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Cleaning Business Startup Kit, price reduction

If you haven’t done so, make sure you download your free Startup Checklist and Initial Equipment List. By now you should be up and running with your commercial janitorial cleaning business.

You have already handed out your card to everyone you know and should have gotten some steady cleaning accounts.

Don’t forget to go back to your contacts and remind them that when they have their company holiday parties in December and January that you’ll be the one to come and clean up after their event. Even if you are not their usual cleaner, let them know you “do it all”. Be sure to hire a few extra day helpers for the cleaning job.

If you haven’t yet started your cleaning business, now is the best time to do it, and do it right. I’ve lowered the price on the Cleaning Business Startup Kit as my way of saying thank you! It has been a fantastic year and I’m very thankful for all the friends I’ve made and business owners helped.

The Cleaning Business Startup Kit was $99. Now it’s available for only $49! Take that extra cash in your pocket to go buy something nice for your kids and spouse.

So, no more excuses. Go download your Cleaning Business Startup Kit right now.

to your wealth and happiness,

Matt


January 28, 2012 at 11:00 Comments (0)

Startup Kit, price reduction

The Cleaning Business Startup Kit was $99. Now it’s available for only $69!

So, no more excuses. Go download your Cleaning Business Startup Kit right now.

to your wealth and happiness,

Matt


October 27, 2010 at 15:03 Comments (3)

When Competitors Price Is An Issue

A great video on overcoming your cleaning accounts objections as to why you charge more than some new cleaner that just rolled into town.


August 31, 2010 at 10:49 Comments (0)

Step by Step Guide to Starting your Cleaning Business


I have been getting so many questions regarding this lately that I’ve decided to try to put this guide together to make this as simple as possible. I hope this helps. Let me know!

The only 3 Things You Need to Start Your Cleaning Business

  1. You need the training, equipment and necessary paperwork
  2. You need to market your new cleaning business
  3. You need accounts to clean



Let’s start with number 1, training, equipment and necessary paperwork. For the most part you probably have been cleaning your own house for years so you already know how to clean. Also, you most likely have most of the equipment needed. The one piece you’ll probably need is a commercial heavy duty vacuum cleaner; you know the one with the red bag. These really suck …. up all the dirt from the carpets. You CANNOT use a household vacuum cleaner. Try the local classifieds or your nearest vacuum repair shop for used ones.



As far as additional training, this blog does show how other professional cleaners in our industry; utilize the tips, tricks and secrets learned throughout the years. Hey, sharing is caring. So, if you have any questions about a particular cleaning method, go view the training videos. Got your own tip, let me know and I’ll include your videos and tips on this blog!



Necessary paperwork. Of course you’ll need liability insurance and a bond. The liability insurance in case you break something and the bond in case something comes up missing and they blame you. However, the most important piece of paperwork is the cleaning contract your client signs with you. It protects both you and your client. It should include a work schedule of exactly what you’ll be doing so everyone in on the same page (pun intended!). You can do some research on the internet and find some good examples. Some will be free and others will cost you per contract. In my Commercial Cleaning Startup Kit I’ve included both the work schedule sample and the client agreement. This is the exact one I use everyday in my cleaning business. Just make sure whatever you discuss with your client, it is in writing!



Number 2, marketing your cleaning business. The least expensive way is to get a few hundred business cards printed up and hand them out to everyone you know and let them know you’re looking for accounts to clean. Chances are your friends have jobs and the companies they work for will need a cleaning service, or they might know of someone who does. You can also stop in at all the businesses you normally visit and do a “business card exchange” you take one of theirs and give them one of yours, with a smile of course! Don’t talk any business with them on that visit unless THEY invite you to. You’re simply there to exchange cards and smiles.



Once you have a few cleaning accounts and are ready to expand your operation, there are proven sales letters, telemarketing scripts and marketing campaigns that you can use to get more appointments. Your advertising budget will determine which programs you will utilize. Again, the internet has a bunch of samples and examples. If you want to short cut that process, my Kit has all of that. (sorry, this sounds like a shameless plug, but I am proud of what is in there. It’s what I use.)



Number 3, accounts to clean. When you show up to clean your account, give them more than they expect. Put that little extra effort into making that place just shine. Most businesses are used to mediocre results. Prove them wrong! By putting in that little bit more, it will automatically make you excel above ANY competition. Free word of mouth is the best advertising and you can afford tons of that from a satisfied client. For example; the doctor’s office you clean three times a week. He goes golfing on Wednesdays with his other doctor buddies and they complain about their cleaners not doing a good enough job or things are misplaced or missing. Who do you think your doctor account is going to recommend, you of course.



In summary; you don’t need very much to start a cleaning business. Just a little extra training, some commercial quality equipment and professional looking paperwork to give you the edge. Throw in some proven examples of marketing techniques and soon you’ll have a solid, reliable client base. Do an outstanding job in cleaning each account and your business will grow automatically. Of course, this blog is here as your support resource for all things cleaning. It changes and improves everyday, so check back soon and please share your success stories!


August 25, 2010 at 15:42 Comment (1)

What Cleaning Equipment Do I Need?

For a free checklist on what equipment you need to start your cleaning business, enter your first name and email to download the Startup Checklist and Initial Equipment List.


August 24, 2010 at 12:21 Comments (2)

Tools & Equipment for Window Cleaning

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August 17, 2010 at 16:51 Comments (0)

How to Start an Office Cleaning Business


You and your spouse both work full time jobs. But, at the end of the money there is too much month left! Bills are starting to pile up. It is mutually agreed that one of you is going to have to get a part-time job just to make ends meet. Going to work graveyard shift at the corner store for minimum wage seems like the only option. STOP!


Take a deep breath and consider your options of starting an office cleaning business and inventory your available resources. You have been cleaning your place of residence for years and probably have most of the equipment needed to start a cleaning business. The one piece of equipment you will probably need to invest in is a commercial vacuum cleaner. You’ve seen them before, an upright model with the red bag. They are available used, just check your online classified listings and local vacuum repair shops.


Next take a trip to your local home improvement warehouse and go down their cleaning supplies aisle. You’ll find, in bulk, the necessary chemicals and cleaning agents needed to clean an office. If you can’t find it there then check you local janitorial supply store. The prices may be a bit higher but you’ll have a wider selection and an expert to ask any relevant questions.


Now comes the scary part. You need to get your cleaning business legal; license, insurance, etc. just check with your local Chamber of Commerce or County Business License office. They will tell you EXACTLY what you need. The other scary part is contracts and paperwork. This is where a lot of folks fall short. Simply check on the internet to find a generic contract for your cleaning account. Make sure everything is in writing! Also, sit down and determine the prices you will charge. There are pricing cheat sheets online but they usually cost money and are not localized to your area.


Get your business cards printed up. Not too many, just a few hundred or so to start and hand them out to every business owner you find. One technique I use is a business card exchange. I take one of theirs and give them one of mine, with a smile of course! In addition, use your funeral list; you know that list of everyone that would attend your funeral. Well call them up, while you’re still alive, and tell them your have just started an office cleaning business and are looking for accounts to clean. You’ll be surprised at how helpful your list will be referring you.


Office cleaning is not glamorous but it is simple, profitable and in demand. You only need a few pieces of equipment and the will power to go out and hand out your business card. Soon you’ll be making a great income from part-time work. Eventually you may want to expand and do some advanced marketing and promotion and grow a sizable business with sub-contractors and affiliate vendors. You can even sell off some accounts to a fellow cleaner. The growth is up to you. I hope this helps you.


To your wealth and happiness!


Matt


August 17, 2010 at 16:09 Comments (5)