After a turbulent couple of years due to the effects of the pandemic, many of us used our time in lockdown to consider what truly fulfils us in our working lives.
This became a popular time for people to take the plunge in creating their own business, with recent studies revealing that over 500,000 new businesses registered in the nine months between the beginning of lockdown on 23 March 2020 and January 2021.
Featured as one of the new business trends to watch in 2021, according to Simply Business research, starting your own cleaning venture could be lucrative. With hygiene and cleanliness becoming inherently important over the past two years, there’s no better time to join those half a million new businesses.
In this article, we explore a few things to consider when it comes to preparing for your new hygiene service.
Your target market
Before anything else, you need to identify your market. Who are you going to target? What kind of cleaning service do you wish to run? Do you want to target corporate buildings where you clean offices after 5pm, or would you like to run a private cleaning business within people’s homes during the daytime? The beauty of selecting your target market is that this also outlines your working hours – so be sure to take your schedule into account.
Getting the right equipment
Once you’ve thought about who you’d like to clean for, it’s time to consider what you’ll be cleaning with. Your chosen cleaning products can determine the quality of your results, so we advise doing your research on which products are best to ensure the most successful clean. You can find plenty of advice online as well as countless books to help you with this. A popular starting point could be Mrs Hinch’s cleaning tips – a 31-year-old influencer famous for her ground-breaking cleaning tips and tricks for around the home.
Consider the legalities involved
No matter the avenue you decide to go down with your cleaning business, it’s important to mitigate any risks associated with providing your services, so you need relevant cover in case of unforeseen circumstances. Investing in flexible cleaning insurance can protect you and your clients from the unlikely but very possible and costly accidents that may arise.
Here are just a few areas that contractor and tradesmen insurance can cover:
– Protection against work-related injury of staff or the public
– Damage to third-party property
– Damage to vehicles that staff members may use as part of the business
There are many different types of insurance available to you, so be sure to do thorough research in order to find one that’s right for you.