Skip to main content

How to set up your own cleaning business

If you’ve always had a knack for cleaning, and are looking to start your own business, you might have thought about starting your own cleaning business before. While the cleaning industry is very competitive, it’s comparably easy to set up your own cleaning business, and a third of all cleaning business are owned and run by the same person.

Of course, first and foremost you need to make sure that your cleaning skills are up to scratch. Once you’ve got that sorted, it’s time to focus on the next steps on your way to becoming a successful cleaning business owner.

What kind of cleaning business are you looking to set up?

The first decision you need to make is what kind of cleaning business you would like to set up. If you’re looking to start a domestic cleaning business, you won’t need any staff or training courses when you first start off – you will clean houses and flats, often by yourself in the beginning.

If you’re looking to start an office cleaning business, on the other hand, you will often need to have a team of people to manage and send to the various jobs, and get the necessary qualifications. You could also specialise in green cleaning, or window cleaning, or cleaning after an event – it depends on what your interests are. Don’t worry if you want to start small with a classic domestic cleaning business, you can always expand later on.

Operating your cleaning business

Next, it’s time to get practical, and figure out whether you are going to operate your business from home (this is recommended for domestic cleaning businesses at first, since all arrangements can be made via phone) or whether you will rent office space.

You will also have to establish if you are going to invest in cleaning tools or use whatever the client has available at home first. In the beginning, it might be easier to use the clients’ cleaning equipment so you don’t have to invest too much in the first couple of weeks.

You will then have to set prices, figure out transportation, and see what other cleaning businesses you’re up against in your area. And don’t underestimate your work wear – since you want your customers to trust you with cleaning their home or offices, you want to look neat and clean yourself. It’s also important to be knowledgeable, particularly if clients ask questions, so swot up on your cleaning tips before you start talking to potential clients.

Counting the costs

Make sure your accounting skills are up to date – you need to have a system in place to keep track of invoices, expenses, and taxes, which often involves some basic understanding of accounting software. Luckily, there are plenty of free online courses to teach you everything you need to know.

Cleaning businesses generally involve working in someone’s home or their office. Getting a criminal record check to prove that you're trustworthy can go a long way when it comes to building relationships with your clients.

How to promote your cleaning business

In general, happy customers are the best kind of promotion – if your costumers are happy with your services, they will be more than happy to recommend you to their friends and acquaintances. Another way of promoting your business is to publish adverts in newspapers and magazines or hand out leaflets. Luckily, in the digital age, business owners don’t have to rely on expensive adverts and word of mouth to make their business a success.

It’s well worth learning about social media in order to make the most out of Twitter, Facebook, and co. – a strong internet presence can really make a difference. You don’t even necessarily need to set up a website. A Facebook page where your customers can share their stories and review your business, and a Twitter account for you to keep the world up to date, makes your business friendlier, more approachable, and more accountable. Make sure to keep up to date with your social media accounts, and respond to any enquiries, comments, and especially complaints, as soon as possible.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

List Of Common Flowers in Kerala With Pictures

Kerala is one of the famous tourist spot situated on the south of India famous for its numerous wild life and thick vegetation. Like the Himalayan ranges on the north of India,

Why A Course on Editing is a Good Start for Wannabe Writers

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a writer for some time but you don’t know where to begin, taking a course from industry professionals can be a big help to get you started. If you can study another person’s writing that you know is a good writer, then you can learn to become like them. One of the things that every good writer knows is that you need to be able to edit properly in order to succeed. There are many reasons why editing is so important to a writer, but in order to hone your skills as a writer, you also need to hone your skills as an editor too.
Boost your credibility When most people try to edit a piece of writing, the first thing they do is proofread the work to make sure there are no obvious spelling and grammar issues. This is extremely important because the reader needs to be able to trust that you know what you are writing about. If you can’t master basic spelling and grammar, then the reader won’t be able to trust that you know anything about what you’re writi…

Building Blocks for Virtual Businesses : Key technological systems you must have to succeed in the remote business world

This is a guest post by Ripley Daniels about "Key technological systems you must have to succeed in the remote business world.

Whenever I tell friends I had a tough day at the office, they laugh at me. That's because they know I don't really have an office. I work very hard but I work for a company that is completely remote. Only a few of my co-workers ever go into an office at all and when they do, it's only for short periods of time. Our "office" is a virtual one. To us, the traditional office workplace is a thing of the past, alongside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the slide rule, and telephones where you stick your finger in a hole and turn a dial.
Unfortunately, none of this prevents me from having tough days. I still have them. But the reasons have nothing to do with the fact that my co-workers and I don't have a brick and mortar edifice that we can use to plan, strategize, hold our meetings, make presentations, discuss sensitive business topics, build relatio…

Top 5 Online Resources for College Students

Being a successful college student means that you have to manage your time well, meet multiple deadlines, prioritize tasks, and still enjoy the last few years you have before you officially become a grownup. If you're a college student who's having some trouble managing everything, the good news is that there are a number of online resources that will help you work and study more efficiently. Here are five of the most popular online resources that will make your life easier as a college student:

1. Infomine – Created by librarians at University of California, California State University, Wake Forest University, and other U.S. colleges, Infomine is an internet library of online research resources for college students and professors. Infomine provides you with access to scholarly journals, ebooks, databases, and many other online materials that are useful for research projects and papers.

2. Mint.com – Managing your finances as a college student can be tough, especially if you…

10 Useful OS X Tips and Tricks

This is a guest post by Mariana Ashley about some useful OS tips.
For the most part, there are two types of computer users: Mac users and Windows users. Sure, there are other operating systems available, but for the most part we each own either a windows machine or an apple machine. In a previous post, Siju George presented 16 Useful Windows 7 Tips and Tricks. These tips are immensely useful for regular Windows users and for Mac users who are less comfortable handling a Windows machine. Because computer use is so fundamental to our society today, knowing the basics of both the Windows operating system and OS X (the Mac operating system) is essential. The following is a list of 10 basic tips and tricks for using OS X:

1. Right click on an open PDF in Safari (the web browser that comes with Macs) to get a context menu which includes the option to open the PDF in Preview.
2. Pressing Command and Q at the same time will close all applications when command-tabbing. This is the fastest way to…

5 Common Examples Of Website Design Mistakes by Business Owners

This is a guest post by Sachin about five Common Examples Of Website Design Mistakes by Business Owners . When most business owners think about website design, they think about a brochure online. Online shopping sites are making a lot of money with the use of web-based applications to sell products, collect payments an arrange delivery. The only work left to do is pack and send the boxes. Smart applications can even print out the labels, so the only thing left to do it stick them on the box. Unfortunately, in many cases, websites are replacing people. For those of us left with a job, we can be thankful that many business owners make the following mistakes when it comes to websites and web design.


Don’t have one. This is the first and biggest problem of most business owners when it comes to website design. They think they don’t need one. Who can ever really do with less business? The reason why they have not been getting business from online sources in the past is because they have not …