Organic cleaning involves using products made with non-toxic and organic ingredients to sanitize and disinfect homes and businesses. Some people use the services of organic cleaning companies to do their part to protect the environment, while others use such services because they are allergic to toxic cleaning products.
Although the cleaning profession does not require workers to be licensed as an organic cleaning business owner, having the knowledge about which natural, organic products work as substitutes for standard cleaning products could help you formulate effective products to keep your clients' homes and workplaces clean and germ-free.
Choose a Business Name
Name your organic cleaning services business something that reflects the nature and mode of your service, such as "Greener Cleaners". Apply for an employer identification number, or EIN, in your company name on the website of the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS generates EINs instantly and sends you follow-up confirmation by mail. An EIN allows you to open banking and credit accounts in your company name. An EIN also helps you keep your personal and business financial information separate, which could be helpful when filing tax returns.
Register Your Business
Visit your local government's website to download forms to apply for the permits needed to operate your organic cleaning business legally, which vary by locality. Some jurisdictions, for example, could require you to have special permits to drive and park commercial vehicles sometimes used by cleaning companies such as vans.
You may also want to take the additional step of getting certified as an environmentally friendly company. For example, you could join the Green Business Bureau or get a Green Cleaning Certification from the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association.
Purchase Your Supplies
Purchase nontoxic, biodegradable and organic cleaning products from a cleaning supply vendor. Many vendors offer environmentally products along with their other cleaning supplies. You can also try a vendor that specializes in green cleaning supplies, like All-Green Janitorial Products. Method, Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyer's also sell environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
You can also mix your own organic cleaning products by purchasing organic and natural ingredients known to work as cleaners at your local health food store. Such ingredients could include, but are not limited to, organic vinegar, organic essential oils, organic lemons and baking soda.
Create Marketing Materials
Launch a website. Make a short website with details about your organic cleaning business to entice customers. Include information such as company history, the services you offer and customer feedback quotes, if you have an existing regular cleaning business.
Design brochures with information about your organic cleaning business using desktop publishing software. Include information about the benefits of keeping homes and workplaces chemical-free. List the cleaning services you provide and the types of cleaning products you use.
Include your website address and contact information on the brochure and let potential clients know how they get free price quotes for your services. Take your brochure and business card desktop publishing files to a copy shop for printing in black and white or color.
Get the Word Out About Your Business
Apply for chamber of commerce membership. Being a chamber of commerce member gives you access to local businesses that could use your services. Take business cards and brochures to chamber of commerce networking events to educate members about your business and benefits of organic cleaning.
Knock on doors. Asking potential clients for business face-to-face remains an effective way to get business. You can hire a company to deliver your organic cleaning business brochures door-to-door in residential neighborhoods and business communities, or knock on doors yourself. Although some people find knocking on doors nerve-wracking, putting your fears aside could help you win the business of customers who prefer face-to-face interaction.
Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.