How to Make Extra Money Cleaning Houses

by Denise Brandenberg; Updated September 26, 2017
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Many people look for ways to earn extra money to supplement their regular income; some make money by cleaning houses on the side. This type of work doesn’t require any extensive education or advanced skill sets; and it is a niche desired by many customers who do not have the time to clean, or simply do not enjoy doing chores. If you are considering starting this type of part-time work, you’ll need a plan of action.

Step 1

Gather your essential cleaning supplies. While many customers will provide the cleaning tools for you, such as a vacuum cleaner, you’ll want to have items on hand anyway. The basic cleaning toolkit should include a mop, broom and dishpan, dust wand or cloth, vacuum cleaner, paper towels and cleaning products. The main cleaning products are dust spray, window cleaner, carpet spot-treatment spray, bleach and all-purpose anti-bacterial spray. These tools should cover most cleaning areas, including living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, windows and mirrors, and floors.

Step 2

Set your pricing structure. You can choose between charging by the hour, by the room or by the home. Research the market rate for local cleaning services by looking up rates on other cleaning business websites, or by calling your competitors and acting like a prospective customer. You also might want to break down your prices by the actual type of cleaning service. For example, if your customer wants you to steam clean her carpets, and you have to rent the machine to do so, this type of service should cost more than regular vacuuming.

Step 3

Decide upon your cleaning hours and schedule. If you have other commitments, such as school, a full-time job or kids, then you don’t want to overbook yourself. You should reserve specific days and time slots that will be available for your part-time cleaning gig. For example, you can reserve Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturday afternoons for cleaning jobs.

Step 4

Create your customer base. Reach out to friends, family members and co-workers and let them know that you’re looking to find cleaning work on a part-time basis. Call local nonprofit organizations, such as women’s shelters and churches, to find out if they have any cleaning needs. If you don’t have any leads from any of these groups, consider calling an established cleaning service and applying for part-time work. You can also post your services on free online job boards, as well.

About the Author

Denise Brandenberg has more than 15 years professional experience as a marketing copywriter, with a focus in public relations. She also worked as a recruiter for many years and is a certified resume writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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