Cleaning businesses have to be one of the more popular options for those looking to start their own small business. Cleaning instead of opening a shop or restaurant is much easier as there is very little equipment to start off with and no need to rent an office or shop space. It’s comparatively very low cost and quite quick to get to grips with, but could it be as easy as all this?
In reality, starting up a cleaning business is quite a bit more complex than you might originally have thought. While the investment may not be great, the risks are quite high and you will spend a lot of time acquiring insurance and paperwork so that you aren’t exposed to expensive claims for damages.
Although it’s an easier to decision to make, you will also need to consider whether to clean in domestic, commercial or office environments. Which one(s) you choose will dictate what kind of marketing and accounting you’ll need to get done and how to go about finding work – so you need to work it out quite early on.
If this all sounds like too much work, there is an easier way – you could follow in the exact footsteps of those who have gone before you by joining an established cleaning franchise. They will be able to sort you out with insurance, paperwork, marketing and accounts management, as well as train you for customer service and leads acquisition. Instead of having to build a company from the ground up you can get started immediately as you could if you started employment. All the heavy thinking has been done for you and you can concentrate on doing a good job, building a customer base, and being as successful as you can be.
There are quite a few different options for cleaning franchises. Some deal with commercial cleaning in shops and other businesses, while others are concerned with domestic cleanings. They will all include different customers and job requirements, so you’ll want to have a look round and do some careful research. For instance if you don’t want to have to clean toilets, you could join an oven cleaning franchise. If you never want to deal with children you could get involved in cleaning offices. There is no wrong answer in this respect.
Carrying out an initial Google search is a great way to get a feel for some of your options. It shouldn’t be a problem to get hold of a prospectus for a few different franchises, and of course money is another big factor. Once you’ve narrowed the search down to a few different options arrange to meet with a representative and prepare questions for any extra information you may need.
One thing to be aware of is over-committing yourself by getting excited about a new opportunity. If the start-up or ongoing fees are too great it could stunt your business before it properly begins. Make sure you’re going to be getting your money’s worth as well, including advice whenever you need it.
With an existing franchise, you have a head start and a safety blanket. But at the end of the day, only you can assure the success of your company, by working hard.