Here's everything you need to know to run a successful housecleaning business from your home, from finding clients to selecting cleaning products to record keeping to advertising.
About the Author
Laura Jorstad is a freelance writer and editor whose assignments have ranged from fly fishing to military history, self-help to science fiction. Born and raised on the Minnesota prairie, she now lives at the foot of the Green Mountains with her cat, Isabel.
Melinda Morse started her successful home cleaning business in 1994 to help pay for graduate school. She has since earned a PhD, expanded her business, and launched a successful writing career.
Read an Excerpt
"I would strongly recommend that you refrain from a Cash Only policy. Requesting payments in cash is highly unprofessional and a bit shady these days. Years ago, housecleaners were not able to maintain bank accounts due to low wages, or they could not afford to have taxes removed from their wages. Today's independent housecleaners can more than afford to maintain a banking account, and as a sole proprietorship, you are responsible for your own taxes. Dealing with cash is tricky; it's too easy to put the cash into your pocket, spend it, and not record it.
You need to create a paper trail for each transaction. Insist on personal checks or credit cards. If someone must pay with cash, never allow them to leave cash sitting unattended, such as on a kitchen counter. It's too easy for strangers to come along and help themselves to your money, and you have absolutely no claim or proof that you did or didn't receive the cash....."
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction: Why a Home-Based Business?
1) Considering a Home-Based Business
2) Getting Started I: The Legalities
3) Getting Started II: Getting Your Business off the Ground
4) How to Plan and Develop a Service Manual
5) How to Screen Clients
6) Cleaning 101
7) Understanding and Serving Customers
8) Setting Up the Home Office
9) Record Keeping
11) Insurance and Bonding
13) When Bad Things Happen to Good Housecleaners
14) The Future Appendix I: Checklist of Start-Up Requirements Appendix II: Resources Appendix III: Blank Room Plans Index About the Authors