Using mostly self-owned equipment, clean houses, commercial spaces and construction new-builds. If you’re decent, this one can make a killing!
Welcome to Phase #2! You have a little money now from the previous phase to invest in a Phase #2 project, and a housecleaning business is simple enough. By now, you should have a good reputation that follows you and quite possibly a significant client base established from a previous Phase #1 project. A clean (pardon the pun) reputation is of utmost importance when people trust you in their homes. That’s why we don’t consider this a good Phase #1.
There is a fantastic wage to earn doing cleaning. I know many companies and private people that charge between $30/hr to $40/hr per cleaner because, well, I’ve got quotes from them. Even unbonded nobodies with no advertising or an actual formal business confidently charges those rates!
Equipment to invest in is rubber gloves, high quality vacuum, mop and bucket, rags, paper towels, garbage bags and a variety of cleaning chemicals. It isn’t completely necessary to own all of these things because some places will have these items already and you just come in and go at it. My Wasaga Beach cottage rental business is set up that way. Throughout the summer, we have a single or couple come in and clean using all our supplies. They show up with empty hands and leave with money. We at From Nothing to Money are about owning equipment though, so we’ll get back the startup costs. Plus it’s easier to ask a higher rate and it’s more professional looking when you own:
- Rubber gloves $2
- Quality used vacuum $125
- Mop and Bucket $10
- Rags $1
- Paper towels $2
- Garbage bags $5
- Chemicals $20
That’s $165 to get started for your first clean job. Heck, come to think of it, that can be made back in a day. After getting rolling and jobs under your belt, it’s a good idea to have insurance in case you break a customer’s item, as well as it puts the customer at ease knowing that they are covered if you steal… even though you never will.
To get the jobs, advertise on the local online classifieds, word of mouth, go door to door, and approach the customers that you already have from your previous project. For new-build construction cleaning, approach site foremen to bid on cleaning the houses right after they’ve been freshly built to have them ready for new occupants.
While the going rate averages around $30/hr in my area of Ontario, Canada, we always want to place our rate low enough that it’s difficult for the customer to resist. You want to entice the people who are thinking, “for $30/hr we may as well do it ourselves!” yet they will let you do it if you come in at $17/hr, for example. At least in the beginning, $17/hr is a dynamite rate, yet can add up if a couple of 2 hour jobs are booked 5 days per week. Obviously, far more if you’re cleaning 8 hours, 5 days a week (fyi: that’s $680/week). Deduct a couple dollars per job for chemicals, paper towels, etc.
Bonus Side Effects:
- Housecleaning is a foot in the door for other services that can be offered to that customer.
Potential Minimum Income:
- $17/hr x 4 hours/day -$4 supplies= $64/day