4 Thoughts on House cleaning, how to get started?
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    Adriana K
    February 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

    well my mom cleaned houses and we she did it for rich people or really busy people , first get the word out and u should charge 70 a day but it really depends how big the house is and wat u do>>

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    Jim Z
    February 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

    It depends where you live. We have had house cleaners for years. It is hard to keep a good house cleaner. They charge by the half day, or full day. Every week, or every other week. Generally we have paid $ 50-$ 60 for four hours work or 80-$ 100 for 8 hours. Discuss with the client exactly what they want done. Everyone is different. We have picked our house keepers up in local papers, also as flyers in golf course bulletin boards, yacht club bulletin boards. You will probably need references.

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    Gomez Adams Obama
    February 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Call around to local cleaning services and find out how much they charge.

    Put an add in the newspaper and on local community bulletin boards, such as in a hospital or a food store – or even condo clubhouses & senior centers.

    Charge slightly less than the services and do a better job.

    Word of mouth should get you jobs in the future if you’re honest & reliable, you do a good job, and your prices are fair.

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    kate carpenter
    February 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

    So far, you’ve gotten some good answers! If you’re going to do residential, in this economy, do target either wealthier areas or new developments-or both! People still need house cleaning, but are always looking for a less expensive, better cleaning opportunity. You may want to investigate office cleaning as it may be more stable.

    A cleaning business-whether residential or office-is a terrific way to have a stable income. And you’re smart to investigate before you try and get clients!

    Here’s some beginning steps:
    1. Check with your city or county clerk’s office to see if you need a business license or fictitious name license. These are inexpensive ($ 25-$ 50) and usually last 3 or more years. You don’t really need this in the beginning (unless there is some type of mandatory ordinance or something). You’ll need, though, if you wish to open a business bank account;
    2. Then, call around to insurance companies and compare prices for liability insurance (sometimes called bond). This protects you if something breaks or gets damaged while you’re on the job. And, yes, sometimes you didn’t do it, but with this you can keep a client! AND, when you can say to potential clients, “I have liability insurance” it not only makes you professional, but adds confidence. You don’t need much for now, but it will help you get accounts. HINT: if you’re going to do office cleaning, ask them who they use or if you could do a bid, or ask about their house cleaning;
    3. Call existing cleaning companies, pretend to be a potential customer, to find out the going rates and services provided;
    4. NOW, make a nice flier and/or introductory letter about your service and start knocking’ on doors, so to speak! Dress nice, maybe have a t-shirt made up with your company name and/or logo at Cafepress.com, too. Think about magnetic signs and/or a vinyl wrap for your vehicle. Think about parking your vehicle in areas where you wish to find business and in high traffic locations-street intersections, parking lots, etc;
    5. And spend less than $ 39 on a business cleaning kit (less than that for a residential cleaning kit!) that will give you the basic contracts, forms for estimates, pricing charts and book-keeping, intro letters, supply list and resources, customer leads and other valuable tips. It will save you time and money in the long run!

    There are all sorts of resources below to get you started on the right track and quickly….

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