If you’ve always wanted to open a commercial cleaning business, you’ll want to get started on the right foot. It can be a competitive industry, so you’ll need to plan how you’re going to get your customers and keep them.
You’ll also need to work on how much you can charge and arm yourself with the right commercial cleaning equipment Australia has to offer.
In this article, we’ll go over a few tips to help you get going, with less chance of mistakes so your business can be profitable sooner rather than later.
Study Your Competitors
In order to know what works and what makes a commercial cleaning company very successful, you’ll need to do some research on what other similar companies are doing and determine what it is that they are doing right.
If they have a website, check out every page and see what you can learn. Give them a call, pretending you’re a potential customer and see what information you can glean from them regarding prices, availability, satisfaction guarantees and reliability.
Everything you learn about your competitors can be used to your advantage before you even commence business.
Find a Competitive Advantage
This is important because it’s what will give you a leg up on your competition and what you can also use as your main sales pitch.
One of the most common forms of advantage would be to undercut the price of your competitors. While this can certainly work, it could lead to a price war, culminating in a situation where the prices are so cheap it’s just not worthwhile anymore.
Opening specials would be a better option or offering an extra service that your competitors don’t have. Whatever you can come up with that your competition doesn’t offer, use it to your advantage.
Learn the Industry
If you’re not trained in the art of commercial cleaning, it would be a good idea to get a job as a commercial cleaner for a spell so you can learn exactly what it requires and how you can do it even better than your boss when you start your own business.
There are even certificate courses you can do in Australia that teaches you all the fundamentals of the trade, whether you wanted to be an employee or an employer. It would be well worth your while to take one of these courses and then to follow it up with working in the industry for a time to learn the ropes.
Get the Right Equipment
Many commercial cleaning jobs entail lots of floor cleaning, large areas of tiles or concrete or other surfaces. For this, you’ll need quality floor cleaning machines, probably several different varieties. Professional floor cleaning machines come in a number of forms. There are:
- Floor scrubbers
- Floor polishers
- Ride on versions
- And more…
Floor cleaning equipment isn’t all you’ll need, but likely this is the area where much of your equipment budget will be spent.
To find a commercial cleaning equipment supplier near you, simply do an online search. An example would be ‘commercial cleaning equipment Sydney’ if you live in the NSW capital.
Have a Plan
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.
It’s a wise old saying that’s very true. To be successful in business, you must need a business plan. You can once again find examples of business plans online that you can use as an outline to formulate yours.
With a plan in hand, the right equipment and industry training, there’s every chance you’ll have a successful commercial cleaning business.
This post has originally been featured in Residence Style.