petHead6 months ago

I living in Leytonstone and I run a cleaning business. Anyone here know any wholesale stores where I can go in and buy cleaning products wholesale price? If so, is there a minimum spending threshold?  

Gary19965 months ago

Hi i have a small cleaning business established since 2003, and have current contracts with the NHS until April and October 2013, i want to get rid of the business, but have a £45K bank loan, which we have personal guatantees for. So the company is worthless in theory. Can we sell the business without telling the clients??? we dont want to ask them as they may well cancel the contracts. we would liquidate the company but we cannt repay the bank loan, and dont have equity in our property to add it to the mortgage, The business bankers are also our personal bankers, any advice would be great  

Bri19874 months ago

Especailly somewhere close to London? Is it a profitable business? I used to work in subway and right now I have a cleaning business going but I'm already on the lookout for new ventures. I'd love to have my own cafe and maybe sell some hot sandwiches.  

Bri19874 months ago

As with the aforementioned case of Sarah Jackson, you can buy a franchise cleaning business in this sector for a mere few thousand pounds, but setting up your own business will vary greatly on the size of the operation and which sector you move into. A simple domestic cleaning business, involving just you and maybe one or two members of staff will not have heavy start-up costs – especially if the majority of the cleaning equipment you use will already be in the homes you clean. Most of your start-up costs for a domestic business will go on marketing. You may attract several clients through word of mouth, but it’s unlikely you’ll build up a substantial client base without leafleting and advertising. Advertising in local papers and magazines can prove effective, as can sales letters, business cards and pay-per-click advertising, but sometimes it’s simply a case of knocking on doors with price lists. Commercial contract cleaning will involve much higher start-up costs as you will need to have your own equipment, several staff members (the average rate of pay in the sector is around £6.50 per hour) and a vehicle to get your team and/or equipment to the clients’ locations. Most importantly, you’ll need a much bigger marketing budget. You’ll also need insurance, both as an employer and for your equipment, and this can significantly add to your overheads. It’s not uncommon for accidents and falls to occur and when you’re dealing with hazardous chemicals you need to be covered for all possibilities. Some basic equipment you’ll need to set up a commercial cleaning business include:

FordOwner4 months ago

My wife is about to launch a new cleaning business in the Hants/Surrey border area (near Aldershot). This business is offering a range of unique cleaning solutions and we have invested heavily in developing a superb brand, website, booking system and online marketing strategy (considering marketing is my profession, it should be good). We wish to offer oven cleaning as one of our services but we don't want to facilitate the service ourselves so we're looking for a local, self-employed oven cleaner (non-franchise operator)who would be willing to take on our bookings in return for us taking a small commission on each job. The only caveat is that we need the contractor to operate under our business name so the customers don't get confused when they book one company and another one turns-up to clean their oven. We genuinely convinced that the potential for our business is huge so it could be a great starting place to really boost/develop your business without any marketing investment on your part. If you are interested in working with us or finding out more, please get in touch.  

MechExp4 months ago

The first thing I learned when doing any business with a partner is that it is impossible for two people to work together if there is going to be friction about each other's worth, or working style. This is a stupid analogy, but in a window cleaning business - the person who climbs the ladder, and cleans the windows is doing the work, the person at the bottom footing the ladder does no work at all. If they are partners, they share the profits. That's life. Maybe to balance it they swap on each window. what if one then gets vertigo? You see where I'm going. While she is off and you have an employee, you will probably have to do more, but the business is still viable. Sure - your partner isn't doing it, and still drawing some money? When she comes back to work and you slip over and have to go into hospital for a month then have another month off, is this unfair because she'll have to cover for you. If this is worrying you now, then your business relationship is a poor one. Cracks are showing. Frankly, what do you expect her to do? She's pregnant, it's done. Your lack of understanding and empathy indicates that maybe it's not a match made in heaven, employment wise. You have to work harder for six months, but potentially make more money (if she costs more than the employee? If you don't like it, buy her out, take on the employee, and STILL have to work harder, for longer than six months? I understand your nose being out of joint, but it's also the time to get things done your way without interference. She may be worrying that without her the business will go down the drain?  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Need a loan to start a cleaning business? You can apply for one here When Freddie Rayner and his wife Ruth started their Time For You cleaning franchise operation, they spent about £200 on photography for advertisements. They took out ads in local magazines and as they took on more clients they spent more on advertising. Back when they started the business in 1997, they charged £6 an hour for cleaning services and took £2 profit from that. Now, with 157 franchisees bearing the Time for You stamp, the collective turnover for the business is £23m. But it wasn’t easy to reach that level of turnover according to Rayner. “18 months after we started the business, we were turning over money but still found ourselves in debt because we weren’t getting payments on time.” The Rayners then decided on a new charging strategy. They would make the price of service compelling enough to receive upfront payments. “If you make the upfront price so appealing you can avoid late payments. If you charge £20 but you could manage on £12, then charge £15 for an immediate payment and specify that the price would revert to £20 if it’s late,” Rayner advises.

Red4 months ago

A cleaning business is a popular choice for sole traders. In theory all you need is a sponge, a bottle of Flash and some good old elbow grease. The reality is often far more complicated. Cleaning businesses cover everything from one cleaner with a couple of domestic properties to maintain each week, to a large commercial business with thousands of staff on the books. There are domestic cleaners, office cleaners, hospital and school cleaners and then let’s not forget the other niches in this industry such as carpet, window and vehicle cleaners. The cleaning industry, sadly,  has been affected as much as any other sector by the recession; according to a report published by industry analysts Plimsoll in May 2010, 382 companies in the industry had lost more than a third of their value in the space of a year. However an abundance of opportunities remain. According to the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA), the cleaning and support services industry is worth around £10bn, and employs approximately 820,000 people. The industry is traditionally dominated by small organisations, with around a third of all UK cleaning staff working within companies with no more than nine employees.

FordOwner4 months ago

Hi guys my name is Gavin and i have a small window cleaning business in Wolverhampton . we specialise in window cleaning for residential and commercial clients at the moment mostly within a 10 mile radius of our base in wv14 area . I set the business up 2 years ago now and run it single handed at the moment looking to speak to other local businesses in our area .  

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

There are so many honest people on this site and I find sometimes people just cant take the truth. This post gives you all you need to know about starting the Man and Van business up. I always find when people start the business up they always say they don't want to be known as the business who helps you move house. I get their point but the way I think of it is if people are thinking of you then you are already doing well. The important thing is expansion keeping your fingers in different pies. Before I started my cleaning business I always wanted to test out the man and van idea because really think its a business that can earn people fantastic money as long as they put the work in. What so often happens is you see an advertisement that a local man and van has at such a cheap rate and then people compete against their prices. Always remember the business is your own and you run it your way. Always seek advice from people like this guy because he's brutally honest and I find in business honesty is the best policy. its still an avenue I would love to pursue and this guys advice has helped with my though process good luck to anyone starting out and I really hope it goes well.  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Apologies if This has been asked before. What type of insurance do I need for a cleaning business? It's mainly domestic cleaning. Where do I apply for it? That you in advance.  

Gary19964 months ago

As a commercial laundry we work with cleaners and cleaning businesses and from what we see the good cleaners are busy and well priced. Cheap cleaners dont last long. We operate in a high tourist area so the busy times are seasonal for about 8 months a year. Getting good cleaners at this time is difficult but good wages will usually secure the good staff but do expect a high turnover of staff, it's the nature of the beast. I would suggest you contact gardeners, decorators, odd job men etc so you can extend your service and also, guess what.....a good laundry. Dry cleaning, ironing or a complete laundry service will not only enhance your business but will increase turnover/profit with little extra effort.  

Fireboy4 months ago

Maggistar666 said: ↑ I'm after some advice. I started a little cleaning business just to fit in with the kids when I got divorced. It's now a 5 star rated business and I have kept every customer. The problem is I can't give it any more hours than I already do and my friend would like to buy half of the business. How do I do this?? How much would it charge. I am turning work down on a daily basis so I know there's plenty of work?? It earns roughly £165 one week and the following week it earns £185. It differs slightly as some people have fortnightly cleans. It's been running since June 2016. Any advice would be gratefully received xxx feel free to ask for more info xxxxClick to expand... Maggie how do you want to develop the business? Are you happy working as you are or would you like to build a business employing staff to work for you? I've been an accountant for many years and its VERY rare that I see two friends go into business and remain friends.  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

you are right about the name of cleaning business but wrong about the owner. Honest leaflets is owned by a guy called Dawod. My business used to be called Lady Cleaning And I liked the Honest name so changed to Honest Cleaning and I have moved to 106 burley road. Long story. I have no any involvement in Honest Distribution and I am their customer and don't need to lie. I can see how good they work. U can think of anything but as a business person it is really bad to publish your own ideas and calling some one a lier. It does not suite u. I can dig in and may find some of the nagetive points about u and pubish it but I am not u. Even if I would own the Honest Leaflets which I don't is still nothing wrong with it if they have such briliant and unique service Where even businesses like u and others can benefit from it. Hope it is satisfactory. If still any doubt which bother u so u are wellcome to see me. Thanks  

Fireboy4 months ago

1. eBay business 2. Wedding planning 3. Childcare and babysitting 4. Tutoring 5. Editing and proofreading 6. Market stall 7. Sports coaching 8. Handyman business 9. Cleaning business 10. IT support and repairs

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Hello all, My name is Alex and I am new to the site. I was hoping to get some advice, ideas or suggestions regarding self employment, I have worked within the hospitality industry since I left school 16 years ago. During this time I have successfully progressed to general management level and have been involved in all aspects of restaurant operations including recruitment, staff training, event management , menu development. However over the years I have always entertained the idea of being self employed and running a small home based business that can make use of my skills and experience. The problem is that I am struggling to find an idea. I have explored several options including a restaurant cleaning business, hospitality recruitment, consulting and freelance event management but the more research I do the more I put myself off these ideas due to what I find. Any help, suggestions or advice would be very much appreciated. Alex  

Red4 months ago

Hi, I have just started a cleaning business based in South Staffs, if anyone can offer any advice as how to get end of tenancy / letting agents/ office cleans I would very much appreciate it. Thanks for your help michm  

Matchmaker14 months ago

Anne Litster was 50 years old and needed a job. She started a cleaning business that now employees 22 staff and has a high street shop enabling clients to drop in for a cup of coffee knowing that their home or office are in safe hands.

Porker4 months ago

Hi I have recently started a very small cleaning business and have been asked to provide a cleaning service for a company. The company in question already have a cleaning company doing the work for them but arent happy with the service that they are providing so want to get rid of them. There is no contract between the other cleaning company or the dental practice that they do the work for but the cleaning company has a contract with a cleaner that they employ. I have had the dental practice on the phone saying that the man from the other company has said that I have to take the cleaner on and pay her maternity cover even though he has no legally binding contract with the dental practice. Please help as I'm not sure where I stand  

Fireboy4 months ago

Good afternoon I have recently been putting in the hours to try and create my new business venture, I currently run my own window cleaning business which is reasonably successful but the time has come to for me to follow my heart and pursue my career as a “high end” car dealer. I have been dabbling in the motor trade for the past few years but have found it quite hard to make a go of it whilst working my “bread and butter” job My plan is to start selling cars by taking them on a sale or return basis as this keeps my outgoings minimal whist building a list of clientele, I have secured a yard/unit so storing vehicles won’t be a problem My main issue is finding people who want to sell their car through my business, the benefits to the client, aswell as a better financial return, are, no tyre kickers, test pilots, dreamers or time wasters, nobody coming to your private property and also time constraints involved with selling your car privately, the alternative is to sell to a dealer where you will typically be offered a lot less than selling private I would also like to oversee (broker) deals of specialist cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren etc… I hope to come by way of these cars by sourcing them for customers then brokering a deal If anyone is in the motor trade and has any advice they could give me on how to get started then I’d be very grateful Kind thanks Steve  

Gary19964 months ago

DOMESTIC CLEANING BUSINESS; Early Days in planning! What's the best Business Model to go WITH & WHY? Hi all and Thanks In Advance for any advice given! Early Days in planning! What's the best Business Model to go "WITH" and "WHY"??? Please. So I've been researching different Franchises; however, I've decided on going into business Solo?? So now my next decision in this planning stage is what Business Model to follow??? As there's many; so I'd appreciate all and any suggestions; advice; recommendations and thoughts on which to follow? What's everyone else succeeding at Best? What keeps your cleaners with you longest and happiest? I'd like to build a long-term Domestic Cleaning business that'll get off on the right foot from it's 1st day and last to provide me with a ongoing Residual Income long into my retirement years as I don't have any Pension pot or Inheritance to rely on. I've spent these past 3 months researching the running of a Domestic Cleaning business in great depth. However, there's a lot yet to still learn B4 I open one! I'd welcome learning from all of you in the "know" - honesty is of utmost importance - all Pros & Cons!! Thanks In Advance for any advice given. Feel free to post for all to read or pm me if you prefer!  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Hi there what a pity that so many big companies like those mentioned already have given leaflet distributors a bad name, we have delivered about 38000 in the last month, just over a 1000 per day with my husband, family and some people who work with us. We have sectioned it into different postcodes, business to business if customers want it, or just home to home, and have walked all areas keeping a record of all streets, never asked for a payment upfront and had no problem gettinig paid. We didn't plan on doing this as a full time job, but as a way of paying for our own leaflets to go out. One customer rang to say he had a brilliant response in our area already, and I was so please after reading about the reputation of other companies much more dedicated than us. But as I said, we only used family and all went together in teams, and when we used staff, we were all in a team, e.g. I did one side of a street and she did the other - not rocket science! Yes my legs ached, I have been chased by dogs, I hate low letterboxes, have learned how to hurdle over hedges and fences, been boiling hot with cold fingers at the same time, but it is a great way to exercise and get the message about our business across. We had out flyers (very budget - we a cleaning business) printed £40 for 1000. We put out 5000 of our own inf the first week and doubled the turnover in one week. not hard though as we had been very slow for about a month. That is the good thing about leaflet drops- if it is done right, you can get instant success! Hence we had to deliver flyers at teatime for a few hours very day, but this was a great time too as people were alerted to the post box at an unusual time of day! And probably after a hard day's work and they couldn't be bothered cleaning! So the basic message is that not every person is a conman. Sinead  

Watergirl4 months ago

Hello Im in the process of setting up my cleaning business and wondering if anyone could offer any advice. I would like to employ 5 cleaners to start with as I have done some advertising and I am receiving work already. My company is a registered limited company and I also have public liability insurance. My question is the method of employment, I am unsure wether to have my cleaners as self employed staff where I would charge clients a booking fee and the cleaner is paid cash or have them on another contract whereby I would be responsible for their PAYE and all funds from the client would be paid directly to me in which I would then pay their salaries. Does anyone know anything about this area? what would be the best method and contracts? I would appreciate any help or advice  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

hello there. I am currently setting up a garden maintenance and domestic cleaning business, although in the early stages! As an idea to go along side I thought about offering a rubbish removal service. I have seen online that a waste holders licence is needed but what is needed to be able to dispose of the rubbish if at all? open to opinions and if there is possibly something I have missed? thanks philip  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Hi folks im Stephen, im new to the forum been operating a small window cleaning business for the past few years now...  

Bri19874 months ago

Cleaning Business

I have a small cleaning business of just 5 employees. Far the first time I am having to deal with a member being off on the sick for more than just a day or two. I have all company procedures in place and policies for dealing with absence but it is the actual reason for absence which has me worried. The employee is off with depression. Apparently this has been brought on by the menopause and anxiety which she gets from driving long distances. As a domestic cleaner she has to drive to clients houses and the longest distance is no more than 9 miles round trip in total. Paying the SSP for up to 28 weeks and having to pay another employee to cover her clients would mean I would be losing money on every client they serve. Having only been in business for two years this would really cripple me finically. The employee has been with me for around 14 months now and in her terms & conditions it is stated she may be required to drive anywhere in mainland UK on company business. If she can’t drive distances of even 9 miles without having anxiety issues, how can I employ her ? Do I have grounds to dismiss her ?. It is not something I want to do but this could become an ongoing problem. Due to the area we cover which is 3 local towns, Traveling is a necessity of the job. Any advice would be really appreciated.  

Gary19964 months ago

Hi I'm on the verge of starting my own cleaning business but I'm finding it very hard to find insurance??? I have been on the comparison websites but as soon as I mention I'm a discharged bankrupt I get a message telling me the systems not that clever and asking me to ring them? I've been discharged for two years on 22nd June 2014 and it was personal not business. Please help I've set it all up including a website and even sent off price lists, I need it ASAP in case I get a job through. Thank you for reading Koochiemama  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

I'm trying to start a domestic cleaning business so I doing some research as too how much I should charge. I'm thinking £10 per hour then I saw this: http://www.homeclean.co.uk/ seriously, how are they going to make any money? unless its limited time only.  

Fireboy4 months ago

Welcome Chris, I hope you find the forum helpful, I have just started up a commercial cleaning business covering Suffolk and have received some help and advice. Hope all is going well and will consider you the next time I need flooring or hear of anyone in the area. Take Care Ian Reeves  

Fireboy4 months ago

It’s an industry for perfectionists. Cleaning is all about making places look presentable and tidy, so if you’re not motivated enough to make things spotless it is likely to filter through to your staff and company ethics. You’ll also need to instil confidence in your clients, so good customer relations skills are essential. It doesn’t matter if the majority of the work is done when clients aren’t at home or out of the office – the point is they have to trust you implicitly if they’re going to hand over the keys to their property, so first impressions count. Running a cleaning business of any real size will require impeccable administrative skills. If you want to make any real profit you will need to be juggling hundreds or even thousands of clients, so meticulous appointment records must be kept. If you’re a little nervous about your own business skills then a franchise might be well-suited to you. The cleaning industry is a popular one for franchisors and there are a lot of opportunities out there to buy a readymade and branded model in this area (you can browse if there are any cleaning franchise opportunities that suit you here in our franchise directory). However, if your business really takes off you may find a franchise too restrictive for your liking. You’ll have to weigh up all the pros and cons before deciding to go it alone completely or opt for a franchise. Buying a franchise with Time For You, one of the biggest domestic cleaning franchises in the UK, typically costs around £12,000. Sarah Jackson, an entrepreneur now running successful care and networking companies in Milton Keynes, was a key franchisee between 2005 and 2011. She told us: “I’d definitely recommend [the franchising] system because the back-up is there if you need it .The formula is exact, and if you follow it the business flies.”

Col Minessota4 months ago

I'm after some advice. I started a little cleaning business just to fit in with the kids when I got divorced. It's now a 5 star rated business and I have kept every customer. The problem is I can't give it any more hours than I already do and my friend would like to buy half of the business. How do I do this?? How much would it charge. I am turning work down on a daily basis so I know there's plenty of work?? It earns roughly £165 one week and the following week it earns £185. It differs slightly as some people have fortnightly cleans. It's been running since June 2016. Any advice would be gratefully received xxx feel free to ask for more info xxxx  

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