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How to Start a House Cleaning Business

Start a House Cleaning Business

I'm so sick of hearing people moan because nobody will hire them. You don't need anybody to hire you. We have a free enterprise system in this country, which means if you provide a product or service that's in demand, you will be rewarded accordingly.

Some businesses require expensive and specialized equipment. Some businesses require specialized skills and talents. But a cleaning business requires only a minimal investment in supplies, equipment, and knowledge, and a large investment in hard work.

There's always a big demand for cleaning services because dirt just keeps coming. In the fact the demand is so great that according to angieslist you can charge from $25 to $35 per hour. When you first get a new client you can charge even more for that first clean. According to smallbusiness.chron.com, if you're cleaning a large office building with basic cleaning service several times per week, you can charge between $500 and $700 per month.

Once you get several clients, you'll need to hire and train people. Then you're out of the hard physical labor business. You'll be working at a desk doing marketing, scheduling, and working with contracts. This is when you'll be joining those business owners who make six or seven digits per year. So lets not hear any more of that moaning because nobody will hire you.

Cleaning your own home and cleaning professionally are two totally different things. Even though you clean your home constantly, learning how to clean professionally takes a lot of time and effort - when a client pays for your services, they expect to come home and find their home spotless, tidy beyond reproach and smelling pleasant. However, for some people, it's actually easier and more enjoyable to clean other people's houses because there is no personal investment, just pride in a job well done.

If you're mulling over the possibility of starting your own house cleaning business, you'll need to be fit, prepared for some dirty work and willing to market your services through friends, family and other people in order to slowly build up your client base. It may take a while to build a solid group of clients but with the right attitude, a good reputation and word-of-mouth referrals, you'll eventually build a solid cleaning business.

Assessing Your Suitability for the Cleaning Business

Before you decide to start your cleaning business, make sure this kind of work is right for you. While this is one of the easiest businesses to start due to its low overhead and reliance on basic skills, you need to be able to live up to the promises. Cleaning is hard, strenuous work. You need to be in good physical condition and able to bend over, kneel down, reach up and do repetitive actions for a sustained amount of time. If you have experienced past injuries, check with your doctor that it'll be okay to take on this very physical work for a living.

Consider your office skills. You'll need to have basic office skills and some accounting skills. You'll need to be well organized and to have a system in place that keeps you this way. Clients won't appreciate missed appointments or forgetting to clean areas of their home just because your system is messed up.

Be a good communicator. You need good customer relation skills and a willingness to engage with people. You can learn these skills if you don't already have them - just be open, honest and friendly initially and you'll begin to learn how to interact more confidently as time goes on.

Consider your personal legal or criminal history. Many potential customers will consider you unwelcome to work in their homes, businesses, or near their children if you have a criminal record, or you are going through a serious dispute with another person. Clear up any legal loose ends before applying to work for someone.

Have back up savings where possible. If you're planning on leaving your full time position to start a cleaning business, make sure you have at least six months of savings. Or, keep your full time job and start out part time.

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