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post #1 of Old 05-23-2017, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Best way and resources to start a new cleaning business?

Hi my name is Adam, I've been doing research about what kind of business to start for a while and have decided to start a cleaning business. I'm curious how you guys got started with your business? What would you do over again if you could do it differently? What's the best way to start off, work alone, hire an employee , or hire a sub contractor?

Would you suggest starting a house cleaning maid service or commercial or industrial cleaning company? Which has the better chance for success and which is more profitable?

Would you suggest once established to add on additional services?

What services are most profitable in the cleaning business for you?

Maid service?
Commercial cleaning accounts?
Window cleaning?
Lawn service?
Tile and grout cleaning?
Roof cleaning?
Floor and carpet cleaning?
Auto cleaning?
Pressure washing?
Construction cleanup?
Forclosure cleanup service?
Air duct cleaning?
Dryer Vent cleaning?
Blinds cleaning?
After event cleanup?
Junk removal?
Water damage, fire, mold restoration?
Any other profitable add on you can suggest?

Do you think starting a cleaning business in a larger city such as Houston or LA would have a better chance at being profitable than starting one in a smaller city such as Raleigh or Richmond?

Or would starting a cleaning business in another country such as the UK or Australia be even more profitable?

What books, dvds, websites, forums, training courses, certifications would you suggest or have helped you along in your career/business?

Have any of you thought about branching out operations into other cities or countries and growing your company like this? What's the best way to go about doing something like this, franchise or start an individual shop in each location?

Would you suggest starting a business from scratch, buying a small existing business and making it more profitable, or buying into a franchise operation?

Would you suggest going at this business startup alone or partnering up?

I really appreciate any and all advice you can give me!
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The most profitable accounts/jobs are commercial cleaning of common areas at multi-residential buildings. Also, carpet cleaning is extremely profitable.
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Adam. congrats on considering starting your own business. Since I am familiar with janitorial Franchises I will offer my experiences with both a Local Franchise & National Known Franchise.

I got started with a Local franchise which offers commercial janitorial accounts in the city which it is located in. I have done business with this franchise for over 10 years. They have been fair, offered good accounts and some great accounts and some that have not paid--only 2 for me. I have/had 4 accounts with a National Franchise Janitorial Company, 1 account moved away, 1 canceled, 1 still service, 1 canceled for budget reason. I have had way more headaches, non payment--by franchisor, then I have had with thee local franchise. The National Franchise the training they offered in my opinion was poor, it consisted of watching an old dvd of some cleaning people cleaning an office. Most of the accounts they offer look good on paper but when you consider the fees they deduct then maybe it's not such a great deal. As I write this, I am once again battling with National Franchise over what they say in an email doesn't match what is on the check.

I'll close with back in the 80's some people got burned on local janitorial franchisor's selling accounts + add fees and then never delivering the paid for accounts. Do your home work if you decide to go down this road. Brad D
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Hey ya! carpet cleaning, maid service are all highly profitable businesses at multi residential areas.
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Hi, @Adam724
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Hi, you work is good you will also in profitable, but The Highly profitable businesses at multi residential areas. Like Sunshinegutterspro.
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Commercial cleaning accounts have been really successful for me.
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Commercial cleaning accounts have been really successful for me.
How, commercial cleaning account really successful please tell me some tips.
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Commercial cleaning accounts have been really successful for me.
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post #10 of Old 11-23-2017, 11:50 PM
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nice thread... My friend was also going to start a new cleaning business... Maybe this could help him too... thanks everyone for sharing....
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post #11 of Old 11-24-2017, 07:21 AM
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Instead of thinking about what is the most profitable part of cleaning, think about what YOU enjoy doing. IMO, one has to enjoy their work to do a great job...and when you do a great job, it will be profitable.
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Sbrodk, I second to what you suggest. Yes, carpet cleaning is extremely profitable business. One of the best benefits of Hiring professionals do to this job is the fact that it allows for cleaning to go without interrupting the core business of your company or organization.With over 25 years of experience in commercial cleaning, I would say that professional commercial cleaners can cater you the quality service you deserve as they’re educated on cleaning. Experienced commercial cleaners have in modern times become reasonable and charge modestly for the office cleaning services that they deliver. More Commercial Cleaners Are Going Green. We are leading commercial cleaning service provider in Irvine, California. We are one of the best commercial cleaners in our region. Our rates are reasonable and our work is widely acknowledged.Nice sharing.

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Great start, carpet Cleaning business is great business for anyone.
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Set yourself apart from the competition! Before getting hired for the job, when someone is interested in your services, schedule a time to meet with them at the location you will be cleaning. Provide your credentials, let them get to know you, and ask questions to get to know them... what are their likes, dislikes and expectations from a cleaning company? Do a walk through of the area you will be cleaning and highlight areas that you know your services will have a major impact on. Wow them so they are so comfortable with you and your services, that they will look no further.

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I believe that in this business the main thing is punctuality, because sometimes there's no time even for lunch, and a person from a cleaning company is 2 hours late. In my restaurant business, I use schedule maker app services to monitor employees and their discipline. If you already have a business and you start monitoring your employees, you'll notice how their performance will improve at times. Also, as a salary, I suggest that you give out a percentage of the orders made, then your employee's salary will depend only on him and your employee will bring you more money. Good luck.

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first you need to have experience and your own clients
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