How does the idea of being your own boss sound? If that’s something you’re interested in, then you may be wondering if you’ve got what it takes to start your own business – and what industry you should move in to. The good thing about starting a carpet, tile and grout cleaning business is that it requires no qualifications except for some good old-fashioned common sense! If you’re wondering if this is the right move for you, we’ve put together this quick guide that details whether or not it is actually a good business to start; read on!
1. NO qualifications necessary
Many people are hesitant to start their own businesses as they feel they lack the certain skills and qualifications necessary to make it work. However, unlike starting an accounting firm or building company, you need not undertake a degree or apprentice – you simply need some common sense and an understanding of your customer’s needs. We recommend doing a short course in marketing and business management, and a training programme in the equipment you will be using; ultimately however, if you’re confident and experienced, you can dive straight in!
2. NO big-budget needed
Another key reason people put off starting their own business – or ever beginning one at all – is due to the financial investment required. Purchasing equipment, paying for signage and an advertising campaign can quickly put many people off the idea, especially when you need to support yourself and your family during the same period. However, when starting a carpet cleaning business, you’ll find that there are plenty of second-hand equipment and machinery available for purchase, which can greatly reduce your initial outlay.
3. No need to quit your job
If you’re still worried about your financial situation, then you’ll be happy to learn that you don’t need to quit your job straight away – or ever if you don’t want to! You’ll find that both residential and commercial property owners prefer their carpets and tiles to be cleaned outside of work hours, so that their employees aren’t disrupted or to ensure they are home to supervise your work. For you, this means you can continue your 9 – 5 during the week and take on jobs in your spare time. Then, when you feel comfortable, you can slowly transition to full-time carpet cleaning.
4. No shortage of opportunities
Are you inside? Look down at your feet! Are you standing on carpet, tile, pavers, hardwood timber or engineered flooring? We bet you are – and this means that you’re standing on an opportunity too. As everyone has flooring, homeowners and commercial property landlords alike, there is no end to the spaces that your business can expand into. Whether you start out as a specialist and slowly add more equipment to your fleet or you begin by doing a range of general work before finding your niche, you don’t have to worry about entering a flooded market.
This might sound like we’re saying ‘No’ a lot, but when you read on, you’ll soon find that all those no’s add up to one big ‘Yes’! With a few short training courses in marketing, money management and machine operation, you will soon be on your way to owning your own carpet, grout sealer and tile cleaning business. Consider starting it as a secondary income first or simply renting the machinery, as this can greatly reduce the financial strain on you and your family. Before you know it, you’ll have a long list of happy customers!