Where to begin when starting your own cleaning business

Are you thinking about going into the cleaning business?

Like most things, it’s a good idea to study the prices in the market so that your services can be affordable to people, without underestimating the value of your effort or losing any possible profit. The price you start with can make or break your business. Remember, you can always adapt it as your skillset and service list expands.

Starting your own cleaning business is relatively inexpensive at first. Nevertheless, there are some factors that you need to keep in mind when starting out.

Most entrepreneurs, when starting their first business, use their own funds. Usually, this is the best approach to starting your own cleaning business. This applies especially because you’ll probably start out with just a few clients. Most likely you’ll be the one doing the cleaning in the beginning and all you will need is appropriate cleaning equipment.

Most of your funds will go towards your marketing efforts, like having your website set up, advertising using Google Ads, and business cards and brochures. This also includes the cost of your time to set these up, print these out, and spread these around. You’ll also have to take care of advertising costs and the actual realization of your actual marketing materials—both physical and digital.

In case you don’t have enough funds to start out, don’t let that discourage you – you still have options available:

  • You can use government programs that support small businesses
  • You can use a loan to cover your early expenses
  • If you’re offering something innovative or different, you can fundraise a sum of money for your early costs

Another strategy is to have a business partner join you on the adventure. If you feel you lack experience on the financial side, maybe your partner could handle that. There are many businesses that are founded by multiple people with divided responsibilities. The division of responsibilities in a cleaning business is broken up into three tiers, Accounts and Financial Handling, Appointments and Secretarial, and lastly Labour.

Find your strengths, are you good with numbers? Accounts and Financial Handling might be your corner.

Good at organising, scheduling, and talking to clients? Appointments and Secretarial may be fit for you.

Or would you rather get stuck in and see the fruits of your labour directly come to fruition before your eyes? Field work and labour might be for you.

As you complete work and meet new people, don’t be shy to ask them for feedback on what they enjoyed about the experience, and what they wish you could’ve done a little differently. Use this feedback as an opportunity to reflect, and adapt your skills accordingly for the future. As a step further, politely request of them to leave you a Google reviews. At ALV Services, we operate on transparency and honesty. It might be tempting to ask your friends and family to leave reviews on your page to get started, but this is obvious to your potential clients who go to check you out.

As a final tip: you’ll find that it’s a lot more affordable to start your business from your own home. You won’t have to pay rent or utilities for an office that you don’t need yet. This is an aspect that you can take care of once your business takes off, and you actually need the extra space to make room for staff within a more complex hierarchy structure.

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If you would like to get in touch, here’s how you can contact us:

  • Write to us: Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX
  • Give us a call: 0203 648 1343 or 07450 277 225
  • Or just email us at info@alvservices.co.uk

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