As you know, having an office full of employees will generate a lot of waste, and there will be lots of things that need cleaning. Most offices have a team of cleaning staff that makes everything look clean, tidy, and organised. They usually come in around the time when the business has closed for the day, and most employees have gone home.
You might not realise it, but an office cleaning business is very profitable, rewarding, and is a service that you can offer to firms in any industry! If that sounds like an enterprise you would like to set up, here’s what you need to know:
Research the market
Before you start offering your company’s services to other businesses, you must do some market research first. You need to find out what the average cost is for cleaning offices in your area, and how much you should be paying your staff.
It’s also essential to work out how much insurance will cost for your business. At a bare minimum, you’ll need professional indemnity, public liability, and employee liability insurance. The good news is that the cost of those insurance products is within reach of even the smallest of startup businesses.
Create a business plan
Once you’ve researched the market and your startup and ongoing costs, you should put together a business plan. Doing so will ensure that both you and any prospective stakeholders in your business will know your likely turnover and profit. The good thing about business plans is you can also refer to them even after you’ve started your company. They can also be adjusted as time goes on, and will help you to stay focused on your goals.
There are many example business plans that you can download online and modify to suit your needs. However, it’s also possible to hire a professional to create one for you using figures and information supplied by you. It’s also an ideal option if you need to use your business plan to request a startup loan or some other type of funding, such as a small business grant.
Decide on a business model and form your new venture
Are you going to be a sole trader? Or would it be best to set up as a private limited company? The former is okay if you are only targeting other small firms in your local area. But, if you want to market your services to larger companies, you’ll find that some will only do business with other registered companies.
It’s worth seeking advice from a local business mentor or an accountant to help you make an informed decision.
Get your staff and equipment sorted
Once you’ve formed your business, the next stage is to buy the equipment and consumables you’ll need. You might think that buying what you need locally from retail shops is okay. The thing is, you’ll find it’s more cost-effective to buy from B2B suppliers that sell items such as wholesale cleaning products. Remember that such companies often sell items in bulk at far lower prices than local supermarkets.
You should also ensure that you’ve got some cleaning staff ready to work at each client’s business premises. To start with, you may wish to do the work yourself with one employee, and then hire more cleaning staff as your business expands.
Hopefully, this article will have given you some insight into how you can easily start an office cleaning business. Good luck!