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    1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 24, 2008 5:41 PM by LUCKIEST

    Starting Up A Cleaning Business

    jasonbarrett Newbie
      For many years now, the cleaning industry has boomed, appearing here and there. From the busiest streets to the darkest corners of the suburbs, engaging in what they do best- sanitation. And with the growing population, the increase in garbage production goes up as well. And the more we need cleaners as well.

      Before anything else, ask yourself: "Do I want to be in this business"? One must weigh the pros and cons of entering cleaning business. Do not risk going to something that you have doubts on. But some say that this industry is one of the easiest and most manageable considering that you are the boss of you. You hold the time, there is no limit to whomever and wherever needs your services.

      To start a cleaning business, one must put in mind that this is an industry which ventures into dirt, something that most of us are disgusted with. The service does not only include simple sweeping, conventional mopping or dusting. There are more dirt and bacteria which our naked eye can see. These cannot be removed by simple scrubbing or washing only. It is a painstaking business but it is a part of the ball game.

      Most of your start-up costs for a domestic business will go on marketing. You may attract several clients through word of mouth but it's unlikely you'll build up a substantial client base without leafleting and advertising.

      One must also research on the demographics of your prospective customers. Of course, you would not want to set up a business in a place where no clients need your service. A good advertisement with a catchy slogan will help you gain clients .Consumers can come from different walks of life. Houses, restaurants, hotels (although some of them have their own cleaning services) and even hospitals are the most likely the prospective clients. Find out what the offices and businesses in your chosen area are being charged. You may find out in the course of your research that the area you want to set up in is a saturated market and therefore you'll need to look at other locations. Likewise if bigger more established companies can undercut you in price you may find it difficult to survive.

      Hire the ones who are "into" the business. Janitors for example are excellent workers for the job. An eye for detail and an almost perfect cleaning ability. Who else would know the nooks and crammies of the job but them?

      Choose the products that you know works for you. It is best to use the products that you personally use at home. Who else can assure the quality of the soaps and detergents that you? You can also help those small time soap companies or home based soap producers. They will let you use their goods and in return you will endorse their products by giving positive feedbacks.

      Lastly, be flexible with the client's need and expectations. Different folk's comes in different strokes. Provide what you are expected to give and achieve what you do best. Quality of the services is what important. Remember that first impressions last is. It is hard to get good consumers nowadays. So be diligent and stick to your business' mission and vision. Find new regulars and keep the old ones.

      See: How to start a cleaning business