Is Owning Your Own Cleaning Company Right For You?
The first secret to everything you do in life is that you must be happy with what you are doing. It only makes sense that if you’re not happy with the task at hand you won’t do a good job. Owning your own business can be difficult at times, you will go through ups and downs, there will be many trials and many errors but from each experience you learn and become stronger. Mistakes are great thing to make, without making mistakes you will never learn. Most people look at owning their own business as the best job in the world that there are certain traits you must have to succeed. These are the traits I have learned that will help you endure and prosper.
Secret #1 You Have To Be Happy At Any Job You Do!
How to Be Happy As A Business Owner:
- Never take on more than you can handle, it’s better to a good job at one thing than a mediocre job at many things.
- Never be afraid to ask for advice from someone that is more knowledgeable than you about what you are trying to do.
- Always have a plan. Plans will always change, embrace change, but only if it has a positive influence on what you are doing.
- Imagine what can be. Be creative, think outside the box, do things other companies don’t do. Be different. Being different will set you apart from your competition and people will recognize this.
- Work hard. Starting your own company is not an easy feat. Be prepared and willing to go the extra mile. With that said, also take time to yourself. You can live to work or work to live.
- Business can be brutal. Decide if you have it within yourself to stand up to let downs and failures. This will happen but just as the sun sets it will always rise the next day.
Other lessons you will learn along the way. If you have the core traits I listed above you will succeed and flourish.
Secret #2 What Type Of Cleaning Business Do I Want To Start? What Are The Ups And The Downs?
Commercial Cleaning vs. Residential Cleaning
The first decision you need to make is what type of cleaning company do you want to start up. To generalize things and make things a little easier I’ll break it down it to just two categories. These two categories include residential cleaning and commercial cleaning. Within these two types of cleaning endeavors there are things that people overlook and things most people don’t think about. You might think that residential cleaning is easier than commercial cleaning or vice-versa. The truth and the secret to this, is you have to find out what is right for you. This takes us back to secret #1, you must be happy at any job you do, to do a good job and be the best.
Things To Know About Residential Cleaning That You Might Not Think Of.
1. Cleaning a smaller space is not always easier. It just becomes more detailed.
2. In most cases people are pickier about the way you clean their home than they do a commercial building.
3. You’ll need more clients, clients are your bosses, so can you handle answering to many bosses?
4. Travel costs money and time and you will have to travel from location to location more frequently.
Things To Know About Commercial Cleaning That You Might Not Think Of.
1. Bigger areas to clean will cost you more and you will need the right cleaning equipment to get the job done.
2. If you don’t have the equipment to do the job it will in the end cost you more in labor. In any business labor will be your biggest expense.
3. The competition is more fierce, more competitive. Time to put your boxing gloves on!
4. Labor is expensive. Be prepared to be a boss.
5. Your expertise level has to rise and you will have to learn more.
Secret #3 Do You Start A Commercial Cleaning Business Or Residential?
To Understand Your Geographic Area And The Income Level Of The Area Will Help Determine The Right Type Of Company To Start Up.
In life I have always believed that you go with the flow. You utilize the assets around you to your potential and benefit. I have always gone with these rules when consulting with someone about what type of cleaning business they should start. To succeed in a residential cleaning or commercial operation these few things will help you decide.
1. Do you live in an affluent area or is there one close by? Business is about money and if home owners don’t have the money to pay for you to clean their home, then residential is a no go.
2. Do you like to travel? In the end you will have to enlist many homeowner accounts and you will be on the go, traveling all day long.
3. Do you have good people skills. You will be dealing with many clients. Clients equate to bosses.
4. Do you have the money to purchase cleaning equipment? If you don’t then commercial cleaning is out because labor costs more than equipment.
5. Would you like a day job or would you prefer to work nights? Residential cleaning mostly occurs during the day when your client is at work. Commercial cleaning mostly happens at night when the workforce of the building goes home.
6. Do you have the ability or the experience to manage employees. In commercial cleaning you can’t do it by yourself.
7. There is always mixing it up. Sometimes you can have the best of both worlds, maybe a small commercial account and residential accounts during the day. The trick to making this work is creating a schedule for yourself keeping in mind to also enjoy life. Your in this to work to live, not live to work.
Secret #4. The Tunnel Maybe Long, But In The End Make An Informed Decision.
How To Make The Informed Decision?
Take what I have told you and then take it one step further. Research your competition, get some experience in both residential and commercial cleaning as a part time job. This will take you along way, you will get to know what is right for you and learn how to do the best job possible. You’ll also get to know the competition!