By starting your own commercial cleaning business, you’ll never be short of work. Think about it, every company in the world needs to employ somebody to clean their premises. Why shouldn’t that be you? You need very little in startup capital. In fact, it’s one of the few businesses you can easily start for less than $2,000.
All you really need to get going is a handful of supplies and the motivation to find work. Let’s assume that you already have the get up and go – because otherwise, why are you even thinking about starting your own business? The rest comes pretty easy. With minimal outlay, you can pick up all the equipment you need. Locate reliable chemical suppliers in your area and that’s it. You’re set.
So, you’ve got the drive, determination, and the stock. What comes next? Read on for an easy guide on turning your startup commercial cleaning company into a fruitful enterprise.
1. Getting Your Name Out There
When you’re first starting out, it may not be the most glamorous job in the world. Actually, is cleaning up after other people ever glamorous? Probably not, but it can be very rewarding. Just know that, as with any business, the early days can be a bit of a grind.
Just like every other relatively cheap startup, competition is rife. In order to gain some experience, you may have to consider cleaning for domestic clients to begin with. It’s usually easier to find busy homeowners who need a cleaner than a big company who likely already has somebody under contract.
After building up a solid portfolio of clients, word of mouth usually spreads by itself. But at that point – start reaching out to businesses yourself. Inquire as to what they currently pay for their cleaning services and, where possible, try to outprice the competition. Just don’t sell yourself too short. It’s also worth trying to target new businesses (or existing ones moving to new premises) who haven’t yet contracted a cleaner.
2. Manage Your Portfolio
The beauty of operating a cleaning business is that, quite often, you’re left to your own devices. Companies usually prefer you to work after hours when nobody else is around. Most cleaning jobs usually only take a few hours, so you can work at a number of different premises per day. For this reason, access to your own car (or even better, van) is crucial. You also need to keep on top of your invoices, which means a lot of bookkeeping. When you work for yourself, time is literally money. You only get paid for the work you actually do.
If you can, try never to turn business away. If you’ve gotten to the point that you have a number of different clients and are having trouble fitting them all in, consider hiring your own staff. You will make a small profit from somebody else’s work but benefit greatly from them representing your brand. The more companies that are aware of your name, the more business ultimately you’ll get.
Only hard work will get you to this point. From there, your continued growth is all down to your own initiative. If you have big aspirations, think equally big. Eventually, you could get to the stage where you have an entire team doing the work for you, while you watch the profits roll in from afar.