Professional cleaning is one of the most sought after service professions. A good cleaning service has no problem keeping booked and asking premium prices. Even if you don't like to clean yourself, draw up a business plan and hire good employees. Cleaning services clean everything from personal homes to offices and buildings. The trick is to be professional in how you manage the business. Providing contracts that spell out precisely what you will do and making certain that quality standards are met will make a major difference in the quality of customer that you attract. Below are a list of references that will help you set up a service that can be a solid income source in any economy.
Cleaning Services have the NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code of 561720. The NAICS definition of cleaning services is establishments primarily engaged in cleaning building interiors, interiors of transportation equipment (e.g., aircraft, rail cars, ships), and/or windows.
Closely related are:
- Cleaning building exteriors (except sandblasting and window cleaning) or chimneys - classified in Industry 561790, Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings; and
- Sandblasting building exteriors - classified in Industry 238990, All Other Specialty Trade Contractors.
Step-by-step guide from Entrepreneur Magazine that teaches you who your customers and competitors are, the ins and outs of finding clients, what equipment and supplies you need to get started, how to hire and train employees, and where to find startup funds and how to set prices.
Provides practical charts, tables and worksheets that can be used to determine cleaning times, production rates, price per square foot, work loading and other cost accounting endpoints, needed to establish cleaning services pricing or bid estimates. These tools, if used properly and consistently, can greatly enhance the profitability and competitive edge of cleaning services businesses. This guide comes complete with examples, supporting formulas, concise explanations and worksheet forms.
Cleaning Up for a
Everything you need to know to become a successful building service contractor.
Residential Cleaning Services
A resource guide to developing and maintaining a janitorial or home cleaning business.
Cleaning and preparing facilities after the builders leave and before the tenants move in.
The Janitorial Contractors Bible No longer in print, but can sometimes be found used. It is considered to be a very useful book.
Cleaner's Personal Handbook
Cleaning skills and how to organize your crew.
Marketing for Janitorial Service Businesses
Strategies for promoting, estimating, and bidding cleaning services.
Manual covering all aspects of professional cleaning.
Clean an entire house in 42 minutes with the Clean Team's unbeatable system that makes every move count.
Offers techniques used by pros to clean better and more efficiently - how to clean smarter not harder.
Start and Run a
Professional Cleaning Business
Target your market and assess competition; get started and keep organized; polish both your business and cleaning techniques.
Cm Cleaning &
Edited for end-user managers and supervisors directly responsible for building maintenance and housekeeping operations in all types of buildings and institutions.
Cleaning & Maintenance Management contains tips, product and equipment reports, articles on industry trends and business issues, ideas for soliciting new business, training and employee relations advice, a listing of manufacturers, and more.
Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers.
Articles, interviews, business profiles, financing, marketing, advertising and legislative news of note aimed at the small business owner or those planning to start a new or additional business.
Geared toward professionals in the housekeeping field; covers management, floor care, personnel staffing, design and much more.
Systems for reducing clutter, saving time, and reducing stress.
Ideas for small businesses.