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Are you ready to step up from “cleaning lady” or “cleaning guy” to cleaning business owner?


When you are self-employed, it’s easy to fall into a rut with your customers, work methods and mindset. You might even start thinking like an employee:

  • I have to ask my customers for a raise.
  • I have to put up with customers adding more work without more pay or I will get fired.
  • I have to clean from customer lists instead of what’s in the service agreement.

Oh, please!

You’re The Business Owner


You make the rules

When you are self-employed, you work with your customers, not for them. You provide high quality service, on a regular basis—as a household cleaning partner.

You’re not an employee. It is up to you to set policies, boundaries and limits in your business.

As a self-employed house cleaner, you shoulder all of the responsibilities of your business.

You also get to set up how, when and who you work with. It is up to you to make sure your rules benefit your business.

Whether you want to work solo, with a trusted partner or expand your business to include employees, there are ways to create and maintain a well-run, profitable business.

A business that takes you steps beyond the “cleaning lady” or “cleaning guy”.

Self-Employed House Cleaner is about helping you reach those next steps.

The Next Steps


Set up the rules for your business

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Self-Employed House Cleaner is a site for self-employed house cleaners who work alone or with a partner and have no employees.

Some of you are self-employed because you’re just starting out. You may expand your business to include employees later or you may never hire anyone.

Some people feel unless you have employees or subcontractors, you don’t have a real business. They say that if you are a sole proprietor or partnership, you just own your job.

Thing is, owning a job is enough for some of us, especially a job run as a business—your business.

A business where you don’t manage other people. A business where you can work alone or with a trusted partner.

For many self-employed house cleaners, the ability to control their own time, develop deep relationships with their customers and operate with low overhead (expenses) can be a great place to be.

Serious about the business


Some self-employed house cleaners are serious about the business part of cleaning. These house cleaners:

  • are licensed, bonded and insured.
  • don’t work “under the table”—they record income and pay their taxes.
  • have systems for the money they bring in and money they pay out.

These self-employed cleaners also develop sales and marketing systems to attract and serve their best customers. Customers willing to pay them at or above the going rate for their local area.

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The importance of a business license.
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Set up your “work fence”.

They set up “work fences” or policies that help them and their customers maintain a healthy and respectful distance. These policies help self-employed cleaners satisfy customers and earn more income.

These house cleaners are willing to learn and improve their skills. Cleaning business owners who realize their best investment is in themselves. People who want to reach their full potential— in business and in life.

Ready to start a house cleaning business?

Ready to sign your cleaning business papers

Tap the button to discover ten things you need to do to get started with your own house cleaning business.


Meet Judith


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Hi, my name is Judith.
I’m here to help you reach the next steps.
Let’s get started….

Cleaning Business Start-up Basics

Use this full map of US state and city laws to help you:

  • Apply for a business name
  • Get a business license
  • Register to pay taxes

Just click on the map to find your state and get started.

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