Want To Start a Cleaning Business? Here Are Some of the Services That You Can Offer

Over 10 million Americans are jobless.

The unemployment rate was at an all-time low of 3.5% before the coronavirus reared its ugly head. Then, when January came, 5 million people lost their jobs, and the country still hasn’t recovered.

However, there is a group of individuals who are thriving, even in these difficult times. Who are these people? Entrepreneurs. If you have uncompromisable determination, you too could become a successful, self-employed entrepreneur.

In this article, we’ll show you how to build a cleaning business, by offering the right type of services. Before you know it, you could easily be making a 6 figure income, working for yourself.

Read on to learn about the most profitable cleaning services to offer.

Recurring Residential Cleaning Services

First, let’s go over some of the different types of residential cleaning you can offer. The more variety you can offer with your residential services, the easier it’ll be for you to grow your customer base.

For instance, we suggest offering both one-time and recurring residential cleaning services. Recurring services will cover the day-to-day cleaning that homeowners need.

Here are some of the top recurring services you should provide:

  • Dusting
  • Vacuuming
  • Sweeping
  • Mopping floors
  • Shaking out rugs and mats
  • Emptying garbage
  • Disinfecting sinks and counters
  • Disinfecting toilets
  • Make beds

Let your customers choose a schedule that you can accommodate for recurring services. For instance, you could offer to come multiple times a week, weekly, or bi-weekly. Be sure to have a setlist of the recurring services you’ll offer so there isn’t any type of misunderstanding.

Create Accurate Quotes

When you offer to do any type of cleaning service, you must know how to provide accurate quotes to your customers. The last thing you want to do is sign up for a job, only to find out it’s going to wind up costing you money instead of making you money.

When Amazon first started offering cleaning services, they struggled when it came to accurately assess the manpower it’d take for different cleaning tasks. However, now they have a system in place where the homeowners list the number of rooms, and room sizes, so they can provide fair price quotes.

Now, Amazon successfully offers cleaning services to about 45,000 different US zip codes, along with a few in India and Europe too!

Deep Cleaning Services

Moving on, let’s look at the different types of deep cleaning services you can offer homeowners. All sorts of homeowners can benefit from deep clean services. Whether they’re moving in, out, or simply fell behind in cleaning, your company can be there to save the day.

Here are some of the most sought after deep cleaning services:

  • Cleaning fans
  • Wash light fixtures
  • Wash blinds and shutter
  • Clean baseboards and window sills
  • Hand wash lampshades
  • Stovetop and oven
  • Top of cabinets
  • Wash doors
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

The list above doesn’t exhaust all of the deep cleaning services you can provide. You can also make personal requests available, allowing homeowners to customize their cleaning experience.

As with any type of cleaning service, make sure you’re crystal clear with the customers about what you’ll be doing. Last-minute requests can be accommodated. However, you won’t be performing any services for free. By setting clear boundaries with customers, and providing itemized bills, you’ll set the right expectations.

Residential Floor Cleaning 

Moving on, let’s look at a few of the different types of floor cleaning services you can offer. When you offer recurring or deep cleaning services, it’s normal to include things like sweeping or vacuuming. However, to grow your customer base, even more, you can offer professional floor cleaning services as well.

You can start by giving your customers the option to choose professional carpet cleaning services. It’ll be up to you whether you want to charge your customers per room or square foot of carpet.

You can also offer specials for customers who have a lot of rooms in their house. For instance, homeowners will be more drawn towards professional floor cleaning services if you’re willing to do 1 room for free. Be careful however that the promotion you offer doesn’t wind up cutting into your profits.

Next, you can also offer professional tile cleaning services. How are professional tile cleaning services different than regular tile cleaning? When you’re doing a standard tile cleaning, the tiles get swept and mopped.

However, a professional tile cleaning service means you’ll be scrubbing the grout, and polishing the tiles once they’re clean. Lastly, don’t forget about homeowners who have wood or faux wood floors. For wood floors, you can offer services such as treating the floors after cleaning them.

Biohazard Cleaning Services

So far we’ve been talking about traditional home cleaning services. However, your cleaning business doesn’t have to handle the standard tasks for everyday cleaning.

Instead, you could break into a very lucrative industry by offering biohazard cleaning services. Biohazard cleaning services can cover a variety of tasks such as Crime Scene Cleanup, or accident clean-up.

Here are some of the different specific services you could provide:

  • Natural death clean-up
  • Suicide clean-up
  • Infectious disease clean-up
  • Hoarding clean-up

Keep in mind that biohazard cleaning isn’t suitable for everyone. You’ll need to be someone who can be comforting to distraught customers, while also keeping your emotions out of the equation. 

The nature of the job also requires you to be at the top of your game when it comes to following procedures to protect yourself, and your customers. Lastly, if you think biohazard is the right type of company for you, you’ll need to have open availability.

The competition will be available 24/7, and if you’re not, your company won’t make it. When people need biohazard cleaners, they need them right away, so make sure you can accommodate the on-call aspect of the job.

Event Clean Up

Now, let’s talk about the different opportunities you could pursue event clean-up services. While the pandemic has put a damper on the number of recreational and corporate events, people still have celebrations. From weddings to quinceaneras, your company can be the ones to help make the occasion extra great.

We suggest offering both recurring, one-time, and last-minute event clean-up services. That way, your business will be available to a wide variety of customers. You’ll have the customers who host regular events that come to rely on your spiffy cleaning abilities.

You’ll also have the customers whose party wound up being bigger than they planned, and need you to save the day. Lastly, you’ll have the detail-minded customers who want to make sure their special day goes perfectly. Knowing you’ll be there to clean things up will make it easier for your clients to take care of their guests, and have fun!

Commercial Cleaning Services

Last but not least, offering office cleaning services is another way to make big money in the world of cleaning. If you’re interested in the commercial cleaning industry, you’ll need to decide how you want to position your company.

Are you a company that offers recurring janitorial services? Is your company more focused on deep cleaning? You could also start a company that focuses on solely caring for the floors in commercial establishments.

If you want to offer recurring janitorial services, here’s a shortlist of the things you can do:

  • Empty trash cans
  • Clean windows
  • Vacuum and sweep
  • Clean breakroom
  • Disinfect doorknobs and light switches
  • Thoroughly clean bathroom
  • Dust
  • Disinfect waiting room

Again, make sure you’re specific about what your company does and doesn’t do. While you can accommodate special requests, customers have to understand they’ll be charged for it.

Commercial Floor Cleaning

Are you thinking about starting a company that focuses on commercial floor cleaning? All you’ll need is a couple of big commercial accounts, and your schedule could be full before you know it.

For instance, you could offer your services to grocery store owners. If the grocery store is a franchise, they’re likely to hire you for more than 1 location, provided they like your services.

To thrive as a commercial floor cleaning business, you’ll need to invest in a high-end floor cleaning machine. We suggest you look into getting an electric floor scrubber you can walk behind.

Start Your Cleaning Business

After reading this article, are you ready to get out there and start your cleaning business? Whether you want to offer residential, or commercial services, it’s clear to see there are endless ways to please your customers.

However, remember that transparency is the key to growing successful cleaning company. Be sure to provide customers with a clear list of what services you do and don’t provide. The more upfront you are with your customers, the more likely they’ll be to refer you to a friend!

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