How Do I Start A Commercial Cleaning Business?

Too often, we’ve seen people strike out with little more than a mop and a bucket in hand thinking that’s how you start a cleaning business from home. While these kinds of companies are relatively easy to build, there’s a bit more involved.

Here are some of the steps that you’ll need to take to start a cleaning business.

Building Your Brand – Start With The Basics

From the outset, you should start thinking about the foundations of what your brand will be, what you want it to convey, and what emotions you want it to evoke. Do you want it to represent trustworthiness, professionalism, whimsy, or reliability? No matter what feelings you want your brand to suggest, it’s a good idea to keep it in the back of your mind throughout your start-up process as it will inform some of your decisions.

Choosing A Name

What you name your company is the first step in creating your brand. Your name should be easy to remember and descriptive. You’re probably going to come up with several ideas, each better than the last, only to discover that all of them are already being used by someone else.

Originality is critical. That doesn’t mean that your name has to be odd or strange; it just means that it should be unlike any other company name currently in operation. If your name is too similar to another company’s, your reputation could suffer if they behave badly. The other hazard of adopting a name that resembles another is that you could be in violation of copyright laws. To be on the safe side, you can seek professional help to do a thorough search of the name you want to use to make sure that it isn’t currently registered with another corporation.

Logo Design And Other Materials

With your name locked in, you should turn your attention to getting a logo for your business designed. Then, you can create other marketing materials such as business cards, flyers, and brochures.


These days, most people consult the web before making an important purchase. So, it’s critical that you have a responsive website that works for you. It should be informative, easy to navigate, and constantly updated.

Insurance And Bonding

All commercial cleaning companies should carry sufficient liability insurance to protect themselves and their clients if an accident occurs during or because of the cleaning work done on the customer’s premises. Customers will also want to know that your company is fully bonded to protect against theft.

Source Suppliers For Cleaning Equipment And Products

If you’re going to be cleaning offices nightly, you’ll go through lots and lots of rags, paper towels, disinfectants, and various cleaners. It will be far more cost-effective and convenient to purchase these items in bulk from a commercial supplier. You should also consider seeking eco-friendly products, as these are in demand from corporate customers.

In addition to the tools that are used daily in your cleaning tasks, you’ll also need some bigger ticket items such as vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, and carpet cleaners. Be sure to get commercial grade equipment, as you will probably be putting these appliances through their paces.

A Faster And Easier Alternative

There’s another way to start a janitorial cleaning business that eliminates or simplifies these steps: buy a franchise. JAN-PRO is an affordable franchising opportunity that delivers the training, support, and services needed to achieve success and start your own business! Become a franchisee today!


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