Starting a Cleaning Business


Starting a Cleaning Business
By []David Pierce

For many people, working for someone else is just not an option. Having to punch a time clock for meager wages can send the most diligent person over the edge. In addition, there are home situations that demand a more flexible schedule, like young children or the illness of a spouse. Whatever the reason many are finding it necessary to leave the traditional work force and search for good ways to make a living.

Now that you may have found yourself looking at starting your own business where do you start? If this is an unexpected change, you may not have a lot of cash saved up to start a new business and there are precious few businesses you can start with little or no cash. One good choice for the small budget is to start your own cleaning business.

To start a cleaning business you need just a few products. Until you get a dedicated clientele, you will need a good overall cleaner such as 409, a duster, some rags, toilet bowl, and window cleaner. You may also need your home cleaning equipment such as the broom and mop or even a steam cleaner. However, these can be purchased exclusively for the business once you begin to make money.

All that is left is to set your prices and get a few clients. Setting your price can be difficult when you first start out. A good rule of thumb is five dollars per room and ten per bathroom. That is only a guideline though and may be adjusted for variables such as pets, windows and laundry. Personally, I would not do laundry; it is extremely time consuming and hard to put a price on. However, if the client really needs the service, call around to similar services at your local Laundromat and price accordingly. You may also want to check with other cleaning services in your area for pricing, since the rates can vary so widely from big cities to rural areas. For instance, you would charge a lot more in Dallas Texas than in a small town in Missouri.

Now that you are armed with pricing information, get out and find some clients. The best way to do this is by talking to people you already know. Your church or school organization can be a great place to start. These are people you already know and trust so getting their business will be much easier. You can also check with the local real-estate offices for leads on abandoned foreclosures and rentals, and many realtors moonlight as property managers so they could have homes needing cleaned the day you call.

It can be slow going at first while you build your reputation and get the word of mouth advertising started. Be patient and realize that in the beginning you may have to rely on undercutting the competition to get any work. Be careful though you will not want to get extreme in this area or you will find yourself working 70 hours a week and making little or no money. Moreover, eventually you may need the help of your fellow cleaners if you get behind or to subcontract when they do. A cleaning business can be your ticket to freedom with a little planning and a lot of work.

David Pierce is owner of Cleaning For Profits  aimed at helping people start their own cleaning business and We Review Ebooks A website where he reviews ebooks, everything from making money at home ebooks to how to care for your elderly mother reports.

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