once this is achieved for a one van operation you would then concentrate on serving this client base with repeat cleans. So at this time your advertising costs would drop.

Oven cleaning is something that you can learn very quickly and therefore a business where you can start earning straight away – subject to marketing before the first day of cleaning.

Graham Rogers is the owner of OvenGleam.com oven cleaning business established in 2004. His passions include helping other people, good wines and good food. His hobbies include keeping fit with kettleball training. [http://www.theovencleaningbusiness.co.uk/]Oven Cleaning Business. [http://www.ovengleam.com/]Oven Cleaning.

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Franchise Cleaning Business

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Expert Author Edward Dean

Franchise Cleaning Business
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Edward_Dean]Edward Dean

Benefits Offered
Joining a successful franchiser is the safest way to start your own business. It offers the prospective business owner the satisfaction of owning his/her own business without the disadvantages attached to a new start-up business. Franchise companies usually provide extensive training and support to their franchisees in an effort to help them succeed and bankers are usually more liable to loan money based on the premise that a proven business formula is already in place. When considering these advantages, one can see how a franchise investment is a more viable approach to business ownership.

Franchise investments can be made in a wide variety of industries. The franchise cleaning business is one of over 100 different categories of franchise investments available and an excellent choice for those seeking a business venture in franchising. Regardless of whether the economy is on a rise or a decline, businesses and homeowners consistently have a need for cleaning services. Thus, this turnkey, mobile business offers excellent benefits. There is also little competition. This lays a great foundation for job security. The varied types of franchise cleaning businesses available also make the franchise cleaning business a good venture. These business types include residential maid services, commercial cleaning or janitorial services, carpet cleaning, dry cleaning, sanitation franchises, window cleaning, and handyman services.

Keys for Success
When searching for the right franchise cleaning business to invest in, it is important to find a business of genuine interest. When your interests match the characteristics of the business you will be more likely to persevere when the going gets tough. Operating any business is an investment of time, money, and energy and there are bound to be some rough moments.

Another important key when choosing a franchise cleaning business is to consider the brand name. The power of the brand name in a cleaning business is priceless. National brand recognition, established operating processes and a track record of satisfied consumers are the hallmarks of success. The new entrepreneur will achieve faster success if teamed team up with those that are already established.

Higher Potential
The potential in the commercial cleaning industry is extraordinary. The business owner, himself, does not clean, but manages the employees that clean. Eventually, as the business grows, he will manage the managers of these employees. Molly Maid is an example of a world-recognized residential cleaning service. The franchise owner is responsible for the executive level management of the business while cleaning is performed by staff. At this level of management, the franchise owner can very well become a Business Financial Consultant. This position will bring a significant increase in income and the entrepreneur can enjoy one of the highest income levels among financial professionals – whether working full or part-time.

Becoming a Franchise Consultant also offers the personal satisfaction and financial rewards that come from helping others achieve their individual business goals. The potential is tremendous. If you are looking for an opportunity that offers great career growth and personal development, then a franchise cleaning business is the one for you!

Edward Dean is an accomplished website developer and author. To learn more about franchise-cleaning-business [http://myfranchisingopportunities.com/franchise-cleaning-business] visit My Franchising Opportunities [http://myfranchisingopportunities.com/] for current articles and discussions.

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Cleaning Business – Statistical Outlook for Cleaning Businesses and the Janitorial Industry

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Expert Author Cassandra Black

Cleaning Business – Statistical Outlook for Cleaning Businesses and the Janitorial Industry
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Cassandra_Black]Cassandra Black

The cleaning industry is a multi-billion billion dollar industry. If you are pondering whether or not to start or grow a cleaning business, these statistics will give you some insight.

High Demand and Recession Resistant

The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts “as more companies outsource their cleaning services, janitorial contractors are likely to benefit and experience demand.” According to a Marketdata Enterprises, Inc. report (compiled for the U.S. Commercial and Residential Cleaning Services Industry), the cleaning field is a multi-billion dollar, recession-proof industry.

John LaRosa, Research Director of the U.S. Commercial and Residential Cleaning Services Industry, points out the field is recession resistant because “demand” is ongoing. Many analysts conclude demand is now in excess of $160 billion annually and is expected to grow to $175 billion over the next three years.

Fast Growing Industry

Statistical reports by the U.S. Department of Labor reveal growth outlook for janitorial and cleaning jobs falls in the double digits. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports jobs in this category will grow by 11% (2010-2020). The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics states the occupation of “professional cleaning specialist” will be one of the fastest growing occupations over the next decade.

Smaller Businesses Dominate Market

Most cleaning companies are smaller enterprises; mom and pop type businesses. According to IBIS, the world’s largest independent publisher of United States industry research, typically companies will employ between 2 and 3 employees. John LaRosa states no one company truly dominates the field. Rather, it is populated by more than 56,000 cleaning contractor firms, mostly small “mom & pop” operations.

Low-cost Start-up

The IBISWorld Janitorial Services Market Research Report highlights “capital investment tends to be low…” for janitorial and cleaning companies.

Overall Outlook

In a nutshell, the statistical outlook for starting a cleaning business or janitorial service is favorable because of the following:

— the industry is recession resistant;
— the job outlook for those seeking industry work is high;
— demand for industry services from cleaning businesses will continue to increase towards the hundreds of billions;
— a fast-growing industry;
— cleaning business startup costs are low for new entrepreneurs; and
— small, 1-3 person operations are the norm for cleaning businesses.

Setting Your Cleaning Business Apart

If you are considering starting a cleaning business, consider becoming a niche operation so you set your company apart from the masses.

For example, with foreclosures filling every state in the nation, positioning your company to handle foreclosure cleanup and trash-outs for banks and mortgage companies will make your company stand out from other cleaning services.

Adding Like Services to Your Cleaning Business

Cleaning companies can also capitalize heavily by adding exterior cleaning services, such as lawn maintenance. The related service of “grounds maintenance” is expecting an explosion of growth over the next decade. Overall, employment of grounds maintenance workers will increase twenty percent from 2010 to 2020. This is faster than the average for all occupations. (Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Conclusion

The statistical outlook cleaning businesses, janitorial companies and related real estate services such as lawn maintenance is promising with high growth potential over the next decade for new entrepreneurs.

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How to Start a Cleaning Business From Scratch – A Simple Plan

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How to Start a Cleaning Business From Scratch – A Simple Plan
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Mark_Trevean]Mark Trevean

In this article we will look at how to start a cleaning business from scratch. There are a few main points you need to consider so will look at them one by one. This should give you a basic outline on how you need to proceed.

The main things you want to focus on are the type of cleaning you want to do, how to get customers and how to grow your business.

1. Selecting a cleaning market

Depending on your current situation you may be looking for work after hours or during the day. You can start a part time office cleaning business and work in the evening or early morning. If you are looking for work during the day it would be best to focus on house cleaning.

Either way you will only need some basic cleaning equipment to get started. The biggest challenge that most people have when they start a cleaning business is getting customers. It sounds very simple but aim to get just one customer which will give you two or three hours work. That equates to one house or one or two small offices. This leads us to the next point.

2. How to effectively advertise your new business.

It is important that you keep your promotional costs to a bare minimum. The first thing you want to do is to pinpoint the best locations for your type of cleaning. For house cleaning this is usually in more affluent neighborhoods.

For office cleaning you want to find an area that has plenty of professional offices. Examples of these include lawyers, doctors, dentists, accountants and so on. Don’t get too hung up on this. The main point is that there are many businesses where the staff are not going to do the general cleaning. They are your target market.

Now you have worked out where to advertise it is time to prepare some kind of direct mail that you can specifically send to these potential clients. You could use a letter or postcard.

Keep in mind that people who are looking for a cleaner are experiencing a problem with keeping their home or office neat and tidy. Make this the focus of your communication to them and make it clear that you can fix their problems.

If you are really low on funds you can hand deliver your information to houses or offices situated in the right areas. If not you can simply post out a small number of letters or postcards each week.

3. How to expand your business

Take out some of your profit from your first job and reinvest it into sending out more letters or postcards. If your first client is happy with your cleaning service you can ask them if they would be willing to give you a testimonial. Get their permission to include this in your written material.

Another important aspect to expanding your business is to provide a very high quality cleaning service. This will generate some word of mouth advertising which costs you nothing. If you persist with regular direct mail advertising and delivering excellent service your business will automatically grow. Hopefully you now have a clearer idea of how to start a cleaning business from scratch.

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How to Start A House Cleaning Business In 7 Simple Steps

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How to Start A House Cleaning Business In 7 Simple Steps
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Fayola_Peters]Fayola Peters

One of the main reasons people start businesses is to make money. For some it’s a blessing to make money doing something they love. I’m not saying that you have to love house cleaning in order to have a successful house cleaning business; however it would be a good idea if you didn’t hate it.

How much money you make depends on how big you want your business to be. It could be a one person operation where you set up at home and service areas close to home, or you could set up a commercial office and hire people to work for you.

Here are 7 simple steps to get you started on your own house cleaning business.

1) Decide exactly what kind of house cleaning services you will offer.

Here you decided what cleaning you will do, like making beds, vacuuming, mopping and waxing floors, dusting and so on. Also note what you won’t do, e.g. laundry. You can also decide to specialize, e.g. by cleaning carpets only, or cleaning suspended ceilings only.

2) Pricing your housecleaning service.

To have an idea of how to charge for your housecleaning service, use your competition. Check your telephone directory and the classified ads section in your local newspapers for cleaning businesses, call them up (pretend to be a prospective client) and find out exactly what cleaning services they offer and how much they charge. With this information gathered decide the best price to charge for your cleaning service.

3) Workout startup costs.

For this you need to consider, tools, material, transport, advertising, insurance etc. Write down a list all the tools and material you need, like cleaners, sponges, mops, carpet cleaning equipment etc. Next find out the cost of each item on the list and write it down next to the item.

Transport: you will have to estimate your costs here. You see it depends on where your client is located and your means of transportation to get to your client. (Having your own vehicle would be to your advantage).

Advertising: You can use free advertising (word of mouth) and paid advertising (classifieds, telephone directory ads etc). Phone calls to your local newspaper and the telephone company who publish your telephone directory will tell you the cost of placing ads.

Once you’ve gathered all this information, calculate your total startup costs.

4) Name your business.

Choosing an appropriate name for your house cleaning business is important. Here are a few examples I got of the internet, ‘Maid Brigade’, ‘All Shine Cleaning’, ‘White Glove Cleaning Service’. Please avoid using ‘Your Name Cleaning Services’. Using your own name as part of your business name is over done by many house cleaning businesses. Brainstorm and come up with a name that helps you stand out of the crowd.

5) Learn the zoning regulations of your community.

Check the city clerk’s Office or your local library for a copy for a copy of the zoning laws governing your community. Your reason for doing this is that some zoning regulations prohibit home businesses in a community.

6) Do a few free cleaning jobs.

Well you’re not actually doing them for free. You’re doing them in exchange for references (these add to your credibility for future paying clients and are invaluable). You can offer these free cleaning jobs to friends, non profit organizations in your communities etc.

7) Get your first paying client then get another and another and another and so on.

Tell everyone you know that you’ve started a cleaning business and place ads in the local newspapers. In the beginning you need to spend most of your time and money getting paying clients. However, the more clients you get the less time and money you spend on marketing and more time you spend on cleaning and making your clients happy.

This is just the beginning. Once you start making money take a house cleaning business course to help you better manage your business in terms of growth, accounting, taxes, insurance better marketing strategies and more.

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Why A Residential Cleaning Business Is Among the Best Businesses to Start

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Why A Residential Cleaning Business Is Among the Best Businesses to Start
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Chris_Robertson_Jr]Chris Robertson Jr

Residential cleaning business startups are sure to be featured in any list of the best businesses to launch. The common wisdom is that it’s easy to start a house-cleaning business. “All you need are basic cleaning supplies and some clients,” says one fairly well-known newspaper in an article in their business section. The truth is that, while a cleaning business can be easy to start and run, you actually need considerably more than some basic cleaning supplies and a few clients. Depending on where you open your business, you may need a business license, insurance, an employer identification number and a solid understanding of the home cleaning business. In fact, whether you’re planning to start a business activity from scratch or get a head start by buying into a franchise, it’s important to understand all of the factors and requirements to run a successful business.

Learn from the Best

Luckily for those who want to start their own business, other people have been there and done that, and a few have even written books and training courses so that you can learn from their hits and misses. If you’re considering opening a residential cleaning business of your own, take the time to research the subject thoroughly and invest in a solid training course that will teach you everything you need to know.

What You May Not Know About House Cleaning Businesses

1. You May Need a Business License

In most cities and states, you’ll need a business license to operate any type of business, including a home cleaning business. In most cities, the cost of the business license is fairly low, and many charge hefty fines if you operate a business without one. If you’re planning to build a profitable business instead of just making some spare change, you want to do it all legally and above board.

2. You Need Business Insurance

No matter how good you are at cleaning, there’s always the chance that you will damage something in a client’s home. When that happens, you’ll be glad you invested in business insurance. Without it, the cost of replacement or repair will come out of your pocket.

3. You May Need Bonding

While it’s not always required, many prospective clients will feel safer employing you if you and your employees are fully bonded. A bonding company essentially provides an assurance to your customers that if you or one of your employees steals from them, they can recover the value of the stolen goods.

4. Employment Taxes

The IRS has been cracking down on businesses that treat employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying Medicare and Social Security taxes. If you plan to hire employees and pay them an hourly wage, you should consult a business attorney for advice on the regulations you need to follow.

5. Unlimited Earnings Potential

If you manage your business well and provide excellent service, a house cleaning business offers you the opportunity to earn as much money as you want to earn. After all, there will always be people who hate to clean and are willing to pay someone else to do it for them.

If you’re interested in start business opportunities, invest in a good course that will show you the ropes.

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