Start a House Cleaning Business
Do you enjoy cleaning your house?
Some people really enjoy it and revel in keeping their house spick and span
Others, however, hate cleaning their house with a passion and would gratefully handover the cleaning to somebody who is reliable, discrete, trustworthy and can do a really good job
A house cleaning business is a perfect example of potentially lucrative, highly useful business that is not difficult to get started and has huge opportunity for growth.
If I have pricked your interest then why can’t you be the one to start a house cleaning business in your local area?
Benefits of Starting a House Cleaning Business
Every business has its own advantages. If you are considering opening a house cleaning business, you should consider potential benefits in comparison to the effort required to ensure you make the decision that is best for you and your family.
- A house cleaning business does not require many employees. In fact, you can start your business completely on your own (or employ a friend to work with you). If things take off you can expand
- You can fit in with your lifestyle: Chances are you will be carrying out your work when the householder is at work so you can fit in the hours around your commitments.
- Offer one-offs and regulars: House cleaning is a highly in-demand service both for people who just need the occasional help and for those that will need regular house cleaning services.
- You can customize your services using your own talents to make yourself stand out from other house cleaning services. Not only does this appeal to customers, but it makes the business more interesting and fulfilling.
- Because house cleaning requires very little preparation and no necessary licensing, you can start a small house cleaning business quickly and easily to immediately speak to an income loss or gap.
Though house cleaning does not require any form of inventory or other large expenses, there are still initials costs that need to be considered when starting a house cleaning service.
- Though you may later wish to invest in a headquarters if your business becomes very large, when you first start, you can do all of your non-cleaning work from your own home.
- A home office equipped with a computer, filing area, telephone and scheduling capabilities will help to organize and streamline your business operations. Most homes already have a computer, but if you have the capital it is a wise investment to purchase one specifically for business use as it will allow for greater organization and security of information.
- Some clients may have cleaning products already that she will allow you access to when cleaning her house but it is better to be prepared with your own supplies. This makes you appear much more professional and capable. When starting a house cleaning business you will need to purchase small tools such as a broom, dust pan, mop and duster, as well as cleaning solutions
- Because some clients will have preferences when it comes to cleaning products, you should be prepared to purchase additional materials when instructed by your client.
- Advertising can be extremely useful in broadening your customer base. Costs for spreading the word about your business can include small newspaper spots, business cards and flyers.
A house cleaning business can be a great way to generate income on the side or can even become a full-time business opportunity. There are several avenues that can be taken to maximize profits and increase your customer base.
- The house cleaning needs of your clients can range from a one-time need for special event or seasonal cleaning to a regular relationship requiring several cleanings a month. Filling your schedule with both ensures consistent work and, therefore, income.
- Offering specialized services such as chemical-free cleaning, fragrance-free cleaning or full range services including dishes and laundry can appeal to a wider range of customers, increasing your business opportunity.
- Consider providing seasonal services that will enhance your regular work. These can include deep cleaning to remove allergens in the spring, providing moisture absorbers to improve air quality in the summer, sweeping leaves off of the porch and sidewalk in the fall and spreading de-icer in the winter.
These extra touches will bring your services to another level.
- Make yourself stand out from other house cleaning businesses by creating a signature. This could be leaving fresh baked goods, flowers or centerpieces, or using custom-created cleaning products. These make your service more personal and ensure happy customers and enthusiastic referrals.
- Consider using your own talents and abilities to offer a menu of optional services to complement your house cleaning. This could include holiday decorating, restocking a freshly cleaned refrigerator, or pet-sitting when your client is out of town. These not only increase customer satisfaction, but pose additional opportunities to make money.