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How to Start a Cleaning Business - Free Book

Are you considering starting a Cleaning Business? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.

This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.


Don’t Start a New Cleaning Business Unless You Watch This Video First!

Checklist for Starting a Business: Essential Ingredients for Success

If you are thinking about going into business, it is imperative that you watch this video first! it will take you by the hand and walk you through each and every phase of starting a business. It features all the essential aspects you must consider BEFORE you start a business. This will allow you to predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas. Ignore it at your own peril!

For more insightful videos visit our Small Business and Management Skills YouTube Chanel.


Here’s a Valuable Free Gift for You
This is a high quality, full blown business plan template complete with detailed instructions and all related spreadsheets. You can download it to your PC and easily prepare a professional business plan for your business.
Click Here! To get your free business plan template

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success

The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.

Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...

According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.

This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.

Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.

"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"

That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate it. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?

[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]

Hi! My name is Meir. I'm the founder and president of BizMove.com, a successful Internet based information business. I'm also the author of numerous books, mostly in the area of small business management.

I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a consulting firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.

During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
You see, I have been there .... done it ... and bought the Small Business t-shirt! -- This free book contains techniques and strategies I've learned during my 31 year small business career.

Here's what you'll discover in the 'How to Start a Cleaning Business' book:

How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.

A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business

A complete business plan template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).

All this and much much more.

Success Tip: Setting Goals

Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.

Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.

Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.

Click here! to download your Cleaning Business book for free (PDF version)


Management Skills Video: How to Become a Great Manager and Leader

Learn how to improve your leadership skills and become a better manager and leader. Here's how to be the boss people want to give 200 percent for. In the following video you'll discover 120 powerful tips and strategies to motivate and inspire your people to bring out the best in them.

For more insightful videos visit our Small Business and Management Skills YouTube Chanel.


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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for a Cleaning Business plan:

Purpose
The purpose of this Business Plan is to:

  • Set a course for the Company's management to successfully manage, operate, and administer the business.
  • Inform financing sources of the capital requirements being requested by the Company, in addition to its history, its projected future, and how the requested funding would give the Company the ability to add value to the local economy, generate tax revenues for local and federal government, and help put people back to work.

The Company
[Company Name] is a start-up venture located in Cuyahoga County, serving commercial and residential clients by offering quality cleaning services in the Metro Cleveland, OH area. The business was founded by [Name], who are cleaning industry professionals with collective experience. [Company Name] is expanding its exposure through effective marketing as well as introducing the area to market segments that have not yet discovered the Company.

The Market
[Company Name]target market strategy is based on becoming a destination for commercial or residential clients in the Cleveland, OH area looking for quality cleaning services. These customers prefer excellent treatment, services, and affordable rates; thus it's the Company's duty to deliver on their expectations.

Financial Consideration
In addition to diligently following this Business Plan to maintain the safeguards for successful business operations and achieve the financial projections herein, the current financial plan of [Company Name] includes obtaining funding through one of many financing programs in the amount of $100,000. It will use the funding to do advertising, purchase office supplies and equipment, and purchase two vans. The Company's revenue is projected to increase during the next three years, from $146,805 to $185,708, while its monthly break-even stands at $11,453. 

 

1.1 Objectives

[Company Name] has four main objectives:

  • To acquire  2 or more cleaning accounts by August 31, 2011
  • To attain 5 or more cleaning accounts by  December 31, 2011
  • To obtain government janitorial contracts via Small Business Association
  • To hire dependable employees from the community

1.2 Mission

[Company Name]mission involves:

  • Promoting community growth and community strength by providing excellence
  • Janitorial services one cleaning opportunity at a time.
  • Quality cleaning done right the first time!

1.3 Keys to Success

[Company Name]keys to success include:

  • Listen attentively to the needs of the client and communicate this information effectively to cleaning crews
  • Research and remain experts on the greenest cleaning practices and products
  • Remember that the cleaning must meet or exceed client expectations to be considered done.

Company: [Company Name]
Contact: [Name]
Address: [Address]
Direct Phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX        
Cell Phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX                 
Email: X

[Company Name] is a start-up company that provides cleaning services in the Metro Cleveland, OH area. The Company will serve commercial and residential clients by offering basic cleaning, floor treatment, carpet cleaning, window cleaning, etc. The business was founded by [Name], cleaning industry professionals with collective experience, who have pooled their resources to develop a new strategy for reaching and serving business clients. 

2.1 Company Ownership

[Company Name]is a Limited Liability Corporation established in December 2010 in the county of Cuyahoga, OH. The cleaning Company is a 100% African-American, women owned business. The owners of [Company Name]are [Name]and [Name] who both have 45% ownership, as well as [Name] and [Name] who both have 5% ownership of the Company.

2.2 Start-up Summary

The following table and chart shows the start-up costs for [Company Name]. The Company's start-up expenses consist of legal, insurance, computer, web design, stationary expenses. The start-up assets consist of office supplies, two company vans and equipment.

Table: Start-up

Start-up

 

 

 

Requirements

 

 

 

Start-up Expenses

 

Legal

$1,500

Insurance

$2,500

Website

$500

Computer

$2,000

Stationary

$2,200

Total Start-up Expenses

$8,700

 

 

Start-up Assets

 

Cash Required

$0

Other Current Assets

$17,115

Long-term Assets

$65,975

Total Assets

$83,090

 

 

Total Requirements

$91,790

3.0 Services

[Company Name] provides cleaning services to commercial and residential clients in the Greater Cleveland, OH area.  As the Company grows, its main objective is to focus on customer satisfaction and affordable rates.

How to Develop Your Creativity Skills

Creativity is a complex, multi-faceted process. Many myths have grown up around the process, one of which is that creative people have no say in the matter; that somehow creativity strikes certain people and misses others. Nothing could be further from the truth. Creativity can be developed, sharpened, amplified, because it is a factor of nurture as well as nature.

1. Believe You Are Creative

Everyone is. Or has the potential to be. It is part of being human.

2. Broaden Your Interests

Consciously seek out what you have not sought out before. Be open to new experiences, new sources of information.

3. Prepare to Create

Gather information, hunches, impressions, colors, textures, sounds. Keep Notes!

4. Look for (or, better still, make) Connections.

The more varied your interests, the greater the chance of cross-fertilization; of combining two or more things that have not been combined before. Look for relationships between things that are not related.

5. Break Habits.

Our own habits are what often keep us from being more creative. The more you follow the script, the less you can improvise. Breaking even little habits can shake up the system enough to allow new connections to happen, new points of view to form.

6. Provide the Right Environment (for you).

Some people like to listen to music, others prefer silence once they are in the creative flow. Experiment until you find what works for you.

7. Provide Time To Create

(1) Time to sleep on it. Time without your conscious manipulation. Time for seemingly random thoughts and bits of input to percolate and bump into each other. (2) Time away from the immediate demands of work and/or home, dedicated to the creative task at hand. In certain environments, time is so precious that this seems like an unrealistic element of developing your creativity. But even five minutes could make a difference.

8. Persevere

Don't give up on yourself or your project. Creativity is not necessarily easy. Make lots of mistakes. Learn from them. It is to be expected. It is a part of the process. Keep going. There is a paradox here because sometimes an important part of being creative is knowing when to abandon an unproductive idea.

9. Maximize All Of Your Senses

The more you utilize all of your senses to gather and process information, the greater the chance of those bits of ideas bumping into each other . . . and sticking together to create a new something.

10. Forget How Much You Know.

Adopt the beginner's mind. Conventional wisdom may say this or that cannot be done and then unconventional wisdom goes right ahead and does it. Learn to look at things with a fresh eye. Don't be afraid to ask the "dumb" questions.

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