There's a huge difference between cleaning your home and cleaning other people's homes. You may be an expert on cleaning your own home, but getting the hang of cleaning professionally may take a lot of time. When you clean professionally, you get paid and your clients expect you to do an excellent job of cleaning their house. Hence, you need to know what you're getting into.
Starting and growing a housecleaning company can be a profitable type business. The initial investment is generally not too much, and most people don't require much training, having had years of experience cleaning their own residences. Plus go a step further and offer special services like window washing to rise up higher in the playing field among your competitors. And yes, there can be a lot of competition, so you need to be on top of your game.
Here are a few tips for you to start your own housecleaning business.
* Invest in good equipment:
If you intend to make yours a professional business you need to invest in some good quality equipment. That is what separates you from any run-of-the-mill cleaner. Although you could start a housecleaning business with almost nothing, your aim should be professionalism. Impress your clients with the best models. For instance, you could get back-pack vacuums which are great to look at and increase efficiency. Over a period of time if you decide to add specialty services like upholstery and carpet cleaning, tile maintenance, etc., your clients will want to know if you have better and more professional equipment than what they can hire from the market. In the end it's all about customer satisfaction and you have to do everything you can to meet it.
* It's about the quality, not only the cost:
One marketing strategy used by companies is to highlight the "low-cost" factor. You should distinguish yourself from that and emphasize on your quality versus your charges. Note a few things to focus on to show your clients. They must know that all the equipment and material you use are bought from a good and reputable brand. You can also emphasize on the training and experience of your workers. Make it your goal to ensure your clients that you provide excellent services while being economical.
* Align yourself with a professional association:
Once you become a member of a professional cleaning association you rise up a notch and show the world and you are all about professionalism. These associations enable you to become certified in several cleaning services. Becoming a part of such an association will give you the marketing edge you need to get more clients.
If you're still hesitant and undecided about starting a housecleaning business, be assured that as with any new business there are bound to be doubts and worries. Even though it may take time to build up a loyal group of clientele, with a good reputation, right attitude, and lots of referrals you will definitely be able to build up an excellent business in no time.