I am considering to buy a cleaning business myself and as far as my personal research on the various business industries shows, starting a cleaning business rules out to be one of the best franchise opportunities for entrepreneurs with both high and low starting finances. They have over 90% profitability in Australia and represent the larger part of successfully growing businesses all around the world. You can check out this article
to get some more insights on franchising and the benefits of starting a cleaning business. It is basically a market with inexhaustible capacity especially in areas where the cleaning industry is not oversold. Yet, to be honest, it is more of a personal choice. What made me choose cleaning as a future business investment was this interview I read, where a cleaning business owner from Fantastic Services Group shares his story about entering the industry after being a car detailing company owner and public relationship manager. You can read it here
After all, the choice of your future company's type is up to what you most desire to do. Sometimes experience matters, sometimes it doesn't. The Italian ice business represents a good option, yet keeping up with product expiration dates and equipment maintenance may be more of a burden. As far as home sanitation goes, detergents and cleaning tools tend to be much easier to manage and maintain.
Regarding payment options, if the cleaning franchise you buy has systematised work standards, postponing your payment shouldn't even be an option.
It'll be great if you keep us posted with more information about your business startup.