How to Start a House Cleaning Business

By Lanee’ Blunt

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Starting a house cleaning business can be done with a minimal start up investment. You can turn it into a profitable business in a short period of time. It can be operated on a full-time or part-time basis while you keep your full time job when stating out. You can have a commercial location or it can be operated out of your home. Research all aspects from customer service to advertising, taxes, insurance and bonding before you open your doors.

Cleaning business business plan 
A business plan for your cleaning business will help you stay organized. List your start up plans, and how you are going to go about finding clients and hiring employees.

Get licensing and permits
Inquire about licensing with your organization that handles licenses and registration in your city. You can check with SBC.gov to find the licensing and tax requirements for your state. 

Insurance and Bonding
You should be bonded and insured before you work for clients. Your insurance rates will depend on the state that you live in and how many employees you have on your staff. You may purchase your bond through your insurance company and it will need to be renewed every year.
Acquire a “Doing Business As,” DBA. Register a legal name for your business if you are going to use a name other than your own name. Apply for the DBA with a registration form with your state and local government.

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the US Internal Revenue Service if you have hired employees. Open a business bank account so that you can keep your personal finances separate from your business.

Purchase equipment
Get supplies and equipment. Most clients will prefer that you use your own cleaning supplies. Get appliance and floor cleaners, and you can offer a green service for example healthy natural cleaning products. You will need a supply of rubber gloves, hand sanitizers, cloths, sponges, vacuum cleaner, broom, mop and bucket.

Obtaining Clients
Some clients will be concerned with how long you have been in business. This may be a problem when you are first starting out, but not all of them some won't care if you offer a great price. Get some references by offering to clean some friends or family members for free if they write a reference for you. Advertise for your first clients, by putting an ad in the classified section of the newspaper, create a flyer, send postcards to a mailing list, or put fliers on cars in parking lots. Get magnetic signs for your vehicles. Get a website because a lot of working women shop online and look for house cleaning services while at work.



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