Oscar Watson 3 months ago
How much should I have to start a cleaning service?
I have over thirteen grand saved, and I’m not sure how to hit-the-ground running? I’m interested in janitorial services, but not sure of the cost and should I hire at-least three employees to start?
Any information or advice is needed and greatly appreciated.
Laura HandrickModerator3 months ago
Congratulations on starting up your business.
Yes, you’ll need to invest some of those funds — time tracking software (for managing workers), billing software that can accept client payments, a business bank account, a service vehicle (or two), and equipment like vacuums. You may want to start with 1-3 employees. You’ll also need business insurance and workers comp. Consider using payroll software like Gusto to ensure you’re compliant with labor laws and taxes. Your biggest initial expense is likely to be advertising — to get your name out there. If you hire workers before you have jobs to do, it will be costly (although, between jobs, you may want them to hang fliers in the business area you’re hoping to do business in). Keep in mind that your best source of clients will be referrals. Always ask your existing clients if they know of anyone they can refer you to. Then, call those people and offer your services. (The sales part of a service business is often the hardest — so if you’re not comfortable making those calls, hiring someone to do that for you.)
Here are other articles (including free software) that can help you get the office-side of your business set up. Best!
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