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4 Tips on Starting a Janitorial Services Business

Thinking about starting a janitorial services business? Each of our 4 tips can help you find info on how to start a commercial cleaning service business.

Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for free professional business advice and low-cost training.

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Tip 1: Brush Up on the Janitorial Services Industry

Understanding the business fundamentals of the commercial cleaning services industry and what the future might holds will make you stand out as an informed and serious entrepreneur. This is critically important when talking to your SBDC advisor and if you ever need to ask your bank for a loan.

Tip 2: Soak Up the Experiences of Others

Rainbow Feather DusterStarting a janitorial services business is a great path to success for many. But it’s not easy — if it was everybody would do it! So, learn from the experiences of others: what to do and especially what not to do.

Here’s a personal story showing how an SBDC helped a small business owner build a cleaning services company.

Thinking of going global? Then this story of how to start a commercial cleaning services business and grow it into a global janitorial services business might help.

Personal accomplishment, financial security and the satisfaction of creating new jobs in your community are just a few of the benefits.

Janitor's ClosetTip 3: Scrub Your Janitorial Services Staffing Plan

You probably already know that in a service business like commercial cleaning your employees play a big role in the success of your company.

But do you know the right assumptions for wages and benefits to plug into your janitorial services business plan?

It also helps to understand the latest info on hourly wages for commercial cleaning workers, and other janitorial services labor market conditions.

Tip 4: Fill Your Data Bucket but Write One Business Plan

Don’t get lost in the data. We can point you to many sources, for example data on startup costs for a janitorial services business. And here’s another hint — janitorial services trade associations can be treasure troves of data.

But when you’re ready to stop reading and start writing, check out our alphabetized list of business plan templates including one drafted for the commercial services business or a janitorial services business plan template from one of many business plan providers.

Good luck! And be sure to contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for low-cost training and free professional business advice.


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