Tips and Name Ideas for Home Cleaning Business?


Greetings from Kentucky.

I am really interested in starting a home cleaning business. I am 23 years old, a mom of 1 (4yrs) and not in a situation to work a typical 9-5 Monday-Friday job. Long story short, I am a stay at home mom. My fiance and my son's Dad is currently a full-time college student, majoring in pre-med biology, and has his hands full to say the least, with classes all throughout the day, studying, homework, etc. The norm. With him being so busy I'm the parent, that is staying home with our son.


The benefits of owning/running my own home cleaning business are definitely appealing and are the main reason why I am so set on having success with this. It will allow me to have the option to have a more flexible work schedule so that I will be able to be a stay at home mom while my fiance is working on his degree. I am not sure at this point if I will keep this new home cleaning business for years upon years, for a lack of better words. But I do fully expect to keep the business going full speed until my fiance graduates and obtains his medical degree, which will be somewhere around 4 years.

This venture will be the first of its kind for myself. =) I definitely am in need and would greatly appreciate any tips, ideas on what to name this new business, words of wisdom, anything helpful! :) Thanks so much.


By Kayla B. from Stanford, KY

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March 17, 20130 found this helpful
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My partner and I have had a cleaning business for about 6 years now. I would definitely stress getting insurance. It's not cheap but may get you clients that you can't get without it, such as apartments and office accounts. Some residential clients feel safer if you have it, too.

Do not buy expensive vacs and such. They all last about 6 months, regardless if they cost $50 or $300. Get 2 so you have one for a backup. Get your cleaning rags at Sam's Club. We use the red shop rags. Have plenty.


When possible, unless the client asks for certain brands, use generic cleaners. Tell the client you do it to help keep their costs down. If they prefer a specific brand, suggest they provide it.

Advertise! Yellowbook is good. A nice ad in your local paper is good. Keep your rates competitive with other cleaners in your area. Don't expect to make a lot of money at first. It's a slow service to get started. Be flexible in your scheduling. Remember, you are there for the client, not the other way around. Be professional. Good luck!

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March 17, 20130 found this helpful

Hi Kayla:
I'm afraid I can't give you any advice about starting a cleaning business, but just want to wish you good luck in your new endeavor. You sound like an ambitious young lady and I am sure you will be successful. Best wishes to you and your family.

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May 23, 20150 found this helpful

This really helped me. I'm in the very similar situation. I hope your business thrived!

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