Hey there Brianm4289.
I wish you much luck on starting your cleaning company but please don't bite off more than you can chew. What I mean is that it took us 18 months of little jobs, residential cleaning, small office cleaning and the odd window washing job before we started to get things right.
I made ALOT of mistakes when I first started out, pricing was a huge factor, getting contracts was harder than hell in the beginning. We landed small jobs and made them damn perfect (you ALWAYS have a complainer or two) but we learned from our mistakes, gave refunds and a few free-bies. In all truth the only reason we moved up was quite literally a stroke of luck.
One day while handing out business cards I got a return phone call from one of the biggest construction companies in town. They gave us a little tester job and from there on we made them so happy that we slowly got bigger and bigger jobs. We got a grocery store one day simply because I asked if I could put a business card in the front entrance and the owner and I started to talk....bang he asked me for a quote on the spot. P.S. It was through this forum that I was able to quote the proper price and land the job.
Start small....PLEASE....We made several mistakes at first trying to go to fast and I don't want you to miss out on a successful business opportunity.
Remember that most larger companies only do their sub contractor payroll every 30 - 60 days, you need to build up a nest egg to pay for supplies and wages etc while waiting for payment from the big companies.
Ask questions in the forum or to me personally:
Find out your going rates locally.
Join your local Chamber of Commerce.
Join any local business person type club.
Hand out cards.
Make some phone calls.
Do a great job, treat every job like it is your biggest.
Most importantly, to me at least, is to make sure you pay your employees more than the average wage. I start my crew out at 12.50 an hour....bonuses for a job well done and raises are common, my crew is the reason for my success because of how awesome they are, so they are paid accordingly.
You CAN and WILL be successful but it may take a year or more, be persistent and don't give up.
If you need help, ask anyone here and you will get it. I am always available as well, if not for my mentor and team....well...chances are I would have quit many, many months ago.
Go get 'em