At the start of 2019, cleaning has become the newest trend. A lot of people are into it as seen in the popularity of Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo and her hit series ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’. More than a trend, cleaning is a need to maintain our humble abodes. The word ‘maintain’ is an uphill challenge when dealing with fixtures, most especially carpet. But you as an aspiring entrepreneur, despite all the dust you may encounter, have already thought out that all businesses thrive on the concept of need. Cleaning is a need. There are lots of carpets to be cleaned. Ergo, more economic opportunities; hence, convincing you to put up a carpet cleaning service.
You already have the passion to pursue, but what else do you need to vacuum all of your clients’ carpeting cleaning services woes. Here are four (4) steps to start a Carpet Cleaning Service
Step 1- Name your Carpet Cleaning Service
Naming your business can be as difficult as naming your child. The name of your business should reflect company story, business objectives, and comparative advantage that distinguishes your company from others. You have a lot to say in a few words so you really have to come up with a great recall.
Step 2- Get training
Getting a certification from a reliable center amp up your name as people will definitely think you know what you’re doing (or cleaning for this matter). Take advantage of vocational schools that offer a comprehensive training. You may contact someone in your area to ride around with them to get a feel for things, but this will not grant you the credibility that will help you ace over the others.
Step 3- Save money
Every business needs startup capital and local carpet cleaners services are no different. You will need money for equipment, gas, and marketing, at the minimum. Figure out what you need to live on top of that, and try to have ninety (90) days expenses in reserve to give you time to establish regular cash flow. Other supplies that you’ll need are: all-purpose cleaner; cleaning uniform or apron (with multiple pockets); Disinfectants; latex gloves; paper towels; scrubbing brushes; and window cleaner
Also, consider investing in organic products which you can use as a selling point to clients with pets or kids.
Step 4: Set Your Rates
There are two (2) commonly observed rates: Hourly rate; and flat rate. Hourly Rate is by far the most common method of charging customers for your cleaning services. The easiest way to establish it is to call up your competitors and ask them how much they charge. You will most likely get a range of rates as companies rarely charge the same fees. You can use the range to come up with your own.
Flat Rate is the more preferred among customers because they won’t have to worry about extra charges in case the job takes longer than expected. To identify this figure, estimate the number of hours it will take you to clean a particular house.
By now, you should be ready to get your first batch of customers. In a nutshell, embody the name that you gave for your cleaning business, stick to what you have learned in your training, use the right products, and be truthful about your rates. By doing all of these, you will most certainly make your rivals bite the dust.