Starting a home cleaning business is one of the easiest ways to become your own boss. There is little overhead and you can set your own hours and get started today
Starting your own home cleaning business is a great way to earn as little or as much money as you want to with little overhead and minimal start-up costs. Being your own boss means setting your own hours and making all of the decisions, it also means bringing in your own customers and keeping them happy. It’s easy to get started and if you’re good at what you do, you may find yourself with more work than you can handle.
In order to start a cleaning business, you will first need to plan some basic guidelines for yourself. Decide how much you want to work and which days you will be available to your clients. You will also need to decide what to charge your customers.
Cleaning prices vary greatly depending on the area you live in. You may make as little as six dollars an hour or as much as twenty-five dollars an hour, or you may even decide to choose a flat rate for residential homes. The best way to determine what you should charge is to call a few cleaning professionals in your area and see what they charge. You may also want them to come to your home to give you an estimate; this will give you an idea of how you should handle the transactions when you go out to give your first estimates. Some customers may have a set price in mind that they want to get the job done for; it is up to you to negotiate if necessary. It might be worth your while to take a little less money in the beginning until you get more established and word of mouth kicks in.
Once you have decided the basics of your operation, you need to get the word out about your business. An ad in the paper is a great way to spread the news, make sure your ad is articulate and offers a free estimate. You can make colorful flyers to post at supermarket bulletin boards, school bulletin boards, and telephone poles, anywhere you normally see flyers! The best way to get clients for your cleaning business is by word of mouth. Tell your friends, neighbors and family members that you are starting a cleaning business and chances are, they or someone they know is looking for someone they can trust. A friend of a friend is always better than a complete stranger when it comes to cleaning your home or business. Many churches have newsletters that let you place ads and announcements and people are more likely to trust someone from their own church as well.
Now that you’ve spread the word, you’re probably going to be getting phone calls for estimates. You will always need to go to the client’s home to get acquainted and see exactly what your client has in mind. Find out what the client expects to be done and what they don’t want done. Many people have certain things in their homes that they don’t want others to handle, such as china, special equipment, paintings, etc. Make sure you ask the client if there is anything in particular that they would like done that might be out of the ordinary. When you look through the home, you will be able to estimate about how long the job will take you and then you can give your client an estimate for the job. You will need to decide on days and hours as well. Some clients may want you to clean one time to see if they will be satisfied with your work and then arrange for a permanent schedule at a later time. Find out if there are any special cleaning products your clients like used and decide whether the client will provide them or if you will bring them yourself. Decide if you will use the client’s vacuum cleaner or your own.
Once you have your first job you will need some supplies. A Rubbermaid caddy with a handle is the best device for transporting your cleaning supplies. It is easy to carry around and if your supplies leak, the caddy will catch the mess. You will need glass cleaner, paper towels, a duster, sponges, dusting cloths, furniture polish, soap scum remover, toilet bowl cleaner and brush, floor cleaner such as ammonia, a mop and a bucket. These will be about the only things you need to buy for your business.
If you are good at what you do, you will soon have too many jobs to handle yourself and you can hire your first employee! Make sure you interview prospective employees carefully as they will be entering your client’s homes and you are responsible for whatever they do. Once you hire an employee, you might consider purchasing insurance for your new business to cover any accidents or thefts that may occur. Be sure to train you employees and stay with them for the first few jobs to make sure they do a good job and will represent you well. You can pay your employee and keep a cut of the money that is made for the job and you will be on your way to a profitable business.
The most important factor in acquiring many clients is trustworthiness and reliability. Keep this in mind when hiring employees and before you know it, everyone will be telling their friends about your great service.