To give you the information in a way you can use, this article will assume that you want to start a new, home based, cleaning business.
The information applies to any small business, but the cleaning business is a viable one if you are looking for a place to start.
Housecleaning can pay $50 an hour, and often more, so it can be lucrative if you have enough customers.
First and foremost, if you have a job, don’t quit until you have enough income to replace what you now earn.
Many people jump into something, quit their job, and then find themselves without enough money to pay bills and keep their new business going.
Then, they are right back on the job hunt feeling like they failed.
1. Start Small
Don’t rush out and get an office, stock it with furnishings, and buy a new computer system. You don’t need any of that, and much of it is really just window dressing.
A lot of people do those things in order to put off the real business of getting started. If you do feel the need to dress up your office or work gear, try some cheap DIY projects. You will be amazed how far 10 dollars can go.
One thing you will need is some form of bookkeeping, whether it is a regular written journal or a program like QuickBooks, Xero, GnuCash, Peachtree, inDinero or FrontAccounting.
You must keep good records from day one, and QuickBooks is easy to learn and use. You can start with the basic version and upgrade later.
Keep in mind that you will need to keep every receipt for anything you spend on your business, even down to a box of staples.