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post #1 of Old 03-14-2011, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone

Just wanted to come in and say I hope to learn whatever I can before considering opening up my own residential cleaning business. It has been an interest of mine for almost 2 years now and I hope to act on it within 12-18 months. I like to learn whatever I can before jumping into something. As I like to make sure I have enough resources to make things work and cover down times.

I'm hoping this is something I can run while still working for my own current company by only doing the estimates,paper work and phone work. And hiring out the actual cleaning service. Don't know if its possible but I'm here to learn!
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post #2 of Old 03-14-2011, 05:18 PM
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Welcome to the forum SparkleSparkle

That's great that you want to start your own cleaning business. The cleaning business has one of the lowest barriers to entry.... but that does not mean it is still not hard work. You will want to learn how to operate with as little overhead as possible and maximize every dollar you spend. I recommend that you create a good website and heavily market yourself on Google. I'm sure that you will find no shortage of eager employees in this economy
What area are you trying to start a cleaning business in?

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post #3 of Old 03-15-2011, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hey there, I'm in the Southeast. I currently do something else but I've been hiring good employees to take over certain parts and so I'm just handling calls and booking. I would like to start a cleaning business and eventually do the same thing and have employees take over most everything. I just don't know how paying them works when your first starting out. Since in my current business it was all me for the first few years.

When starting a housecleaning business do you hire someone right off the bat and you go with them for the first while? I'm thinking I'll be doing the phone work, estimates, scheduling and then managing(+ assisting) them while in the home. At least until I could hire a manager/cleaning person. Do you pay them to canvas areas, market themselves by driving around in a company car, etc before the business actually gets a client? Basically until they get a few homes to clean? I really think that if I start out with having a company car, a good advertisement budget, an employee, uniforms and proper insurance I'll be more likely to be taken seriously and just look professional.

But again I'm not sure if this is "too much" to start off with or how Cleaning businesses usually start.
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