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How to start a cleaning business

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Are you ready to get your hands dirty with some good old fashioned entrepreneurial spirit?  Where others see dirt and grime do you see opportunity? Then you could really clean up with your very own cleaning service.

It’s definitely nothing new or massively innovative, but the tried and tested cleaning business is one of the staples on the private enterprise menu. Just think about how many different spaces require regular cleaning…it really is mind boggling - a secret army working tirelessly around the clock to keep the country squeaky clean and gleaming with perfection.   

If you fancy mopping up some of the action then here are some of the things that we reckon you should be thinking about:how to start a cleaning business

Market Research

This is a hugely important step in the process which will not only help you to focus on the specifics of your business but help you decide what type of cleaning service you will offer and where you will locate. There’s a whole lot to consider, so here’s a few pointers to get you started:

  • Consider carefully what kind of cleaning service you will provide.  There are two main sectors which can be considered a) consumer and b) commercial.

  • The consumer market is interested in the provision of cleaning services within (mainly) domestic properties and will involve the supply of cleaners to deal with all manner of household maintenance including window cleaning, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and so forth.

  • The commercial market. Cleaning services that work in this arena provide services for a wide range of businesses which will require more regular upkeep than those in the consumer market. The services offered will include many of those of the consumer market but may also include some more Janitorial/Caretaker activities, particularly where there is a permanent onsite presence.  

  • Whilst it is very reasonable to expect that you will be able to provide services to both of these sectors, you should consider carefully the concentration of businesses and domestic residences within your area to make the best use of your marketing budget.

  • Will it be necessary for you to operate from a commercial premises from the get go, or is it feasible for you to run your business from home?

  • Are there any alterations or renovations which you will need to make to your home if you plan to work from there?

  • Are there other cleaning services located in your chosen area? Who do they provide services to? Will you be in direct competition with them?  

  • What rates so other similar services in the area charge? You might need to put on your detective hat and do some cheeky undercover investigations.

  • Is there a niche within your chosen area which is currently untapped? Are there any cleaning company franchises which you would be interested in teaming up with? (Check out our post on the pros and cons of buying into a franchise for more info)

  • Do you have any experience of the marketplace or running your own business? Is there anyone who would be willing to provide you with a few pointers?

  • Are there any grants or startup loans available in your area which would be able to help you?

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Published on: 13th November 2013

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