How to Start a House Cleaning Business

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Any stay-at-home mom or even working mom can make some great money cleaning houses with just a few hours a day! Here's how I did it.

  • Gather all your cleaning supplies in one, easy-to-carry kit. Most houses have their own vaccuums and brooms, but always bring yours along just in case. Make sure you have it ALL. You'll need rags, all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners, gloves, sanitizing wipes, baking soda, carpet deodorizer, floor polish, wood polish, dusting spray, a mop bucket, abrasive bathroom cleaner, disposable toilet brushes, dish brushes, and bleach. These are just a few of the essentials.

  • Decide what cleaning services you will offer, and which ones you will not. Maybe you're willing to clean and sanitize the whole house, but you're not willing to pick up clutter or do laundry. Decide whether you will organize junky closets, do any exterior house cleaning, or do garages.

  • Decide your pricing and hours. How will you charge? By the room, by the square footage, or by the hour? How much will you charge? Will you have anyone helping you on big jobs? Decide what days and hours you are willing to work. Remember, you are not a professional cleaning business, and you are probably not insured or bonded like they are, so you should be competitively priced. Also, do you prefer the homeowners to be present while you are cleaning, or would you prefer them to be out of the house? You be the boss.

  • Advertise. If you live in a big city, Craigslist.org is the easiest way to post an ad, and it's free. You can also use the newspaper, or post a flier in your neighborhood with your phone number. Be sure to specify your hours, pricing, and the services you do NOT offer.

  • Talk with your clients and get to know them before you go on a job in their home. Make sure they are trustworthy, and show them that you are trustworthy as well. Ask them if there is any requests they have, or anything specific they need cleaned. Ask if they have anything they do NOT want you to move or touch, such as the husband's brand new plasma TV. Talk about payment before you start the job, to confirm they know how much you will charge, but let them pay only after you are finished.

  • Do a thorough job! The thing that people MOST like about having someone clean is coming home to sparkling faucets. Make sure you didn't miss anything, and make sure the client is satisfied with your job.

  • Tell your clients you love cleaning and tell them they can give your number to their friends if they need any cleaning done. Get the word out and you should be getting jobs lined up in no time!

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