If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of starting a new business on a shoestring, no doubt you’ve considered starting a cleaning business. But what is the appeal? Why do most of us, at some point, consider cleaning for money?
Well, obviously, one reason is the low-startup cost. Realistically, if you have a vehicle, you don’t need much more than a few hundred dollars worth of supplies and a good work ethic. And as far as needing any special skills, well, the barrier to entry is quite low as most people have some experience.
This is surely a double edged sword if there ever was one. Yes, you can start up a cleaning business today and be working tomorrow, but so can everyone else. And that is where most of us run into the cold, hard reality that the cleaning business is not that simple when you take everything into account.
Competition can be fierce and, oftentimes, you’ll see would-be cleaning entrepreneurs working for minimum wage, or less, in an effort to make a livable income.
Okay, now that I have thoroughly depressed you, you should know that this does not have to happen to you. You can make a good living (even build a cleaning empire) if you do it right and refuse to go down that path.
This requires other skills… In particular, business skills…
Yes, if you are willing to run your cleaning business as a business, the sky is the limit – even with heavy competition.
Starting a cleaning business from scratch is, in my opinion, one of the purest forms of entrepreneurial spirit. It is the essence of what this site is about. Making something out of practically nothing and relying on your skills and a bit of luck. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Imagine the sense of accomplishment you’ll have when you can brag about building a cleaning business from the ground up and turning it into a success! It really says a lot about who you are and what you are capable of.
Wondering how to get started? Well, the articles in this category cover a broad range of cleaning businesses. However, before you do anything, ask yourself if you want to specialize in a certain area or whether you want to become a general cleaning contractor. Once you know what you want, grab a few basic cleaning supplies, get some marketing material printed (i.e. flyers) and start spreading the word!
Ideally, it would be nice to have some experience, however, it isn’t absolutely necessary. One thing I would suggest is to invest in some training if you can. That way you aren’t wasting time making costly mistakes.
I recommend you have a look at these two programs:
Barring that, you could opt to work for someone in the cleaning business to learn the ropes. While some say it’s unethical, you will also be working hard for this other company for low wages – and unless you start competing with them in the same area, the industry is big enough so that they won’t even notice your presence.
People are making fortunes cleaning up after others this very minute – why can’t you?
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