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Hello everyone? My wife and I are going to start a cleaning business in the near future. Will a thousand dollars get us up and running? We want to do office cleaning. We are considering doing residential houses in the beginning. I work full time on second shift. So, we will be look for contracts from 8:00am to 1:00pm. I will then have to go to work at 1:15pm and will get off around 10:36pm. We will clean our building after I get off. That is the plan anyways.
 

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As for the money itself, I started with $0, a borrowed bottle of window cleaner, a borrowed bottle of shower cleaner, Jenny cut small towels from our bath towels, I think the vacuum was either borrowed or maybe someone gave it to us and a '74 Nova that was scrapping the back tires because the back shocks were rusted out. I quickly moved up to making $1 an hour and got a dime raise for several years. :thumbsup: That's about what it felt like but stick with it, don't spend more than you make, treat people fair and money will fall your way. And don't be afraid to give. I'd always try to give employees a little extra here and there and I have learned over the years that the more you give, means the more you will have.

I know everyone is going to talk about doing things legit and it is great if you can do it that way but we started October 16, 1998. By February we had insurance for $22 a month at State Farm.

Now if you choose to go with commercial work, they will most likely want you to have insurance before you get the job. But, there is no way I would get the insurance until they tell you that you are hired and all they need before you start is to see the insurance.

This is a tough, cut throat business. It will take a lot of hours and a lot of patients but just remember one thing since you and your wife will be working together..... let her read this too..... she is more important to you than any customer or employee. And you are more important to her than any customer or employee. It will get rough.... no need to get upset at each other... if one of you makes a mistake on bidding or anything else.... it's ok... it's not the end of the world! Did it cost you $10k? It might have but guess what, you still have each other and that's really what you're working for to begin with. The goal in life is to have fun and enjoy it because we are only here for a short time.

Hopefully you keep us updated!
 

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naturaldry is right. 1000$ is quite a tight budget for a newly-established business. Yet, depending on your first clientèle and your performance, you might be able to push your business off the ground pretty quick.
Good Luck! :thumbup:
 

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I started off with less than a $1,000. $500 for a years worth of insurance and about $300 for a commercial back pack vac. Then there was $75 to join a local networking club here in my small town. 6 months later I am so busy, I have all the business I can handle alone right now. Could use some hired help a lot of times....
 

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naturaldry & mark1st~

I'll bet both of you $25,000 cash.... I win you pay me, you win I'll pay you.

I can go to your city and start a profitable cleaning business for under $100 within 30 days.

Ya see, I'm sure of what I say... let's see if YOU are!

Not picking on either of you, I just think it's silly for people to think it takes that much money when I can prove it doesn't.

I will say, in a city such as NYC or one comparable, I won't take on the task because that is a whole different ballgame and 99.9% of the people on here don't live in NYC. Although.... with the help of the internet I bet NYC could be done even cheaper. Craigslist and free web sites. 2 things I would not use in a regular type of city.
 

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You can start with that budget (to get equipment, products etc) but you need to think about the costs to promote and market your business from day.

Fortunately there are some great free options. Start by registering with all the free web directories (you never know you might get one or two customers), use social media to promote your service to friends and family, offer an amazing opening special and distribute flyers, run a contest in conjunction with local newspaper/radio with a 'giveaway' and get free exposure that way.

Good luck with the business, I hope it works out the way you want it to.
 

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I think you will be cutting it fine but it certainly is achievable. You will need to be really honest with yourselves about where the money is going and how much you are willing to pay yourselves. I started my business with £2000 because i wanted to have money in the business account to start paying myself even after the first month.
The great thing about this kind of business is that you can keep your overheads very low and thus make it profitable immediately. My vesicle broke down in the first month of my business and i had to buy a new one ... getting ready for the unexpected is one of the pitfalls of not having much start up capital. I made a few marketing mistakes at the beginning too, which is natural for a first time business.
Do your home work and lots of planning and I think you can do it!
Good luck :)
 

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naturaldry & mark1st~

I'll bet both of you $25,000 cash.... I win you pay me, you win I'll pay you.

I can go to your city and start a profitable cleaning business for under $100 within 30 days.

Ya see, I'm sure of what I say... let's see if YOU are!

Not picking on either of you, I just think it's silly for people to think it takes that much money when I can prove it doesn't.

I will say, in a city such as NYC or one comparable, I won't take on the task because that is a whole different ballgame and 99.9% of the people on here don't live in NYC. Although.... with the help of the internet I bet NYC could be done even cheaper. Craigslist and free web sites. 2 things I would not use in a regular type of city.
Starting out with nothing - sounds like me right now :)

Check out my intro thread. I have made 6 figures in the past and am 41 years old (male), but lost it all and starting from scratch next week.

If you have any advice then I would greatly appreciate it. Would love to chat over the phone if possible.

I am looking for help starting with just a few supplies, and would love to chat with you please, thanks!

Kind Regards,

Mike
 

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How much money do you need to start cleaning business

I'm not trying to be funny. I started with very little money -- under $10 for the first kitchen floor I cleaned. I had no van, no truck, no car. I got on the city bus with a bucket, rags, and a bottle of **** and Span.

Some of the money you make from your first jobs should be used to invest in your business.
 

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Right on!

naturaldry & mark1st~

I'll bet both of you $25,000 cash.... I win you pay me, you win I'll pay you.

I can go to your city and start a profitable cleaning business for under $100 within 30 days.

Ya see, I'm sure of what I say... let's see if YOU are!

Not picking on either of you, I just think it's silly for people to think it takes that much money when I can prove it doesn't.

I will say, in a city such as NYC or one comparable, I won't take on the task because that is a whole different ballgame and 99.9% of the people on here don't live in NYC. Although.... with the help of the internet I bet NYC could be done even cheaper. Craigslist and free web sites. 2 things I would not use in a regular type of city.
This guy is right on! My wife and I started with nothing, and within 2-3 years, we were making over $100,000. Once you break in, this is the easiest business to make huge profits!:thumbsup:
 

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Should be enough.
Build your own site. (there are many platforms like wix.com that offer a free website)
Advertise lightly on google to attract your first paying cstomers.
Don't try to over do anything until you generated some cash flow and you should be golden :)
 

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Plenty

I personally think it's plenty if your willing to do the legwork to promote yourself. Business cards and flyers are cheap and you can simply walk bike or drive yourself around your neighborhood placing them inside mailboxes. I'm starting my own stripping and waxing business and spent less than 500 on equipment. As for marketing I'm learning and doing it on my own at the same time. I haven't got my first account but have stopped by about 15 businesses handing my cards out. My Next step is a mailing service.
 

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I personally think it's plenty if your willing to do the legwork to promote yourself. Business cards and flyers are cheap and you can simply walk bike or drive yourself around your neighborhood placing them inside mailboxes. I'm starting my own stripping and waxing business and spent less than 500 on equipment. As for marketing I'm learning and doing it on my own at the same time. I haven't got my first account but have stopped by about 15 businesses handing my cards out. My Next step is a mailing service.

What town are you in?
 

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I personally think it's plenty if your willing to do the legwork to promote yourself. Business cards and flyers are cheap and you can simply walk bike or drive yourself around your neighborhood placing them inside mailboxes. I'm starting my own stripping and waxing business and spent less than 500 on equipment. As for marketing I'm learning and doing it on my own at the same time. I haven't got my first account but have stopped by about 15 businesses handing my cards out. My Next step is a mailing service.

What town are you in?
Suffolk Long Island ny I'm self promoting myself on my days off from my regular full time job. Any tips on how to get that first job.
 
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