There is a lot to review when looking into cleaning
businesses. First there are numerous types of cleaning
businesses such as: home cleaning, carpet cleaning,dry cleaning, window
cleaning and commercial and industrial cleaning.
We have associates that have run "residential"
oriented cleaning businesses, and the writer also once worked at a
major airport and was responsible for the custodial staff which kept
that establishment clean (side note: keeping an airport clean is a
continual battle considering you are managing a staff that is cleaning
up after some 10,000 people a day in the writer's case).
There are also various other side businesses that
you can get into such as teaching and training others on how to start a
cleaning business, cleaning supplies, selling cleaning equipment, and
even cleaning consulting. There are also various franchises that offer
cleaning business opportunities such as CoverAll Cleaning Concepts with
some 7500 franchise owners around the world.
If you have managerial and custodial experience,
there is surely a market for consulting. Companies are always looking
for ways to get the job done quicker and cheaper. There also is a lot
of room for improvement from our experience in manageing a commercial
cleaning effort and staff. Floor cleaning and care in large public
locations for example is a large cost which if you have a better way
that saves cost, you can offer your services to save money for various
For sake of brevity, we will offer an over view of
key things you may want to research closer before you start this type
First and most important, can you make money in
cleaning businesses? No doubt yes. On the residential side you can
start a cleaning business tomorrow just by advertising locally to clean
homes- with all the dual income workers, there is a never ending list
of customers. You can also charge enough to make nice extra cash.
Downside? Are you up to the physical work? We have a friend that
started a carpet cleaning business and soon had to close up due to a
back problem. Do you want a business that soley depends on you being
able to earn money based on your health?
There always is the chance that your cleaning
business will take off and you'll need to hire employees. That way you
manage the work and are less concerned about possible back or other
health troubles.However you now have the concern of this with your
On the commercial or industrial side of things,
there is a definite potential for you to make a good living starting a
cleaning business. We say this from seeing and negotiating various
cleaning contracts (carpet, windows, floors, and other specialty items)
at our airport stint. You could make a nice living just vacuuming areas
in such places- you'd be amazed at what "commercial/industrial"
cleaning businesses can charge. Just a window cleaning contract can
earn you a full time income at a larger location such as an airport.
Keep in mind any cleaning business, like others,
has the typical problems with employees (finding good workers), health
aspects of working with various cleaning materials, physical problems
such as your back!, coming in contact with human wastes (sorry but had
to mention this; we had cleaning personel get stuck by thrown away
needles in commercial restrooms), and the general turnover of employees
as this work is not easy, often pays low when you have employees, and
as a result many move on frequently.
Cleaning Businesses will always be around, and
will always be needed as there will always be something to clean. We
applaud the custodial workers that take care of many public and other
buildings as that is hard work and they take a lot of "abuse" often
from the public. We also feel that running our home business at our
computer is much more lucrative and healthy than a cleaning business!
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