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Tips for Starting a Cleaning Service - Business

Tips for Starting a Cleaning Service   by Morgan Hamilton

in Business    (submitted 2006-08-11)

I have come to realize that people rarely make their fortunes while working for someone else. If I want to strike it big, I realize that I need to work for myself. The problem is, I'm not what you would call entrepreneur material. I really don't have the next brilliant idea on how to make big and my tolerance for risk isn't all that great. I don't have much capital to begin with, but at the same time I don't want to put my house, car, and the future security of my family on the line in order to get my company off the ground. So after doing some homework I came to the realization that starting a cleaning service would be my best bet.

Starting a cleaning service is one of those things that practically anyone can do as long as you are healthy and have reliable transportation. You don't need a lot of business savvy right off the bat, you don't need to have a lot of high-powered contacts in your network, and you don't need a lot of seed money. In fact, all you really need for starting a cleaning service is motivation, a couple hundred bucks for basic supplies, and some form of transportation. When I was looking into starting my own business I came across this story woman who had only the bare essentials and took the bus to her various jobs. She never let the fact that she didn't have a great deal of seed money stop her from starting a cleaning service, and now she has a very successful business -- with a fleet of vans and several employees working for her.

I don't mean to imply that starting a cleaning service is easy and should be rushed into without giving it the proper planning. I did my homework by speaking to people that are in the business and who understand it. I hope to learn from their mistakes so as to not repeat them as well as from their stories of success. I actually heard stories of people that didn't even look into the costs of the various cleaning supplies before beginning their own business. Nor did they bother to check out what other services were charging for specific jobs so that they could be competitive and have a good idea of kind of money they could generate.

How dumb is that? I can promise you that I did not let that happen to me. Furthermore, I will take things slowly and try to schedule my first few clients for the weekends so that I don't have to quit my regular job right away. That will keep the pressure off while I establish my business. When I build my cleaning service of two a respectable level where I can actually generate a full-time income then I will be able to quit my current job.

If you want to go into business for yourself and aren't afraid of getting your hands dirty, starting a cleaning service may be just the thing for you. There are many books, manuals, and guides available on the Internet that will provide you with excellent tools, including checklists, necessary resources, ideas for attracting clients, information about securing lucrative office-cleaning contracts, and much more. I would suggest thoroughly researching and learning everything you can about the business before starting a cleaning service for your self. Really know from head to toe what you are getting yourself into an and if it sounds like something that appeals to you then do it. Soon you'll be working for the best boss in the world... you.