It can be quite difficult to start your own business in today’s tough economy; however, for a successful few, owning a business is the best decision of their lives. This is often true for those that own a home cleaning business; owning this type of business provides a stable income with somewhat flexible hours. It may sound simple enough, but starting a company from scratch and supplying it with the necessary clients, funds, and business plan can be rather challenging. Luckily, there are a few things that you do to ensure that your company gets started on the right foot.
Benefits of a Home Cleaning Business
There are several reasons why residential cleaning is preferred over commercial cleaning jobs. Foremost is the available hours; most residential cleanings occur during regular business hours while the homeowners are away for the day. On the other hand, commercial cleaning typically occurs during after-hours unless you are a hired through the company and not as a separate cleaning crew. Also, homeowners tend to more lenient and understanding in emergency, or likewise unexpected situations, should the occasion arise and you are unable to work. Conversely, businesses tend to view their environmental specialists as somewhat expendable, often taking the stand that “there is more where that came from.” For most people, owning a home cleaning business is the preferred option, but every situation is different and you must make the choice that is right for you.
How to Get Clients
Often the best way to entice customers is to start small, and then expand once you have established yourself within certain social circles. Once you’ve decided to begin a home cleaning business, create flyers and business cards to distribute in the area you wish to work. For example, begin with people you are familiar with and have a certain rapport. In my opinion, hair stylist, massage therapists, and nail technicians are the best places to start. Everyone is comfortable enough with these people to discuss intimate details of their life, thus this is the perfect place to plant seeds. Let’s say Sally were to mention to her local beautician specialist that her work schedule has changed, and she is unable to maintain her home; this allows the stylist to step in and recommend the new home cleaning business that is all the rage! In the beginning, it is suggested that you offer a discounted, one-time rate for each person that recommends you to a possible client. This gives them incentive to pimp you out, so to speak, and provides you with the leads you require; it is a win-win situation.
How to Keep Clients
No one wants to deal with a company that has constant cancellations and scheduling conflicts, so once you’ve established a firm clientele, always be reliable. Maintain a regular schedule and contact clients as soon as possible if there will be a change in arrangements. It is essential to your success to ensure that the services provided are impeccable and beyond constellation. Above all else, always be professional and courteous, even if you know your customers outside of the commercial setting.