Cleaning services business ideas

If you don't mind getting your hands dirty and appreciate the sense of a job well done, then a cleaning service might just be your perfect opportunity.

How to Start a Cleaning Service

Editor's note: This article was excerpted from our Cleaning Service start-up guide, available from Entrepreneur Bookstore.

If it can get dirty, chances are someone will be willing to pay you to clean it.

And that's why few industries can claim the variety and depth of opportunities that professional cleaning can.

The cleaning industry has two primary market groups: consumer and commercial. The consumer arena consists primarily of residential maid services, along with carpet cleaners, window cleaners and a variety of other cleaning services required on a less-frequent basis. The commercial arena is dominated by janitorial services, which typically provide a wider range of services than maid services, along with other cleaning companies, such as carpet and window cleaners that target businesses rather than individual consumers. While it's recommended that you decide on a niche and concentrate on building a business that will serve your chosen market, it's entirely realistic to expect to be able to serve multiple markets successfully.

Before you leap into the cleaning business, it's important to look at it with 20/20 vision. Though technology has certainly had an impact on cleaning services, this is not a high-tech business. Nor is there any glitz to it. And there will be times when you'll have as much trouble as Rodney Dangerfield getting respect.

But the upside is that you can build an extremely profitable business that will generate revenue very quickly. Most cleaning service businesses can be operated on either a part-time or full-time basis, either from home or from a commercial location. That flexibility gives this industry a strong appeal to a wide range of people with a variety of goals.

Another positive aspect of the industry is that within each category of cleaning businesses are market niches and operating styles that vary tremendously. Salt Lake City janitorial service owner Michael R. says, "We offer a wide range of services to a very limited clientele. We have refined our customer base to a group that we feel we can best serve in a way that will allow us to maintain those customers permanently."


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2007-11-26 09:49:04 by Entrep_873539

Biz idea: Dry clean pickup & delivery

Business Idea: In my area (subburbs of northern NJ) there isn't many dry clean pick up & delivery services but a lot of people who use local dry cleaning shops. The demographic is mainly commuters and stay-at-home Moms. I am thinking there could be a lot of demand for something like this. Charge $5 for first delivery, second one free (within a week) plus the normal dry clean costs.
I thought if I do proceed with this small business I'd rent/buy a van and make deals with local dry cleaners where I would drop off the clothing too.
Anyone have any

2006-04-04 13:55:22 by -needinputplease-

Looking to start cleaning business

If you were going to hire a cleaning service to clean your house, office or rental, what kinds of services would you want as extras that the service offered?
What would you be willing to pay a service that was willing to meet your needs? Would you be more inclined to pay hourly or a flat rate knowing that this service was hard-working and would do a really great job.
I want this business/service to be aimed more towards using eco-friendly products rather than harsh chemicals that could ultimately harm the workers/customers.
Any input, ideas or advice would be great. Thanks in advance!

2011-04-26 13:20:55 by laindiamaria

Business idea

I'd love to be self-employed. I have a good head for business and the business end is no problem for me. I lack ideas. One thing I've been thinking about it some kind of business to help older folks stay in their homes independently as long as they desire. I could provide services such as errands, cleaning, lawn maintainance, cooking, laundry, whatever. My ultimate goal is to provide companionship for them while at the same time bridging the gap between the older generation and the youner (using my own kids to provide companionship to them and a learning experience for my own kids as well). Pl

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