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How to Start a Cleaning Business from Scratch in 2022

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Good cleaning service providers are a scarce breed and are worth their weight in gold. In the current pandemic, there is a mismatch in the supply and demand for quality cleaning service providers in the market. While this has been the case for a number of years and the current pandemic isn’t gonna change the market fundamentals but accelerate it further.

Our point of view is that we need more aspiring entrepreneurs to enter the cleaning business arena. However, it is easier said than done. It takes a ton of courage, gallons of experiential learning, and heaps of clear understanding about the fundamentals of setting up, establishing, running, and growing a successful small cleaning business.

Most cleaning wanna preneurs don’t get the mentorship or the right advice they need to ease their entry into the startup world. To help them in their journey, we have created this guide to build a cleaning business from scratch which clearly outlines as clearly as possible, most challenges and questions that prospective and existing cleaning business owners face.

How to Start and Run a Cleaning Business From Scratch

While there is no standardized sequence of actions and processes for building a cleaning empire from the ground up, here’s a logical plan we have put together in a recommended order after brainstorming with our customers who run a successful cleaning business.

01. Getting The Basics Right

This exercise will help you make an informed decision about the market potential, understand your prospects for success, and determine the direction you need to take. We believe that the recommended order will help you stay on track, navigate the business arena, and give you the solid foundation you need to turn your business dream into a reality.

Did you know?

Nearly 80 percent of companies have shown that 80 percent of SMBs have annual revenue of less than $0.2 million.

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    Understand the industry

A recent Statista report shows that the estimated annual revenue of the cleaning industry is over $47.5 billion dollars in 2020. Furthermore, the forecast of 10% growth by 2026 shows that the cleaning industry is packed with a ton of opportunities.

When you look at the basic industry dynamics, one of the biggest advantages of choosing the cleaning industry is its highly fragmented market. Due to its low barriers to entry, there are a ton of small to midsize businesses that provide specialized services within a local area for small houses and local offices.

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    Identify your target market

In your instance, the market is defined as the total population of consumers and businesses that spend their money on well-deserved cleaning help each year. By narrowing down the area and audience you would like to target, you can identify ideal target market segments that are made up of similar characteristics.

Target Market Analysis of Cleaning Industry in the US

For instance, if you’re planning to make household cleaning your primary offering, it is your target market. Now, to identify your segment, you need to ask yourselves what sort of families you want to offer your cleaning services primarily to.

If you have your eye on the rising single-person households that make up 27% of the total population in the US, then, it is your target segment. You can perform the market segmentation based on four categories namely demography, geography, psychography, and behavior.

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    Choose your cleaning services

Now that you have a better idea of the cleaning services landscape and what your competitors do, you have enough information to decide what services you would like to provide or even decide which cleaning route to take, for, there is more than one road you can take.

Listed below are five major types of cleaning services that you can choose to offer your customers:

  • Residential Cleaning

    It involves cleaning people’s homes and is usually done whilst the client is out of the house. You can work solo or hire a few employees to help you but the jobs are likely to be small and manageable. You might want to specialize in kitchens and bathrooms, focus on vacuuming and dusting or offer other services, such as washing and ironing

  • Commercial Cleaning

    It involves cleaning business premises, such as offices and shops, usually outside of working hours when the premises are closed. You’re more likely to need a team to tackle commercial cleaning tasks as the premises can be a lot larger than your average home.

  • Specialized Cleaning

    It can involve a range of different cleaning tasks depending on what you choose to be your specialty. For example, you may choose to focus on window cleaning, carpeting cleaning, graffiti removal, or cleaning cars.

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    Know your customers

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Being a startup, it is better to narrow down your customer profiles early. This will not only help you reach your core customers faster but also improve the efficiency of your competitive strategies.

A good exercise is to define your ideal customer and work backward to see if you can find people who are similar, group them, and proceed. When you understand the predominant archetypal patterns of your customers, you will have a deeper understanding of what types of services to offer and how to price them better.

The image on the right lists down eight questions that you can ask yourselves to speed up your customer research.

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    Draft a promotional plan

Now that you have the foundation set, you need to start telling people that you exist. While you can rely on word-of-mouth marketing and friends and family referral, they will eventually run out of people to refer. So, you need to take the time to find out where your potential customers hang out, what magazines they read, what websites they visit, etc.

Although it may sound unglamorous, identifying what messages push your potential customers to buy, rather than just to visit your site, hold the key to deciding where and how you must promote your cleaning services.

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    Channels

Your choice of the promotional channel will depend on where your potential customers spend most of their time. Based on the insights you get, you might need to use marketing channels like print ads, social media, television ads, podcasts, paid search, and more.

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    Set Up Your Pricing Model

Once you have selected the list of services that you would like to offer, you need to set a price point. You need to arrive at a price that offers your customers value for money while encouraging both customer referral and loyalty.

To arrive at an ideal pricing model for your cleaning business, you need to take an array of things into consideration like:

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    Calculating your costs

    There is a standard method of pricing business services known as cost-plus pricing where a cleaning business will determine the direct and indirect costs they spend in providing the clean service, after which they add an additional amount to retrieve desired profit.

    To accurately calculate the cost spent on providing a service, businesses need to figure out direct costs (direct materials, labor, and supplies cost) and indirect costs (rent, utilities, equipment and maintenance, insurance, indirect labor, and marketing)

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    Look at competitors’ pricing and the market price

    While it is important to understand what your competitors are charging, it is better to not compete on price point. For, customers tend to be loyal even if your services are priced steeper when you offer better service, ambience, and other factors that set you apart from your competitors and existing cleaning businesses.

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    Understand the perceived value you provide

    Keystone pricing and other similar pricing models where you generally take the wholesale cost and double it to come up with a price won’t work when you try creating a house cleaning pricing guide for your cleaning business.

    Although there is a lot of subjectivity involved, it is better to understand how customers perceive your business and what they are willing to offer. This can be accomplished by learning more about your customers using a detailed market research.

    You can either choose to use a market study to collect information about your potential customers such as their needs, income, family, occupation, budget for cleaning, and more or distribute surveys and conduct focus groups to understand how much your customers will be willing to pay for a cleaning service regularly.

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    Identify a fair profit margin

    Pricing your cleaning services in a down economy requires delicate balance. You need to understand where your pricing model stands and see if there is a fair profit margin. For, you don’t want to over or under price your services because both can send out different messages to your customers.

    Your net income is how much your business brings in after subtracting the cost of expenses from your revenue. When you divide your net income by your revenue and then multiply by 100, you get your profit margin percentage. Since profit margins generally vary by industry, identify an ideal profit margin for your industry and try to equate yours with that.

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    Pick your own pricing model

    Once you understand all these aspects, you can come up with a fair profit margin and decide to go with your own house cleaning pricing plan (an hourly rate, a flat fee, or a variable pricing). Most cleaning businesses prefer to price their services by the hour since this ensures that you achieve an ROI on the actual time and labor you invest.

    If you choose to go for a flat-fee, you can either choose to offer a one-time service fee and provide your customer with more options through add-on services or focus on obtaining recurring billing and returning customers. Recurring services benefits both customers and businesses alike with the stability it brings in.

    One-time services can be anything from spring cleaning services to move-in or move-out cleaning services whereas recurring services offer the same set of services at a regular frequency (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and more).

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    Stalk your competitors

Identifying your competitors will not only trigger your thirst for success but act as a source of inspiration as well. Taking a close look at their organizations, services they offer, marketing strategies, strengths, and weaknesses can help you devise a better alternative that would entice the target market.

Before you kickstart your competitor analysis, get these ready:

  • Pick the right cleaning competitors to analyze
  • Know which aspects of your competitors you want to analyze
  • Learn where to find the required information from
  • See how you can incorporate these insights into your business

If you’re unsure what information you need to look for, you can use a competitive analysis framework to shape up your competitor research and give it some much-needed structure.

Although there are an array of competitor analysis frameworks available, SWOT analysis, Porter’s Five Forces, Strategic Group Analysis, Growth-Share Matrix, and Perceptual Mapping are the most commonly used frameworks.

Keeping your cleaning supplies inventory stocked is an arduous task that is filled with an array of pitfalls, all of which can be avoided with a fool-proof cleaning supplies checklist.

An ideal cleaning supplies checklist will outline all essential cleaning supplies and products required to complete different types of cleaning services. It gives cleaning agencies the chance to organize their cleaning supplies inventory while serving as a go-to guide for new maids and cleaners. Best of all, it offers cleaning startups a sense of consistency and stability to fall back on.

On the right is an image that displays a list of cleaning supplies that your absolutely need before opening your doors for cleaning services.

02. Writing The Perfect Business Plan

Without a business plan, you will have trouble attracting clients, getting your company name known, or even making a profit. If you haven’t gotten around to starting it yet, you don’t have to lose hope, because chances are that you already have all the information you need to draft a killer business plan.

All the data you collected during your industry research, market analysis, competitor comparison, and equipment browsing can be used to put together a plan, all you need to do is dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

A business plan is a short document that helps you outline and express the excitement, passion, and promise of your business to potential investors and stakeholders. In addition to conveying your aspirations and outlining your objectives, it will make sure that you have your focus set on what matters by making you specify how you plan to go about achieving your objectives.

Business Plan Template for Cleaning Businesses

To increase your odds of success in this startup game, take a look at the comprehensive business plan template that is specifically tailored for cleaning service providers.

While the business plan template listed above covers the basics, you need to take your game up a notch by using these tips:

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    Don’t sell your features, hit’em with benefits

You gotta spell out exactly what it is that you do, for whom, and why it matters. Rather than using the same old cliche of “X hours saved”, you need to think out of the box and make a bold claim. One such statement that has the ring of a promising cleaning service provider is: “cleaning for health”.

By moving from cleaning for value or appearance to cleaning for health elevates the value you offer and highlights your contribution in protecting public health. When you clean for health, you don’t just make the building look good but also ensure that the occupants get more work done and avail fewer sick days, thus reducing operational or maintenance costs.

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    Identify your target market

In the present climate, there’s indeed a lot of demand for all types of cleaning businesses. However, the best way to set yourself apart in a crowded market is by choosing your cleaning business speciality.

Most new cleaning businesses make the mistake of offering all cleaning services and stretching themselves too thin. While offering all cleaning services may initially help in landing new customers, returns tend to be much greater if cleaning businesses target a specific niche like carpet cleaning, grout cleaning, window cleaning, commercial cleaning, and more.

By narrowing in on the speciality early on, cleaning businesses can position themselves as an expert in that specific niche, and as their business grows, so does their reputation for speciality cleaning services. What’s more, offering specialized cleaning services will lead to more lucrative deals and give them a concrete competitive advantage down the road.

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    Make your financial forecasts more realistic

Revenue projections are rarely realistic. Most often, they project a hockey stick growth showing a straight line that curves rapidly upwards until the end. To make your words count, you need to back up your projections with data, explain what exactly drives growth, how will you capture the heart of your customers, and what link do your activities have with your projected results.

Did you know?

Venture capitalist firms in the US receive an average of 25,000 business plans every year seeking finance or investment, but they invest in less than 0.2% of it.

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    Compete in a busy market with a low barrier to entry

Investors will feel safe backing people who are ready to dive into big markets. Capturing a fraction of a percentage in a massive market will be challenging, but it is definitely worth all your hard work.

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    Introduce your A-team

Not many people like a one-man show when it comes to a startup. So, make sure you introduce your team with all the grand introductions they deserve. You need to make your team sound like a bunch of go-getters who come with a great track record.

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    Bring a NED on board

Albeit being an outsider, non-executive directors pull their weight by lending extra credibility to your business venture. If you know a cleaning influencer or know someone with a successful track record in this arena, invite them in. For, their name, reputation, and experience can help you open doors and close deals faster.

Keeping your cleaning supplies inventory stocked is an arduous task that is filled with an array of pitfalls, all of which can be avoided with a fool-proof cleaning supplies checklist.

An ideal cleaning supplies checklist will outline all essential cleaning supplies and products required to complete different types of cleaning services. It gives cleaning agencies the chance to organize their cleaning supplies inventory while serving as a go-to guide for new maids and cleaners. Best of all, it offers cleaning startups a sense of consistency and stability to fall back on.

On the right is an image that displays a list of cleaning supplies that your absolutely need before opening your doors for cleaning services.

03. Get Your Team Up And Ready

When you are just getting started, you may decide to fly solo with the intention to keep costs down. Or, you could choose to join hands with your friends or family members, or industry peers. Perhaps, you have promised a job to one of your close ones. But, sooner or later there will come a time when you need to hire additional help to keep up with the momentum.

So how do you go about doing this?

While finding suitable employees is fairly easy since cleaning is a task that everyone can do. However, you can’t just hire everyone who applies for a job. You have to ensure whether they have the right set of skills or qualifications or experience to perform all cleaning tasks that are thrown their way.

If you have trouble finding or affording qualified cleaning professionals, you can choose to hire hardworking employees who are full of energy and seem trustworthy to get things done. Keep in mind that hiring staff will mean increased expenses since you need to pay them a minimum hourly wage. Alternatively, you can choose to hire contractors instead of hiring full-time workers.

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    Plan your hiring process

Setting your hiring process straight is critical to ensure the success of your cleaning business. One wrong hire – can be someone with the wrong set of skills or someone who isn’t competent will not only put a strain on your existing employees but can unravel your operations at its core. It can leave unnecessary duress on work relationships and result in employee or customer churn or both!

So, specifically, list down all the list of traits or skills you are looking for in a potential employee. Once you put a lot of thought into narrowing down the kind of person you’re looking to hire, jot it down as a job description. While there are no laws that say you need to have one in place before you recruit, it is good practice to set expectations for potential applicants.

Listed below are some pointers that will help you hire the right cleaning agent for your small business.

  • Write down a job description that outlines exactly what is expected of your employees, who they’ll report to, what sort of cleaning activities they will be expected to carry out who they will be responsible for, and so on.
  • Interview at least a handful of candidates and shortlist those with the right attitude and right skill set. If you intend to overgo the arduous interview process you can seek the help of agencies that will provide you with temporary workers or contractors.
  • Consider having a trial or probationary period for 30-90 days before hiring someone permanently. Make sure your employment contract outlines aspects like minimum wage, working hours, notice period, employment particulars, statutory pay, leave policies, and other important details that will form the foundation of your working arrangements.
  • Once you have decided on a candidate, extend them an offer that they can’t refuse, and after your potential employee accepts your offer perform necessary background checks.
  • It’s better to let your future employees know that you’re gonna perform checks beforehand and share details on whom you’re planning to cross-check with. You can even request a list of professional references from the candidate.
  • Make sure that you collect information from trusted sources and in case you receive any negative feedback about a person that you intend to hire, give them a chance to explain, for, transparency and trust will build long-term working relationships.
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    Train your team right

The right amount of coaching is vital to ensure that your employees perform their tasks to their fullest potential. Since your employees are the ones who actually represent your business and play a huge role in adding value to your brand and image, you need to ensure that they are up to par with your customer expectations.

Here’s the secret to training your new cleaners for long-term success

  • Use a well-defined orientation session, training programs, and offer them detailed manuals that will fill any existing skill gaps
  • Invest in your employee development by sending them to special training programs or workshops
  • Cross-train employees in other areas of cleaning so that they can fill in for your or other employee’s absence.
  • Keep your employees motivated and involved with your business by giving them a say in the training schedule or plan.
  • Assign a mentor or buddy that can help them whenever they find themselves in a challenging situation.
  • Provide your employees with a cleaning checklist that they can use as a guide to track and measure progress, ensure consistency, and gain customer goodwill.
  • In addition to giving them training in cleaning services, give them adequate training in soft skills as they will be the face of your company.

Keeping your cleaning supplies inventory stocked is an arduous task that is filled with an array of pitfalls, all of which can be avoided with a fool-proof cleaning supplies checklist.

An ideal cleaning supplies checklist will outline all essential cleaning supplies and products required to complete different types of cleaning services. It gives cleaning agencies the chance to organize their cleaning supplies inventory while serving as a go-to guide for new maids and cleaners. Best of all, it offers cleaning startups a sense of consistency and stability to fall back on.

On the right is an image that displays a list of cleaning supplies that your absolutely need before opening your doors for cleaning services.

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    Invest in a Cleaning Business Software

Moving away from loyal yet lousy excel sheets and paper-based schedules can be a lifesaver to any cleaning business. Although it can seem like a huge gamble, an ideal cleaning business software will allow businesses to move their end-to-end operations to the cloud so that all essential information can be accessed round the clock from anywhere.

What’s more, transitioning from outdated tools to an automated cleaning business software can make the life of your workforce easy. It can make your back-office operations hassle-free while keeping your customers informed and happy with the service they receive.

If done right, cleaning business automation offers an array of benefits like:

  • Making scheduling hassle free
  • Easing up recurring cleaning job management
  • Enabling intelligent routing of field technicians
  • Keeping customers informed and up-to-date
  • Empowering field workforce with technology
  • Speeding up invoicing and payment process
  • Offering a 360-degree view of operations

In addition to those, modern field service management suites like Zuper enable cleaning businesses to manage their marketing activities and provide an intelligent booking experience right on their website. With Zuper, cleaning businesses can also spot and identify missed opportunities with cart abandonment analysis.

04. Perform A Clear Startup Cost Analysis

The major reason why 9 in 10 startups fail is that they hit a financial wall either before they even launch or soon after they go into business. The most significant factor for this failure is an incorrect estimate of startup costs. When you end up spending a lot more than you intended to, you will find that you may not have enough resources to open your business or keep it running.  

Also, it is better to set a realistic expectation about resources that you can tap into, for grants and startup loans are a lot difficult to obtain. Since it is better to be safe than sorry, instead of having a misconception about how quickly you can start making money, it is better to set some cash aside to ensure your business stays afloat until it reaches a self-sustainable status.

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    Figure out your financials

Before you start spending money out of your pocket, you need to identify the external source of finance that you intend to use. An ideal way to keep your business up and running is to keep multiple sources as a backup.

There is an array of self-financing options available from your hard-earned savings to using your credit cards and using the cash value of life insurance or retirement savings. You can even plan to keep your day job or work part-time as you build your business.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourselves to figure out your financials:

  • Have you drafted your cash-flow forecast? Do you have the total costs outlined in the worst-case scenario or do you intend to find other sources of finance?
  • Do you intend to opt for a loan from your friends or family? Do you plan to give them investor status and provide a share of your profits?
  • Are you planning to apply for a grand or government scheme that will help you get started? Have you applied for the grant before you started the project itself?
  • Would you like to try your hand in obtaining a loan from a bank or a credit union or a private financier?
  • Do you have a clear plan as to how you intend to pay back your debts until your business becomes self-sustainable?
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    Make a clear estimate of expenses

If you’re planning to enter the residential cleaning business, then you may not need a lot of upfront investment especially if you’re the only employee working. So, your only startup costs will be your purchase of basic cleaning supplies and if your clients provide their own products and equipment, then it will slash down your operational cost further.

If you intend to offer a more specialized cleaning service to your customers, then your startup costs may be substantially higher due to investment in specialized cleaning equipment. However, don’t be disheartened by high initial investments, since you can recover your investment once the pace of your business picks up.

Some expenses like rent and business if you intend to have your own office and don’t have a vehicle of your own. Do take other expenses like telephone bills, utilities, and bank charges that will come in quarterly. If you plan to take a business loan, you may have to add your loan installment to your list of expenses.

If you have a couple of employees on your payroll, you may have to account for their wages, equipment you provide them with, their transportation expenses, uniform expenses, promotional charges, advertising costs, and more. While it may seem overwhelming at first your guesstimates will get more accurate as you start getting an idea of the real money you spend.

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    Purchase basic cleaning equipment

What would be a cleaning business without their own cleaning equipment and products? Some of your clients may request you to use their own cleaning supplies due to allergies or other preferences, even so, it is better to have a supply of basic cleaning equipment in your inventory.

Cleaning Supplies Checklist

Keeping your cleaning supplies inventory stocked is an arduous task that is filled with an array of pitfalls, all of which can be avoided with a fool-proof cleaning supplies checklist.

An ideal cleaning supplies checklist will outline all essential cleaning supplies and products required to complete different types of cleaning services. It gives cleaning agencies the chance to organize their cleaning supplies inventory while serving as a go-to guide for new maids and cleaners. Best of all, it offers cleaning startups a sense of consistency and stability to fall back on.

On the right is an image that displays a list of cleaning supplies that your absolutely need before opening your doors for cleaning services.

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    Sort Out Your Logistics

To become a successful cleaning business provider, you need to offer your customers the service they want when they want it. And, logistics play an important role in ensuring the success of your business.

While your cleaning business software can take care of the inputs in the logistics, i.e., acquiring customer service addresses, booking appointments for your customer, and assigning those to the right cleaning agent, it is up to you to identify how your cleaners intend to get to and from a job.

So, when you initially plan your operations, determine whether you’re going to arrange the transportation for your employees or are you planning to let them drive or manage their schedules on their own and later reimburse them for the travel. Make sure that you have a clear plan before you schedule a job, or all your hard work invested in acquiring a customer will go down the drain.

Legal hurdle is a term that can conjure up an image of bad regulations that strangle your business and make your life more difficult. However, most legal restrictions and regulations are created with the intention to protect small businesses.

Although you don’t need a special license to run a cleaning business, there are certain requirements you need to comply with in order to stay on the right side of the law. It includes things like picking a catchy business name, selecting the right legal structure, choosing the right insurance policy to protect yourself and your employees against expensive claims.

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    Decide on a catchy cleaning business name

While as an individual you’re always entitled to use your name for your business, you need to make sure that name is not already used by another business. If you’re one of those people who thinks “What’s in a name?” you’re up for a big shock.

Because the name you choose for your business can make or break your brand. A powerful brand name can amplify your branding and marketing efforts whereas a wrong name can fail to connect with your customers, end up in legal hurdles, and more.

Choosing the right name is quite similar to laying the cornerstone of a building. Once it is done with, the entire structure and foundation fall in place. If it goes a bit off, so does the building, and ultimately a misaligned business will face a lot more hardships and struggles.

Listed below are some tips to help you pick the right cleaning business name:

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    Don’t limit your business name to a specific product or location

    Ex: Freshdesk was an awesome name, but it limited the potential of the company to extend its service beyond the help desk horizon. So, they moved away from it to Freshworks, which helped them assemble an umbrella of products under one brand.

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    Conduct thorough research and ensure the name has an available .com domain

    It is important to do a search for the name on the internet, then also at the website for the US Patent and Trademark Office www.uspto.gov to try to determine that the name is not already in use and/or registered.Since customers tend to associate businesses with .com sites as more established businesses, it would be great to choose a name that has .com domain availability as opposed to other extensions like .net, .org, .biz, and more.

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    Pick a name that conveys meaning and appears catchy

    It wouldn’t do your business any good to pick a usual name that is quite similar to your competitors. In a crowded market like the cleaning services industry, you must not only make sure that you pick a meaningful name but also ensure that it stands out.While you can pick an unusual and meaningless term like Google or Zappos did, it will just cost you more time and money to brand your name and create some awareness.

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    Tap into available resources to obtain appropriate suggestions

    Brainstorming business names can be exhausting. Especially in an industry with low barriers to entry, there are chances for all good names to be taken. So, rather than hitting your head in the brick wall, trying to come up with a good name, make use of the resources available online for free such as

    • Shopify Business Name Generator (provides startup names based on your needs and checks domain availability simultaneously)
    • Namelix.com (generate a short, brandable business name with the help of AI)
    • Naminum.com (allows you to generate names based on a theme)

    You can also get in touch with branding experts such as Alexandra Watkins at Eat My Words, Anthony Shore at Operative Words, and more.

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    Select the perfect legal structure

The most important aspect of getting your business up and running is deciding on a legal structure for your business. Your choices for legal structures are sole-proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or LLC. You need to pick a structure taking factors like potential risks and liabilities, investment needs, and income tax needs of your business.

Sole-tradership is the common route taken by cleaning enthusiasts who start their own ventures. If you intend to be a sole-trader or a self-employed cleaning service provider in the US, then it is up to you to ensure that all your income tax dues and self-employment contributions are paid properly.

In the US, if you intend to become a sole trader using your own name, you’re not required to do anything to register your business name. If you choose a different name for your business, then you have to file a DBA (Doing Business As) certificate in the county or state you are located at.

If you intend to become a sole-trader in the UK, you need to register yourself with the HMRC to show that you own your business. You’ll also need to register for self-assessment tax, which means that you are in charge of calculating and paying your own taxes every year.

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    Choose the right kind of insurance

Every self-run cleaning business needs to have both public liability insurance and professional indemnity to protect from claims from third parties and unhappy clients.

In case you intend to have your own crew in place, then it is better to have an employer’s liability insurance just to cover any injury or illness your employees sustained while they worked for you.

Keeping your cleaning supplies inventory stocked is an arduous task that is filled with an array of pitfalls, all of which can be avoided with a fool-proof cleaning supplies checklist.

An ideal cleaning supplies checklist will outline all essential cleaning supplies and products required to complete different types of cleaning services. It gives cleaning agencies the chance to organize their cleaning supplies inventory while serving as a go-to guide for new maids and cleaners. Best of all, it offers cleaning startups a sense of consistency and stability to fall back on.

On the right is an image that displays a list of cleaning supplies that your absolutely need before opening your doors for cleaning services.

You are just getting started! There is a long way to go…

To keep up with the challenges that prop up later in your cleaning adventure, you will need to get yourself ready to expect the unexpected and worst-case scenario. Now that you have set your cleaning business and have the business engine running, it is time to think about growing your cleaning business and amplify your reach. Check out our guide to grow your cleaning business to understand how you can go about taking your business up a level.

While it may seem like a long and arduous journey, everything from setting up your business to managing it can be exciting and rewarding if you do it right. Setting up your own cleaning venture is a journey that is an adventure that is filled with a ton of twists and turns. And this blog has only covered the basics to set up a strong foundation for your cleaning business.  

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