Side business ideas # 1 – Cleaning


These days – when it comes to side business ideas – so much emphasis is placed on online opportunities, we often forget the most basic ‘normal’ businesses that have been around pretty much since time began. One of these side businesses is cleaning. There’s an old saying ‘Where there’s muck there’s brass’ and that saying holds true just as much today as it ever has. If you’re struggling to register that, it basically means that if you are willing to get your hands dirty then there is always money to be made somewhere. There are lots of people out there who just don’t like doing messy or dirty jobs and they are quite happy to pay someone else to do these jobs for them. So have you considered cleaning as a side business idea and why is cleaning such a good side business?

Control your own hours

If you are going to focus on simple house cleaning, to some extent it can be quite easy to control your own hours. Many clients will only require you to work for a few hours a week and they may be quite flexible about the times/days you work, especially if you manage to land a job with a friend or family member. If they want you on a daily basis then you may be able to fit it in before or after your current work schedule and still have time to relax in the evening. There might be some jobs that you simply cannot fit in around your current commitments but if you are only looking for a side income then you should still be able to find enough work to top up your budget.

Low setup costs

Again, if you’re going to stick to house cleaning then you will probably find that you already have most of the equipment required in your own cleaning cupboard. Some jobs may require you to bring a vacuum along for the ride but other jobs will already have one available for use, saving you the hassle and meaning you often only need a small basket of cleaning products and a good pair of rubber gloves to complete your work.

You can go as big or as small as you like

If you manage to find a good commercial cleaning job that fits in with your schedule – perhaps office cleaning before and after work for example – then you can work as many hours as you can handle. If you prefer to keep things small and simple though then you have that option too.

How to find work

The great thing about cleaning is that your potential customers might well be people you already know or they could be just on your doorstep. If you have a computer and a printer then it should be easy to create some simple flyers and post them out around your local neighbourhood or hand them to friends and family to give out. If you are sticking to house cleaning then simple, home printed flyers can sometimes work better than glossy professionally made ones as people will be less worried that your prices are going to be sky high. If done right, homemade flyers can also portray a trustworthy and personal touch rather than the agency style feel of a glossy flyer. If you are looking to gain commercial clients however or you plan to charge quite high prices to more upmarket clients then a more professional approach may be better. Everyone has their own opinion on the best way to market your wares but those are a few things to consider.

The kind of advertising methods you employ will depend entirely on how big you want your business to be. If you want lots of clients then you may want to consider advertising in local or even online resources. If you are just looking to top up your income, then word of mouth may be all you need.

Dirt for them = Money for you!

So there we have it, side business idea # 1 – Cleaning. If you are willing to get your hands dirty then there will always be money to be made somewhere by cleaning, you just have to be willing to go and ask for the work.

4 Responses to Side business ideas # 1 – Cleaning

  1. Lauren says:

    I’ve actually thought about this before! It could be a nice side business for all of the reasons that you detailed, and it’s also a good way to stay active and on your feet for a few hours. Definitely could have potential for some decent money, especially depending on where you live.

  2. dojo says:

    Not the most glamorous businesses, but it does work. I know people who have done it and it allowed them to earn a decent income.

    • Adam Buller says:

      Yep I agree it’s not too glamorous but there’s usually work to be had and it doesn’t require a degree, so it could be a good quick money fix for some people.

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