Starting a cleaning business is one of the most popular ideas among people looking for ways to make money, generate a steady income, and be their own boss. Although it’s not exactly a “glamorous business,” there is almost always a high demand for cleaning services — both residential and commercial. Nearly everyone needs their businesses or homes cleaned on a regular basis, and most people are willing to pay for it.
Two other reasons so many people consider starting a cleaning business are the relatively low startup costs and the fact that you generally do not need college degrees, professional certification, or specialized training.
That being said, I believe successful business owners always look for ways to expand their knowledge, discover more efficient ways of doing things, and learn how to implement cost-effective marketing strategies. Although a general business education would be helpful in running a cleaning business, it’s not a prerequisite for starting a profitable cleaning business. If you are considering starting any kind of cleaning business, it does help to have some sort of business background or at least work experience in small business management, customer service, human resources, bookkeeping, accounting, and/or marketing.
Other requirements for being able to launch and operate a profitable cleaning service include a strong work ethic, problem-solving abilities, and tenacity. If you’re the kind of person who gives up easily, doesn’t get along well with people, or loses their patience when things don’t go smoothly, then a cleaning business may not be the right type of business for you. Although it can be both profitable and personally satisfying, owning a cleaning business is definitely not easy; I have yet to discover any legitimate, feasible business idea that doesn’t involve planning, hard work, and commitment.
If you do possess people skills, business management experience, and organizational skills needed to succeed in this kind of business, then a cleaning business may be an affordable and practical way to become your own boss.
Whether you decide to start a specialized cleaning service or multi-faceted cleaning business, there are quite a few different options to choose from:
- Carpet cleaning
- Commercial cleaning (janitorial services/office cleaning)
- Window cleaning
- Home cleaning (residential house cleaning /housekeeping services)
- Rain gutter cleaning
- Foreclosure cleaning business, which may include junk hauling
- Parking lot cleaning
- Pressure wash cleaning
- Roof cleaning
- Drain cleaning
- Construction cleaning
- Boat cleaning
- Vehicle cleaning: cars, trucks, RVs, etc.
- Swimming pool cleaning
Like any business, one of the secrets to success is to identify a need — especially one that’s not being adequately served in your community or target market — and fill it to the best of your ability. To be competitive and generate repeat business and referrals, it’s also necessary to continually focus on customer satisfaction, quality improvement, marketing, your bottom line, and plans for future growth.
Cleaning Business Tips and Techniques
Sam Rodman, owner of “Edison Office Cleaning” in Florida has put together an informative startup manual* describing how he achieved success in the cleaning business. The “Instant Office Cleaning Kit” tells how anyone can start and/or expand their own office cleaning business with little or no money! The manual comes complete with “ready-to-use” documents and easy-to-understand methods. Order it here*.
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