5 Things Your Cleaning Business Website Needs

When you want to purchase a new gadget, where do you go to start your search? I bet you go to the internet, am I right?

Your first search may be, what is the best ….. ? Or maybe you search how much does ….. cost? Then once you get a little more information you may search the terms, where to buy ….. ?

Guess what, this process is no different to how potential clients are searching for someone to clean their houses. If you do not have a website or not marketing online for your cleaning business, you are leaving high quality leads on the table.

Please note, this article may include affiliate links. You can read the full disclosure at the bottom of the page.

Benefits for having a website for your cleaning business

Website’s provide High Quality Leads who are looking to buy

Online shoppers are high quality leads. If they are searching the terms Cleaning Services near me then that means they are in the market to purchase house cleaning services.

These leads will be way easier to convert to sales than if you tried to sell to 25 people who were not in the market to buy cleaning services.

I did some key word research and found that 15,000 people search the words Cleaning Services near me a month. That does not include searches for Cleaning services <town name>

Keywords for cleaning service websites

 

Book clients when you’re sleeping or cleaning houses

If built right, your website will sell your cleaning services without you being present. Build a clean, organized site with calls to action and you will be able to get leads calling you.

You’ll be able to sell your cleaning services when you are taking care of other tasks in your business. If your still cleaning houses, you don’t have time to make cold calls or network. You’re website will help you put your business in front of ready to buy clients.

 

Book more clients while you are cleaning houses

Having a website is a great tool for you to drive potential clients to learn more about your services. Your website works to book more clients while you are working on other aspects of your business.

Use it as a tool to send potential leads to learn more about your business. If your shopping in the grocery store and start a conversation with someone who maybe interested in your services. Tell them to visit your website for more information.

Your website will be a one stop shop where you can send potential clients to see what you offer, what kind of clean they can expect each visit, learn about you and your team, what pricing to expect, and even book an appointment if.

 

5 Pages for your Maid Service website

 

What to Include on you Cleaning Business Website

When first starting out, you may not have a large budget for custom webpages.  Your long-term goal should be to incorporate online booking, your short-term goal is to create a page where local customers can find your business, get to know you and the services you offer.

 

Call to Actions

Most importantly your cleaning business website needs a call to action.  Add your phone number in bold lettering and bright colors. Add a Request a quote form button.

You can add a free webform using google forms for your request form.

About You/Your Company

This is where you can create a connection with your potential clients. Be real and tell your story.  What are you passionate about? What will your customer get if they choose you?

Think about when you shop for services online. Do you visit the About Me page to get to know the people behind the business? You’re looking for some sort of connection.

Include a photo of yourself. If you have employees, add them here as well. It provides an opportunity for potential clients to make a connection with you as a person and not just a webpage.

 

Listing of Services

This area of your webpage is really important.  This is where potential customers learn about the services you offer and if your business is what they need.  Include a copy of your cleaning check list.

Don’t have a cleaning checklist?  Stop here and create one NOW (this is so important to keep consistency and maintain efficiency).

Ok, now that you have a complete cleaning checklist, post it to your website. Use bullet points for easy to read. Stay away from long paragraphs when listing your services. Users are more interested in what will be cleaned for each service

Add cleaning checklists for each of the cleaning services you may offer.
  • Maintenance cleaning services (where you visit the home weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly on a recurring schedule).
  • Deep cleanings
  • Move out
Here are some samples of cleaning services checklist on other Websites.

 

 

 

Pricing

There is some debate of whether or not you should include your prices. My recommendation is to include a range of prices. Your house cleaning prices will be different depending on the size of the home, how frequent you clean and whether or not you are doing a deep clean or just a maintenance clean.

When I had my cleaning business I provided a range here for the different services we offered. Here is a sample of what I included.

  • Maintenance Cleaning services
    • Weekly Cleanings – Starting at $75
    • Bi-weekly Cleanings – Starting at $85
    • Monthly Cleanings – Starting at $105
  • Deep Cleanings – Starting at $150
  • Move out cleaning services – Starting at $200

Each of the services listed should have a link to a page that tells them what is included. You want to make your website as user friendly and easy to find information.

 

Contact Page

On your Contact page, include a few options on how to get in contact with you.

At minimum include a phone number and your Email address. You can even create an easy webform for someone to fill out with their information to request more information.

If you have Instagram, Facebook or some other social media account you can include it here as well.

The easier you make it for a potential client to get a hold of you the more likely they will book with you and not some other business.

 I love this contact page. It has 4 options for people to get ahold of them and includes links to their social media platform, which is great for engagement.

Request a Quote or Book Now page.

If you’re not ready to add a book now button on your website that is ok. The programs that run booking applications on webpages cost money and have to be maintained. When you are new and starting out it is ok if you do not add one.

Instead you can create a Request a Quote or Booking page using a webform. Some website templates will offer an easy webform that you can create write on your website.

I like to use Google Forms (it’s Free). They are easy to create write in your google account and link onto your website. You can set up notifications so that you get emailed when someone submits a response.

It is easy to build a web form on your website that will collect pertinent information from a potential client so that you can contact them to either provide a quote or call them back.

Here are some sample webforms.

 

What to do with your website once it is published:

Once you have your website up and functioning it is important that you add it to ALL of your marketing materials as well.

Here is a checklist of where to add your cleaning business website:

  • Email Signature Line
  • Facebook Profile
  • Instagram Profile
  • All Brochures
  • All Customer Information Sheets
  • On your vehicle, if you advertise on it
  • On your Business Card
  • Your Google Listing (Click here for a step-by-step guide to list your business on Google)
  • All Review sites such as Yelp.com you may be advertising in
  • Anywhere else you may have your business name printed.

 

5 Things your cleaning business website needs

Deep Clean a Kitchen | 20 Minutes or Less

Deep Clean a Kitchen | 20 Minutes or Less

Professionally Deep Clean a Kitchen, 20 minutes or less.

When cleaning a kitchen, it is easy to spend lots of time scrubbing surfaces. It is important to not clean surfaces more than once.

There really is no reason to spend more than 20 minutes cleaning your kitchen from top to bottom.

In this article I am going to teach you how to clean a kitchen thoroughly and fast.

Please note, this article may include affiliate links. You can read the full disclosure at the bottom of the page.

 

 

Supplies needed to deep clean a kitchen

  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Microfiber Clothes
  • Razor Blade
  • Small Detail Brush
  • Stainless Steel Scrubber (if you have gas stove grills)
  • Bar Keepers friend
  • Stainless Steel cleaner (if you have a stainless-steel refrigerator)
  • Wiemam glass cook top cleaner and brush (if you have a glass stove top)
  • Long Duster

 

Click here to get my list of all my House Cleaning Supplies that I use in my Cleaning Business

 

Tips and Tricks for Deep Cleaning a Kitchen Fast

#1. Clean Top to Bottom

The most important trick with cleaning a kitchen is you want to start at the top of the surfaces and make your way down. If you clean counter tops before wiping the cabinets, you will have to wipe the counter down a second time to clean up the dust from above.

#2. Clean Left to Right

The second trick is to start on one end of the kitchen and make your way around cleaning everything in your tracks.

Do not go back to an area after you have cleaned it because you forgot to wipe an appliance down. This wastes time and you will mess up what you have already cleaned. Make sure you clean every surface the first time.

#3. Wear a Cleaning Apron

Third trick to deep clean a kitchen fast is to wear an apron and carry all of your cleaning supplies needed plus lots of extra microfiber clothes. This way you don’t have to go back to your cleaning caddy to get a tool or cleaner.

 

 

Start at the top with long dusting

Start with dusting the high and low areas of the kitchen. Dust the tops of cabinets, bottom of cabinets, window treatments, and light fixtures and any ceiling fans.

It is best to use a removable microfiber dusting wand. The microfiber will attract the dust while you are cleaning so that it does not fly everywhere.

You will be able to wash the removable microfiber after each house you clean to avoid contamination from one client to another.

Dust hard to reach areas with a long dusting wand.

 

Wet Cleaning all surfaces

Starting from the kitchen sink make your way around the kitchen cleaning with a warm damp microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner. Don’t clean the sink yet, this will be done right before you clean the floors.

As  you walk around the kitchen, first spot clean above cabinets if there are any spots. Use the all-purpose cleaner if needed to remove spots.

Spray the counter. Wipe down the tops and fronts of small appliances.

Wipe the counter down and brushing any crumbs or debris to the floor to vacuum up later. Do not try and catch the crumbs. This will cost you lots of extra time.

You will be vacuuming the kitchen floor and will pick up the crumbs super-fast.

Lift any small appliances or items that may be sitting on top of counters with one hand as you wipe under it with another.

For a streak free finish on the counter tops, follow up with a dry microfiber cloth. I always keep lots of extra clean and dry microfiber clothes in my cleaning apron so that I can dry surfaces after I clean them.

My clients love this. They get a streak free and non-sticky finish on their appliances and countertops. If you are cleaning granite counter tops, they have a tendency to show water marks after cleaning. Wiping with a dry microfiber towel will eliminate the water marks.

Finish an area with spot cleaning any smudges on the bottom cabinet doors.

 

Clean the Stove and range hood

Spray the stove top underneath the range hood. If there is a microwave above the stove spray the inside and outside.

Wipe the outside of the microwave and then underneath. Wipe out the inside of the microwave from top to bottom. Sweep any debris out of the microwave on to the stove or floor.

If needed get a new towel. If your towel has grease and debris don’t continue using it. You will spread the grease to other surfaces making it more difficult to clean.

Wipe the back of the wall behind the stove. If the control nozzles are on top of the stove, wipe them down now.

Clean the top of the stove, wiping any debris to the floor. Then make your way down the front of the oven door wiping it down.

For stainless-steel or glass tops, uses a dry microfiber to towel to dry water residue to prevent streaking and leave a shinny finish.

Grab a new clean towel to continue cleaning counter tops after cleaning a stove top or microwave. The grease can leave streaks and residue on the counter tops making it more difficult to clean.

 

Clean the kitchen sink

After you have made your way around the entire kitchen, you can now wash the sink.

Spray down the sink with the All Purpose Cleaner. If you have a porcelain sink, I recommend using bar Keepers friend to clean it.

Let the cleaner sit on the sink while you pack up your cleaning caddy and apron. Now is a good time to take out any trash as well.

Using a small detail brush, brush around the base of the facet, the sink drain and any crevice’s that are hard to reach with a cloth. Place brush back in your apron, and grab microfiber cloth.

Starting with the faucet, wiped down into the sink and around the edges. Once all spots are cleaned up rinse down the sink and your microfiber towel.

Don’t worry about getting your towel too clean. You are now done with it and can discard it for washing.

 

Clean the Floors

At this point all the surfaces in the kitchen should be cleaned. You are now ready to vacuum and mop the floors. If you are going to be using a steam mop, now is the time to plug it in to warm up.

Vacuum

The kitchen generally will have hard floors (tile, linoleum, laminate or wood). Use a vacuum cleaner that works well at vacuuming hard surfaces. Preferably one with out a beater brush.

Starting in the back of the kitchen, vacuum the floors. Use the hose to reach into any corners that the vacuum can not reach. Vacuum your way out of the kitchen.

Use the whisk broom to get debris from under the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.

Mop

Depending on the types of flooring you will choose which mop will work best.

 

Begin mopping in the back of the kitchen and make your way out of the room.

If there is any food stuck to the the floor that does not come up easily with the mop use the scrapper or razor blade to quickly pick it up.

Do not spend a lot of time mopping over stuck on food. This takes to much time when you can quickly remove it with a razor blade.

 

Kitchen Cleaning FAQ’s

 

How to clean a white kitchen sink?

Bar Keepers’ Friend will be your best bet in cleaning a white porcelain sink. To clean a sink with bar keepers’ friend, first wet the sink, then sprinkle the cleaner all over the surface. Let set for a few minutes while you clean the counter tops.

Clean white porcelain sinks with Bar Keepers Friend for a deep kitchen clean
Use a microfiber cloth and clean in a circular motion all around the bottom of the sink and then up the sides of the sink. All scuff marks and stains will lift with the cleaner. Finally rinse down the sink to be sure to remove all the cleaner. Bar keepers’ friend can leave behind a grainy finish if you do not rinse well enough.

How to clean white Formica counter tops?

A Mr clean magic eraser kitchen scrubber will work great at cleaning marks and stains off of Formica counter tops. You can either wet the scrubber or use it dry. Once complete cleaning with the mr clean magic eraser then clean your counter tops as usual using an all-purpose cleaner.

How to clean white Formica counter tops and remove all stains with mr clean magic eraser. Deep clean a kitchen in less time.

How do I clean foam kitchen mats?

Your clients may have foam kitchen mats. The best way to clean foam kitchen mats is with warm water and mild soap. This process can be time consuming when cleaning each service. For your routine cleaning clients offer this service as an up charge or add it as a rotating task. In between deep cleans you can wipe the foam mat with a warm damp microfiber cloth when mopping floors.

Do not use a harsh cleaner on foam mats. This can break down the foam and ruin your clients’ mats. I also do not recommend steam cleaning them if you steam clean floors. The high heat can also degrade the material of the mat causing it to break down.

 

How do I clean a kitchen aid self-cleaning oven?

The easiest way to clean a self-cleaning oven is to set the cleaning cycle when you first arrive to a home to clean. Let the clean cycle run its course. Just before you are finished cleaning the home, you can wipe out and debris at the bottom. If there are still spots on the glass window, spray the window down with a degreaser. Let it sit for a few minutes. Take a razor blade and scrape off the residue.

 

How do I clean white glass top stoves?

Glass stove tops are notorious for leaving marks after cooking. If we want our glass stove top looking new, we have to clean it after each time we cook.

The best cleaner to clean a white glass top stove is Weiman’s glass cook top cleaner combined with the scrubbing pad.

Deep clean kitchen. How to clean white glass top stove with glass top cleaner and scrubber.
When cleaning, you don’t have to clean the whole stove top. Just use a little bit of the cleaner where there are scuff marks on the glass top. Wipe up the cleaner with a clean dry microfiber cloth and buff out any streaks.

This method leaves your glass stove top shinny and clean.

 

How to clean grease off kitchen walls?

The kitchen is notorious for grease stains on all the surfaces. The walls are not immune to getting grease splatters. To clean grease off of walls it is best to use a degreaser. This will help to cut through the grease and remove it off of the walls. Do not try and use a mr clean magic eraser for this job. The magic erasers are great at removing stains, but not great at removing grease.

Spray the wall with the degreaser then wipe it up with a warm damp microfiber cloth. Make sure to wipe up all of the degreaser. You may have to rinse out your towel or follow up with a clean damp towel to remove excess cleaner.

Once the grease is removed. Use a clean, dry microfiber to wipe down and dry the wall.

 

How to clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets?

Sticky wood cabinets tend to happen in high humidity or areas where you may cook. The sticky residue usually is from wet and grease that have settled on the surfaces from cooking. To clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets, you will want to use a degreaser. A degreaser will cut through the sticky residue on the cabinets.

If you use a wood cleaner to clean your cabinets, this will not get the sticky finish off. To clean spray a warm damp microfiber cloth with the degreaser cleaner. Then wipe down the fronts of the cabinets.

Do not spray the cleaner directly on the cabinets. This can leave behind spray marks on the finish of the wood cabinets.

Make sure to rinse the wood cabinets with a clean damp warm microfiber cloth to remove all the excess cleaner. To finish, buff out the cabinets with a dry microfiber cloth to remove all water residue.

 

How much to charge for extra cleaning tasks in the kitchen:

Upselling extra cleaning tasks is a great way to add more revenue without having to get new clients. Cleaning out a fridge or oven takes extra time, so make sure to charge your client when they request these services. It is your time

How much to charge for fridge cleaning services?

The going rate for cleaning out a refrigerator is between $25 – $45. The more food and dirty he fridge is the more you will want to charge as it will take you longer to clean.

If you are doing a move out clean or a rental cleaning service, refrigerator cleans are usually included in the cost to clean the home. And generally you would not charge extra for these types of services.

How much to charge for oven cleaning services?

Oven cleaning can take up to 2 hours depending on the size and type of oven a client has. Another factor to determine how much to charge will be how messy and when the last time the oven was cleaned. If you clean your clients ovens on a regular basis you will not need to charge as much. But if the oven looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in 5 years, it will take you longer to clean. You can charge an extra $35 – $100 dollars to clean an oven for your clients.

 

Learn how to Deep Clean a Kitchen fast.

 

Where to find House Cleaning Jobs near you

Where to find House Cleaning Jobs near you

Where to look for house cleaning jobs

If you love to clean, and you have a strong attention to detail, then you may have what it takes to be a housekeeper. You can make anywhere from $12 – $50 an hour depending on who you work for. This post will take you through how to find house cleaning jobs.

Please note, this article may include affiliate links. You can read the full disclosure at the bottom of the page.

 

House keeper jobs

 

Visit websites of local cleaning businesses in your area

Do a google search for house cleaning services in your area. Find a cleaning business you want to work for and go to their website. The large cleaning businesses such as Molly Maid, The Maids, The Cleaning Authority have employment applications directly on their website that you can apply to.

Working for these types of companies you can expect to make about $450 – $500, these include entry level jobs. Some companies will pay you by the hour, while others will pay you a percentage of the cleaning fee.

 

Search openings for large cleaning companies.

Search on Indeed.com for house cleaning jobs

Indeed is a general job posting website and is one of the most popular sites to post and find jobs. Type in the words house cleaning jobs in the search bar at the top of the site and it will provide you with a list of cleaning jobs near you. Just doing a search for house cleaning jobs near me, I was able to find 107 similar jobs within a 25 mile radius.

 

Search for local cleaning jobs on indeed.com

 

When you find a job that best meets your availability and skill set you can apply to it directly on Indeed’s website. It is easier to create a profile directly on Indeed. This way you can quickly apply for multiple cleaning jobs without having to type in your information multiple times.

Search HouseKeeper.com for house cleaning jobs

HouseKeeper.com is a job posting site for House keeping jobs. The majority of the job postings are by homeowners looking to find a house keeper for their home. You can expect to find daily or weekly housekeeping jobs, rental cleaning jobs or even caretaker cleaning services.

Most of the jobs pay by the hour anywhere from $15 – $40 an hour, with most being on the lower end of that. The number of hours you work a week will depend on the needs of the job and how many jobs you get hired for. Most of these jobs are looking for housekeeping tasks that include general cleaning, dishes, laundry, changing of linens, organization, and keeping the house tidy.

 

house cleaning jobs on housekeeper.com

 

With these housekeeping jobs you will most likely not receive training and many jobs require that you have experience. Have a few references of other houses you have cleaned ready to provide to the homeowners when applying for a job.

Benefits to working with a large company

Low Risk

When you work for another company, they are responsible for having the insurance. They carry the risk of the cleaning that you perform. For example, if the company, has you clean with a certain cleaner, and it ruins a clients floors or surface. The company is on the hook for replacing or repairing the damage, not you.

One thing to note here is to make sure you check with the company’s policies on damage and breakage. Some cleaning companies will require their employees to reimburse for breakage or damage. They may do this in reducing your pay or putting you on probation.

 

You will receive training

When you are hired on with a cleaning company, they will offer you training on how to clean houses using their systems. This is great training to learn how to clean quickly and efficiently. You will learn how to use different types of cleaning equipment and different types of cleaning products. The more houses you clean, the more you will become familiar with how different cleaning products and which products work best.

After working for a cleaning company for a while you will develop the skills to branch off on your own and start your own cleaning business. You will get lots of practice cleaning and learn what customers like and don’t like.

Though before you break out on your own, check with your companies’ policies. You may have had to sign a no compete contract meaning you agree not to start a cleaning business for a certain amount of time after leaving the company.

 

 

 

What to look for when searching for House cleaning jobs

Does the company provide workers comp insurance?

Cleaning houses does pose some safety risks such as chemical burns/irritations, slipping and falling on wet floor. You may have to step on a ladder to reach high areas and could risk falling. It is important to ask your employer if they have workers comp insurance. Insurance will protect you if you get hurt on the job. If you get hurt and the company does not have the proper insurance, you will have to pay for all medical fees and you will not get paid for your time not worked.

 

Does the company offer training?

Everyone cleans their own houses. But cleaning another person’s home takes some trained skills. Reputable cleaning services provide thorough training to their cleaning technicians. In your interview ask what their training looks like. You should expect to have a few days of working with a lead or trainer.

 

Does the company provide uniforms, or do you have to purchase your own?

Most reputable house cleaning services provide uniforms to their house cleaners. You should expect to be provided with a t-shirt and cleaning apron. I would shy away from a company that expects its house cleaners to purchase their own uniforms. There is no need for you to buy your own.

 

Do they reimburse mileage?

Driving from house-to-house costs money. If you are driving your own car you will be putting wear and tear on your vehicle and paying for the gas. Make sure the company reimburses your mileage if your expected to drive your own car. The company should reimburse you a certain amount per mile that you drive.

 

Do they pay by the hour or by the job?

Before starting any job it is important to know how you will be getting paid. House cleaning services either pay their employees either by the hour or by a percentage of a job. If you are paid by a percentage of the job, the more houses you can clean, the more money you will make.

 

 

 

Start your own house cleaning business.

This is my favorite house cleaning job. By starting your own business, you control your own schedule, how you clean, and you get all the profits. It does take more effort starting your own house cleaning business or maid service, but the rewards are totally worth it.

You can expect to make $25 – $50/ an hour cleaning houses if you own your own business. That is a lot more than if you were working for another cleaning business. If you cleaned 2 houses a day by yourself at 3 hours each, you could make $150 – $300/ per day!

The great thing about starting a cleaning business is, it does not take a lot of money to do so. As long as you have some cleaning supplies and a car you can get started. Once you start getting more clients, you can then start spending some money on advertising, promotions and some fancier tools.

If you want to learn more about how you can start your own house cleaning business visit my guide here. I go over all the steps it takes to start your own business.

 

 

The easiest way to find cleaning jobs when you own your own business is to create a website and claim your cleaning business on Google. Many homeowners look for cleaning services online, it is the new yellow pages. By claiming your business on Google you will show up for local search results for cleaning businesses in your area.

Other ways to find house cleaning jobs is to let your family and friends know you are looking for cleaning jobs. If they are not in need of house cleaning, maybe they know some one who is.

 

If you scrolled to the bottom, here is a quick list of how to find house cleaning jobs:
  1. Visit local cleaning business website for job postings
  2. Browse job postings on housekeeper.com
  3. Search house cleaning jobs on Indeed.com
  4. Start your own cleaning business

 

How to find house cleaning jobs

 

Start a Cleaning Business in Florida

Start a Cleaning Business in Florida

Start a cleaning business in Florida. Florida is a great place to start a cleaning business. With the growing population and high tourism rates there are plenty of cleaning jobs out there for you.

House cleaners can make anywhere from $25 – $75 an hour cleaning houses in Florida.

The majority of cleaning companies are made up of small businesses. There can be little start up cost involved and as you grow your cleaning business, you can add on the fancy tools.

 

How to start a Cleaning Business in FL

This guide includes resources for starting a cleaning business in Florida. Visit the states Division of Corporations to learn more about running a business in Florida.

Types of Cleaning Businesses to start in Florida

Decide what type of cleaning service you will offer

There are many different types of cleaning business you can start in Florida.

  • Recurring House Cleaning
  • Rental Cleaning
  • Hotel Cleaning
  • Foreclosure cleaning
  • Office cleaning
  • Move out cleaning service
  • Restaurant Cleaning

 

Choose a name for your cleaning business

When choosing a name, you will want to consider SEO (search engine optimization, how new clients will find you on the internet) and the name should represent what your business does. This way when some one hears your business’s name, they know your are in the business of cleaning houses.

To brainstorm a name for your cleaning business, start with the words Maid, Cleaning and Service. Put these words at the top of a sheet of paper.

Then start writing as many adjectives and adverbs that match your company. This will help you to create a list of possible business names for you to choose from.

Once you choose a name you will need to verify, no other businesses are registered with the same name in Florida. You can do a Business Name search here to verify your business name is available in Florida.

 

Choose a Business Structure for your Cleaning Business

Before registering your new cleaning business, you will need to know the legal structure for your business.

This structure will determine how your cleaning business will file its tax returns and how you as the owner will be taxed on your earnings as well.

It’s extremely important that you become familiar with and understand the different structures and how taxes are paid and filed with each. When choosing your business structure, consult with your tax professional. They can also help you file all the necessary paperwork.

The different structures include sole-proprietor, partnership, corporation, s-corporation or limited liability corporation. You can learn more about each business structure here.

 

Apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number)

Getting an EIN for your cleaning business is a must if you will be hiring employees.

If you will be operating as a sole-proprietor and not hiring employees, you may be able to use your personal social security number when filing taxes and such for your business. But it is always best to talk to your tax professional to see which you will need.

To apply for an EIN you will file a SS-4 with the IRS. It is free and you can do so on the IRS website. If you file online you will get your number right away.

You can also apply by snail mail, but it will take much longer to get your number. Read more about your filing options on the IRS website.

Start a Cleaning Business in Florida

File your business with the state of Florida

The state of Florida requires that all businesses register on SunBiz.org.

If you are forming a Corporation you will file an Articles of Incorporation with the state. The fee to file is $70.00. For instructions on filing an Articles of Incorporation visit Florida’s Sunbiz.org webpage for required filings for Corporations.

To file a Limited Liability Company in Florida you will file an Articles of Organization. The fee to file an Articles of Organization in Florida is $125. For instructions on filing an Articles of Organization visit Florida’s Suniz.org webpage for starting a Limited Liability Company.

If you are not ready to file as a Corporation or an LLC, you are able to operate as a sole-proprietor. To file your cleaning business in Florida as a sole-proprietor you only need to file a fictitious name through Sunbiz.org. The Fee to file a fictitious name in Florida is only $50.00. For more instructions on filing a fictitious name in Florida visit the sunbiz.org’s webpage for filing a fictitious name.

Business licensing needs in Florida

At the time this article was written, there is no business licensing needed for general house cleaning businesses in Florida.

I recommend checking with the states licensing need when registering a new business.

Click here to check to see if your business needs a business license in Florida.

 

Get Business Insurance

Insurance protects you and your business’s assets, or money in the event of a accident or other unplanned event.

Types of insurance your cleaning business may need include liability insurance, bonding insurance and commercial car insurance.

The easiest way to shop for business insurance is to start with an insurance broker and they will do the shopping around for you to find the best deal.

This article goes more in depth on what types of insurance are best for cleaning businesses along with some FAQ’s.

 

Additional Resources to start a cleaning business in Florida

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has lots of resources for small businesses in Florida. They offer online training, new and existing business counseling, as well as business training and events.

Florida Small Business Trends is a publication that offers information and resources to small businesses operating in Florida.

 

Next Steps to start your cleaning business.

Now that you have taken care of the boring (but oh so necessary) legal steps to getting your cleaning business official, you can now start with the Cleaning!

Below are resources on how to operate a cleaning business successfully.

 

Purchase cleaning supplies and equipment

You’ll need to get all the needed supplies to start cleaning your first client homes. I have that taken care of for you.

Visit my page to get a complete list of cleaning supplies and equipment needed to run a Professional Cleaning Business.

If you need help purchasing a vacuum visit my page on purchasing a vacuum for your cleaning business

Marketing your cleaning service

You can’t start cleaning houses if you don’t tell people you have a cleaning business.

Your first step to marketing will be to tell all your friends, family and contacts in your phone and email that you have started a house cleaning business and you are currently taken new clients.

Next get your business online. Most homeowners now search for services online before hiring a business. Make sure your business is visible online when a homeowner searches for cleaning services in your area.

Claim your My Business google profile. By claiming your My Business google profile your business will show up in searches when someone searches Cleaning Businesses in Town Name.

Start a website. You can start a website using this link for just $2.97/ month. Use your business name as your domain name. Once you are registered, apply a free Word Press template. You are now ready to enter in your business information.

Make sure to add your contact information, a list of your services, and a an about me page where you introduce your self. Include high quality before and after images of your cleaning.

Activate a Facebook Business Profile.

Price your cleaning services

Decide whether you are going to price your cleaning services by the hour or by a flat fee. Most cleaning businesses make between $25 – $75 an hour.

Charging by the hour for house cleaning services:

It is best to charge by the hour when you are offering services that will take longer to complete and when the tasks can vary each time you clean a house. When your cleaning times vary it becomes much more difficult to charge a flat fee per clean.

It is best to charge by the hour if you plan to offer the following tasks similar to the following:

  • laundry
  • dishes
  • picking up clutter/toys
  • organizing spaces
  • personalizing cleaning service to each client
Charging a Flat Fee

Charging a flat fee is the best way to streamline your business and start building more profits. But a HUGE disclaimer: Only charge a flat fee if you are completing the same cleaning service for each client.

This means you define the checklist and tasks that you will complete at the home. If you do not follow the same cleaning checklist for each client and each time you clean, DO NOT charge a flat fee to clean.

Check out the following articles for more information on Pricing Cleaning service:

 

Hire employees

If you plan to hire employees you will need to make sure you have filed for an EIN (Review step #4) and have proper insurance (Review step #7).

You will also want to have a training plan in place. In my experience it is best to have a 3 step training plan in place.

  1. Have your new employee read through or watch a video that you have put together on how to clean your way.
  2. Next, have the new employee follow you while you clean. Talk through all the steps they should be taking for each task and room in a home.
  3. Now, you shadow the new employee for a few houses. It is important to correct a any movements that do not fit into your cleaning strategy. For this step you are helping your new employee to develop the same habits to clean a home your way.

 

Well Kept Clutter helps aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own cleaning business and start making money right away.

Sign up below to get access to our FREE resource library or hop on over to our shop to purchase client forms, get help with marketing, or purchase our signature EBOOK: A Maid Services Guide to Cleaning Professionally.

 

Get additional resources for your cleaning business from the Well Kept Clutter

 

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How to Start a Cleaning Business in New Jersey

How to Start a Cleaning Business in New Jersey

Start a cleaning business in New Jersey. Asking yourself how do I start a cleaning business near me?

No matter where you decide to start a cleaning business, if there are houses in the area, someone will want to hire a cleaning company.

The majority of cleaning companies are made up of small businesses. There can be little start up cost involved and as you grow your cleaning business, you can add on the fancy tools.

 

How to start a Cleaning Business in NJ

This guide includes resources for starting a cleaning business in New Jersey. Visit the states Business Portal to learn more about running a business in New Jersey.

Start a Cleaning Business in New Jersey

Decide what type of cleaning service you will offer

There are many different types of cleaning business you can start.

  • Recurring House Cleaning
  • Foreclosure cleaning
  • Office cleaning
  • Move out cleaning service
  • Restaurant Cleaning

 

Choose a name for your cleaning business

When choosing a name, you will want to consider SEO (search engine optimization, how new clients will find you on the internet) and the name should represent what your business does. This way when some one hears your business’s name, they know your are in the business of cleaning houses.

To brainstorm a name for your cleaning business, start with the words Maid, Cleaning and Service. Put these words at the top of a sheet of paper.

Then start writing as many adjectives and adverbs that match your company. This will help you to create a list of possible business names for you to choose from.

Once you choose a name you will need to verify, no other businesses are registered with the same name in New Jersey. You can do a Business Name search here on the DORES of NJ here to verify your business name is available.

 

Choose a Business Structure for your Cleaning Business

Before registering your new cleaning business, you will need to know the legal structure for your business. This structure will determine how your cleaning business will file its tax returns and how you as the owner will be taxed on your earnings as well.

It s extremely important that you become familiar with and understand the different structures and how taxes are paid and filed with each. When choosing your business structure, consult with your tax professional. They can also help you file all the necessary paperwork.

The different structures include sole-proprietor, partnership, corporation, s-corporation or limited liability corporation. You can learn more about each business structure here.

 

Apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number)

Getting an EIN for your cleaning business is a must if you will be hiring employees.

If you will be operating as a sole-proprietor and not hiring employees, you may be able to use your personal social security number when filing taxes and such for your business. But it is always best to talk to your tax professional to see which you will need.

To apply for an EIN you will file a SS-4 with the IRS. It is free and you can do so on the IRS website. If you file online you will get your number right away.

You can also apply by snail mail, but it will take much longer to get your number. Read more about your filing options on the IRS website.

 

File your business with the state of New Jersey

The state of New Jersey requires that all businesses register with the Division of Revenue within 15 days of starting your cleaning business to allow time for paperwork to be completed.

Register your new cleaning business in New Jersey online here: Division of Revenue Business Registration.

 

Business licensing needs in New Jersey

At the time this article was written, there is no business licensing needed for general house cleaning businesses. I recommend checking with the states licensing need when registering a new business. Click here to check to see if your business needs a business license in the state of New Jersey.

 

Get Business Insurance

Insurance protects you and your business’s assets, or money in the event of a accident or other unplanned event.

Types of insurance your cleaning business may need include liability insurance, bonding insurance and commercial car insurance.

The easiest way to shop for business insurance is to start with an insurance broker and they will do the shopping around for you to find the best deal.

This article goes more in depth on what types of insurance are best for cleaning businesses along with some FAQ’s.

 

Additional Resources for starting a cleaning business in New Jersey

The Small Business Development Center has lots of resources for small businesses in New Jersey. They offer online training, new and existing business counseling, as well as business training and events.

The state offers Small Business Workshops to help you in the process of how to register your business in New Jersey. How to report business income in the state. If you have employees, they also provide workshops on employer responsibilities in New Jersey.

 

Next Steps to start your cleaning business.

Now that you have taken care of the boring (but oh so necessary) legal steps to getting your cleaning business official, you can now start with the Cleaning!

Below are resources on how to operate a cleaning business successfully.

 

Purchase cleaning supplies and equipment

You’ll need to get all the needed supplies to start cleaning your first client homes. I have that taken care of for you.

Visit my page to get a complete list of cleaning supplies and equipment needed to run a Professional Cleaning Business.

If you need help purchasing a vacuum visit my page on purchasing a vacuum for your cleaning business

Marketing your cleaning service

You can’t start cleaning houses if you don’t tell people you have a cleaning business.

Your first step to marketing will be to tell all your friends, family and contacts in your phone and email that you have started a house cleaning business and you are currently taken new clients.

Next get your business online. Most homeowners now search for services online before hiring a business. Make sure your business is visible online when a homeowner searches for cleaning services in your area.

Claim your My Business google profile. By claiming your My Business google profile your business will show up in searches when someone searches Cleaning Businesses in Town Name.

Start a website. You can start a website using this link for just $2.97/ month. Use your business name as your domain name. Once you are registered, apply a free Word Press template. You are now ready to enter in your business information.

Make sure to add your contact information, a list of your services, and a an about me page where you introduce your self. Include high quality before and after images of your cleaning.

Activate a Facebook Business Profile.

Price your cleaning services

Decide whether you are going to price your cleaning services by the hour or by a flat fee. Most cleaning businesses make between $25 – $75 an hour.

Charging by the hour for house cleaning services:

It is best to charge by the hour when you are offering services that will take longer to complete and when the tasks can vary each time you clean a house. When your cleaning times vary it becomes much more difficult to charge a flat fee per clean.

It is best to charge by the hour if you plan to offer the following tasks similar to the following:

  • laundry
  • dishes
  • picking up clutter/toys
  • organizing spaces
  • personalizing cleaning service to each client
Charging a Flat Fee

Charging a flat fee is the best way to streamline your business and start building more profits. But a HUGE disclaimer: Only charge a flat fee if you are completing the same cleaning service for each client.

This means you define the checklist and tasks that you will complete at the home. If you do not follow the same cleaning checklist for each client and each time you clean, DO NOT charge a flat fee to clean.

Check out the following articles for more information on Pricing Cleaning service:

 

Hire employees

If you plan to hire employees you will need to make sure you have filed for an EIN (Review step #4) and have proper insurance (Review step #7).

You will also want to have a training plan in place. In my experience it is best to have a 3 step training plan in place.

  1. Have your new employee read through or watch a video that you have put together on how to clean your way.
  2. Next, have the new employee follow you while you clean. Talk through all the steps they should be taking for each task and room in a home.
  3. Now, you shadow the new employee for a few houses. It is important to correct a any movements that do not fit into your cleaning strategy. For this step you are helping your new employee to develop the same habits to clean a home your way.

 

Well Kept Clutter helps aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own cleaning business and start making money right away.

Sign up below to get access to our FREE resource library or hop on over to our shop to purchase client forms, get help with marketing, or purchase our signature EBOOK: A Maid Services Guide to Cleaning Professionally.

 

Get additional resources for your cleaning business from the Well Kept Clutter

 

How to start a Cleaning Business in New Jersey