Your very own oven-cleaning business – how does that sound? Cleaning the oven is one of the most hated household jobs and something many of us put off until it’s absolutely desperate. In fact, people dislike the chore so much, they’re willing to pay for someone to come and do it for them!
There’s serious money to be made doing this – you could make yourself up to £100 per oven, as long as you don’t mind using a bit of elbow grease. Oven cleaning can be a great way to earn extra cash, or it could even become a full-time business for you.
The potential market for oven cleaning is huge, as almost every UK household has at least one oven.
You need to first decide what route you want to go down. There are three main ways to get work as an oven cleaner:
Becoming self-employed in any field is a big move, but it could be the best one you ever make. Just imagine – no boss to answer to, no going to the same old workplace every day and no more office politics! However, being self-employed requires a lot of hard work and commitment. You’ll need to sort out your own tax payments, which means putting money aside ready for when your tax return is due.
If you do decide to go it alone, consider getting some polo shirts made with your company logo printed on to give you a professional look.
Becoming a member of The Association of Approved Oven Cleaners is worth considering. Being a member certainly won’t hurt when it comes to marketing your business, and will give customers reassurance that you’re professional and reliable.
- Freedom and flexibility
- Potential to expand
- No boss to answer to!
- You have to find all your own work
- No sick pay
- No regular income
Working for a company gives you security in knowing how much you’ll be getting paid each month, whereas with self-employment your income can vary significantly. Here’s a list of oven cleaning companies you may want to approach about finding work.
- Oven Cleaning London
- Oven Cleaning Specialist
- Ovens Above
- Oven Sheen
- The Oven Cleaning Company – Scotland
- London Oven Cleaning Company
- Finding work for you is their responsibility
- Equipment and materials provided
- Set working hours
- The company reap the full rewards of your efforts
- Risk of job loss through redundancy or downsizing
- Limited number of holidays
This is when an established company allows others to use its business model, marketing and trademark to sell their service or product for profit. This is in exchange for a start-up payment and ongoing fees. ‘Avon ladies’ are one example of a franchise business model.
With an oven cleaning franchise, you’ll receive a van and all the proper cleaning materials. Decent companies will also provide a dedicated sales team who will pass work on to you. A franchise normally opens up opportunities in the commercial as well as domestic sector (so you could also find work cleaning restaurant as well as household ovens).
Although a franchise can be great once you’re up and running, you’ll need a hefty lump sum to get started. Ovenclean charge a start-up fee of £16,995 plus VAT. They also recommend a minimum personal investment of £10,000 to cover working capital and VAT. If you’ve got the money to get your franchise off the ground, it can be a very satisfying and profitable way of running a business.
Here’s a list of oven cleaning franchises:
- The Oven Cleaning Company (England)
- The Sparkle Oven Cleaning Co.
- Cookerburra Oven Cleaning Services
- Dirtbusters Oven Cleaning Network
- Low overheads
- Domestic and commercial opportunities
- Vehicle and materials provided
- High initial outlay
- Regular fees to pay
- You’ll be tied down to a contract
The sky’s the limit when you work for yourself. You dictate how much work you do and therefore how much you earn.
Here’s a list of ‘going rates’ for different types of oven. Be aware that this may differ depending on the area where you’ll be operating, so ensure you do your research and make your prices competitive.
- Single oven: £58
- Hob: £20
- Complete range (small): £75
- Complete range (large): £90
- Two-oven size: £75
- Four-oven size: £100
For an extra stream of income, you could replace light bulbs in cooker hoods and ovens. Buy them in bulk and make sure you offer them when doing a normal clean.
As you can see, doing two or three ovens each day would see you earn a good living. Plus, once you’re established there should be plenty of repeat business and a good reputation will result in lots more work.
Franchise Direct claim that their Ovenclean business can help you earn more than £1,000 a week. However, you’ll have to take into account your initial outlay and regular fees.
Some companies will start you off on minimum wage for a trial period of a few months. After that you can expect to earn around £14,000 a year, although many companies offer a starting salary of £16,000 and above. In London wages can be around the £20,000 a year mark.
A conscientious company will want to maintain their reputation so will pay well for the right staff. If you can demonstrate that you’re hard working, thorough and efficient you’ll do well.
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If you’re considering starting an oven-cleaning business and have questions or ideas, leave a comment below – we love hearing from you!