How to Start a Cleaning Service

How to Start a Cleaning Service

About How to Start a Cleaning Service

How to Start a Cleaning Service

Want to start a cleaning service? Our startup guide will provide you with a clear roadmap to success. Available with or without our award-winning business plan software, the Cleaning Service Startup Guide will put you on the fast track to small business success!

Households are not the only places that require a thorough cleaning—so do offices, retail locations, and other businesses. The list doesn’t end there—if it can be cleaned, chances are people will pay you to clean it. That's why few industries can claim the variety and depth of opportunities that professional cleaning can. And the vast majority of dual-income families use cleaning services, which means your market is huge.

Most cleaning service businesses can be operated on either a part-time or full-time basis, either from home or from a commercial location. The best part is, you can build an extremely profitable business that will generate revenue very quickly with little initial investment!

This in-depth guide shows you how to start three of the most in-demand cleaning businesses—residential maid service, commercial janitorial and carpet/upholstery cleaning—and offers invaluable insights on:

  • Current statistics and trend forecasts that keep you ahead of the curve
  • The ins and outs of finding customers
  • New ideas for hiring and training employees
  • What equipment and supplies you’ll need (and where to find them)
  • How to use technology to make your business competitive
  • Up-to-date legal, tax and insurance requirements
  • How to avoid common pitfalls
  • Surefire tips for growing your business

It also contains answers to frequently asked questions, an appendix of additional resources, and checklists to guide you through each step of the startup process. If you want to start your own successful cleaning business, take your first steps with our startup guide.

Excerpt from this guide

If it can get dirty, chances are someone will be willing to pay you to clean it. And that’s why few industries can claim the variety and depth of opportunities that professional cleaning can.

The cleaning industry has two primary market groups: consumer and commercial. The consumer arena consists primarily of residential maid services, along with carpet cleaners, window cleaners and a variety of other cleaning services required on a less-frequent basis. The commercial arena is dominated by janitorial services, which typically provide a wider range of services than maid services, along with other cleaning companies, such as carpet and window cleaners, that target businesses rather than individual consumers. While it’s recommended that you decide on a niche and concentrate on building a business that will serve your chosen market, it is entirely realistic to expect to be able to serve multiple markets successfully.