Starting a Successful House Cleaning Business
Starting a house cleaning business can be a profitable, rewarding business, but it
isn't for everyone! Till you can afford to hire employees, you will be responsible for
cleaning your clients' houses. But you have the opportunity to test the waters to see if
you will enjoy this line of work before committing yourself financially and emotionally to
starting a house cleaning business and here is how.
The first step would be to check your local job ads, bulletin boards, and anywhere else
people post JOBS WANTED ads to see if people are looking for home cleaning services. Doing
this will accomplish two things: one is you will get an idea of what the demand is for this
kind of service; and secondly, it will (hopefully) give you some names and numbers to call.
I would be remiss if I didn't say that the local jobs wanted ads is not a great
indicator of the demand there is for house cleaning services. You will find a lot of the
ads are for one-time cleanings. What you want are clients who want weekly or biweekly
cleanings. This is not to say the people who post these ads won't be potential clients
because some could be!
For your purpose, the real reason for checking the jobs wanted ads is to get some names
and numbers of people looking for these services so you can contact them regarding the
job. Like I mentioned already, some people may just be looking for one-time cleanings, and
some are actually looking for more regular cleanings.
Whatever the case may be, try to land, at least, two cleaning appointments. When you do
make these appointments, be sure to ask them if they will be providing their own supplies
or if you have to. If they expect you to, then negotiate the price so that you are not
losing out on any money.
Before your first appointment, you will want to make sure you have the following
supplies (unless the person you are cleaning for is providing them to you):
• Mop and bucket
• Vacuum cleaner (one with a power head but do not go out to buy one
if you don't have this type already.)
• Rubber Maid Gloves
• 1 - 2 microfiber clothes (to clean televisions and for dusting)
• At least 20 bar mops (these are large white towels which you can find
at some grocery and department stores. They will be used for everything else other than dusting)
• Cleaning solutions for mirrors, bathrooms, kitchens, and floors
Along with these supplies, I would suggest you do some research online regarding how to
professionally clean a house. No need to worry about memorizing different techniques and
such. This is more or less to give you an idea of what to expect and how to proceed cleaning
someone's house. For example, you should always dust everything in a room before vacuuming.
When you show up to clean someone's house, be sure to dress in some old, comfortable
clothing (I would recommend a t-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes- all of which are not dirty
or stained), and be a professional about everything.