Cleaning Business

Make it your job to keep things clean

Many people are simply too busy to keep up a good cleaning routine, leading them to enlist the services of a cleaning business to get the job done properly. The demand for professional cleaning services is on the rise, which means that now is a great time to break into the industry. Learn how to start a cleaning business with some guidelines and tips on organizing and executing your business plan.

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Finding Your Niche

There are two main market groups in the cleaning industry—consumer and commercial—and both carry plenty of opportunity for a new cleaning service. A house cleaning business would fall under the consumer category, while an office cleaning business, involving anything from window cleaning to janitorial services, would be classified as commercial. Typically, office cleaning businesses are large companies that are outfitted with more heavy-duty equipment than residential cleaning services, and so more investment will be needed to cover staff and equipment costs.

Aside from choosing a market in which to operate, starting a cleaning business involves making a number of decisions, like how large your business will be, your company's specialization and whether you will operate on a part-time or full-time basis. If you are a hands-on person, you will likely want to carry out the cleaning yourself and keep your operation fairly small. If your strengths are more administrative in nature, you might want to organize and manage a team of cleaners.

Starting Your Cleaning Business

The cleaning industry can be extremely flexible and lucrative; you may find that a part-time, home based business will supplement your full-time income perfectly. Consider starting a window cleaning business if you like to work outdoors, or a carpet cleaning business if you prefer to stay indoors. Once you have decided on the primary function of your cleaning business, you must choose whether you would like your business to be part of a franchise or remain completely independent.

A franchise business is less risky than an independent company, because an established company brings recognition and security. However, if you want things done in your own way, consider investing the time and money that an independent operation will demand. You can find a sample business plan online to guide you through your own business plan, which will help you to outline your specific business goals and financial needs.