In the past, people looked around for a familiar franchise if they wanted to set up a cleaning service. But the steep price and restrictive contracts turn off DIYers and other independent types. Is there such a thing as a “start a cleaning business package”? The answer is yes, thanks to the Internet.
Franchises were popular in the past because they offered information that could not be easily acquired unless you paid for it. You needed a special 'in'. That is why they could charge an arm and a leg. Today, everyone and their sister are online. That means more entrepreneurial opportunities and scads more free, quality information for DIYers. No need to get buried in the commitments and the upfront costs demanded by a franchise! One quick online search will show you better and more affordable opportunities to start a cleaning company. Packages of professional guidance bundled into very affordable startup fees are available. Some cleaning-service start-up consultants will even throw in a gorgeous business website for a fraction of what you would spend on a franchise.
Get informed. When you decide to get started in business, your online research will point the way. Most importantly, don't waste your money. In the startup phase, you need to know what to look for. What do you really need to start? Even sophisticated DIYers can fool themselves into thinking they before they start, they must acquire this-or-that system. The efficiency of the Internet has simplified these systems. It is possible to save a whole bunch of money upfront, by purchasing a bundle of start-up business tools and materials. What fools many people about a franchise (and this is also true for a lot of business-startup bundles), is that the franchisee ends up paying for a lot of tools that they don't need and won't use.
So, which tools are really necessary? Is it really possible for a DIYer to get all the goodies that a franchise would get (for way less money?) To find out, look for the following elements in any start-a-cleaning-business package:
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4 Top most important tools needed to start a cleaning service:
Your attitude, your beliefs and thoughts about going into business for yourself. You might look for someone else to push you into business, but that is never going to happen. You have to own it and want it. No one else will care about your success as much as you do!
Bottom line: Find a good cleaning-business consultant for guidance. But get the conviction from your inner DIYer!
Your actions every day will decide whether your business grows to be a success or not. Get online, yes, but get out into the real world too. Take steps every single day and persevere.
Bottom line: Find a good startup consultant who offers a step-by-step business plan. One that also creates business websites for their clients and specializes in helping cleaning-business startups.
Your community always plays a role in your business success. Who can help? You may know a lot of people because of your current job, or through the schools, your church, the soccer team community, and more.
Bottom line: Think of the groups you are familiar with. Then expand that resource by connecting online via social media and door-to-door flyering. Meet other local service-business owners, such as pool-service people and gardening services.
Two systems to think about: 1) Your business systems, such as your scheduling, accounting, taxes, and marketing or advertising needs. 2) Your city's unique geography and freeway and street layout. Study these to locate the areas that are the best targets for your cleaning service business.
Bottom line: Find a start a cleaning business package to show you precisely how to set up the first type of business systems, and teaches you how to use your region's existing systems to wisely grow your business, for both short-term gain and long-term security.