Things To Know Before Starting A Cleaning Business
“You must like (love) cleaning and you must like people!”
Having said that, not many people enjoy cleaning for various reasons. But for those who do enjoy it, working as a cleaner can be a lucrative way of earning a living.
In the long run, cleaning services will never die out, will not be automated, or will be outsourced unless human-like robots take over.
Returning to the topic, starting a business from scratch is a daunting process. The good news is, as cleaning experts at Fine German Housecleaning with a successful cleaning business, we are excited to share the benefit of our experience, so you can launch your own cleaning business.
How to start a cleaning business from scratch
Whether you’re thinking of working as a sole trader or starting a business employing several cleaners, it’s an industry that’s always in demand. The benefits of cleaning for a living include the freedom to set your own hours and work with clients you like, an opportunity to escape a desk or hard labor job, and plenty of exercise. Cleaners also typically earn more than minimum wage, with excellent cleaners able to set much higher rates once they’ve built a strong reputation. The first thing to consider when starting a company is,
1. You need to be able to speak English and have excellent people skills!
Do not underestimate the power of learning and speaking ENGLISH properly! I always say: ‘One word (English) - one dollar’. Too many people in my industry are not motivated to learn the language, and they are missing out.
Similarly, people skills are a must. You need listening skills and the courage to hear about the mistakes you make and learn from them. It’s all about customer satisfaction, and for that, you have to be open to criticism.
2. Set up business accounting and bookkeeping
To keep track of your finances when starting a cleaning company, you’ll need to set up a bookkeeping and accounting system. This is helpful so that you understand your business’s cash flow and will also be important for tax-filing purposes.
3. Learn about cleaning products
Think about the types of materials and cleaning products you need for cleaning clients’ homes and businesses. You need to have knowledge about the different cleaning products and how they react to different surfaces, and how they react when mixed together.
4. Do your industry research
Do your research to determine an area of focus for your business. Is there higher demand for commercial services in your area or residential? Where do you have the least competition? The route you choose will determine what kinds of training you’ll need and what insurance to carry, so choose carefully.
We learned pretty much everything while working on the job for the last twenty-five years. We researched a lot on the internet about different cleaning tasks and such.
5. Up your management skills
Managing a crew of four to seven people on a particular job is important to have. If you have employees, you need to keep them motivated and engaged. Respect and reward them for their excellent work. Help them to get better at what they do. The best thing you can do is to hire people that are better than you! Keep training and never stop training.
As you gain experience with a cleaning service, you can take on more work and new customers. You will find ample of,
a. Growth opportunities
When you run a cleaning business, there is no upper limit to growth. It is entirely up to you how big you want your business to be. But keep in mind that the larger and the more employees and accounts you have, the more supervisors you have to have in place to ensure high-quality work.
b. Benefits of a career in this industry
You are not in a nine-to-five job and not sitting at your desk all day. If you enjoy interacting with people, this is for you.
Cleaning may seem like a simple business, but it’s not easy work. There are drawbacks to a cleaning business as cleaning is very physical and requires strength and perseverance. You need to take very proper care of your body, such as exercising and stretching after a day’s work.
If you’re looking to start your own cleaning business, reach out to us at Fine German Housecleaning for business advice on cleaning services. We are a leading and reputable commercial and residential cleaning company in San Rafael, California. We are a German-style, professional house cleaning company dedicated to deep-cleaning your home. We carefully hand-pick each trustworthy member of our team, train them, and never stop training them.
We feature GREEN cleaning with eco-safe products and are insured and bonded. Our services include professional cleaning, residential cleaning, office and commercial cleaning, post-construction cleaning, move-in and move-out cleaning, and COVID-19 cleaning services.
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