Cleaning Business Startup Costs
When it comes to starting your own cleaning business it is important that you are able to come up with a fairly accurate estimate of what you need to get your business set up and running. Once you know what you need to get started it will then be easier to plan a budget and to determine how you will fund your cleaning startup.
It is possible to start a cleaning business with almost no funding at all if you are able to get some accounts through your own connections, get to jobs easily and use the customer’s products and equipment. However if you wish to go straight into a professionally run business within a short period of time then you will be facing costs ranging from a thousand dollars up to tens of thousands of dollars.
Let’s take a look at some of the typical cleaning business startup costs that you will be facing.
Licenses and Fees
Business license fees, permits, and professional advice from accountants and lawyers can set you back anywhere between a few hundred dollars and a thousand dollars if you are starting out with a professional operation right from the start.
Next, you will have costs associated with marketing your cleaning business. You may get a professional looking logo designed and then have business cards and other advertising material printed. There are so many different advertising campaigns that you could choose to run to get your business established. At a minimum you will want to have a Yellow Pages ad as well as a basic website that you can develop over time.
You may also want to enhance your brand by having special uniforms made up for yourself and your employees.
Allowing $1000 to $2000 for business promotion is not unrealistic if you want to get off to a good start.
Administrative costs are another area of concern. To run an efficient operation a full computer set up will be extremely useful as well as an answering machine and other office equipment. A digital camera is also useful for taking photos of client’s properties when necessary. You will also need to have full sets of business forms such as invoices and receipts as well as other essential stationery items.
Depending on what you already have that you are able to put into the business you could spend anything from a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand dollars on business administration expenses. It is likely that you will start out with a home office but if you did move straight into commercial premises you would also have to consider the initial costs associated with rent and utilities.
You will need liability insurance for cases where one of your customers suffers a loss or property damage as a result of your actions. There are many companies offering policies in this area and you can expect to pay upwards of $500 a year for something suitable.
Supplies and Equipment
Lastly you will need cleaning supplies and equipment. You may be able to use some of your clients equipment to save you having to carry around heavy items like vacuum cleaners. However, it is more professional if you can provide your own basic cleaning tools such as buckets, scrub pads, brushes and mops and your own cleaning products. Spending in this area can easily run past $300 if you invest in the full range of products and buy quality items.
If you don’t have your own vehicle then this will be another expense that you will need to consider if you are to be in a position to service customers within a decent range from your home base.
While the costs associated with getting into your own cleaning business are small compared to other business models they are still significant. Costs are often underestimated by entrepreneurs starting out in this industry. Make sure that you make your cleaning startup a success by ensuring that you fully understand the startup costs that are involved so that you can plan and budget accordingly.