Sometimes in life we reach certain cross roads when we are presented with the opportunity to make an entirely new decision for our life. Sometimes it’s a redundancy, a relationship breakdown, a death, a birth, or moving house; could be anything, you just have to spot the opportunity. My cross road came when I was 7 months pregnant with my second child, and through circumstance, became full time step-mother to my two step children. Going from 1 child to 4 forced me to re-evaluate my life and work circumstances. When I was thinking of returning to work, the child care fees for 4 children were no laughing matter; I would have been working for little more than paying for childcare and bills and that just did not work for me or the children. I needed a plan B and so, long story short, I resigned from my job as suit wearing business manager and I started cleaning houses…
When you decide that you want to start a cleaning business there is a little more to it than just buying some cleaning materials and putting a card in your local shop. You need a plan of what it is your doing and why it is you are doing it. You also need to ensure you are legal, with regards to insurances, taxes and national insurance, to start your cleaning business.
What You Need To Know
1. Your Legal Structure
Is it going to be you cleaning and only you involved in your business? Are you and a friend starting the business together? Are you planning on growing your business and want to set up and start trading as a company from day one? Are you signing up to be part of a franchise and need to be a limited company?
You need to decide your legal structure to be able to register your business with the relevant bodies and authorities. You can change your legal status in the future, should you need to, for example move from sole trader to a limited company, but there is procedures for doing so, that we will cover another time.
See this guide from Gov.uk on choosing the right legal structure for you and your business.
2. How You Will Operate
Now you have decided the legal structure of your business you need to think about how you will operate your business. You will need to do the following:
- Register your business – HMRC guide to becoming self employed
- Get a bank account for your business
- Insure your business
- Get organised with record keeping – you will need a lever arch file, dividers, sticky labels and plastic pouches – How to video coming soon 🙂
- Business Plan – don’t groan, it’ll be fun… We will do this part in baby steps 🙂
3. How You Will Trade
You are insured, registered and have the bank account ready to go, so what now? You need to think about what type of service you are and what you want from your business. Start to think, and maybe jot notes, on the following, as this will be included in your business plan
- Services – What services will I offer? Will I wash dishes? Will I iron? Will I provide the cleaning materials or should the client?
- Money – What will I charge per hour? How much will I spend on cleaning supplies per month? How will I invoice my client? What will I do if I don’t get paid correctly?
- Clients – Who will I serve? Where will I find clients? Do I want to stay in one location close to home only? How many hours a day can I commit to cleaning?
- Business – How will I keep track of my money? How will I organise my clients? How will I quote and sell myself and my business? How will I make my business stand out?
This is the beginning of starting your business and each of the above points we will go over in more detail in future posts and videos. If you have any immediate questions, then please contact me via Facebook, Twitter, Google + or through the contact form here on the website.
Let me know your thoughts or feedback below, or let me know if there is an area you have struggled with or would like more information on to help you with your start up cleaning business.