What Equipment Will You Need?
Prior to getting started, you will also need to obtain some necessary cleaning equipment. At the very minimum, you should have the following items:
- Commercial grade vacuum cleaner with attachments
- Floor buffer
- Wet floor signs
- Dust pan and brush
- Toilet brush
- Paper towels
- Extension cord
- Furniture polish
- Cleaning products
- Garbage bags
- Rubber gloves
In addition, you should also obtain a good cart or other type of similar vehicle to move all of your equipment and supplies around in.
This will make it easier for you to get through the larger office buildings and establishments. Most, if not all, of these items can be purchased at a local janitorial supply store.
Should You Buy a Franchise or Start Your Own Company?
One of the biggest factors you will need to determine when considering how to start a cleaning business is whether to start your business from scratch or to purchase an already established business through a franchise.
Although there are both advantages and drawbacks to going with the franchise model, some of the biggest advantages of doing so can include:
In a way, a franchise is like having an instant business.
This is because much of the initial work has already been done for you.
For example, the franchisor has taken care of putting together the business model so that you can simply follow their steps to getting the business up and running quickly.
In many aspects, running a franchise can be like following pre-written instructions.
Brand / Company Awareness
One of the biggest benefits to buying into a cleaning franchise is the instant brand awareness that your business will have.
This is especially the case with some of the bigger, more well-known companies.
In this case, you will not need to work nearly as hard in selling customers on your brand as you would with a lesser known name or brand new, solely-owned company.
Marketing and Promotion
Going hand-in-hand with brand awareness is marketing and promotion.
This, too, will be much easier if you decide to buy into a big name franchise because in many instances, the company will assist you with marketing.
In addition, some companies even promote via large national advertising campaigns. This can trickle down to bringing customers in the doors of their local locations.