What to know before starting your own cleaning business

Here, we give some pointers on starting your own business in the cleaning sector.

If you are thinking about setting up your own cleaning business there are a few things you need to consider before doing so. First of all, you need to make sure that this type of business is the right one for you. In order to be a cleaner you need to have good physical health because cleaning can be hard and strenuous work. You will also need to have good customer relation skills as you are required to deal with clients on a regular basis.

You’re going to need to have a clear vision of where you are planning to place your cleaning business. These days the market is pretty crowded when it comes to cleaning services so you want to create a niche for yourself and ensure that your particular business stands out.

The cleaning industry has two primary markets which are, consumer and commercial. The consumer consists primarily of residential cleaning which is maids and household cleaning. Commercial cleaning is dominated by janitorial services, where they provide a much wider range of services other than maids, they tend to target businesses rather than individual consumers/homes. So decide which one you are aiming at.

Research all aspects of the cleaning service business world, from advertising to customer services, taxes, insurance, employees and how much you are going to charge. If you are unsure how much you should be charging, then at what other cleaning companies in your area are charging to get an idea. For more information on pricing, Brosch Direct has written this guide. You are going to be the only one who knows what you want and need to make so ensure that it covers all your expenses and you can still make a decent profit.

Learning the ropes

Professional cleaning is very different to cleaning your own home and learning to be a professional cleaner will take a lot of time. Your clients are paying for a service that they expect to be of a high standard so you need to be doing your job properly.

Getting your first client is going to take some time so you will need persistence as well as patience because you need to remember you won’t get hundreds of clients instantly. This will be one of your hardest parts of starting your business and the best thing to do is let potential customers know that you are new but have thoroughly researched all aspects and assure them that you know what you are doing and are capable of cleaning their home. You must be confident as clients love confidence, it will relieve them from any worries they may have and will show them that their home is in good hands.

Don’t forget to advertise and decide on your image because this is what everyone is going to remember when thinking of you. Be constantly consistent with your adverting as well, such as if you have a logo then place that on all your advertising materials.

Last but certainly not least, consider what supplies you will need. If you plan on using your own equipment and products which most cleaning businesses do, then you will need to purchase them in bulk so that they last you longer and you don’t end up spending a fortune on new items almost straight away. You should now be on the right track to setting up you very own cleaning business.

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