If you’re looking to start your own business, why not consider a house cleaning business? This type of small business can be a great way to earn money while your kids are in school, as you can set your own hours.
When you start your own business, you are in control of how fact and how much it grows. The cleaning industry is the best one to get into because with people becoming busier every single day, they have less time to clean their homes and business’.
This is where your services can become quite valuable to them. And word of mouth goes a long way to finding new clients.
How to Start A House Cleaning Business
What You Need to Start a Cleaning Business
A business license
The first step in starting a cleaning business is to find out if you need to get a business license. Most counties require a license to run a business, and you could be fined if you don’t have one.
Call your city hall to find out what you need to do to legally work in your county of residence. Make sure that all your paperwork is in order to avoid any problems down the road.
Seek insurance and bonding
You don’t want to end up in a situation where you’re sued, and don’t have any insurance to protect you. Having liability insurance ensures if something happens while you are cleaning, you’ll be financially protected.
Being bonded means a bonding company checks your background to decide if you are trustworthy. If so, you’ll receive a bond owned by the company in case you’re accused of theft.
For example, if you’re cleaning someone’s home, and that homeowner accuses you of stealing his laptop, the bonding company will pay for the computer out of the money they approved you for in your bonding insurance.
In order to clean properly, you need to know HOW to clean properly.
Your customers will have many different types of woods, metals and other surfaces to clean. Research how to clean these surfaces, so you don’t ruin them.
Start small when starting a business. All you need is a good mop, cleaning cloths, vacuum, extendable duster and some cleaning solutions. You can buy more as your business grows with more clients.
Market your business
There are many ways you can market your cleaning business. You can speak to as many people as possible about your services, hand out business cards, post fliers in local businesses, and place newspaper ads.
Don’t forget to promote your business online as well. Many people turn to their local Facebook group pages to search for home services. A couple of well timed ads (time them for when people are online) can result in a few new clients.
You can promote your business online with a website. Make sure you can be found locally and easily! Don’t forget to include your business in local directories.
Offer discounts for referrals
Once you start getting clients, always let them know you are looking for new clients, and offer a discount to the client for recommending someone to your cleaning business.
You can also offer one time discounts from new clients, as an added attraction for hiring you.
Be creative and think outside of the box when it comes to marketing strategies for your house cleaning business.
Work Hard, Be Patient, and Become Successful
It takes a while to build any type of business, so don’t become discouraged if it takes a few months to get your cleaning business off the ground.
You may be surprised at how quickly word of mouth can result in new clients. So, do a great job for every one of your clients and the word will spread.
With constant marketing and determination, you’ll soon have a thriving business.
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