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Making The Transformation From Cleaner To Commercial Cleaning Agency

Cleaners or cleaning professionals, whatever you want to call them, have always been a crucial part of the working world. Many start off as sole operators or freelance for other companies, but what steps should they take when they want to start selling their own services to commercial clients for a greater share of the profits? Here are a few tips.

Decide what services you are going to provide

There are commercial cleaning teams of all sizes and all types. First, you have to decide what kind of work you are going to do. For instance, if you’re going to offer simple office cleaning services, then you may be able to do it alone. However, if you’re going to offer more specialist cleaning services, such as carpet cleaning, industrial cleaning, and the like, then you may need to look at acquiring the necessary certification and training as well.

Choose an area of operations

You need to also decide which area you should operate in. The kind of services you wish to provide may dictate this. For instance, if you’re offering industrial cleaning services, then you want to make sure your services are available in the most industrialized sectors of your local area. Otherwise, you also need to contact the local councils of any areas you want to work in about area zoning, health regulations, and if you need to make an application to be able to do business in the area. You have to consider the logistics of working in the area, as well, such as transport costs and whether travel would reduce your working hours too much.

Find your equipment

Which equipment you need is largely going to be determined by the two questions above. For instance, you’re going to need a commercial carpet cleaner if you’re offering carpet cleaning services, and a commercial pressure washer if you’re offering exterior cleaning services. When first starting, it’s often a good idea to look at leasing or financing equipment than buying it outright, initially. Furthermore, you should look at any vehicles you might need, as you may need larger vans to transport certain kinds of commercial level equipment.

Build your team

If you’re offering office or shop cleaning services, you may be able to handle it just fine yourself. However, for larger properties, you should look at hiring either permanent team members or making use of cleaning freelancers. Many cleaners start off as freelancers, which means that there’s rarely difficulty in finding the team members that you need. However, you also need to know your employment and contract law and make sure you’re following your responsibilities, as most legal troubles in businesses tend to be caused by disputes between employers and employees or contractors and clients.

Making the transformation from professional cleaner to a commercial cleaning service will take some investment, and involve some risk, but the rewards can be greatly worth it indeed. Hopefully, the tips above show you a few ways to better prepare for that transformation to increase the likelihood of your success.

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