Where there’s muck, there’s brass.
For any up-and-coming entrepreneur looking to make his or her mark in the specialist cleaning realm, this idiom should be nailed to the wall above their desk.
Indeed, with more and more folk unable or unwilling to get their hands dirty, firms with the equipment and expertise to save them the hassle are growing in popularity.
Whether an organisation requires chewing gum scraped from a footpath or void property cleaning, the demand for cleaners with the appropriate skills means this is a viable route for any startup.
It’s not just businesses who require help, though, as many residential customers can also benefit from the services of a cleaning company with the knowhow to mop up an unfathomable mess.
But what do you need to consider before starting your own specialist cleaning company?
Make sure you can stomach it
While you needn’t hold a PhD in Cleanology, it’s important you have a cast iron stomach, as you’ll be faced with some gruesome sights as a specialist cleaner. From mopping up bodily fluids to dealing with bird droppings, this business isn’t for the fainthearted – so make sure you’re prepared.
Determine your target market
Typically, specialist cleaning companies will deal with other businesses, helping them keep their premises up to scratch. However, you may want to follow a different path, which can mean targeting residential customers, ensuring their homes are spick and span, inside and out, all year round.
Find your headquarters
While your customers are unlikely to visit your offices, it’s vital you find a space that’s big enough to contain an office and an area for storing all your cleaning equipment. If you plan on doing your own washing, make sure there’s also space for that, as well as a rest area for you and your employees.
Choose your vehicle
Given that all work will be carried out at a customer’s premises, it’s a no-brainer that you’ll require a vehicle large enough to transport all your specialist equipment. Additionally, ensure you budget for the livery of the van, as this will help advertise your firm when you’re out and about on a job.
Hire members of staff
In the beginning, you’ll likely go it alone – but as your business continues to grow, you’ll need to hire additional staff members to help you keep up with demand. When hiring, it’s crucial to ascertain whether they, too, have the stomach for this often nauseating line of business.
Now it’s over to you …
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