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How to Start a Cleaning Service
A number of steps go into starting a cleaning service, like any business. Taking care to plan ahead starting with yourself and the resources you have is important before looking at seeking funds, as no one will invest in someone who doesn’t know what they can do yet. These are three key steps as you move forward.
Choose Your Role
Start by being clear with yourself as to what roles you will play within the company and what roles you will not play. You’ll have greater success in fundraising and in launching if you don’t bite off more than you can chew personally and, instead, build a team with complementary skills to run the business. Also, don't forget to learn about all the important business plan components. This is a time to talk to potential partners, whether they have experience in the cleaning industry or as managers or salespeople.
Check the Labor Market
A cleaning service business generally must rely on low wage labor to succeed and compete against others in the market. Research whether there are enough individuals with the skill level and wage requirements that you need. If few other services employing low wage labor exist in the community, this may be a sign that there is a lack of available labor. You can look to employ students, but this is a second best scenario, generally. Students will be temporary and part-time workers, making turnover high and increasing the overall number of employees you must hire, train, and manage.
Plan and Fundraise
Finally, put together the description of your team and your hiring plan, as well as all of the other components needed, into a business plan. This document should follow a standard outline, but must be well-written and show a logical progression of ideas. The financial section will be tricky without the help of a financial model to work with. The business plan makes it possible for you to raise the necessary startup costs for your cleaning service including cleaning equipment, supplies, a storage and office facility, marketing, and cash reserves.
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