The cleaning industry is a lucrative business in the sense that once you acquire a client, you can almost ensure long-term revenue. And this is one reason why many people decide to start a cleaning business. Just keep the following things in mind when you decide to start your own cleaning business –
Market Research: Make sure that you do a thorough research on the cleaning industry to identify the opportunities that will allow you to grow your business. When you decide to set up your business in a locality, you should have a good understanding of the economics of the locality You should research as to how many businesses are there within a locality, whether the local businesses have sufficient earnings to hire an external cleaning contractor, how many businesses in the locality already have a cleaning contractor and how many don’t, whether the businesses that do not have a cleaning contractor are planning to hire one soon etc. Once you have answers to all such questions, you will be in a better position to set up your cleaning business.
Independent Or Franchise: One of the most important decisions you must make is whether you want your cleaning business to be independent or be a part of a franchise. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages. Setting up an independent business gives you complete control of your business, but you may have to struggle a lot to procure clients and create a stable income. On the other side, if you opt to be a part of a franchise, then you will have to adjust your business according to the dictates of the franchising company, but you will find it much easier to procure clients.
Marketing Plan: You should create a good marketing plan so that you have a clear idea how to proceed with your cleaning business. Without preparing a good marketing plan, you will remain directionless and your business will suffer as a consequence. The marketing plan should have clear-cut ideas on the type of clients you will focus, how to set up appointments with such clients, how to present to the clients, how to structure a deal according to client’s interests and budget etc. At the same time, you should also develop a clear-cut analysis of the cost of such marketing activities.
Capital Consideration: Have a really good idea on the amount of capital you will need to start your cleaning business. Make sure you have sufficient capital so that you can effortlessly carry out your business activities at least for the first year even if your business does not earn profits. You should also take a decision as to how you will raise the capital – through your own funds, by taking a loan etc. You should also clearly budget your expected investment and working expenses like equipment expenses, office expenses, van expenses, marketing expenses etc. With good budgeting, you can improve your business efficiency tremendously.