There was an article on www.cleanlink.com entitled Hesitation For Starting A Cleaning Company.
The gist of the article was the top 10 excuses people give for why they can't start a cleaning company. Or any company for that matter.
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The article lists the reasons, but no answers. So I thought I would throw in my two cents.
- It will be too difficult - Why? Start small, a few jobs here and there.
- I don’t have the money to start a cleaning business - You don't need a lot a money. Rags, buckets, mops, cleaners.
- There are already too many cleaning companies in my town - then specialize. Look at what other companies are doing and see if there is a niche being missed.
- I’m already too busy working at my regular job - As I said in #1, start small. Office buildings are usually cleaned after hours or on weekends.
- I will have no time to relax and be with my family - There are a lot of people touting the "you can do everything" mantra. I'm not one of them. In the beginning, it will take up your time. Running a business takes time. So don't try become an overnight success. Have a plan of what you want to do - and not do. Don't take every job just to get the work. You'll burn yourself out.
- My friends tell me I'm crazy to start any business - I love this one. Unless you are trying to do something goofy like selling snow to eskimos, ignore this. Anyone who has started a business can tell you they were told the same thing.
- I don’t think I’m smart enough to run a business - What makes you say that? Look, having a business is a learning experience. Not every business that succeeded was started by a "smart" person. And plenty of "smart" people who started businesses failed. Learn what you can, explore different resources. A good place to start is SCORE (Senior Core of Retired Executives), who can give you insight and help you look for pitfalls.
- It will take too long to make any money - Any money? Or some amount of money you have in your head. Yes it does take time to build up a business. But you can be profitable fairly quickly by managing spending and figuring your job costs.
- I don’t know enough about cleaning - There is a great resource for that - the internet. You can pretty much find whatever you need to know here. Blogs, cleaning forums, online magazines, Facebook, etc. Try googling "How to start a cleaning company."
- And, the all-time favorite, I might fail. - You might. But there is a saying that goes "You only fail when you quit trying". Even if you do fail, figure out what went wrong and do it differently next time.