Personal services are growing more and more. You get your shopping, teachers go home, and there is an increasing demand for home cleaning. Indeed, many families have an ambitious active life, and parents have difficulty reconciling their work, their family, and household chores. They choose home-based services. It is an activity that requires very little investment for its launch and which is very lucrative!
Starting your business
If you love to make the own around you, this is the perfect opportunity to start your business, and by the same to become your own boss! Start by deciding on the type of cleaning service you are going to offer. Several options present themselves to you, you can propose to make the bed, vacuum, wash the floor, iron the shirts. But you can also specialize, for example by washing only carpets. Depending on the services offered you will need to invest in the appropriate cleaning equipment.
The most effective solution for finding your customers is word of mouth: your friends, family, friends of your friends. This will allow you to start your business quickly. You can also print advertisements or make business cards for a morsel of bread. On these advertisements do not forget to highlight your specialization. If, for example, your expertise is in fast ironing, this will help you earn points against the competition.
To inspire you in the layout of your ads you just need to retrieve all the ads from your mailbox and select those that you like the most. “Fashionable” ergonomics change every year.
Invoicing your services
The best way to find the right price to charge your services is to look in your surroundings (or neighborhood). Call your competitors and ask them for the price of their service. In general one starts its activity by being a little cheaper than the market, this allows to penetrate the market. Then you will have the time to go up the price each year.
You can also offer packages at different prices. The ideal is to have at least 3 packs at different prices. They can be called “Basic Cleaning Package, 1 hour of cleaning per week”, “Silver Cleaning Package, 2 hours per week” and “Deluxe Cleaning Package, 4 hours per week”, or any other such idea.
In each type of activity one often starts being even while carrying out the work. It is ideal to know well its sector of activity. For example the CEO of Mac Donald in the US began as a simple cashier. So you can start by doing the housework yourself, and then employ people to perform these tasks for you.
Consider placing correspondence cards with customers (a simple note pad), so they can give instructions to housekeepers every week without having to call them.
Insurance and job checks
Think of taking out insurance, it can happen unpleasant things in a customer: household accident, theft, fire, etc. Insurance is cheap and will help you not worry about the worst every week.
To prevent your customers paying directly by your housekeepers, without going through your business, remind them that they can deduct 50% of the housekeeping costs on their taxes at the end of the year. So when they pay 19 euros for an hour of housekeeping, it will cost them only 9.5 euros, and especially thanks to your company they are insured against theft and fires.