Professional Cleaning Services in Columbia
One of the steadiest service businesses going is also one of the most invisible. If you work in a Columbia office or store you’re probably used to coming in every morning and seeing clean carpets, empty ashtrays and freshly mopped woodwork. In fact, most Columbia stores and offices would be pretty dreary places to work if you didn’t see them sparkling clean every day.
The equipment you need to start this business is minimal: a good vacuum cleaner, mops, brooms, cleaning cloths, sponges, buckets and a few different types of detergents and grease-cutting fluids. If this list sounds familiar, it should. These are the same cleaning tools found in almost every household, and there’s no reason you can’t use what you already probably own – at least for starters.
There are several ways to acquire customers: small ads in your local Columbia newspaper, a listing in the Yellow Pages (under “Janitor Service” and/or “House Cleaning”), printed circulars. But the most effective way to get customers is through personal solicitation. Always remember that you are offering a service, and that means servicing your Columbia clients as well as their places of business.
One of the attractive features about starting this kind of cleaning business in Columbia is that the work is done at night. You could do the whole thing yourself, without any employees, during the trial period, and still keep your day job. When you are ready to hire people in Columbia, you have a rich source of employees from college students who want part-time work after classes, as well as men and women who want to supplement their incomes but can only work at night.
Columbia Janitorial Services
Probably one of the greatest mysteries for the new self-employed window cleaner is knowing what to charge for your window cleaning services. First you must remember that you are becoming a business and as such, your earnings go towards the cost of running a business as well as putting food on your kitchen table and a roof over your head. Now I've made mention on the home page about window cleaners earning $50/hr and up but you may be wondering how one prices actual jobs so that you can earn this kind of money from them.
Target Earning Goal
I usually tell beginners to set an earning goal of around 50$/hr for their first few months (up to a year) in the biz. If a new window cleaner can achieve this consistently, then they are well on their way to earning $60-$70/hr by their second year. Here's why. Even after you've calculated what to charge per window/job in order for you to achieve the return of $50/hr, you will be earning this as an unskilled window cleaner. That's right, until you've been cleaning windows for a while; technically you're still unskilled. But after you've acquired the skills to clean windows more professionally and quickly, your hourly return rate will increase.
I tell a story on my window cleaning tutorial DVD of when I first started out window cleaning and priced out a job where I ended up only making around $35/hr. The following year I returned to do a repeat clean at the same bid price but because of the improvements in my technique, my earnings on that job increased to $70/hr. Simply because I was now cleaning more windows per hour.
Is Your Pricing Too Low/High?
A window cleaner who had been in the business for many years once told me that you should aim for landing around 70% of your bids. If you consistently win more bids than that then your prices are probably too low. Likewise, if you consistently land fewer bids than 70% then your prices may be too high. I would say this is very true when it comes to residential jobs and larger commercial jobs. The only time one should ignore this rule is when bidding storefront. Storefront is the most competitive area in window cleaning and many small businesses are price shoppers so be prepared to hear a lot of "no's" while canvassing for clients. Homeowners can be price shoppers too but don't feel bad if you lower your price to land some jobs in the early stages of your business. You gotta eat right? Plus, you can chalk everything up to experience in the long run.
Don't be afraid to network with other local window cleaning companies. The good ones won't be afraid to share information with you and will encourage a healthy marketplace for everyone. But stay clear of those competitors that offer rock bottom prices. They may appear to be constantly busy but what's the point if they're not profitable, right?
Window Cleaning Tip - Using the Right Equipment for the Job
If you're thinking of starting your own window cleaning business, it is very likely that you've seen ads which offer you to buy a window cleaning franchise. To many people, these offers sound quite tempting. After all, if you purchase a business that is already established, you don't have to go through the hardships that you would face from starting a business from scratch.
However, before you make the decision to purchase a franchise, please hear what I have to say in this article, because you will need to see below the surface of this. It must first be noted that purchasing a franchise will require a great deal of money.
The reality is that the start up costs for a window cleaning business are so low that it just doesn't make sense to buy a business, when you can simply start your own.
Office Cleaners in Columbia
Most people don't bother with cleaning their office partitions on a regular basis, if at all. They might assume that the office cleaners who come in after hours will do it. But one day, one of your employees may begin complaining of dust in the office or you might be having a very important client visit the office - it's at times like these that you may find yourself looking at your office partitions and wishing you could clean them thoroughly.
Begin by removing any dust and dirt from the partition with a dry cloth. Make sure to vacuum the dirt out of the office carpet once you are finished. It is also a good idea to run a vacuum, with the brush or upholstery attachment securely in place, over the partition walls themselves to get any dust you may have missed.
To finish, some people like to spray their office partitions with a fabric or upholstery stain protector. This will help to prevent future stains and dust from gathering, keeping your office partitions looking as good as new.