Start your own office cleaning business
Starting your own cleaning business is not as hard as you might expect. You will find that many of the needed tools and cleaning supplies are likely
under your sink now. Many of the other items you might need, can be purchased without much of a cash outlay.
Another home based business bonus, is you control your own hours. Choose the days you will work, up to a point. Available work might be on and off as you first start.
But word of mouth will get you more work from each customer you satisfy. Always ask a happy customer if you can use them as a reference. It will serve you many time over with question from new possible clients.
Contract with commercial cleaners to use your home based cleaning business
Janitor services from the larger name brand commercial outlets have set fees. You’ll want estimates for their going rates to base your pricing structure. They are charging a premium price for their crews, but you can under price them and still make a good wage plus expenses.
If you offer home cleaning services and small business cleaning, you’ll find a greater offering of jobs. Bonus work, might be with the same client. Just the added perk of special deals for all windows in a house is a draw card for working mothers. Carpet cleaning and shampoo service, will give you many avenues to prosper.
Most homeowners are seeking these services by the job, and, will hire you for seasonal work. Cleaning the windows before the mother in law comes for a visit, is one idea that comes to mind. Working from your home helps make your schedule flexible for your possible customers.
Things get dirty and need cleaned
Many times, the cleaning needs to finish in a short time frame, and or during nighttime hours. Let the client understand you’re flexible with your hours to meet your client’s schedule. This is priceless advertising.
Home owners with no time to clean their homes
Many homeowners are off guard when guest or family members show up unannounced for a visit. Families are busy with work related items and don’t get time to clean.
How to start an office cleaning business with no money
Starting out developing a cleaning business with no money investments in tools or supplies, can be done, but with limited results. Creating a cleaning company allows you to stay small or to invest in it and expand.
Residential cleaning services or homes, apartments, and rental properties can be a major provider of work. Part of the work will be outside, as in cleaning windows, decks and surrounding areas of the property. When the work is inside the property, it’s the normal dusting wiping and general vacuuming of the whole interior.
Many jobs will need normal household cleaning equipment. While, commercial jobs might need larger tools as in, rolling mop buckets, a pushcart, and larger volumes of cleaning chemicals and other supplies.
Larger tools make jobs easier. Can you start with no money? While the answer might be yes, common sense, leads us to believe, you will spend a few dollars. While costs related to this cleaning business will be several low costs buys by item. There can be several larger investments as in, commercial carpet shampoo equipment.
Business and commercial cleaning business
Business owners are open to the public, 8 to 12 hours a day. They will need someone who can work nights, or off hours cleaning. Make sure your communication devices including, cell phone, home phone, and if needed, a beeper is working. Clients with your contact numbers, will call when needed. Business cards with full contact information are a wise investment. They are furthermore, a business tax deduction. As with any business, keep receipts for end of the year tax deductions.
Follow through on their time lines and time limits while offering trustfulness can land profitable work. You will want references later, as your business grows. Once you’ve proved yourself and developed trust, ask for a reference to add into your growing portfolio.
As I said; word of mouth helps line up new jobs. But in today’s world, trust comes with an attachment. Prove it! I’s not saying it will happen always, but if asked, prepare to offer the references, and not only your sister’s home.
How to start a commercial office cleaning business
When you work on a commercial scale, there will a different need of readiness needed. You might need to staff up, and be able to offer commercial grade tools for specialized work.
Rent the bigger and more professional tools when starting out. See which piece of equipment is say, needed 6 times during a 2-month period. This will give you a good basis for a bank loan, as compares to lost outlay, for the rental fee and delivery time.
Landlords and property management companies
Everyone has heard the stories of people moving out and leaving the house or apartment trashed. This is a great job offer, for a major clean up and small repairs. Rush jobs, mean the client needs to show the property and rent it. These property managers are always on the lookout for a reliable cleaning business when they need to get a office or other property ready for new tenants.
Cleaning business for new construction or major remodel jobs
Depending on the economy in your area, new construction contract work can prosper. You might find work through the actual builder, or the contractors that have the cleanup attached to their bid for the work.
This might come in sessions, as in when the rough in work is done and the finish work will begin. There will be a separate cleanup before the house or commercial building is painted and ready for carpet or finial wall coverings. Dirt and dust do not mix well with paint or finial coatings.
New homes need cleaned when the workers finish
If you’ve ever run a power saw or sander inside your home you understand that fine dust goes everywhere. New home construction uses several subcontractors during the total building course. They are notorious for saying the dirt and dust is the other peoples’ fault.
Cleanup jobs are easier with no furniture worries. And you can find extra profit from left over materials and building supplies.
Remodeling causes dust and trash needs cleaned
Remodeling a new kitchen or a new home addition offers you the opportunity for cleaning work. Many contractors are good builders, but not good cleaners. The finished room or area needs to be dust free and sparkling for the owner when completed.
Search for contract work with local contractors. Make them aware you are, on call for finished jobs cleanup. They cannot get their last check until cleanup completes and satisfactory to the owner.
Flood, fire, tornado and other natural damages
These are times when no one knows the total sum of work and cleanup needed. Your client may work with their insurance company, and they will set up a contract to clean and restore the damage.
Work as fast as possible and adding extra helpers can produce several weeks of good paying work in these situations. Everyone involved will want their property finished first. Put the hours in and take time off later. As harsh as it might sound, natural disasters can be a gold mine for this line of work.
Floods trash everything below the high watermark
Homes and or businesses with flood damage are a real mess. No one can prepare for this mess. Be ready to make good money and stay busy. Have pricing ready for dumpsters as there will be a volume of trash to remove. Calculate the total trash yardage to figure out the number of dumps you might need. The trash company will charge by the dump for the size container you need. Will you have room to set a large roll off dumpster?
A benefit for work of this nature, the insurance companies are ready to hire someone. They need to limit more damage. They need the site cleaned up so assessing damage and repairs can start. If there is time for you to finish several jobs, a good rapport with the insurance agent will go far. It’s like having an estimator working in front of you. They will know what the going prices are, and will make offers for each bid. Have your calculator ready and be ready to parlay.
Tornadoes are devastating to everything they cross
Tornadoes cause a special circumstance for a cleanup crew. There’s special safety needed to sort out and start. Realize your ability and the required equipment, the needs for cleanup might reach out of your skill level. Perhaps you can help a larger cleanup crew with the detail work.
Granted, a tornado damaged area will create added problems also. You will be working around families and businesses that are in a form of dismal chaos. A little free work to make the site open to traffic and any help to those involved, will be a good contact for the next stage of relief. Karma is gift that never quits giving, offer it freely.
Fire damage add an extra need for cleanup
Fire damage will need a major cleanup. This will include special attention to the smoke damage and smell’s. After the fire, odors from burnt materials and firemen’s hoses, leave smoke and water, which has its own special needs to properly clean. Carpenter skills would be an added benefit for this type of cleanup or repair work.
Speaking of other skilled workers that might assist you on busy jobs. Find a carpenter, plumber, electrician and a drywall, aka painter. If you can offer a total package for repair and cleanup, you’ll be a more valuable contractor many times over. Many clients will need a little added work done, you’re on the job, be ready to pick up the extras and markup the sub-contractors going hourly price.
Setup friends and or family members to help with your cleaning business
One of the benefits for your cleaning business is expansion. You will need to have a plan of action to absorb the added work load. An example is, having two jobs on the same day. What if a piece of equipment breaks, plan for time loss during the repair?
Always plan forward to add new jobs, but be ready for the problems that might pop up unforeseen after the job starts. If you cannot meet an important schedule, you could lose the job. Have a backup plan prepared ahead of time. This includes, added labor and tools for the trade.
Friends who can use the extra off hours work
It’s easy to find friends to work a few hours’ nights or weekends. You might find job offers that cannot finish in the time frame needed without extra help. Overall, this cleaning process is not hard work. It does require some degree of detail to get your clients property presentable clean. If any light training is needed, it should be easy to learn.
Prepare ahead, have people found, and their contact information on hand to save time. Also, friends have other friends that might be interested. I do suggest that you make no guarantee as to the work hours per week, or month, etc. Don’t get yourself into a promise of money to standby employs, and then not be able to get them the work.
Family members can lend a hand
You might try family members who want the extra cash. Teenagers can always use a few extra bucks to buy games, the Internet, or programs on their cell phone.
One of the most important aspects of having standby labor on call is the fact, you will never control when you will need extra help. Not much extra equipment or supplies to set up a small crew with the tools needed.
Come to an agreed-on wage reasonable to both parties. Add a percentage to that for your markup and added work related expenses. Don’t forget taxes and other added charges that will need paid. When you, or your employees reach a prescribed annual income for the year.
Some points of interest for your cleaning business
No matter how well you plan and run your business, there will be expenditures. Some will be work related for materials or tools and be converted into the hourly rate you charge. Others will come in as taxes and to meet the federal requirements for employee taxes and workers insurance / health care.
Liability insurance for office cleaning business and workers
You will be open to business liability, for yourself, your workers, and any chemicals, paints or tools you bring onto a job. Be safe, not sorry. Example, if you would happen to dump a gallon of bleach on someone’s new carpet. Will all your profit goes out the window? The only way out of this responsibility, is to have the client sign a legal waver for any damages. They can if their homeowners or business insurance would cover the damage. Be ready to offer discount if this is the case.
Storage for cleaning business equipment, tools and excess supplies or materials
If you are starting out small, then the trunk of your car or pickup might be all you need. But as work builds, you will start collecting items needing to be stored. Consider freezing conditions for some of the items you will have. Do you have a heated garage or storage shed? Will you need to rent a storage pod, will it be weather tight and or heated? Will it close to your home base? Can you get into it at any hour of the day or night? Remember, you might be working late at night and need that special tool or cleaning agent.
Taxes, social security, unemployment, health and medical insurance
These are things will might not like to think about, but they are required in most situations. Read here: Misclassification of employees as independent contractors (various taxes i. e. Social Security and Medicare taxes unemployment taxes etc. on the wages of a worker that is classified as an employee. However.…)
I would also suggest your do more research on these subjects as they fluctuate state by state and as to what the Federal tax laws expect.