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.
You’re The Business Owner
You make the rules
The Next Steps
Set up the rules for your business
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.
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.