By Dolson McArt
A recent study showed that there has not been enough government support for start ups. In this study, there was a differentiation between the types of start-ups. However, there was no quantification between start-up types. It would have shown what the motivation was for these entrepreneurs in starting a business. With an economic downturn and an extended financial crisis, it seems that a lot of new start-ups come into being in order to feed the family. In short, these companies were started because the owner was eased out or laid off.
For a cleaning service, this is most probably true. Business people would start cleaning business because there is a good markup for the business. A cleaning service can be a lucrative start up assuming that the business is run wisely.
When you start cleaning business, you have to remember that it is a business. You have to keep track of the costs and expenses. You have to market and sell your services. Since the business is still in its infancy, it has not yet established a name for itself, there would be more work in sales and marketing than in other parts of the business.
To start cleaning business, you have to introduce your company and its service offerings to the community or city. It usually doesn’t matter if there are more established cleaning businesses in the area. What’s important is for the owner of the new company to show that it can compete in terms of price and performance. Getting a foot in the door might be easy, but really getting the business and then holding on to it takes effort and a lot of commitment.
There are a lot of ways to market a cleaning service, but it takes perseverance and creativity to convert the marketing effort to sales. A first time client has to see that the new cleaning service can deliver on it’s promise. The cleaning company has to prove itself with actual work. The contract might be won because of the low price. But repeat sales and referrals would roll in only through exemplary work.
One advantage of owning your own company is that you can earn as much as you want or need. Your efforts and work done is almost directly proportional to the income you earn. The more work you do, the more money you take home. Of course, when you start cleaning business, there would be a lot of effort with a low success rate. This should be expected. Think of it as baby steps, you need to learn to walk first before you can run. In this case, each failed attempt is part of the learning process. At some point, your batting average should increase, which should lead to more sales and contracts.
When you start cleaning business, one advantage which you will realize early on is that you don’t need personnel who are college graduates for the cleaning crews. The disadvantage of that is the training your crew has to undergo prior to being sent to clean up an office or a home. What you need are trustworthy, trainable people who can follow instructions. Cleaning is a matter of following instructions to the letter. In doing so, they will be sure to do a thorough cleaning of the office or home. Additionally, doing things by the book will save you a lot of money because of prudent use of cleaning supplies.