Income $60,000 $300,000
The range of income for the first year will depend on home many developments you can manage. As an example, if you worked in one development each day, five days a week and each development paid $250-500 per home and cleaned two homes a day, that would be $65-130,000 a year, working by yourself.
However, there is no limit to the number of developments you could manage if you brought in others to do the work and you organized their schedules.
Every housing development has an average of 10 to 30 homes closing each week. You would help the foreman by making the homes look more presentable to the new home owners by performing cleanup tasks such as window washing, cleaning floors, removing marks from the walls, taking stickers off of new appliances, and so on. The more presentable the home is on the walk-through, the less follow-up work the foreman will have to do in order to appease the new homeowner.
When you find a development that is starting up, approach the foreman and ask them if they have a cleaning service that they are currently using. If not, ask them how much they have set aside in their budget for clean up.
If they currently have a service, ask straight out what it would take to win their business. In construction it is a standard practice to grease the skids, so to speak. In other words, what does the foreman want? This might mean quicker turnaround times, an extra touch like flower arrangements in each home prior to the walk-through or even by adding a welcome mat with the home owner’s name imprinted. Get creative.
There are too many people in need of work and anyone with a will to work can clean a house. It’s not overly physically demanding, and you could organize a group of people to do the work and then split the fee with them.
Imagine how much you could help families in need of a better income. You might have one person in charge of day care, while the others do the cleaning work.
Your clients will be construction sites. It will usually be a housing development, but they could also include business or industrial sites. Look through the new real estate section in the newspapers for advertisements and articles. Consistently review the legal section for new home permits that have been issued.
Smaller sites generally do their own clean up, so look for the larger firms. Get to know who they are.
You might also consider leaving your card with the new homeowner for additional business.
This is a relationship-based business. You’ll want to be professional in your approach. Get to know the foreman rather than simply asking for their business. It is an obvious ploy, but people like doing business with people that they like.
It will carry a lot of weight if you can get a personal introduction to the foreman through a mutual friend.
Your Power Partners will consist of Mortgage Brokers, Realtors, Appliance Dealers, Tile Setters, Patio and Pool Designers, and Landscapers.
The conversations with these Power Partners should indicate your willingness to provide them with referrals, as you become aware of clients who need their services. It is important you meet with these Power Partners in person the first time, and then keep in touch with them weekly by email or by phone.
You will need to have reliable transportation, cleaning solutions, heavy-duty vacuums and ladders.
Personality Type: Amiable
Total Start Up Costs: Less than $1500
(this includes business cards, tools, phone and advertising)