You may have dreams about hiring a maid. Maybe you even put it on your Christmas list every year. (Guilty!) But have you ever considered getting work cleaning other people’s houses?
You don’t have to have a spotless home to start a house cleaning business. If you’ve got a strong work ethic and know how to clean well, you can turn this idea into a money maker.
How to Make Money With a House Cleaning Business
When I was a preteen, my mother cleaned houses in her “spare time”. I got to go along with her sometimes, and she’d pay me to help her out. It was nice to have some one on one time with her in an otherwise quiet house!
Here are some of the things we learned about having a house cleaning business.
This job is flexible in that you can work to find a time to clean that benefits both you and your customers. If you want more money, look for more customers to help out. If you don’t want to take up all of your free time, stick with a couple of favorite families.
You’ll generally clean when the family isn’t home. You’ll need to have a spotless reputation (and background check) for obvious reasons.
That said, if you’re an introvert this could be the perfect job for you! And if you like to dance and sing 80’s hits while you vacuum, no one will ever know.
Cleaning Up Other People’s Mess
Obviously this is not a job for germophobes.
You may want to look into general liability insurance for this line of work. Typically it isn’t terribly expensive, but if you are only cleaning one or two houses it might wipe out a chunk of your profit. Customers might ask about it, and you want it in case you would accidentally damage anything while you clean.
This is a tough one to nail down. You can’t charge as much as a professional company does, because you can’t offer the same perks. Luckily, you also don’t have the same overhead costs.
Call a couple of local companies and get quotes on your house to learn the going rate. Use that to determine how much you might charge.
Always discuss the expectations of the customer up front. What jobs will be done? How often? Will you bring your own cleaners, or do they prefer you use theirs?
- Bending and lifting
- Reliable reputation and/or background check
- Self starter (no one will be watching over you)
How to Find Work
This is one area that you really should rely on word of mouth. Yes, you can advertise on flyers and classified ads. But do you really feel comfortable being in the home of a complete stranger?
Put the word out with friends, family, and community members. Offer to clean your church, and do an amazing job. Then ask members of the congregation if they know of anyone looking for a house cleaner.
You can also ask in the office at your child’s school. Mention it to coworkers.
When you finally land your first client, do the best job you can possibly do. Be reliable and discreet. If you provide amazing service to your customers, the word will spread faster than you can advertise it yourself.
Take These Steps:
- Determine if you’d like to have a house cleaning business.
- Look for clients.
- Come to an agreement about the work you’ll do and how often.
- Agree on a fair price.
- Work so hard that you have to turn down business.
- Save the money in your account.
This was day 28 in the Secure Your Savings and Find Peace in the New Year series. Go to the bottom of this post to find all the money saving and money making posts in this series!
Decide how much work you want from your house cleaning business.
Then work so hard that word spreads and you have as much work as you’d like to get.
Have you ever had a house cleaning business?