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
JUNE 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
Investing in Safety Can Save Your Cleaning Company and Your Bottom Line Investing in Safety Can Save Your Cleaning Company and Your Bottom Line
Jean Hanson
Cleaning business owners must consider how to manage risk for their business, or risk losing their business altogether. If you've ever had to deal with an employee injury, you know how it drives up costs. If you have no formal safety program in place, it's time to make it happen. Investing in safety saves not only saves money, it can transform your business. keep reading

Have You Been "Greenwashed"? Have You Been "Greenwashed"?
Steve Hanson
As social awareness towards the environment and sustainability continues to move forward and gain in popularity, more and more consumers are basing their purchasing decisions on a company's ability to provide and utilize "green systems." keep reading

How You Can Improve Indoor Air Quality by Switching to Green Cleaning How You Can Improve Indoor Air Quality by Switching to Green Cleaning
Jean Hanson
Did you know indoor air quality of a building is usually 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air and can contain up to 100 times more pollutants than the air that's outside? Poor indoor air quality is a common problem in commercial office buildings, which is why many building owners and managers are requesting green cleaning services from their cleaning contractors. keep reading

4 Steps for Effective, Accurate Workloading for Your Cleaning Business 4 Steps for Effective, Accurate Workloading for Your Cleaning Business
Jean Hanson
Developing an accurate workloading process is essential to the success of your cleaning business so you can provide the right price and scope of work in your proposal. This article gives you 4 steps to accurate workloading. keep reading

Green Cleaning: Why Switch When Prospects Aren't Asking For It? Green Cleaning: Why Switch When Prospects Aren't Asking For It?
Jean Hanson
The single most common reason your cleaning company may not have adopted green cleaning is the lack of customer interest. If they haven't directly asked for it, why provide the service? It's your responsibility to educate your customers about the value of green cleaning. Whether it's for the environment or health and safety reasons, commercial cleaning companies are incorporating green cleaning practices into their cleaning programs. keep reading

Ebook: Local SEO for Commercial Cleaners Ebook: Local SEO for Commercial Cleaners
Jean Hanson, Phil Singleton, Ray Perry
EBOOK FOR MEMBERS: If you're a cleaning business owner that depends on a steady stream of new customers, you'll be interested in this ebook. Local SEO for Commercial Cleaners will teach you, in layman's terms, how to vastly improve your company's local search engine ranking potential. keep reading

Using Social Media to Recruit Employees for Your Cleaning Business Using Social Media to Recruit Employees for Your Cleaning Business
Jean Hanson
One of the most powerful tools your business can leverage to connect with potential employees is social media. New hires are all a click away, just waiting to engage with your cleaning business. So using social media to recruit employees is something you should be considering if you haven't yet dipped your toe in the water. keep reading

What Building Service Contractors Need to Know About Cleanrooms What Building Service Contractors Need to Know About Cleanrooms
Steve Hanson
Cleanroom cleaning can be very profitable for your cleaning company. However, before taking on the responsibility of cleaning a cleanroom, make sure you understand what tasks are required and that you have the appropriate equipment and staff to do the job. keep reading

Mastering Employee Motivation in Cleaning Technicians Mastering Employee Motivation in Cleaning Technicians
Jean Hanson
The solution might seem overly simple, and even counter intuitive, but the most successful means of increasing employee motivation is a comprehensive training program for entry-level cleaning technicians. keep reading

Make it Fast - I've only Got 10 Minutes! Make it Fast - I've only Got 10 Minutes!
Jean Hanson
In today's fast paced business world, sometimes you are not offered the time needed to effectively present your cleaning business and the services you provide. A normal prospect meeting should last around 30 minutes but you may be allotted only 10 minutes or less. Now what? keep reading

How to Collect From Slow Paying Cleaning Customers How to Collect From Slow Paying Cleaning Customers
Jean Hanson
When you got into the cleaning business you 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

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