How do you start a cleaning company?


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To start a cleaning company, apply for the relevant licenses, purchase cleaning supplies and equipment and advertise the business. The cleaning company may be independent or a franchise.

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The two most common licenses for cleaning businesses are DBA and vendor’s licenses. A DBA application form is obtained from the local county administration office or county clerk. Fill out the application, and send it with the required application fee to register the business. Come up with a company name, and submit it with the application.

Next, purchase cleaning agents and supplies, depending on the type of cleaning service. These may include window, floor and mirror cleaners, trash bags, spray bottles, mops, toilet brushes, rags and mops.

Buy cleaning equipment such as vacuum and carpet cleaners. Find out what local businesses charge for cleaning per square foot, and set your prices accordingly. Fair pricing increases the chances of success, especially for a new company.

Consider hiring professional staff depending on the size of the business. Ensure that the staff is well trained and knowledgeable for the specific type of cleaning they are tasked with.

Lastly, market the company and the services it offers. Placing advertisements in local newspapers and magazines and setting up a business websites are good ways of marketing a business. Handout fliers to local businesses and residences, and offer discounts to clients who refer new customers to effectively market the company.

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