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What Does It Cost to Start a Cleaning Business?

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Owning your own cleaning business can be a rewarding way to earn a living as a small business owner. One expense that is common to all forms of cleaning businesses is purchasing any licenses or other legally required documentation so that you can establish your business. You will want to open a checking account for the business and register the business name with your state. These expenses differ from state to state. The cleaning business relies on reputation and word of mouth, so it is important that you are prepared to do a thorough job on the first service call. You will need to spend some money up front in order to ensure that you have all of the proper equipment to complete the job quickly and effectively.

Housecleaning

The expenses of opening a house cleaning business can vary depending on your clientele. You will definitely need to invest in the most effective cleaning products you can find. Some of your startup money will also need to be funneled into advertising. If your clients do not already own small appliances like vacuum cleaners, you will need to purchase those items on your own. The initial startup is the most expensive time because you have to buy so many materials to begin with. Once you have what you need, you can replace things as they run out or wear out one at a time.

Carpet Cleaning

A good carpet cleaner will need to invest in some large equipment before opening the service. Think about what type of carpet cleaning you plan to do. If you are going to specialize in shampoo, you might need a large truck-mounted cleaner. Dry cleaning requires the right chemicals and a high-powered vacuum. A carpet cleaning service will also include hiring employees, which means you will have an ongoing salary expense as well as the tax liabilities that go along with employing workers.

Office Cleaning

An office cleaning business is also more effective if you hire more than one person to help complete the cleaning. If you plan to work for small offices, you might be able to finish the job on your own, but it will take more time and limit the number of offices you are available to work for. Most offices already own industrial vacuum cleaners, but you will need to be prepared to use your own. You will also need to purchase the appropriate cleaning equipment and things like replacement trash bags for desk receptacles.

Be Prepared for a Slow Start

Don’t forget to allow yourself a large enough cushion for your first year of operation. Since cleaning services rely so much on word of mouth, there is a good chance that you will not begin earning enough money to cover your initial costs until your second year. Make sure you have enough money set aside to cover the initial layout and any additional costs of operation for at least 12 months before you need to rely on income generated by the business. Consider this savings account part of your investment in the long-term success of your cleaning business. With any luck, you will not need to use it all and it can roll over into the next year’s profits.

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Make More With Your Janitor Service Business

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You can make more money even in a down economy, by beefing up the services that you offer with your janitor service business. One of the easiest ways to do this, is by finding out what services your current customers might be paying someone else to do, and then come up with a competitive quote to help them lower their cost of doing business and at the same time increase your bottom line. It turns out, that there are some easy add-ons that you can give your janitor service company

One of these add-ons is cleaning carpets. Now, you are probably very used to clean carpet. You come in every day, and vacuum them and make sure there is nothing that gets stuck in them. But you can also clean carpets, upholstery, and drapes. If the company that is hiring you, like the quality of work that you do, there is no reason for them to shop elsewhere. While your employees are already at the jobsite, they can charge for services and increase your bottom line. If you need to, you can start a carpet cleaning add-on with just using a portable carpet cleaner. After you have been able to upgrade a lot of your customers, you may have a crew that is specifically dedicated to cleaning carpets.

Another easy add-ons that you can do with your janitorial business, is to do window cleaning. Window cleaning is actually fairly easy. You can train an employee on how to be a professional window cleaner, in just a matter of a few days. In addition, what I love most about this add-on, is that it does not cost you anything to start. The materials are super cheap for interior window cleaning. All you need are squeegees (one wet and one dry), clean towels and possibly a razor blade. If you are cleaning exterior windows, it would also be a good idea to get a ladder with adjustable legs. These are just some of the ways you can make more with your janitorial business.