How to Start a Home Cleaning Business


Starting a cleaning business can be a smart idea if you go about it right. There are a lot of potential clients from home owners to small business owners and large companies.

General Tips:

1. Maintain a professional image. Whether you work alone or with a crew, decide on matching uniforms and use photo IDs. Even if you don’t want to order uniforms your workers can wear similar items. Black pants, and lime green Polo shirts, for example. Complete the look with jewelry lanyards or a badge reel for displaying your ID with your company logo on it.

2. Work as quickly and as quietly as possible. If you work during the day when people are at their desks, you will need to fade into the background so that the normal workday is not disrupted. If you clean after hours, this won’t be an issue.

3. Start out small, and build a website so that potential customers can easily check out your company and pricing information. Prominently display your contact information on your website so that new clients know how to get in touch with you.

Maid Services

Maid Service can be a great business to run alone or with employees. Most of the supplies used will not require a large amount of storage space, so you can easily operate from your home if you need to.

One of the reasons that maid service has become so popular in the last 40 years is that so many women have joined the workforce. With families and career obligations, there isn’t much time left in the day for cleaning. These families will make up the majority of your clientele. Your target demographic will be two-income households where the annual income reaches or exceeds about $50,000.

As a maid you will perform a number of duties including cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, vacuuming floors, and dusting. Most maid service companies establish fees based on the types of services ordered. A client might want dusting and vacuuming done every week while other services may only be ordered once a month.

Janitorial Service

Janitorial services concentrate on business and commercial cleaning needs. You may find clients in small office buildings, large high-rises, hospitals, school, and even restaurants. Although cleaning jobs are hard work and not very glamorous, the earning potential is very good.

Janitorial services startup fees are higher than maid service businesses. So you may find it easier to start out as a small maid service and grow into bigger opportunities in the commercial arena. In most cases you will always work after hours when the office has closed for the day.

Some larger jobs will require the use of potentially hazardous chemicals. Before you begin, make sure you have the proper training and licensing to conduct your janitorial business at commercial locations.


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