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How To Start And Maintain Your Own Cleaning Business

Apr 26, 2008
Be Your Own Boss!

In any business, one of the most important factors to consider is the amount of revenue it can generate and the time to start generating it. When you start searching for a business, you may find that running your own cleaning business fits the bill perfectly. It is one business that can provide very sound monetary returns within a short time; and very few complications will be encountered while running the business.

The latest developments in technology have had a very positive impact to make running a cleaning business very easy. However, cleaning itself is not a very high tech business and does not require a very high level of knowledge or skill to master.

Types of Cleaning Businesses

There are a variety of opportunities in the cleaning industry. However, they are basically divided into two broad segments: consumer and commercial. The consumer segment consists primarily of residential maid services, window cleaners, carpet cleaners and a host of other cleaning services. Commercial cleaning relates predominantly to providing janitorial services and other cleaning services such as residential cleaning for real estate agents, office cleaning, restaurant cleaning, pool cleaning and window and carpet/upholstery cleaning services, targeting businesses over individual consumers.

You should decide on the niche that you want to establish yourself in and then concentrate on building your business to cater to the needs of your niche market. However, you don't need to be confined to just one market, as it is perfectly feasible to serve different markets by pursuing a suitable business strategy. Doing this will greatly enhance your overall profit.

Cleaning Requires No Specialized Knowledge

You must understand that even if you do not require any special knowledge and skill to be successful, a good education, managerial capabilities and accounting knowledge can be of great value to the business. If you have web design skills it can help save a substantial amount of money to create and maintain a website of your own to promote your business.

Whatever niche you decide on, it is imperative to correctly price your services to ensure that your business is profitable. It is always better to charge a consolidated price for the whole job, depending on the size, locality, cost of living and other conditions of the place you plan to operate in.

You should avoid pricing your services on a per hour basis, as this would just be pricing your labor - and doing this will not cover your skills and efficiency once you reach a higher level. A little research on existing competition can yield the pricing information you need to let you set the correct price for your cleaning quotes. If you intend to work personally, you must put a price on your labor and practice by cleaning your own home to determine the time required to perform certain cleaning jobs.

Running a cleaning business isn't difficult and you will have the freedom of being your own boss. Follow the tips above and you'll be well on your way to owning a successful, low-maintenance business!
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals such as,lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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