1. Pick a focus. There are two main types of cleaning – residential and commercial. With residential cleaning, you would mainly clean homes and single apartments. These jobs require 1 or 2 people at most and are conducted during the day when the resident is home. With commercial cleaning, you would be responsible for cleaning office buildings and small businesses. Cleaning would mostly occur after hours or when employees were away so that you could a thorough job. At the beginning, you should focus your business on one or the other. Consider the number of employees you want to have, the amount of supplies you want to buy (cleaning supplies for an entire office building can be expensive) and any current connections.
2. Check your background. Being able to prove that you are trustworthy will be important as you gain clients. You and your employees will be around valuables, such as jewelry in a home, or confidential files in a business. Clients will want to know you will leave everything as you find it. If you have a criminal history, then this might not be the business for you. Obtaining a license and bond may also be necessary to operate in your area and will show clients that you are serious about your business. Though you may want to start as a sole proprietor, creating a business entity will add to the trustworthiness of your cleaning business. Those on the West Coast, can form an LLC online in California with SunDoc Filings as well as obtaining the necessary legal advice to get started.
3. Plan the business of your business. Starting a cleaning company is not as simple as picking up a mop and knocking on doors. You will have to create a business plan that takes into consideration the following – pricing (premium vs. low-priced), target market (will you go after a certain niche, like “green” clients), transportation (personal or company vehicle), supplies (company-purchased or whatever is in the client’s home or business), area of operation (is your location saturated, or is there room for another service)?