It doesn’t take a lot of capital to start your own cleaning business. You probably already have all the supplies you need at home. You can generally start with a glass and surface cleaner, mops, and brooms along with a wringer. You might also want to have on hand scrub brushes, sponges, dusting cloths, rubber gloves and extension rods for those out-of-the-way and hard-to-reach surfaces. If you will provide floor care services besides just mopping and sweeping, you will also want to have a carpet cleaner and floor buffer, which you can rent until you have enough saved up to buy a floor buffer for sale.
As a new business owner, you might be tempted to go all out and purchase new business supplies right away. You want to impress your clients and you want to start with new products so that they won’t break down anytime soon. Although those ideas are well intentioned, it’s always better to start small with any business. Remember to first of all avoid debt it you can. Your cash flow will be much bigger if you can avoid debt in the first place. Try to work with what you have. If you think it’s time to buy more equipment beyond the basics required, examine whether you have saved enough to afford it. If not, try to set yourself some work goals so that you can afford to buy your equipment.
Remember to buy your equipment used, if possible. There are many other janitorial services where owners retire and they sell their equipment for a very low cost. Scour Craigslist and other online ads. Look in newspaper classified’s as well. Or check online and see if there is a company that sells equipment such as a used floor buffer for sale.
Be smart with your advertising. Buy your business cards at a discount online. A website can really help and there are a lot of great ways to put up a website for free. Overtime you may want to change it to better serve your business needs, but for now a basic website that provides information and gives you credibility is enough to get started.
The other way to save money is to find more efficient ways to clean. Most janitorial business owners charge clients by the hour. There will be some clients that have messier places than others. If you are efficient with your work, you can get the job done sooner, and then move on to other work more quickly, thus increasing your income. There are a lot of places you can find advice about how to be more efficient at cleaning, such as online, at the library, or even asking your friends, family, and employees for advice.