When it comes to starting a maid business, you want to get off on the right foot. It can make all the difference between succeeding and failing. But, what are the most important things to consider when starting a maid business? Let’s take a look at some of the keys to success.
Give Your Business a Good Name
You want a business name that’s catchy and memorable. But, you also want one that’s not taken. Make a list of potential business names and do your homework to see if they’ve been used or not. Once you’ve chosen a name you like that’s not already being used, it’s time to get started! Claim it quickly before someone else does!
Get the Proper Licenses & Insurance
Before you even think about cleaning someone’s home, you need to have the right licenses and insurance. Each state has different rules when it comes to licenses and insurance, so be sure to see what the rules are where you live. When you’re looking for insurance, shop around to get the best rates. Since you’re just starting out, you want to find reasonable prices for the insurance that you need. You don’t want to overpay for coverage that is not necessary. Be sure you have an insurance agent you can trust.
Screen Your Employees
Whoever you hire to work for your cleaning business is going to be spending time in people’s homes, most likely when they’re not there. You want to make sure you are hiring people that can be trusted and won’t ruin your reputation before you have a chance to get started. Do background checks, ask questions, and check references. If something seems off, trust your gut and find someone else to hire. It’s not worth taking the risk of hiring someone you’re not 100% confident in.
Set Your Rates Competitively
Research the competition in your area to determine your rates. You want to find a common ground to set rates that aren’t too low (because you’re in business to make money), but not too high because you’re new and you need to attract customers. In the beginning, you may want to run a special that puts your prices lower so that people will try your services. Once they try you, hopefully, they will be satisfied and sign on to be steady customers. Once your special attracts enough new customers to get a steady client list, you can set rates at their regular prices.
Know Your Ideal Customers
In your mind, everyone can use a cleaning service. But, when you’re starting a maid business, you want to think about your target customers. Some cleaning businesses target residential customers while others target commercial clients. Decide what you want to do. Knowing your target audience will help you market your business better and keep you focused.
You may decide to start off small with residential customers to build your business and then add commercial services. Commercial buildings often require more manpower. You may not be ready to invest in the commercial side of the business when you’re just starting off.
As you decide who your target customers are, you also want to consider if you’re going to be a niche business. For example, do you plan on using only green products? Some people and businesses will only hire environmentally conscious businesses. If you plan to be one of those, you need to put it out there from the beginning so that you can make a name for yourself in that niche.
Have Enough Quality Equipment
Once you decide how many employees you’re going to begin with, you need to have enough quality equipment for them to do their job well. While you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you also don’t want to skimp out and buy equipment that doesn’t get the job done. This means investing in quality equipment and cleaning products. Shop around to get the best prices and consider buying cleaning products in bulk to save money.
When you decide what kind of equipment you’re going to buy, get enough so that if you’re going to bring on one or two employees, even on a part-time basis, you have enough equipment so that different jobs can be done at the same time.
Consider Hiring an Accountant
Early on your main goal is probably getting customers and starting your business on the right foot. In order to do that more effectively you may want to think about bringing an accountant on board. They can help you by managing your money while you focus on other aspects. Accountants take care of dealing with taxes for employees and writing checks. They’ll also help ensure you have completed all the right business forms and can take care of your business taxes. If you know anyone in the accounting field, you may want to reach out. There’s a good chance they might be willing to do the job for less than what a big accounting firm will charge.
Thinking about all of these things and more as you’re starting a maid business can help you to become more successful.
Do You Want to Know More About Starting a Maid Business?
If you’ve been considering starting a maid business but are unsure of where to start, Debbie Sardone, the Maid Coach can help. Debbie has valuable information you can use. She launched her company from the trunk of her vehicle and it evolved into one of the biggest, most impressive cleaning services in the nation. She can provide you with step-by-step direction on how you can launch your business and start on the right foot to success.