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post #1 of Old 11-18-2015, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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22 w/ a cleaning business

Hey everyone,

I live in South Miami, Fl and I'm currently in the process of saving money to get the legal documents to start my own legit professional cleaning service (DBA, Tax Receipt, Bank Account, etc). I also work as a residential gate security guard and there are Real Estate Leasing Agents that have told me once I get my business up and running we can sit down and discuss contracts. With that being said, Vacant homes for sale will be my target business.

Now I work full time and go to school full time and would only be able to do the work myself, maybe, two days out of the week. If and when my clientele begins to need more attention than that, How should I hire my employees? How much of what I charge should I pay the employees? Should I require them to have training prior to me hiring them or train them myself, or both? How do I make sure they are doing the quality job I'm paying them for and not bringing down my business? Are there any licenses or certifications I need for me or my business? If there are licenses/certifications for cleaning (which I don't think there is and I've also looked it up but haven't really found any - just some through some supposed "Associations" I can't tell if they're scams or not), which are they so I can look into them? Also, how do I ensure the safety of myself and future clients when going into these place alone or n pairs?

I know that may be a bit much but they are real questions I'd really appreciate answers for
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post #2 of Old 11-18-2015, 02:07 PM
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Hello there my Mrs.
I am heading to Miami for the week leading up to Christmas. Staying in the Art Deco area.

Anyway... nope, no special license to clean needed. All those 'associations's' will try to collect any money they can from you but nothing is needed. Just so you know.... I started out with a lot of those people in those 'associations' before they wanted to start charging people to have a license to clean. I could have been a part of it but I don't like telling people they need something when it's not true. Not 1 time since 1998 has a potential customer asked me if I was licensed to clean. The way they make money is to sell new suckers....eerrrr...... I mean new cleaners crap they don't really need.

To cut to the chase for you.... if you're not going to have time to run your business, it probably won't work. You MIGHT be able to find someone to run it for you but unless you get damn lucky...no, no triple damn lucky, that person is going to be almost impossible to find... it just don't work like that in cleaning. But it is a lot of people's dream.....

Now let me ask you about the leasing agents that want to sit down and talk..... don't you think there is a reason they are always looking for someone to clean? Don't you think if it was a good thing all the big cleaning companies would already have contracts with lots of realtors and leasing agents? I'm a hell of a salesman.... don't you think if it was a great thing I'd have hundreds of them as clients?
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There are a lot of people with companies who have people working for them while they handle the business aspect. It's not hard to manage and send people out to clean. There's an owner at my job who has a cleaner contracted for him and she cleans all of his houses and she hasn't one complaint, so no, I don't really see any flaws there.. They're empty houses with traffic from people walking through for tours that need to look spotless when they do. You answered my first question though, appreciate it..
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post #4 of Old 11-18-2015, 04:44 PM
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You have all the answers then. It should be no time until you are making the big money and living on easy street. I have a place vacant right by me so there is plenty of room here (on easy street). I look forward to seeing you here. Too bad you wasn't here last week, we had dinner with Robert Edsel, Joanna Kerns and Bill Paxton. The view is also GREAT here! See ya soon!
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