How to Start a Cleaning Business

So you want to learn how to start a cleaning business? The Janitorial Store provides all the tools and resources you need in one place so you can grow your cleaning business and help it thrive.

Running a cleaning business is not easy. We know, because we've done it twice! As owners of two commercial cleaning companies, we've been where you are and had the same challenges to overcome. After starting our second cleaning business we decided to do it better the second time around, and apply what we'd learned over the years. And the result is that we grew the second business twice as fast as the first!

That's why we started The Janitorial Store in 2005 -- to help cleaning business owners who are struggling to grow their business and who need mentors who have been where they are. 

The Results You Can Expect by Joining The Janitorial Store

When you join The Janitorial Store as a member, you'll gain immediate access to proven strategies for starting, building and managing your cleaning business. You'll find a wealth of information including hundreds of janitorial and bidding forms, information-packed eBooks, how-to articles, bidding calculators, audio interviews with experts and more! Plus get discounts on training programs, DVD's, newsletters and more.

Join our community of cleaning business owners who are learning new skills, making better business decisions, using new tools and improving their results.

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Featured Resources
Janitorial Bidding and Inspection Mobile Apps Janitorial Bidding and Inspection Mobile Apps
Here are the janitorial apps you've been looking for! Bid 4 Cleaning is a mobile app for bidding and estimating janitorial cleaning services. Not only will you present an accurate price, you'll know that it's priced profitably for YOUR business. Inspecting your janitorial cleaning accounts has never been easier or more affordable than with the InspectaClean mobile app. keep reading

How to Start a Cleaning Business - Part 1 (Free Article Series) How to Start a Cleaning Business - Part 1 (Free Article Series)
Jean Hanson
If you're wondering how to start a cleaning business, this article will get you on the right path. This is the first in a series of in-depth articles that will help you successfully start a cleaning business. keep reading

Download: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Janitorial Companies Download: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Janitorial Companies
This is a downloadable zip file filled with documents that you can use to create Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for your cleaning company. You can also use the documents to qualify for CIMS Certification. You also receive a BONUS One Year Membership to The Janitorial Store with purchase. Active members will receive an extra year added onto their membership. keep reading

NEWSLETTERS for Commercial Cleaning Companies NEWSLETTERS for Commercial Cleaning Companies
FEBRUARY ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE! Sending monthly newsletters is the #1 way to stay in front of your clients and prospects. The best part is, WE do all the work of creating the content! All you have to do is personalize it for your business by adding special offers and company updates. Then take it to your local printer or upload it to an online printer. You can even upload it to your website for online reading. NewzBreak is a 4-page, full color newsletter. You will have it printed on 11x17 paper, folded in half. New issues every month! Order monthly or buy an entire year for a discounted price. Click here to see sample issues. keep reading

What's New
How to Collect From Slow Paying Cleaning Customers
Jean Hanson
When you got into the cleaning business you most likely didn't think that one of your roles would be "collection agent". You provide the service and your customers pay their bill; simple right? Unfortunately there is no way to guarantee that all of your cleaning customers will pay on time, but here are some ways to collect from slow paying customers. keep reading

Workplace Posters Compliance for Cleaning Companies Workplace Posters Compliance for Cleaning Companies
It is your responsibility as an employer (with one or more employees) to understand and comply with all federal, state, and OSHA labor laws and prominently display all 'mandatory to post' federal, state, and OSHA labor law postings to protect employee rights. This article gives you plenty of resources in case you're not sure what's needed for Workplace Poster compliance. keep reading

What You Need to Know Before Cleaning Tempered Glass What You Need to Know Before Cleaning Tempered Glass
Steve Hanson
Window cleaning can be a cleaning company's worst nightmare. Although this type of cleaning service can be very lucrative, there are certain cautions to be aware of. One being tempered glass. keep reading

What Differentiates Your Cleaning Business From Your Competition? What Differentiates Your Cleaning Business From Your Competition?
In our last survey, we asked cleaning business owners what differentiates them from the competition. Learn what how the winner has figured out a way to differentiate his company from his competitors. The winner has been given a Lifetime Membership to The Janitorial Store in celebration of our 10 Year Anniversary in 2015. keep reading

How to Differentiate Your Cleaning Business from the Competition How to Differentiate Your Cleaning Business from the Competition
Jean Hanson
There is no way of getting around it, competition is everywhere. So what are you to do? Time to differentiate your cleaning company from the competition and stand out! keep reading

What is LEED® Certification and why should your cleaning company care? What is LEED® Certification and why should your cleaning company care?
Jean Hanson
Going green used to mean simply doing the right thing for the environment through daily business practices. Today, however, it means much more, thanks to government incentives such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) certification standards. keep reading

Episode 101: Lost the Cleaning Proposal? Ask These Questions Episode 101: Lost the Cleaning Proposal? Ask These Questions
Jean Hanson
If you've lost another cleaning proposal and can't quite figure out what is going on, here are 6 questions to ask yourself. You just might find the answer! keep reading

Green Cleaning Equipment Upgrades Green Cleaning Equipment Upgrades
Steve Hanson
Environmental responsibility is on everyone's minds these days. If you're thinking about offering green cleaning services, one of the things you should consider is your cleaning equipment. This article presents strategies to implement, upgrade and maintain green cleaning equipment. keep reading

Top Cleaning Complaints from Customers Top Cleaning Complaints from Customers
In our last survey, we asked cleaning business owners rank their top 5 cleaning complaints from customers. The winner has been given a Lifetime Membership to The Janitorial Store in celebration of their 10 Year Anniversary in 2015. keep reading

Economical Green Cleaning: How You Can Help Environmentally Minded Clients Save Money Economical Green Cleaning: How You Can Help Environmentally Minded Clients Save Money
Jean Hanson
Environmentally friendly or 'green' cleaning is not new, but building managers are using green cleaning programs as a competitive advantage when marketing their space. Even consumers themselves use green cleaning products at home and expect the same level of commitment from their work environments. keep reading

Choosing the Right Certification for Your Cleaning Business Choosing the Right Certification for Your Cleaning Business
Jean Hanson
Success in the commercial cleaning business often hinges on building a reputation for trustworthiness, and third party validation can help new businesses achieve this quickly. Certifications add credibility and marketability to your commercial cleaning business. They can also help with employee recruitment, and boost morale and a sense of camaraderie among your staff. keep reading

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