How about running your own cleaning business?

There’s absolutely no reason why someone shouldn’t feel passionate about, say, cleaning carpets. They come in many different shapes and sizes, most of them are nice to look at, and you’ll meet a lot of people running a cleaning service.

So, it’s not just about the cleaning itself. More often, it’s about what’s being cleaned. Luckily, there’s virtually an infinite number of niches that you can specialize in. Here are some examples.

1. House Cleaning

This niche is for those who want to play it safe. Everyone you know needs their home cleaned at some point. So, unless they do it on their own, they are a potential client.

Depending on the size of the house and if there are some special circumstances (hard to access areas, for example), cleaning a house can earn you anywhere from $25 to $300.

2. Office Cleaning

Every modern company is serious about workplace hygiene. Having a cleaning contract with a company means steady work for you. And for them, it means a happier and healthier work environment.

The cost of small office cleaning is usually between $25 to $65 per visit. Larger office areas are often charged per area unit. So, if you charge $0.50 per square foot for waxing floors in a 2000 square feet office – that’s $1000 in your pocket.

3. Roof Cleaning

Roof Cleaning
Roof Cleaning

Dirty roofs can be easily overlooked. Roofs are almost never within our field of view, so we’re often unaware of all the things that collect on them. Dirt and debris are rarely the problem. Most of it is washed off by rainfall.

Algae and moss, on the other hand, are an issue. They can damage the roof through shingle deterioration and wood rot. So, cleaning a roof is essential for its longevity, and it’s best when a professional performs it.

Roof cleaning costs from $150 for low-end service to $850 for high-end service.

4. Boat cleaning

To boat owners, their vessels are their pride and joy. However, keeping a boat clean is often not only hard work, but requires special tools and cleaning products too.

If you have the persistence needed for this task, cleaning a 30-foot boat can gain you anywhere from $200 to $1200, depending on the services requested.

5. Furniture cleaning and rejuvenation

Furniture Cleaning
Furniture Cleaning

You’ll often hear how in the olden days the furniture was made to higher standards. There’s truth to it, and a lot of people actually want to keep using their parents’ (or even grandparents’) furniture. Naturally, wood and upholstery require maintenance in order to last longer.

New furniture also needs thorough cleaning from time to time. People who keep pets indoors will probably be a large part of your clientele in this niche.

The price of furniture cleaning depends heavily on the piece that you’re working on. For example, cleaning an armchair costs $40 on average. Meanwhile, cleaning a large L-shaped sectional can make your wallet up to $200 heavier.

6. Swimming pool cleaning

Maintaining swimming pools is also something that people prefer leaving to the professionals. Keep in mind that, if you opt to specialize in this branch, the number of requests you receive will vary throughout the year. Obviously, your phone will ring much more often during swimming season.

Swimming pool services usually cost $75 to $150 per month (4 cleanings per month). But, one-time cleaning of an extremely dirty pool costs $500 or more.

7. Chimney sweeping

In some areas, wooden stoves and fireplaces are still widely used. Of course, in this era of office jobs and computer-run business, chimney sweeping is still considered a dirty job. However, we’ve long advanced from times when every chimney sweep looked like the one in Mary Poppins. So, don’t be put off. Your face won’t be full of ashes all the time.

On average, chimney sweeping service costs around $200. Also, fireplace maintenance is usually charged between $80 and $100 per cleaning.

8. Carpet cleaning

Carpet Cleaning
Carpet Cleaning

Other than regular vacuuming, carpets occasionally need deep cleaning as well. The process is essential for killing germs and bacteria. Also, it refreshes the fabric and brings back the colors.

Carpet cleaning services are often charged per room, ranging from $25 to $75. So, a larger project which includes a whole house can cost more than $500.

There is more to choose from

Like we said, there are so many cleaning business niches that we could never fit them all in one article. So, here’s a short list of more options that you may find interesting:

  • Disaster cleaning and restoration
  • Window cleaning
  • Blind cleaning
  • Graffiti removal
  • Masonry cleaning
  • Sonic cleaning
  • BBQ cleaning
  • Air duct and vent cleaning
  • Restaurant cleaning
  • Crime scene cleaning
  • Computer cleaning
  • Golf course cleaning

Dirty hands – clean money

Running a cleaning business has a lot of potential for success. That’s because even though pretty much anyone can do it, not a lot of people want to. However, each industry has its own charm. So why not roll up your sleeves and give it a try?

At first, you’ll need to invest in buying tools and appliances you may need for the job. Then, you’ll need to periodically buy the products you’ll be using (detergents for example).

Once you’ve obtained regular clients and people start recognizing your company, you’ll easily earn a few hundred dollars per month. And soon enough, especially if you assemble a crew of people to work with, you’ll probably be looking at a few thousands.

For example, let’s say that, as a beginner, you can manage cleaning 10 pools per day. So, that’s 10 clients for each weekday. The total number of clients you can fit in a week is then 50. Assuming that you clean each client’s pool weekly, your monthly schedule is full. Even if you charge them each as low as $50 for the whole month, you still get $2500 for that month.

Now, theory and simple math is one thing. In reality, some businesses require bigger initial investments than others. And in some niches, clients are not as easy to obtain. The key then is to evaluate your possibilities and have a clear idea about what you expect from them. Earning $10000 a month is not enough if you need $8000 for cleaning tools and products.

As in any industry, you’ll have to gradually make your way up while keeping your company profitable at all times.

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