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1. You can start your own residential or commercial cleaning company right out of your home. Before you decide on a location for your cleaning business, check with your city about zoning ordinances and possible land use restrictions.

2. Create a business plan for your cleaning service. To make the task easier, check out ;the free sample business plan.

3. If you are not using your personal name as your company name, register your business name with the county clerk. You may also want to incorporate your cleaning company. You can do this yourself using resources online and save hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

4. Check licensing requirements with your local city and county. You can find this information online by searching for your city + business license. You can also call or visit your local city office. Depending on the cleaning work you want to do, you may want to check into janitorial surety bonds and insurance (see resources below).

5. The Janitorial Toolkit contains 100's of forms for things like bidding and other projects, plus downloadable ebooks, helpful articles and interviews and bidding calculators. These tools are desinged to help cleaning business owners save time and money and increase their revenue. Be sure to check out their training programs and cleaning products to shop prices.

6. Stock up on the janitorial supplies and equipment that you need for your jobs. Shopping online through commercial suppliers can save you money, and you don't always have to buy in bulk quantities. Need green cleaners? You can also find eco-friendly non-toxic commercial cleaners that can handle tough jobs.

7. Set up a business bank account. A business bank account has many benefits, including keeping your personal and business finances separate for tax purposes and giving you a resource to acquire financing for your cleaning business. Set up a simple record-keeping system you can use without having to hire a bookkeeper.

T I P : Starting a Cleaning Business
You can start with little cash, no experience - and earn $100,000 by the end of your first year in business - even if you've never started a cleaning business before.

Pro cleaning business owners Suz and Ev help you avoid failure by showing you how to start a successful business, step-by-step. (house cleaning, office or window cleaning)

8. Find out insurance requirements from a local insurance agent. The IIABA Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America) can help you find a reputable agent in your area. You can also use insurance network websites to get insurance quotes for your cleaning company for free.

9. Meet with an accountant to discuss tax strategies and ways to maximize your business tax deductions. Don't know an accountant? Check with local business owners you know to see who they recommend.

10. Get a business phone line. You may be surprised to find out how cheap it can be to set up a toll-free phone number, a multi-line phone system, VoIP or add an additional phone number to your existing service.

11. Order business cards. Often overlooked, business cards can be a very efficient and low cost advertising method. You can even design professional business cards online.

12. Get a website for your cleaning business. A website can help you sell your storage service by displaying rates, giving contact information, showing facility photos, offering discounts and providing detailed information that potential customers want. You can save money by builing your own website with a free website builder, or outsourcing the job to an affordable website designer.

13. Get free publicity. Besides advertising in your local yellow pages and placing ads in newspapers and neighborhood mailers, you can save money by writing a brief press release or "letter" to your local paper announcing the grand opening of your new business.

If you can offer a special discount or hold an event and tie it in with your grand opening, publications will find this more newsworthy and are more likely to publish news about your storage company. Your press release can be short and simple, and you can find free samples online.

Starting a Commercial Cleaning Business

People Sitting at DeskThe Janitorial Store is a membership website for those in the professional cleaning business. As a business owner, you can get janitorial forms, tips on bidding and estimating, watch video tutorials, get advice from industry experts, see reviews of janitorial supplies and equipment - and pretty much everything you need to run your business.

They have training videos you can show your employees, they offer partner discounts and you can connect with other cleaning business owners through the forum as well.

On top of that, you will also get their guide, "Getting Started in Your Cleaning Business: Step-By-Step" for free as a member.

I was surprised - membership is less than 50 cents/day. When you look at all of the free stuff they deliver, you'll see how much money you'll be throwing away by not using it.

Cleaning Business Plans & Resources:


Cleaning Business Associations

Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (www.arcsi.org)
ARCSI was established to assist residential cleaning service owners and professionals in starting, promoting, building and expanding their businesses.

Building Service Contractors Association International (www.bscai.org)
BSCAI provides four key tools for cleaning business owners: increasing top line sales, increasing bottom line profits, decreasing risks of doing business and making cleaning business owners look good.

International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (www.ijcsa.com)
IJCSA provides an online membership program for cleaning professionals. They are primarily an internet advertising platform so that customers can find serious and dedicated cleaning service providers. Members are small family run businesses, while others are large corporations with several locations.

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