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|11-23-2015 05:04 PM|
So you are saying I couldn't be rich with a borrowed bottle of window cleaner, a borrowed bottle of shower cleaner, an old vacuum and some cut up bath towels to clean with? $7 worth of advertisements? And no plan at all? Is that what you're saying?
I'm looking around and I'm pretty sure you would be WRONG!
Don't listen to that person.... it can be done. Although I would suggest atleast having a plan that involves more than what you eat today for supper. That was about my only plan at the time. lol
Technically, today with Craigslist and Facebook you could even save the $7 in advertising.
|11-23-2015 04:35 PM|
Commercial Cleaning Startup
Cleaning on $50 takes more than dexterity, otherwise its a hobby. Starting a business on a shoestring budget, could lead to collecting money in shoes. If you want to make money you need a plan and more than a few mops and buckets. Set yourself up for success and invest more than just skill but your time, capital, Save at least a $1000 before you get started. Invest in a website many you can start for free. (Wix, Weebly). List your website search engines, print out flyers, rehearse what you will say to people and have confidence. Just a few tips. Hope I've helped.
|11-19-2015 04:54 AM|
Yeah, you can start a business wven with 50 bucks. It all depends on your dexterity.
|11-10-2015 03:14 PM|
Sometimes you definitely need to change up your cleaning route. In residential house cleaning you are a little more flexible. Also if you are a one woman/man crew you can change up often to keep it interesting I agree. Commercial Cleaning Services however, is quite different. Even if you have a one man or two man cleaning crew, you will run into problems by not following a strict method of cleaning and then follow up with a quality assurance system to ensure your clients are completely satisfied and you are satisfied that you've done your best and didn't miss anything.
Companies want high quality professional commercial cleaning services and professional residential services. In order to give your best as you grow it is better to establish routine cleaning and quality checks. Now that you have a few accounts under your belt now it time to focus on quality control and unbeatable customer service.
Come up with a system like clean from top to bottom, left to right. Clockwise some buildings counter-clockwise others. Top floor to bottom floor. Clean cleanest surface first then dirty. Avoid cross-contaminating, use color-code microfiber towels. Apply dwell-time to contaminated surfaces and difficult to clean areas. Spray into towel instead on surfaces. These are just a few short tidbits to get you thinking about quality and professionalism when you start out. It sets you up for success as you grow. Great post!
|02-26-2015 08:39 AM|
|igsknox||I started barely at 500.00 but trick is to keep money dumped back in, its NEVER easy, late nights, little sleep lots of coffee and TONS of drive and sacrifice are required|
|02-07-2015 07:29 PM|
Starting a biz on 100 bucks
...lol....I don't know....I started my cleaning business on $80. Didn't have rent, didn't have utilities, didn't have car payment, didn't have to buy food. Imagine that....'08....depends on your circumstances hun....depends on how much patience you have. And depends on how you spend that money. Just sayin.
|01-13-2015 08:57 AM|
We started with ONE house, did our job with class and dependability, got in a circle of influence, and were wildly successful! One of the greatest things about the cleaning business is the LOW overhead and start-up costs. Don't let this "Cat" discourage you. It CAN be done!
You can read our story here at: cleansweepbookDOTcom (sorry, I'm not allowed to post links yet)
|12-10-2014 10:33 AM|
We rarely got cash Peter. Almost all were checks. My rule was that the check must be on the counter in order for my girls to start cleaning. No check... they walk out and the customer is charged $35 because we couldn't clean. Maybe if you are working as a single cleaner you could go all cash but even still, lots of people hate to always get cash before you come clean. It turns in to a PITA for them. I bet if I had accepted cash my girls would have lost atleast a little every now and then. They couldn't even keep up with their own paycheck sometimes.
Now I do agree that commercial work is different. That is why I never really went after much of it. I don't like waiting on my money. Commercial work could take a lot of working capital. I had an opportunity to bid on the Mutual Of Omaha building. I have no idea how much it would have taken but I can guarantee it took a very large company to fund it.
and that is another great thing about residential work vs commercial work... money today!
|12-09-2014 03:51 PM|
One of my favorite sayings that I live by is:
"Be flexible or you will always stay bent out of shape."
|12-09-2014 11:24 AM|
I wouldn't think much operating capital would be needed in residential cleaning as payment is usually in cash. It is needed with commercial cleaning as they pay by check and usually not until the full month of cleaning has ended or beyond and you need to pay for labor and supplies before receiving payment.
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|12-09-2014 09:57 AM|
If I added up what it would cost TODAY to replace the things in my caddie, Not counting the towels and the caddie it would be about $11.35. So let's add in $10 towels and $5 for a caddie. My old caddie was a nice one that cost about $25 but if I started over I could make do with a $5 caddie. $45 for a vacuum... I haven't priced them in a few years but they prolly went up. $15 for a dust mop. $50 for ink for 2500 flyers. So all that equals $136.35 in today's world. Using some things most everyone already has it would be even cheaper.... like a vacuum - $50 =$86.35.
I have actually cleaned 3 houses one day with a bottle of water, a Magic eraser and a few towels..... I forgot the caddie and was not going back after it. We tripple checked everything that day and it was just as clean as if we had our regular supplies. Did you know water is FREE and all natural? It cleans really well and leaves no residue.
If I needed to start a cleaning business again I wouldn't be worried about giving the city/county/government my money until I was making money so like when I originally started.... I would screw them until I got my stuff going.
Operating capital.... I guess I'm a freaking genius because when I first started I needed $3 for gas to get there and that was about it. So I'm still not sure what the big deal about that is. $3 was my operating capital. And if the first of the month was coming up I had better get my (*) out there and hussle some business in order to have rent money. I guess motivation was my capital. lol If I didn't have motivation I didn't eat or have a place to stay.
For those that are trying to start a cleaning business without doing any of the work, they need capital... and lots of it.
Now let's fast forward to today... it all worked out great and I could cash flow almost any kind of business I wanted. So my buddy and I decided to go in to the appliance business. I told him I had $185 in my pocket and he thought I was crazy. lol We bought a washer and dryer within 15 minutes for $125, flipped it for $297. We've made a lot of money from that $125 investment. we've since bought $300 in tools and that has been the total investment. I will say that we both already had all the structure of a legal business in place so that cost us nothing.
Now on the other hand... when I started a pool chemical business with a friend it cost $37,000 up front. But still, it required $0 operating capital. I bought the chemical from Alibaba, they sold it and that's how simple it was.
I'm lost on all these operating costs. I'm thinking THAT is what kills businesses. These un-needed 'operating' costs... along with no plan and no back-up plan in case plan A doesn't work.
Sure there are tons of businesses that start out with employees and need money to operate.... but cleaning isn't one of them.
|12-09-2014 09:00 AM|
Originally Posted by PressurePros View Post
|12-09-2014 05:23 AM|
Yep, as I am right now I am only spending around $127 on ACTUAL supplies (not including my bike/trailer, but that's only because I'm separated from my wife and she has the car, but I'm talking her into working with me so that should take care of itself).
$43 on 600 flyers (self printed at around .07 cents a copy because I have my colored picture at the bottom).
The rest will be on cleaning supplies.
And I don't need to pay for my business license for 2 weeks after I actually start business (and I can probably stretch that a bit).
I'm hoping to secure around 10 jobs over the next 7 days as my goal, both from my flyers and personal contacts.
|12-01-2014 06:56 AM|
Originally Posted by sprintcar93 View Post
Trying now to research the best place for flyers. Staples perhaps...
|12-02-2012 09:41 PM|
|Cleaning by N & J||I must say that there are tons of multibillion dollar businesses that had very little money to start and seem to be doing just fine. Honestly I started my business on a complete whim and have put maybe $400 into it and I am profiting quite well. I have my business license, insurance, tax license and am a legitimate business. The license cost $25, insurance was $150 to start the policy, and the tax license was free so anyone saying otherwise is simply flaunting their initial investment to make others feel inferior. Not a flattering way to compete with others.|
|11-30-2012 03:32 PM|
I started with 500.00 in supplys and equipment. One month in and my monthly gross income is 400.00-500.00.
Starting the business for 100.00 was extremely possible, I just opted to get my equipment purchase out of the way at the beginning.
|11-16-2012 05:06 PM|
As others have said, throwing money at a problem doesn't make it go away and invalidating others' business practices doesn't make yours that much more valid.. just sayin!
|11-16-2012 05:02 PM|
I realize this is just your opinion, cat, and you are trying to be helpful and informative. For others reading posts, learn what is fact and opinion on your own. If I or anyone say anything; fact check it. Republican's don't believe in it but I sure do
*braces for impact from incoming mud slinging from aforementioned republicans* lol
|11-16-2012 04:51 PM|
I disagree with about half of what you said, respectfully so.
A floor vacuum on Amazon is only $80. A used upright can be had for about the same. Sponges, bottles, brushes gloves, pumice stones and razor blades can be had for about $40.
Read books on starting a business and being an entrepreneur is essential, I agree completely. Unless one has already done so. The cleaning business I have is my second entrepreneurial venture. I used to own a Coffee shop which failed because I didn't do my due diligence, I was young and the woman I bought it from was completely dishonest with me and I hope she get's rectal cancer for what she did because it pushed me towards bankruptcy.
Go online to Score.org and meet with a mentor, it's free. They have seasoned business owners you can get advice from. Don't pay to meet with someone who will give you advice you can get for free. Once you get up and running you can build your network of agents and councilmen (and women) as part of your "team".
Oh and read all of Robert Kiyosaki's books: Rich dad, poor dad. The cash flow quadrant. Building business teams and any of the others will align your thinking with that of a business owner and remove the programming you have inherited from your years in a public school, teaching you to be an employee and someones' beeotch forever.
UNLESS YOU OWN PROPERTY AND ASSENTS YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOU DO NOT NEED TO INCORPORATE. Corporations are made to limit your risk. If you invest 5k and loose everything then you cannot be sued for more than the corporation is worth like someone taking your house away (if done properly, read abc's of owning your own corporation). Unless you have significant funds you are investing don't waste your time in money with this while you could be spending on marketing your business and improving it. Here in California. If you file articles of incorporation on Monday and then decide it was a mistake and dissolve your corporation on Tuesday, you now owe the state of California $800 weather you made 50,000 or lost 2 million in that 24 hour period. I find it obscene. Other states charge between $100-$200.
Having a plan and sticking to it is essential, I agree on that point as well.
I will say there is a distinct difference in being a "business owner" and being "self employed" which the above books I recommend outline the difference.
As of two weeks ago, I stepped away from going to customer appointments to focus on full time sales and marketing of my cleaning service. I have two team leaders who go to appointments now without me while I stay at home and act as their support. When I was going to the appointments I can say I was a "self employed" individual, meaning if I didn't go to work I didn't make money. Much like a gardener or a plumber. Now, I will be in Seattle visiting my family next week for 7 days during thanksgiving. My employees will be going to appointments and I"m still making money. That is being a business owner. A system that runs it's self with minimal effort by it's owner.
So on your point, cat, about needing 6-10k to start. Yes, if you want to own a cleaning "business" you are correct. I would say have even more cash: like 10-15k if you are going to incorporate, hire employees and get vehicles, branding, marketing and insurance, etc. But someone going the route of being self employed and migrating to business owner when the time is right (after 3.5 years in my case) then no, you do not need that kind of start-up money. I could have done it with half of the money I spent on startup if it weren't for the vehicle I bought.
|10-10-2012 11:21 AM|
|detailscleaning||^ Hows it going Jeff?! This is so weird that I ran into you here.|
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