Most people don’t like to clean, but most people don’t get paid to scrub toilets and wash windows. The commercial cleaning business can be built lucratively, flexibly and quickly, making it a great choice for the home business.
What does the commercial cleaning business offer?
Stable market: The caretaker sector is not affected by the boom or bankruptcy of other markets such as home cleaning. Companies need to clean their offices in a good or bad economy if they are to maintain a professional and clean environment. Commercial cleaning offers a stable market with constant demand.
Simple product offer: Nearly every commercial building needs some kind of janitorial service, and providing this service is not witchcraft. Whether an entrepreneur chooses to integrate an existing franchise model or build it from the ground up, a company’s requirements are consistent, such as emptying waste bins, cleaning bathrooms, and typical sweeping and wiping.
Repeat business: Commercial cleaning is an ongoing service business. This means that companies and other companies always need the service that brings them a consistent business and a stable, regular income.
Beginners: While you can try to do all the work yourself, you can maximize your time and income by hiring people to help you.
The good news is that your employees don’t need any formal education or training, so you don’t have to invest in expensive training or recruitment costs. In addition, most of the work is done once the office is closed, so you can hire people who need an evening schedule or want a second job. The only drawback is that there can be a high turnover rate.
Low overhead: Apart from detergents and other important things, someone who is interested in a commercial cleaning company does not have to spend a lot of money to buy a range of equipment, vehicles or inventory. In fact, I came across someone who said he started without a vacuum cleaner or car. With this in mind, you want to invest in tools and equipment that will maximize your time and effort as your business grows.
Getting started with commercial cleaning
Decide whether you want to start from scratch or participate in a franchise. Starting from scratch means more work, but you can do it on a small budget. Franchise companies have a reputation and a business plan, but it can be expensive to buy.
Will you also be a one-man show or will you hire helpers?
Take care of start-up tasks such as choosing a company name, setting up your company structure, registering your company and drawing up your business plan. When you hire employees, you need an employee identification number (EIN) from the IRS (free), and you want to learn more about employer-related laws.
Obtain the necessary insurance and guarantee.
Choose your target market and anything that can set you apart from other commercial cleaning companies. Do you want to focus on specific companies (e.g. real estate agencies) or a specific part of your city? Some of the things you can distinguish are environmentally friendly cleaning (using non-toxic products), price and level of service.
Get the necessary equipment and supplies. You may be able to bring them at wholesale prices in specialist cleaning shops. The items on your list include wipes, disinfectants, air fresheners, garbage bags, brooms, mops, vacuum cleaners, detergents and a basket. You will need equipment for each cleaning team when you hire help.
Create your pricing structure, including the calculation of bids, billing system and contract agreements.
Print business cards, brochures and other printed materials.
Market your business. Use your network, place ads in business media that your target audience reads, have magnets or a sign attached to your vehicle, and use other marketing strategies to help you speak your mind.
Do a good job and ask for testimonials and/or recommendations to build your business faster.