Starting a Cleaning Business

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This article briefly discusses the cleaning business. Find out some of the things you need to know in order to start your own cleaning business.

Ever notice how nowadays it has become more and more difficult for us to find the time to do even the most simplest of tasks such as cleaning our homes?

Cleaning is such a trivial chore and since we are always pressed for time, we tend to waylay our housekeeping duties until the last minute when we find ourselves living in a pigsty. It simply could not be helped. There is always something else more urgent or more important that we need to be doing.

We may be inclined to pick up that mop or bring out that vacuum cleaner, but since the demands of today’s busy lifestyle has rendered time a rare commodity, we simply cannot afford to spend our valuable time on cleaning and household chores.

This dilemma provided a window of opportunity for the cleaning service industry. People have now come to realize that hiring professionals to do their cleaning for them is more of a necessity now rather than a luxury. This is the reason why the cleaning business has turned into one of the fastest-growing industries in the country today.

If you are thinking of putting up your own cleaning business, there is no better time than now.

The Upside

You made the right decision by choosing to start a cleaning business. This is an ideal start-up business because you won’t be needing a fortune just set it up and run it. The operation cost for a cleaning business is rather low. Another positive aspect is the fact that it offers an adaptable work schedule that is perfect for those who will be diving into this part time.

This business is a highly profitable business and it brings in revenues almost instantly. It is also quite flexible when it comes to market niches and operating preference. If you are the hands-on type and enjoy the actual cleaning part of the job, you can remain small yet still reap in big earnings. On the other hand, if your strength is your administrative skills, you can work on building a team of cleaners to do the dirty work for you while you remain on the management side of things.

The cleaning industry can be categorized into two according to the type of service rendered. First is the consumer cleaning service that consists of residential maids and specialty cleaners (window, carpet etc). Their customers consist mostly of individual consumers. Second is commercial cleaning service that consists of janitorial or building maintenance service and large scale specialty cleaners. Their market consists of businesses such hotels, hospitals, offices and so on.

Are you qualified?

Your level of qualification depends on how big a cleaning service operation you plan to put up. Basically, it doesn’t take much to be deemed qualified to own and operate a cleaning business. The most important trait you must posses is the desire to please your client by ensuring a more than satisfactory cleaning job every time.

Another key requirement is honesty. Don’t feed your clients false expectations. If you know that there is no way the stain on the carpet will ever come off then don’t say you can remove it just so you can seal the deal. Honesty will always be the golden rule in business. It is better if your client knows the situation up front than delude them and they end up dissatisfied after. Once you have displeased your client, it is highly unlikely that he’ll be hiring your service again in the future.

40 Comments

  • 1. merline riley said on 12/30/2009 7:15:46 AM
    i own an operate a small janitorial company in kingston jamaica, hygiene machine and janitorial services need to get some contracts in miami, florida. contact me at ( hygienem@yahoo.com) any small company who would like a partnership let me know.
  • 2. yvonne peggy said on 1/11/2010 5:45:26 AM
    i am a 23yr old in kenya i want to start a cleaning business here in kenya. i wanted to know what equipment i need to buy. i want to start the small scale business. how to run the business. advantages and disadvantages of the business. how to market my self. please help
  • 3. Helmut . H. Martin said on 1/24/2011 5:58:51 AM
    I am 54 yrs old and want to start my own cleaning business here in Windhoek, Namibia. This will be for commercial purposes only and on a small scale for the start. I would like to know what equipment i need to buy.How much capital is needed. The advantages as well as the disadvantages of the business and how it should be run. Please help.
  • 4. Jodie Smith said on 2/3/2011 4:04:11 PM
    I own a cleaning company in Cambridge Ontario Canada. This is my website www.allmaidcleaning.com if anyone wants to contact me email me and I can answer and help anyone that has questions about starting up. I would love to help out. jodie@allmaidcleaning.com
  • 5. jodie@allmaidcleaning.com said on 3/19/2011 4:48:01 AM
    Hello Mr Smith, I am living in Bulgaria and now during the crisis I am looking for some new business. Till now I dealt with central vacuum systems so it turns out that i am not very far away from the cleaning process. It is hard now to sell such systems that is why I am looking for an option to do something related to my previous engagement. Can you help me starting up? Regards Nick Jeliazkov
  • 6. lorraine Barry said on 11/6/2011 2:38:02 PM
    I have a small cleaning business, and I am looking to expand, I am present subcontracting from a larger company and would like to obtain more contracts, i am in new york area. I am also looking to develop my own cleaning products.
  • 7. sophie said on 12/28/2011 3:51:23 AM
    i am 28 years old, starting a cleaning outfit called Sequin enterprise located at my home in Mombasa. wanted to know whether it would be wise to purchase my own equipment or hire for starters and how much the equipment would exactly cost. i've been told with 150,000shs is could get everything? please help.
  • 8. jane minoo said on 1/27/2012 6:04:30 AM
    on my heels to setup this cleaning company with no funds and loose ideas i need your assistance on what and where to start from.
  • 9. Rose said on 8/1/2012 3:51:39 AM
    I am in Kenya and i want to start a cleaning business here. I wanted to know what equipment are required for a small scale business. Thank you.
  • 10. J. Inonda said on 12/2/2012 3:05:39 PM
    I am in kenya putting up a cleaning business and looking for a partner or any advice to what i should expect in the market n tactics of handling challenges. Reach me thro ;-jinonda@ymail.com. +254712752247
  • 11. mwangi jane said on 12/12/2012 2:14:48 AM
    Am 29 a Kenyan lady wish to start a cleaning business in kenya. i wanted to support on how to source for my first customers. Need my serves contact me on 0728 037 286 or janexus@yahoo.com thank you in advance
  • 12. Godfrey said on 4/2/2013 10:54:43 AM
    I wanted to know all the equipment i need to be into contractual cleaning service and how i need to write those deals including tendering, proposals and how can i market my self, i just a motswana guy southren Afica Botswana Gaborone the capital city.
  • 13. J.Siva Kumar said on 5/30/2013 10:38:50 AM
    I am a 45yr old in Hyderabad. i want to start a cleaning business here in Hyderabad. Is it worthy in Hyderabad? i wanted to know what equipment i need to buy. i want to start the small scale business. how to run the business. advantages and disadvantages of the business. how to market my self. please help. Thanks & regards
  • 14. Margaret Maina said on 6/3/2013 3:28:36 AM
    I want to start a cleaning services in kenya. what and where i buy the equipment?
  • 15. Angela maseki said on 6/22/2013 1:19:11 PM
    A trained house keeper, i need to know how to start a cleaning business in kenya and how to source for customers also where i can buy the machines
  • 16. Perisngendo said on 11/2/2013 1:40:50 AM
    Are you looking for a professional supervisor in cleaning services. your search is over just contact me via ma email address i.e perisngendo13@gmail.com
  • 17. stan said on 12/1/2013 7:53:09 PM
    Am a kenyan and would like to start a cleaning business. i need some advice on how to go about it and the equipment needed for the job. i would also need the minimum capital to start. I can be reached through the email: stankorir@gmail.com
  • 18. phenyo ntesang said on 1/9/2014 7:59:33 AM
    am a motswana and i would like to start a cleaning business. i need advice on how much capital is needed and equipment needed for the job. thank you
  • 19. Ben Momanyi said on 1/23/2014 3:59:49 AM
    Good afternoon, I want to open a cleaning company for my wife. Kindly advice on the minimum budget, equipment and requirements for starting the outfit. Regards
  • 20. phylis w. said on 4/19/2014 3:37:32 PM
    hi, i am a Kenyan preparing to start a cleaning service firm, both consumer and commercial based, i would like to know all the cleaning equipments required and where to get tutorials on professional cleaning, get me at phylis.nimo@gmail.com
  • 21. rono kenny said on 5/1/2014 4:16:06 AM
    i want to start a cleaning services in kenya, wanted to the equipments required to start the business both commercial and home eg all types of carpets
  • 22. Sharmaine said on 7/24/2014 1:32:23 PM
    Hi, I am 27 and would like to start up a cleaning service, I would like to know which cleaning category to start up with first and what equipment is required. I know they is carpet cleaning, residential cleaning, maid cleaning (both commercial & home). I have got the capital to buy even a vehicle because it is required.
  • 23. jackson said on 8/14/2014 11:12:18 AM
    Hi, i am 27 accountant by profession i am in the initial stages of starting a commercial cleaning co in Mombasa, i would like to get some advice of how to go about it. marketing and networking strategies for the same am also looking forward to partner with a person to start the same venture a person with self drive and with some hospitality skills; email address is jackgithaiga@yahoo.com
  • 24. Samson said on 11/20/2014 4:39:20 AM
    Hi, i am a Kenyan, preparing to start a cleaning service firm, both consumer and commercial based, i would like to know all the cleaning equipments required and where to get tutorials on professional cleaning, how to run the business, how to connect to clients and how to be professional in that sector, please get me though samleshak@yahoo.com
  • 25. isaac kinyua said on 1/9/2015 1:44:22 PM
    i have registered for a company under rokays cleaning agent and would like to how to source for tenders/customers and how to charge at current market price
  • 26. MATHANA said on 2/23/2015 3:45:02 AM
    Hello sir, I am from Malaysia. Recently i have been offered a mobile cleaning franchise business from a company. As i am very new into this franchise based cleaning business, i would like to know more about this business. please reply my email mathana@mppp.gov.my Thank you and have a nice day.
  • 27. Nchoe said on 4/29/2015 4:04:11 AM
    hello, i am from Kenya want to start a cleaning services how do i start. email me at siananchoe@outlook.com
  • 28. ELIZABETH said on 5/27/2015 8:02:03 AM
    Am a student in Norway mixed up on which business i can start in Kenya when i will be back. please help me
  • 29. ntlogelang Wilson said on 5/31/2015 10:17:05 AM
    Want to start a cleaning service ,in Botswana,Gaborone
  • 30. ntlogelang Wilson said on 5/31/2015 10:18:56 AM
    I'm in Botswana and I want to start a small business for cleaning services
  • 31. david said on 6/7/2015 3:50:35 AM
    I have already registered a business name of painting, plastering and wall chasing also cleaning services. but now I dont know where to start city council or where. pliz advice
  • 32. jane said on 7/21/2015 4:23:21 AM
    i want to start a cleaning service
  • 33. Felix said on 9/19/2015 2:56:57 AM
    Hello, i have started this cleaning business but yet to secure clients. I am targeting on getting contracts on the firms or taking the daily raising new buildings. i will appreciate your help.
  • 34. Jose Maliakkal said on 12/17/2015 6:00:54 PM
    Hi I am an Indian national who has vast experience in domestic and commercial level of cleaning, and I wish to start a cleaning company in Houston. I am 64 years old man living in India. How I can set up a cleaning company in Houston and what are the requirements, Regards
  • 35. Amanda Diko said on 1/22/2016 7:22:20 AM
    Hi I would like to know how much capital you need to open a cleaning services and how to make it successfully. I'm in Cape Town
  • 36. churchil okore said on 4/8/2016 8:55:38 AM
    Hello am in Kisumu Kenya have passion for commercial cleaning business.lack funds to start, if you are there we can partner and do the business together in kisumu.am a marketer by proffession
  • 37. Makena murithi said on 4/8/2016 11:22:52 AM
    Hi.I need advice about the cleaning business.Nairobi kenya
  • 38. Charity Martha said on 7/13/2016 2:34:31 AM
    Hi I'm Charity n would like to start a cleaning business targeting residents and offices . My constraints are in finances but I have done the basics in a written proposal with an overview of my envisioning. Please assist I am in Nairobi
  • 39. Peris said on 8/23/2016 3:37:32 AM
    Hi. Can we get mentors in cleaning business in Kenya.
  • 40. Eboni said on 1/19/2017 10:29:25 AM
    If any can please give me some advice on starting up and where do I start?
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