As the old saying goes its a dirty job, but somebodys
gotta do it. And if you can get over the fact that you make your
living running a bathroom cleaning service, you can actually
make a pretty decent living from this kind of a business. They
key here is to hire others to actually do the dirty work for
you and to land contracts with large offices who need to have
their bathrooms cleaned on a regular basis.
While many people do make a living cleaning bathrooms, its
not a very glamorous job nor is it particularly well paid. However,
as the person arranging the contracts and the workers (who are
more often than not new immigrants with limited English language
skills, which is why they are willing to take a low paid job
that can also be somewhat disgusting), you can make a decent
living at it and some people actually run multimillion dollar
corporations that work in the business of cleaning bathrooms
and indeed cleaning offices in general.
Keep in mind however that this is a highly competitive business
which is driven primarily by cost since there is not much to
differentiate one bathroom cleaning service from another one
(after all, what will you say we clean our bathrooms with
this kind of detergent while others use that kind most
customers will only care that the bathrooms are cleaned regularly
and will not care how the job gets done). Therefore, you need
to be able to keep a close eye on the bottom line in order to
make this a profitable and successful business venture.
This video shows you how to clean
a bathroom in less than four minutes (you will see the whole
bathroom cleaned during the video). Speed can be important if
you work on a contract basis rather than for hourly pay.
How Much Can You Make?
As with most cases where you start your own business, the
sky really is the limit. Most owners of successful bathroom cleaning
services do quite well for themselves, earning in the low six
figures per year.
However, as previously noted, this is a tough business where
pennies matter. Therefore, your business will depend not only
on a steady supply of cheap laborers who are willing to do the
work for minimum wage or just a bit over minimum wage but also
on your costs for supplies such as uniforms (if you require your
employees to wear them) and cleaning supplies.
If you choose to run a bathroom cleaning business all on your
own, actually doing the cleaning yourself, expect to make decent
money if you keep the costs down (you typically get paid on a
contract basis to clean X number of bathrooms Y number of times
per week rather than earning a monthly salary), however do remember
that youll likely have to work nights and the work can
be extremely hard and frankly, pretty smelly.
You may also be able to work in peoples homes in which
case you will get paid by the hour, typically around $10-$15
per hour, though in that case, you are expected to do much more
than just clean bathrooms.
Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities
Bathroom cleaning services are the sort of thing most people
who run offices tend to think of as being an afterthought. Yes,
they are a necessary part of doing business, but they are not
something that business owners spend much time sweating over
except when it comes time to renew the contract, therefore you
should strive to make sure that your cleaners are as unobtrusive
as possible and are not going to give business owners a reason
to consider hiring someone else.
You may also want to expand your business to offer clean up
services for offices in general and not just the bathrooms (bathrooms
are often negotiated as part of a broader cleaning services contract).
In addition, you should consider offering "one off"
cleaning services for home owners who may have come home to their
teenagers having a wild party or who have just had a major event
at home. These kinds of contracts can pay some really good money
and are a good segue from the main business of cleaning bathrooms.
Qualifications / Requirements
While there are no formal requirements or qualifications for
creating a bathroom cleaning business, you likely will want to
have an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) because you
are after all, ultimately running a business where you are responsible
for all aspects, from marketing to payroll to supplies.
It also helps to have a background in the business of running
a cleaning service. Therefore, you should consider working with
someone else who runs such a business, perhaps as a middle manager
before taking the plunge and running your own business so that
you understand the ins and outs of the business.
Of course, if you are just cleaning peoples homes, then
all you need to know is how to do a good job cleaning in a reasonable
amount of time.
Start by contacting several companies in the area with large
offices. Ask to speak to the general manager and find out what
they are paying already for bathroom cleaning services. This
will give you a baseline of the amounts that you can reasonably
expect to charge. Then, start hiring staff and arrange meetings
to try to land contracts. Youll need to spend significant
amounts to get this business off the ground since you will be
working to create a brand new business and it may take a while
to become profitable.
a Cleaning Business A franchise service where you
can sign up to run your own business. While start up costs are
higher here than working independently, you have the advantage
of a network of advertisers behind you so that you do not have
to start completely from scratch in creating your business.