Income Boost Blueprint Office Cleaning

Income Boost Blueprint Office Cleaning

Income Boost Blueprint

Setting up a Part-Time Office Cleaning Business

How would you like to start a part-time business that doesn’t require much money to get started or have many overhead costs? A part-time office cleaning business can be a great way to get started as an entrepreneur and also has the added benefit of being tremendously scalable.

With this type of business, you can ultimately grow extremely large and make a lucrative income.

Follow these steps to get your office cleaning business up and running:

  1. Decide what type of businesses to target. There are many issues to consider. Would you like to clean large office buildings or small? Would you prefer to service small businesses? Schools?
    • If you’re taking on this business alone, with no other employees, you’re likely going to have to start small. This can be a good thing. It will provide you with time to learn the business and become successful. You’ll learn how to deal with clients, what supplies you’ll need, and how to manage your finances.
    • As you get more experienced and earn the funds to hire additional employees, you can target larger buildings.
    • Also consider the hours you’re available. Assuming you already have a full-time job, you’ll need to work around your other work schedule.
    • Keep in mind that most businesses won’t want you there during their normal business hours, so you’ll probably have to clean at night.
    • Think about how much work you can handle. Start small until you have a good idea of how much extra workload you can add to your routines.
  1. Name your business. Since your clients are professionals, you’ll probably want to name your business something that sounds professional. If you want to keep your business local, you might incorporate your city name into your business name. Avoid trying to be cute. You want the name to project a professional image.
  2. Get your business license and a bank account. Different states have different rules and laws about business licenses. You may only have to get a DBA (doing business as) name, which is usually very inexpensive. However, getting your business registered as a limited liability corporation will limit your liability should something happen.
    • If you can afford an attorney, it might be a wise investment at this point. What would happen if you or your employee knocked a client’s computer off a desk?
    • It would be best to get a separate business account at your bank. Mixing personal and business funds can be an issue, especially at tax time. What if something happens and your single account gets frozen due to business issues? You wouldn’t be able to access your personal funds either.
    • Shop around for the best deals. Some bank accounts have higher minimum balance requirements and higher fees.
  1. Find liability insurance. Most commercial clients will require you to have insurance. Most businesses will ask to see your insurance certificate and may even have a minimum amount of coverage they require. $500,000 worth of coverage will be enough in most instances.
    • Your local insurance agent should be able to provide you with the advice and coverage you require. Liability coverage is not expensive.
    • If you have employees, a bond is a good idea. A bond primarily protects you if an employee steals from your client. Bonds are inexpensive and offer good protection from unscrupulous employees.
  1. Set your rates. Determining what you’re going to charge your clients for cleaning services is the last step to complete before you actually begin operating your business. There are a couple things to consider:
    • What is the competition charging? With a few phone calls and a little research, you can determine a good average rate for your area. It might be smart to set your rates a little lower until you build up a sufficient client base.
    • What hourly rate do you want to earn? When you have an interested potential client, consider how many hours a job is likely to take and set your fee accordingly. Remember to consider the cost of travel and supplies!
  1. Advertise. Advertising and marketing are always important, especially when first starting a business. You can’t be hired if nobody even knows that your business exists. Consider some of the following options:
  • Phone calls/mail/flyers/brochures. These are all direct contact methods. Flyers are inexpensive to create and can be inexpensive to distribute if you do it yourself. Consider faxing your information to potential clients. Brochures are also inexpensive in significant quantities. The cheapest option is to just pick up the phone.
  • Website. Every business should have a website. With WordPress, anyone can put up a good looking website in short order. Visit wordpress.org for details.
  • Newspapers and magazines. Print media formats can be good advertising tools, but they can also be expensive. The effectiveness can depend a lot on the local area.
  • Online advertising. Advertising online can be inexpensive or even free. There are a variety of places to advertise online. It would be great to link your advertisement back to your webpage.
  • Business cards, car magnets, or other forms. Do everything you can to get your business out in front of people by giving them your contact information.
    1. Give estimates. Anyone who contacts you should be offered a free estimate. Always be on time and dress professionally.
      • Use a tape measure to determine room size. You’ll quickly learn how long it takes to vacuum, sweep, or mop a particular size room.
      • Find out exactly what your client wants cleaned. If possible, find out what they liked or disliked about the previous cleaning service. Use this information wisely.
      • Complete your bid within a few days. You should include a cover letter, your bid sheet, copy of your insurance, and several business cards. They might pass your card on to another business owner.
    1. Start cleaning! Ensure you get high quality cleaning supplies, but also watch the cost. There is bound to be at least one janitorial supply company in your local area. Also consider green cleaning products, as they don’t emit harmful fumes. Do a great job, but manage your time well.
      • After the initial cleaning, ask your client to review the work and offer feedback. It’s much easier (in most cases) to keep a client than it is to find a new one. Strive to make each client happy.
      • If you have employees, review the quality of their work on a regular basis and make your expectations and those of the business owner you are cleaning for very clear.
  1. Grow your business, cautiously. Expanding your business can be exciting, but be careful. Sometimes costs can quickly get out of control. Managing multiple clients and employees can be time consuming as well. Continue to add clients and employees at a rate you can handle.
  2. Know when to cut a client loose. Not all clients are good clients. For every 10 clients, 2 will probably be more trouble than they’re worth. It’s not worth spending all your time managing those two clients and their issues. Simply let them go and find two better clients. Don’t be afraid to cull your duds. The same goes for your employees.

Setting up your own part-time cleaning business is something anyone can do. It requires a minimum amount of money and knowledge to get started. The best advice is to start small and then scale-up as you gain the expertise to grow efficiently and intelligently.

A cleaning business can provide a great supplemental income and it also has the potential to grow into a full-time business where it could become your sole income.

Published at Sat, 05 Sep 2020 00:08:00 +0000