Want to start a cleaning business? Here’s how

30 Aug 22

There’s never been a better time to start a cleaning business in Australia. Whether you want to make more money to combat rising costs, or simply want to work on your own terms, a home cleaning business can be life changing for you and your family – especially given rising demand and impressive industry growth.

But how do you start a cleaning business? Just follow our step-by-step guide!


Step 1: Choose what cleaning business to start

When thinking about starting a cleaning business, you might consider cleaning homes. And domestic cleaning certainly has its perks: you can choose to work when and where it suits you (hello flexibility!) and make a difference in the lives of your customers. Just see how VIP Home Cleaning franchisees Glenn and Leonie made it happen.

But perhaps a commercial cleaning business is a better fit for you? It’s a great option if you like to work alone (or with a partner) in a quiet environment, and want to experience a better work-life balance. Just ask yourself these questions before starting a commercial cleaning business.


Step 2: Choose a cleaning business model

Once you’ve decided on the type of cleaning business you want to operate, you can pick a cleaning business model.

Basically this means either starting a cleaning business alone or buying a franchise. Each one has its pros and cons, so it’s a good idea to do your research and talk to as many people as possible about their experiences. Many of our franchisees say the best thing about V.I.P.’s approach is that we welcome any and all questions while providing honest and helpful guidance – so they can decide what’s best for their family.

Why buy a franchise? It can be much easier to get up and running and grow, because you have a trusted and established brand name behind you – as well as a proven business model, customer management and marketing support, and ongoing advice and training. Best of all, a leading cleaning franchisor will provide tech support and continually invest in the latest technology to help make your business more efficient and successful – which is invaluable these days.

Why start your own cleaning business? You can have total control and independence over things like your business name and operations. But bear in mind you will have to learn from your own mistakes, find your own customers without any support or structure, and have to deal with challenges by yourself (rather than being able to rely on the franchisor and your fellow franchise owners).


Step 3: You’re in business!

This step depends a little on whether you buy a franchise or start your own business. If you do the latter, there are many more things to do like register your business, sort out your marketing, set up your accounting and customer management systems, find a training course, get insurance, figure out your pricing, and buy cleaning products, uniforms, signage and so much more. And that’s all before you find your first paying customer!

If you become a franchise owner, these things are all included. So you can simply slip on your shirt and get to work.

After some time, you might even find yourself so busy that you can hire staff and enjoy even more flexibility and financial control. It’s up to you! But at the end of the day, deciding to start a cleaning business in 2022 can be one of the best decisions you ever make.


Ready to start a cleaning business?

We’re here to help. Get in touch with us today and we’ll help you decide if a V.I.P. franchise is right for you and your family.

Want to start a cleaning business? Here’s how