Starting an Office Building Cleaning

An office building cleaning service business is a good business to start for those who want to work part-time.

While the work is far from glamorous, the returns are high for those are willing to take charge of the tidying job. You don’t have to have a large capital to do it. You can even start online.

An office building cleaning service is one business that is easy to start. You don’t have to have a large capital to start it. If you are adventurous, you can even start it on your own, perhaps with your spouse or one other person. That is, if you are willing to take on the cleaning job yourself. It’s a plus factor if you have prior experience on cleaning, perhaps by doing residential cleaning, working as a janitor on one janitorial services company or attending a cleaning training or seminar.

Capital of Office Cleaning Business

It requires no large capital to start. You don’t have to immediately buy equipment once you start thinking of starting an office building cleaning service. You can do that once you get your first client. You can use the time between the signing of a contract and the time the work starts to run to the nearest janitorial store to buy the equipment and cleaning chemicals you would need. Just be sure that they are there or you know where to get them by paying that store a visit or asking around where to get them in case they’re not available.

Equipment Needs of Office Cleaning Business

What you would need most is a vehicle to carry your cleaning supplies to your client’s site. Some customers have their own cleaning supplies you can use, but these are exceptions. The rule is you bring your own mop, glass cleaner, steel cleaner, broom and vacuum cleaner. You can buy a used vehicle, or use what you already have to carry these all. The other thing you’d need is insurance, including one for your vehicle used for business purpose.

How to Look for Cleaning Clients

But before equipment, vehicle and insurance, you’d need to snag a customer first. One best way to find clients is to look at public records of businesses that are applying for licenses and permits. Look for attorneys’ offices, doctors’ clinic and accounting firms. These are offices that do not need cleaning within their office hours. Expect to work beyond the regular office time as some offices may prefer that the cleaning be done after all the employees are gone or on the weekends. It means you can do this business on a part time basis.

While doing the work does not sound glamorous at all, be comforted that this is a lucrative business. You can earn as much as $1,000 a month working part-time. Aside from not having to shell out a large amount of money at the start, you are not stocking perishable items. You can operate online as long as you do active marketing of your business.


  • Evelyn said on December 19, 2010
    I have a cleaning company already, more than 6 years. I Clean more houses than offices. But now, I'm looking for office building cleaning services too. I live in Antioch ca
  • quinton said on March 4, 2013
    my bussines will be located at woodstock,cape town,south africa
  • Namdi said on August 28, 2013
    Hi, I have been trying for a few years to start my own cleaning business. Cleaning office buildings, movie theaters etc. I have worked in the cleaning business for 12yrs for other companies, from local to international like inner space cleaning to Jani-king. So I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience. I wasted my time trying to start my business thru these cleaning franchises that didnt work! I would like to eliminate the middleman and just find clients on my own so I can have the right contract for the type of buildings I want to clean because I will be working by myself part time. Please help me stop working for these companies and start working for myself.


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