How To Start Your Own Domestic Cleaning Business





Author:Sophie Campbell
Self employment can be very fulfilling and, if done properly, rewarding. When you are considering setting up your own business you will no doubt consider many options. One business to consider is that of a professional domestic cleaning service. Notwithstanding the recession and the general economic climate, the demand for home services, including domestic cleaning, is booming. As the trading position hopefully improves in the future this demand is predicted to increase. Some of the main drivers behind this demand are the number of dual income families and the increase in the elderly population. Both these demographic groups, for different reasons, have neither the time nor the inclination to tackle a mountain of domestic chores, so there has never been a better opportunity to enter this market.

But if you are starting off from nothing, how do you build a sustainable, profitable business? We decided to get some expert advice, so we spoke to Proclean Domestic Cleaning Glasgow, who provide a range of specialist cleaning services, including domestic cleaning and also carpet cleaning in Glasgow our local city. Here is what they had to say:

'The first decision you have to make if you are considering starting up a domestic cleaning business is whether you want to be in the business for the long term. There are an endless number of one-man-bands operating in this market and they are often here today and gone the next. To be profitable, you have to have a good number of customers who will use your services regularly, every week or fortnight, and acquiring them takes time. So if you are simply looking for a quick buck, then domestic cleaning is unlikely to be the business for you.

You then need to decide how you will trade, either as a sole trader, limited company or perhaps as a partnership. Each of these distinct legal entities will have certain tax and other financial implications which are outwith the scope of this discussion. For good sound advice on these issues you should consult an accountant before you commence trading.

To be successful in domestic cleaning you need to develop a trusting relationship between yourself and potential clients. After all they will be allowing you into their home to handle and care for their precious belongings. So you must do everything possible to earn the trust of clients and potential clients. This means, for example, you must invest in proper business insurance from the outset. It can often be tempting to cut out or avoid expense when you are just starting out in business but when it comes to insurance this really is a false economy. Remember you are in business for the long term - if you are looking to attract customers who will pay you the top rate for the job, rather than simply attracting price shoppers with all the attendant problems, then you must come across as a serious operation and to be be regarded as such you must be properly insured.

An equally important consideration is staff. The people you employ in your business will be providing your service first hand to your customers, so you are entirely reliant on them not only to do a good job, but also to make a favourable impression. Interview job applicants carefully - never delegate this task. Make sure you check all references and ensure that before you employ any member of staff you have obtained a clear police check on them. This will only cost a few pounds but will give you and - just as importantly - your clients peace of mind, knowing they do not have someone with a criminal record cleaning their home. It is just another way of demonstrating to potential customers that you are running a serious, reputable business and not some fly-by-night operation.

Once you have your staff in place you must then set about the task of getting (and hopefully retaining) some customers. To do this you must devise a marketing plan. There are any number of ways to acquire new business, from leaflets, press or radio advertising, online forums and a host of others besides. Sit down and work out a marketing plan for the first 10 weeks of your business then follow it to the letter. Do not expect to receive a massive influx of enquiries or business straight away. It will take time for your marketing message to get through but if you persevere you will get the results. Too many people start out full of enthusiasm but when the phone doesn\'t ring after a few weeks they get disheartened and abandon their marketing plan completely. The key with marketing your domestic cleaning business is consistency.

Stay focussed and you could soon be on your way to a rewarding new career.'

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For more information on Domestic Cleaning In Glasgow visit Proclean Domestic Cleaning Glasgow for advice on all your cleaning needs.

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