Are you currently working for someone else? Have you considered what you have to gain from owning your own business? What is it you want in your life now that you don’t have in your current job?
To make this list usable, you have to be honest about the pros and cons.
- What types of businesses interest you?
- What qualifications do you have to own each of these businesses?
- Will they allow you to have what you need in your life that you don’t have now?
- Will your business idea work in your city?
For instance, if you’re thinking about a storefront, then you need to also consider how flexible it will be for the lifestyle you envision for yourself. In reality, owning a store is just like going to a job; but to make it worse, if you’re sick or late to work, you might end up with customers waiting at your front door or spreading the word that you’re never there. You’re actually chained to your store long hours without a break, six days a week, not to mention the huge expense of getting started.
Starting a house cleaning business gives you options. This business can be run to fit any lifestyle and most restrictions you may have.
Here’s my top reasons that may have you wanting to get started in your own residential cleaning business right now!
A Never Ending Supply of Customers
The house cleaning industry has seen tremendous growth. The percent of change between 1965 and 1995 in the number of households that pay for cleaning is 53%. And it is still increasing with the number of dual-income families, affluent single parents and retired workers that are unable to do the cleaning themselves. On average, the cleaning industry has grown a total of 6.6% each year. People are living longer which continually increases the demand for quality house cleaning. Imagine all the customers that are looking for you!
You Can Get Started for Under $100
The most common question is, “How much money does it cost to start a house cleaning business?” There are many ways to get started in a house cleaning business. Many have started with only the amount needed to copy and distribute flyers in the neighborhoods they want to work. Will this make you an instant success? Probably not but I guarantee that you will get a steady stream of customers for your new business.
I could write another book on all the different ways to get started, but if you want to guarantee your success as quickly as possible, you need to learn from someone who has actually built the business. Many people write about it but have never done the work. Don’t be misled; there are just as many ways to immediately ruin your new house cleaning business. Make sure you choose the right person as your coach or mentor and be cautious of where you get your information.
Discover more in my post on how to start a house cleaning business with no experience.
Schedule Your Jobs When You Want to Work
This is the perfect business to setup as a part-time or full-time venture. Schedule your jobs 5 days a week or only 2 days a week; after all, it’s your choice. And the best part is, when you’re ready to increase your hours, you have customers waiting to be scheduled.
Work From Your Home
What better way to start your new business without having to pay a lot of overhead? Start the business in your home with an area to store your equipment and all you need is a desk and a telephone. I’m sure just about anyone can start this business with these requirements. By fulfilling a few legalities, you’re ready to go.
Get Your Physical Activity On-The-Job
We have become a society of people sitting all day. Recent reports show that sitting is more dangerous than smoking and leads to internal organ damage and muscle degeneration. We’re all juggling multiple tasks and your exercise is usually the first to go in a crunch. In the house cleaning business, you’re on the move and burning calories. And later on when your business is thriving with employees and clients, you’ll be out performing in-home estimates. Just park down the street from your appointment, and you’ll get in your daily walking quota.
Work Normal Hours
There are many different types of cleaning businesses, but those that contract to clean other businesses must schedule their jobs during the off-hours; nights and weekends. With a house cleaning business, you’re working during the day and most of your clients will be at work. In today’s market, 75% of the houses you clean will have nobody home. This allows you to work as quickly and efficiently as possible and enjoy the “comforts of home.” No back entrances and dark doors to enter in lonely industrial parks and empty corporations. And your clients appreciate your hard work and are willing to show it with bonuses!
How much longer will you have your job before it’s outsourced? And what about retirement? Most companies are finding ways to get around that and in some cases make it obsolete before you can collect.
What to do Next
Stop dreaming about what you want and start doing something about it. You don’t have to spend months and years getting started. You don’t even have to make all the usual mistakes people make trying to make a profit.
If you want to learn more about starting a house cleaning business, check out our comprehensive guide on starting a successful house cleaning business. We cover everything you need to know to start and run a thriving cleaning service.