Starting a cleaning company is arguably one of the simplest ways to get started as an entrepreneur. Cleaning is definitely a skill when you’re doing it on a large scale, but it is one that most of us can master. Combine that with the fact that there will always be people who looking to avoid doing chores themselves, and it’s kind of the perfect setup.
Many people set up cleaning companies with dreams of building up a big successful business, only to fall at the first hurdle. That’s because, although cleaning is simple on the surface, the business of cleaning and doing so successfully is a bit more complicated.
Whether you’re thinking of setting up a cleaning company, or you already own one and you want it to be successful, here are a few things you need to know:
You Need to be Tech Savvy
Apart from some of the cleaning equipment you use, there might not be much tech in the actual act of cleaning. But when you’re cleaning as a business, you need to know your way around a computer. If not, you probably won’t get very far without a functional website. You’ll also need a prominent social media presence on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. At t the very least, learn the basics of online marketing and website creation.
Having a Niche is a Bonus
Instead of offering general cleaning services, get yourself to Triad Service Center. Invest in floor cleaning equipment and specialize in industrial floor care and cleaning. Or you can set yourself up as a company that specializes in cleaning homes with dogs or cats, which can get messier. Whatever you can think of that will set you apart and give you a tight target market, do that and set yourself apart from the generics.
Have a System
When you’re cleaning, you need to have a system in place, so that you can be sure that you have cleaned every inch of the place. If you don’t have a cleaning plan, it’s easy to miss a spot here and there. Trust me – it will be noticed. If that happens, it’s less likely that you’ll be asked back or recommended to friends and families.
Time is usually of the essence when you’re a cleaner, but you and any employees you have should not place time before care. If you rush too much, it is oh so easy to knock over that precious vase or scuff the perfect wooden flooring, which you will then have to replace. Accidents like this could raise your insurance premiums (as a cleaning company, you absolutely need insurance). Work productively, but treat everything in the environment as if it is a precious heirloom.
Refuse Some Jobs
It might seem insane to refuse paying clients, but you may have to under certain circumstances. If you visit a property and you determine that the job will take too long to clean, the client is off, or you can’t be sure that you and your employees will be safe when working there, it’s much better to turn down the job (as politely as possible) than it is to risk something going wrong. In the end, you don’t want to get hit with bad reviews because you can’t meet expectations.
Armed with this knowledge, you should have no problem setting up and maintaining a successful cleaning business. Good luck.