For the last couple of years, cleaning services have been in demand. And among the various kinds of cleaning services, house cleaning makes it at the top of the list. This is no surprise since this is where people spend the most time. Plus the ‘work from home’ situation is still being practised today, all the more reasons why people want a better living space.
Getting into the cleaning business is a huge investment to make since you have to consider equipment, materials and staff. But you might be glad to know that all will be worth it. Cleaning services are quite profitable as they are in demand.
So if you’re ready to know more about it, check out the 5 ways to start a cleaning service business:
1. Fund your business
Having the right amount of funds for your business will make it easier to start and maintain. There are various ways you can fund your business effectively, either you find yourself or getting help from reliable sources. Here’s a list to consider:
- Capital investors
- Business loan
- SBA investment programmes
Once you have a stable fund to start, this will make the other steps easier. Starting a business without a steady funding source can make the process hard. This can even run your business journey short so fund your business right before starting.
2. Pick your cleaning niche
There are various kinds of cleaning services such as window cleaning, dry cleaning, vehicle cleaning, boat cleaning, pool cleaning and so much more. Once you’ve found your market, you can now do more research about it. Know your competitors, know what you’ll need for service, how much standard rates cost and so on.
3. Register your business
After figuring out your cleaning specialty, you can now register your business. This is an essential step since this is what makes your business legal to run. You can find the requirements needed online before heading over to the office. You can choose to run a cleaning business as a sole proprietor or with a partner.
Depending on what you get, the registration may vary. If you choose the former this will give you more control over how you operate your business but you have to be able to finance it alone. Choosing the latter, you’ll have to work with others but this option is easier on the wallet.
4. Get everything you need
Once the initial part is all set up, you can now get all the necessary things needed. These are your staff, equipment, materials and transport. Make sure to already have a budget for each one and to help you out here’s a checklist of things you’ll be needing:
- Vacuum cleaner
- Mop and a bucket
- Steam cleaner (optional)
- Broom and dustpan
- Scrubs and brushes
- Protective gloves
- Sturdy bag to carry essentials
- Rugs and cloth
- Acids cleaners
- Organic solvents
- All-purpose cleaners
- Dishwashing agents
- Floor cleaners
- Carpet cleaners
- Toilet cleaners
- Drain cleaners
- Metal and glass cleaner
Make sure to have everything on the list to provide the best cleaning service you can. Also being able to provide everything needed will make clients trust your business. Asking them for materials, a pale and so on will make you seem unprepared or unequipped.
Plus not having the needed supplies to do the job will mean a smaller rate. So to be able to set a rate above average, you need to provide quality service with quality products.
5. Get your business insured
As a starting business, it’s always a good idea to have financial backup when things go south. This is why various businesses always get business insurance. This will protect your business from legal, financial and actual damages. These kinds of damages shouldn’t be seen as something you can get through easily without insurance. Most time businesses that face this close down for good due to lack of funds.
So consider getting business insurance as soon as you get registered. This will keep your property, equipment, inventory and even staff protected. Plus there are various benefits that come with getting business insurance such as:
(1) This can protect you from lawsuits, (2) Protect your business from accidents and calamities, (3) Make your business more credible (4) Keep your employees protected and lastly (5) This can save you money in the long run.