Start a Cleaning Business

If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and enjoy being your own boss then there are many types of cleaning services available which include:

  • Home / Domestic Services
  • Contract Cleaning eg. Offices, Pubs, Gyms etc
  • Serviced Apartments / Hotels / Motels etc
  • Window Cleaning
  • External House Cleaning
  • Car and Upholstery Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning

Advantages of Starting A Cleaning Business?   Flexible, Easy to Start, Low initial Investment, Great for Fitness (if you work hard), Be your Own Boss and Opportunity to grow into other Cleaning Areas.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to set up cleaning businesses but professionalism through presentation, service and being trustworthy will definitely be an advantage. The government offers various courses in alternative states such as Qualified Courses, Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Courses.

Domestic Cleaning  is a service offered to clean households. With minimal outlay and start up costs, it’s a great way to create your own job and you can be flexible with your hours you offer to your customers.

Tasks may involve:

    • Vacuuming
    • Dusting
    • General Tidy Up if necessary
    • Cleaning of Kitchen / Sinks / Ovens
    • Cleaning of Toilets / Showers and Bathrooms
    • Wiping Walls
    • Wiping Skirting Boards
    • Mopping
    • & also depending of level of service, window cleaning / carpet cleaning & spring cleaning of cupboards

Additional Business Set-up Expenses:  there are various costs to consider including initial outlay and monthly costs, these include:

  • Initial Set-up
  • Business Registrations
  • Vehicle for Transport
  • Signwriting
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Advertising (online, yellow pages, leaflet drop, Facebook, website)
  • Insurance &/or Personal Income Protection
  • Uniforms
  • Work Cover if Staff Involved
  • Book Keeping / Accounting Program
  • Telephones

If your after a Handy Check-List, Tensens have put this together to make life easy for you! (around $1200 for Quality Brands – Kits available from Tensens)

Here goes:

  1. Bathroom / Washroom / Toilet Cleaner – Top Picks: True Blue “Blue Laser” or Citrus Resources “Lencia
  2. General Purpose Spray & Wipe – Top Picks: True Blue “Useall” or Citrus Resources “Orange Squirt
  3. Floor Cleaner (can also use Floor Cleaner in most cases) – Top Picks: True Blue “Useall” or Citrus Resources “Orange Squirt
  4. Stainless Steel Oil / Aerosol
  5. Window Cleaner Top Picks: True Blue “B & N” or Research Products “Halo Fast Dry
  6. Can also include: Oven Cleaners, Oven Aerosol, Bleach, Degreasers / Heavy Duty Cleaners, Spa Cleaners & More Chemicals but we recommend sticking to the basics and seeing how you go.
If your not confident and would like to buy a Professional Franchise, there are many available including Austclean or others in the Market.  Over the years we have seen many people start cleaning business’s and successfully grow to comfortable levels, which we enjoy seeing and being a part of.
Best of Luck with any new endeavour and keep in touch!  We are happy to assist where we can, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
By Marcia Rodgers

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