Having the drive and ambition to start a cleaning business is only part of the equation you need to be successful. If you’re thinking about starting a cleaning business, there are many other things you must do to get your business off the ground and let it soar.
If you’re thinking about starting a cleaning business, take a look at this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to get started.
A Business Plan for your Cleaning Business
You can’t start a business without a plan. This plan should include how much money you’re willing to invest if you plan to run your business out of your home, and what the competition looks like. You want to remain competitive while offering your own specialties that will let you stand out among the crowd. Within this plan should be the list of cleaning services you plan to offer as well as the prices.
You also want to think about how you’re going to give bids and quotes. Are you going to visit the home ahead of time or give blanket quotes over the phone? You need to decide which is going to be the most profitable for you. You don’t want to give a blanket quote and then arrive at a home only to realize it’s going to be more work than what you’re charging for. This will only make you lose money and isn’t a good way to get off the ground.
Choose a Name for Your Business
What are you going to call your business? Whatever name you choose, you want to make sure it isn’t already taken. You also want a name that is catchy and memorable. Spend some time on this step because once you choose a name, you should really stick with it for the duration. You should be 100% satisfied with what you choose because it’s going to represent you for as long as you have your business.
Supplies & Equipment
If you’re starting a cleaning business, you need to have your own supplies and equipment. Be sure you have enough for the entire staff, especially if you’re doing different jobs at the same time. Some of the supplies and equipment you’re going to want to purchase include:
- Floor & Glass Cleaners
- Garbage bags
- Dusting cloths
- Spray bottles
- Cleaning Cloths
You’ll also want to decide if you’re going to clean carpets or polish floors with special machines. If so you need to look into the costs to rent or buy them.
License & Insurance
Check your state to see what types of license you need when starting a cleaning business. Also, ask what type of insurance you need to carry. You want to make sure everything is current when it comes to the legalities of your cleaning business. Not having the proper licenses and insurance is only going to hurt you and may even force you to close your business just as you’re getting started.
Advertising & Target Market
When you’re starting your cleaning business you want people to know about your business, but you may not want to spend that much money doing so. Social media is a great, free tool that you can use to get the word out. Start a business page and advertise there. Ask people to share the info as well. You may also want to post signs on community boards to get the word out. 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 in the process of advertising, decide what your target market is going to be. Do you want to focus on homes or do you want to go after large businesses? Whatever the case, you need to have a good idea of who you’re targeting so that your advertising time and dollars are not wasted.
You may also want to consider a direct mailing or leaving fliers in neighborhood mailboxes if you’re going after residential customers. Your advertising strategy can also be included in your business plan.
Employees & Transportation
How many employees do you plan on taking on in the beginning and how much do you plan on paying them. You can do some research as to what housekeepers in your area are making hourly. You want to be competitive so that you get quality help, but you also don’t want to be paying too much in the beginning.
It may be best to start with a small fleet of workers until you build up more consistent clients. Then you can add to your roster so that you have enough staff to handle all of the jobs.
Another thing you need to keep in mind with employees is transportation. Many companies depend on their employees to provide their own transportation to the places they are cleaning. But, if they are far away, are you going to pay the mileage for your employees? Are they going to expect you to do so? These are all questions you need to consider as you think about starting a cleaning business.
Are You Ready to Start a Cleaning Business?
If you’ve been thinking about starting a cleaning business but aren’t sure where to begin, Debbie Sardone, the Maid Coach can help. Debbie has all the tools and expertise you need because she’s been right where you are. Debbie started her business out of the trunk of her car and turned it into one of the largest maid services in the country. She can share her step-by-step course to help new cleaning companies, like yours, not only get off the ground but also be successful. Debbie shows people how to build their cleaning business and get it to a seven-figure business. Doesn’t that sound like something you want?