Starting a maid service business is easier than you think. How do we know? John and Brenda Schwery, owners of MaidEasy Software, both owned and operated a nationally known cleaning service franchise for many years. Along with the owners, our staff has a wealth of knowledge and experience on what it takes to start and grow a cleaning business. Today we are sharing 6 essential steps to take when opening your own cleaning business, and how MaidEasy will help you get started on the right foot!
Create a Business Plan
Step one, to start your cleaning business you need to create a business plan. A business plan will help you understand how you will run your company and how you plan to grow. Your plan should include answering questions in depth such as:
- How many employees will I hire when I start off?
- What cleaning services will I offer?
- How will I get clients?
- Will I have an advertising budget, or will I advertise by word of mouth?
To help you get started, click here to browse a few types of cleaning business plans.
Your business plan will not only help you answer the questions above, but it should also include how you are going to finance your startup. Will you borrow from the bank? Are you going to crowdfund? Having a clear business plan will help you run a profitable, thriving cleaning business.
Licenses & Insurance
When you are running a cleaning service, it’s important to have the correct insurance and licenses. Each state is different. So do your research and see what rules are out there for your state, ensuring you have everything you need.
For the State of Nebraska, we have provided a few resources to help you get started with licensing your cleaning business:
On top of licensing, you will also want to be insured. Since you have employees and will be inside of other people’s homes, it’s important to protect yourself and your staff. Accidents sometimes happen, and it’s best to be prepared. Shop around and find the best insurance that fits your budget and business needs.
Determine Your Rates
To set determine your rates, you will need to do a bit of market research within the location you plan to open your cleaning business. What is your competition charging? When you have discovered those prices, it comes down to setting your prices, which becomes a balancing act. If your prices are too high, there is a potential that you will not get many customers. If your prices are too low, you will not make a profit. To remain competitive, you want to have pricing that is between the aforementioned balancing act, while also being affordable for your potential client base.
Pro Tip: Running a special when you first open and setting your prices lower will allow people to try your cleaning services. Hopefully, they will be happy with your cleaning services and become a regular customer.
Cleaning Service Equipment
Remember when filling out your business plan you decided how many employees you were going to hire? That information is crucial for this step. Once you know the number of employees you are hiring, it’s important to have enough cleaning supplies and equipment for them to successfully do their job well. Without enough equipment, you are unable to do multiple jobs at one time and your employees will not be able to do as good of a job.
This is a good time to shop around for competitive pricing and consider ordering in bulk. The money you save can go into other parts of your business such as marketing or employee payroll.
Get The Best Maid Service Software
This might be the most important step. It is important to make sure you have management software that is customized for your business. MaidEasy is a maid service software specifically designed for the cleaning industry. MaidEasy helps in every aspect of your business, tracking the day-to-day tasks so you can stay focused on running a successful business. Listed here are a few of our favorite features:
- Cleaning Service Payroll Management
- Cleaning Service Scheduling Software
- Email & text customer Reminders
- Manage customer files, scheduling, history, phone logs
- Generate gross profit reports, lead source reports, and MANY more
MaidEasy is offering a FREE Consultation
Finally, if you are thinking of starting your own maid service, MaidEasy wants to give you one FREE hour of consultation. Not only will the MaidEasy cleaning company software be an incredible addition to your business, but we also want to help you succeed in your business. From understanding industry best practices, routing, maid service scheduling, scheduling your clients, documentation, and more. Our staff has a wealth of knowledge and wants to pass on the wisdom to make your business a success!
Contact Us Today!
If you have further questions on starting your own cleaning company or are interested in our one-hour consultation, please contact us today. We’d love to hear from you!