KEY PRO TIPS
- Don't forget, the true business is in your employees.
- Make a simple marketing plan and stick to it. The simpler it is, the easier it will be to stick to it.
KEY PRO TIPS
Need some expert advice on how to start a residential cleaning business? Maybe you’ve just started, but need some advice on what to focus on next. To help you out, we’ve asked Joanna Martin to discuss the most important things she found when starting her businesses. Joanna has over 20 years of cleaning experience and is the current owner of Winston Salem Cleaning Service in North Carolina. Learn from her expertise below!
I have owned two cleaning businesses in my career history: the first was a simple, sole proprietor, girl-with-a-mop type of operation. My reasons for starting it were simple: I wanted a job where I could be self-directed (I hate sitting at at desk, waiting for the phone to ring). I wanted to earn above-average income for the time I worked. I didn’t have a lot of money to invest, and I liked a flexible schedule. Cleaning was all of those things. However, that does not mean it was always easy, I learned things the hard way.
Here is what I wish I knew before starting my own residential cleaning business:
So, that is what I wish I knew before starting my first business. But what about my 2nd cleaning business? For many years, the simple business model was just right.… until the physical toll of cleaning every day set in… first my back started to hurt, then my knees hurt, next the feet hurt. You get the idea… It was time to make the leap to employees. A friend of mine approached me - she was moving out of state and wanted to sell her up-and-running cleaning business. It was the perfect solution! We took a deep breath, tapped the savings account, and took the plunge. We got the whole package: equipment, a name, a website, uniforms, customers, and most important: employees. Despite some misgivings, I was optimistic, after all, I had been cleaning for more than 30 years, how hard could it be? Well the list of things I wish I knew beforehand is a long one….. but here are the two most important things I’ve learned along the way when starting a residential cleaning business.
There will always be a market for cleaning. Learn from others - don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty - and use the best products to get the best results when you start a residential cleaning business service. Happy Cleaning!
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