If you’ve decided to start your own cleaning business, you’re probably wondering what to consider before you even pick up a mop or broom. After all, it is a business, and you have to register with the government and the IRS. The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a list of forms and state-specific tax obligations for businesses. Here are some things to consider before you open your doors:
First, you should consider whether to operate your cleaning business as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company. Operating as a limited liability company (LLC) protects you from personal liability, and it helps to separate your personal and business taxes. An LLC also automatically gets an EIN number from the IRS, which helps you to avoid any potential liability. Setting up an LLC can cost as little as $100 to $850 depending on the state you live in.
While word of mouth is the best way to attract new customers, it is also crucial to advertise your services. You can do so by using your own website, posting flyers in public areas, or even putting an ad in the phone book. Regardless of how you choose to advertise, be sure to be truthful about what you offer. Avoid using cliches such as “free” or “discount” when advertising. If you’re offering a special deal, you should clearly state the conditions that apply. In addition, any discount you’re offering should be cheaper than the normal price.
Next, you’ll need to invest in equipment and supplies to ensure a good quality clean. Cleaning supplies can cost a small fortune, so make sure to factor this in before you make any big decisions. Make sure to take into account the number of cleaning jobs you expect to handle before you start the business. If your service involves cleaning offices and private homes, you may need special equipment that specializes in certain areas. Additionally, you’ll need to provide transportation for your employees and customers, and it’s important to invest in an emergency fund.
Getting clients requires time and patience. Although this may seem daunting, it is not impossible. With persistence and word of mouth, you can eventually attract clients to your business. But don’t expect to get 100 clients in the first week or two. It will take some time to develop a solid reputation for yourself and your services. In the meantime, you’ll be earning money and improving your business. So, if you’re serious about your new cleaning business, be patient and stay focused.