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As the coronavirus lockdown eases and certain businesses start operating again, cleaners and those with experience in this area are likely to be more in demand than ever. So, could you make money sanitising offices, homes, or workplaces? The answer is yes!
As offices start to reopen, they’ll be looking for those with the skills to ensure their environments are disinfected and safe for their staff. The same is true for retail stores, dental and optical practices, and a range of other workplaces that have been closed over the past few months and now need to ensure the safety of customers.
Those who find themselves readjusting to commuting into workplaces and likely to cause an increased demand for cleaning services in their own homes, too. With an increased awareness of infection, the need for regular and thorough cleaning is no doubt going to be at the forefront of many people’s minds for the foreseeable future.
So, how can you leverage this opportunity and make money from your cleaning skills? Here are a few ideas on what you’ll need to consider if you’re looking to launch your own cleaning business…
In the first instance, if you’re setting out to make money sanitising houses it’s likely that your customers will mainly be local. This is especially the case if you’re looking to focus more on cleaning private homes than on offices.
In the first instance, you should make sure everyone you know who lives in your area is aware of your new venture. Word of mouth can take you a long way, so make sure your services are known! A good cleaner is in a position where they’ll find themselves being recommended widely by their clients.
You might want to spread the word further than your immediate network by taking out a small advert in your local community newsletter or newspaper, and putting a note up in the window of local corner shops. With queues still snaking down most streets, you’ve got a good chance for potential customers to see them! Try community apps like NextDoor, Facebook groups, and Gumtree, too.
Local shops and businesses can be a great place to reach out to as well. They’ll need to take extra safety precautions with their customers once they do reopen, and they might never have used an external cleaner before. This is a great time to get in touch and let them know about your offering, emphasising your experience and expertise.
Even if you already have a lot of experience in the cleaning industry, no one would argue that requirements have changed a bit over the past few months.
If you’re going to make money sanitising areas that might be infected by coronavirus, and do a good job, there are clear guidelines that should be followed.
These guidelines include:
This video, aimed at those cleaning optical practices, explains this in more depth.
You should do your best to get hold of the chemicals mentioned above. You might be able to buy them wholesale, especially if you’re planning on taking on a large number of clients. It’s likely that these chemicals will be in cleaning products anyway, so check before you start sourcing them separately.
It also goes without saying that you should check that the chemicals won’t damage any of the furnishings, flooring, or surfaces, whether you’re in a household or a workplace.
After you’ve started to spread the word locally, you might also want to move into promoting your cleaning business digitally. You can do this by:
There are clear guidelines on what you should do once you’re back at work cleaning offices, homes and workplaces. They include:
You should speak to the employer or homeowner before you start working for them, in order to make sure these precautions will be put in place. Remember, it protects their health and those of their families or employees as well as your own.
If you’re planning on employing staff to work for your cleaning company, there are further precautions that you’ll need to take. These include, but aren’t limited to:
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