Writing a cleaning business plan does more than help you define your objectives. A well-written plan can provide you with a structure to follow while you get your cleaning business off the ground. If you need investors, it is a tangible document that helps you explain your financial needs and goals. And if you don't need investors, it will help you clarify and organize your aims.
The cleaning business industry allows for a lot of flexibility. This is one reason so many different types of people do well in it. For example, you may choose to work part-time or full-time. You may start your own business from scratch, or buy an existing franchise. Are you planning to do commercial cleaning, or residential? Will your business be based out of a commercial workshop or warehouse, or will it be home-based? You may offer a combination of services, such as carpet, window or office cleaning.
You may use a template designed to help write a business plan. The main components of a cleaning business plan are:
Executive summary - Highlights of your business (who, what,
where, why, when, and how) Company description - Your legal structure
(sole proprietor, DBA), your plans for starting up, the year you begin
Service - A description of your service with an emphasis on customer
benefits Market analysis - Who your customers are, where they are, and
how you plan to reach them
Strategy - Specific table describing responsibilities, budget and dates.
In addition your plan may include:
Web site plan - Cost and implementation strategy for developing a Web site
Management - How your business is organized and a description of the key management team
Financial analysis - Profit and loss and cash flow tables
Compare building a business to building a house. If you've ever taken on a large project like that, you know it's not unusual for the project to take longer and cost more than what has been budgeted for. People often underestimate the start-up costs that a new business will impose. And financial considerations aren't the only thing that get glossed-over in the planning stage.
Many entrepreneurs don't anticipate the time commitment a growing business needs. What's more, it's easy to be excited about your new business, get overly-optimistic and plan for everything to go right. Positive qualities such as optimism and a go-for-it attitude are at the very core of the entrepreneurial spirit. However, a well-built house needs more than a optimistic builder with the right equipment. It needs a solid foundation.
Writing a cleaning business plan is like laying the foundation for your business. Even if you don't need a formal plan designed for submitting to investors or to your bank for a business loan, an informally written plan can help. It can provide you with a basis to start your business on a practical, realistic note. Your plan should reflect the reality of your unique vision. As you compose it, bear in mind the size of your business and your start up financial needs.
A written business plan will focus and define your objectives. In addition, it will assist you to:
Rather than making long-term projections, it's more productive and realistic to focus on weekly and monthly earnings and expenditures. Do this at least for the first year. Your business plan is a fluid system, not written in stone. It is a flexible document which you will frequently adjust and refine to fit the reality as your business gets off the ground.
The Suze & Ev Method provides templates and further information about how to formulate and write a cleaning business plan. There you will find helpful examples as well as continually-updated material and ideas to help you get started.
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