Posted on: 20 April 2015
If you are thinking about starting a cleaning business to be your own boss, there are a few things to consider. Trying to break into the office janitorial niche, or even residential maid service, can be tough. There are big corporations with many franchises that have those areas covered. However, if you can choose one area, learn all the little tricks to doing it fast and good, and do a bit of advertising, you can have a decent income while working for yourself.
Sure, there are already a number of companies that provide window-cleaning services. However, most of them concentrate on commercial buildings. You can start a business that focuses on homes instead. You will not have the big start-up costs required for cleaning hi-rise buildings, and won't need to hire any help either. A good way to get started is by talking to a local maid service that does not offer outside window cleaning. They may be willing to leave your card or suggest you to clients who need or want their windows cleaned for a small fee.
You do not have to clean carpets to start a floor cleaning service. Many homes have wood or tile floors that need to be stripped, cleaned and/or waxed on a regular basis. You can also choose to do commercial buildings. If you go with commercial buildings, you can start the business while still working during the day. Most businesses will have you come in late at nigth or early in the morning when there are no customers. As your business builds, and you have to work more nights, you can quit the day job. To separate your business from others, you can even offer to use green products instead of chemicals to get the job done.
Some people do not have the time, knowledge or machines to do their own laundry. You can offer to pick up their dirty clothes and do them at your own home, or take them to a laundromat. You will need to check each article for stains, and treat appropriately. Also, make sure you are there when the dryer stops to get the clothes and fold them, or be prepared to do some ironing. Put up flyers at the local laundromat, if they do not offer the service there, and you may be surprised at how many people will take you up on the offer.
Starting your own business is going to take time and dedication. Not everyone has the self-discipline to get the jobs done as promised. Other people can and would do the job, but have no idea how to get the needed clients. Make a good business plan, ask for help from successful people you know, and stick to it. You will feel great when you no longer have to punch a time clock and work for someone else. You can also use online resources to learn more about how to start a cleaning business.Share