If you’ve decided to start a maid business, congratulations! You’ve made a wise choice. Starting a new maid business can be exciting, but also a bit overwhelming at first. If you’ve never run your own business or perhaps don’t have much experience in the cleaning industry, you’ll want to do your homework so that you can be as successful as possible.
Setting Up Your New Maid Business
Before you start looking for clients for your new maid business, look through this checklist to see if you’ve got all that you need to set yourself up for success!
Decide Who to Focus On & Have a Business Plan
Maid businesses typically have two focuses, commercial and residential. When you’re first starting out, you want to focus on just one so that you can excel in one area and avoid spreading yourself out too thin.
Once you have decided which route to take, it’s time to develop your business plan. This plan needs to include things like how much you’re willing and able to invest, and if you’re planning to run your company out of your home. You’ll also want to include information about your competitors. This plan should also include the list of cleaning services you’re going to offer as well as the prices for each.
Also, think about how you’ll price your jobs. Will you going to visit the home prior to giving a quote, or will you simply offer one over the phone? Giving a general quote and then arriving only to realize the job is going to be more work than what you’ve charged will make you lose money.
Pick a Stand-Out Name for Your New Maid Business
You don’t want to be called “xyz cleaning business”. You want your company’s name to stand out and be remembered. As you’re brainstorming names, you want to make sure it isn’t already in use somewhere else. This can lead to all types of problems. Spend some time on this because once you choose a name, it’s yours for the duration!
Get Enough Supplies & Equipment, but Not Too Much
When you’re just starting your new maid business, you want to have just enough supplies and equipment. You don’t want to spend money on things you don’t need or have too much in the beginning. Some of the supplies and equipment you’re going to want to buy include:
- Glass & Floor Cleaners
- Dusting cloths
- Cleaning Cloths
- Garbage bags
- Spray bottles
You’ll also need to take into consideration if you’re planning on using special machines to polish floors or clean carpets. If you decide to include that into your services then you’ll want to consider the costs of purchasing or renting the machines as well. Once you determine how many employees you’re going to start with, make sure everyone has their own set of supplies and equipment so that you can do multiple jobs at once. As you grow your company and hire more people, you can buy more supplies.
Get the Right Licenses & Insurance
Every state is different when it comes to the necessary licenses and insurances. Check with your state’s regulations to see which types of licenses you need to start a new maid business. Also, ask about what types of insurance your company needs to carry. Ensure you have everything you need in order when it comes to the legalities of your maid business. Not having the proper license or insurance may result in you losing your business before you even get started.
Some maid companies have company vehicles while others have their employees use their vehicles. Decide which route you’re going to take. In the beginning, it may be best to have employees use their vehicles and invoice you for the mileage. Taking on a fleet of vehicles is a lot to handle when you’re starting a new maid business. You should use your time to focus on your customers.
Advertise Your New Maid Business Efficiently
How are people going to find out about your business? You need to advertise and be smart about it. Where can you advertise inexpensively and efficiently? Social media is an excellent tool. The best part is that it can be free. Start a business page and post there consistently for the best results.
Ask friends and family to get the word out as well. They can be some of your best advertisers because they know you best and can help you put your best foot forward. You may also want to post signs on community boards. Check out what local events are going on where you may be able to rent a table for a low price to advertise your services.
When you’re just starting out you need to look for the best ways to advertise while spending the least amount of money. As you grow your business you can branch out and look for other ways to advertise.
Decide on Your Pay Scale
How much do you plan on paying your employees? The amount may differ depending on where you live. Do some research and see what other companies pay their employees hourly. You want to be competitive so that you can attract quality workers. If you don’t pay enough, you run the risk of getting employees that are not as experienced or qualified.
Starting Your New Maid Business
If you’ve been considering launching a new maid business but have questions about what you need and how to start, Debbie Sardone, the Maid Coach can help. She has all the tools and expertise for launching a successful business because she’s done it before. Debbie knows what it’s like to start a new maid business from nothing. The company she started in the trunk of her car is now one of the most impressive maid services in the country.
Debbie shares her step-by-step course to help you get your new maid business started on the right foot. Debbie shows people how to build their cleaning business and make it profitable. Call Debbie today at 972-827-7837 to get started!