Operating a medical and dental cleaning service isn’t considered a glamorous job, but for those that don’t mind working at night after the doctors and staff have gone home, it can be a profitable one. With the commercial cleaning industry expecting continued growth in the future, now is a great time to start your own medical and dental cleaning service.
Items you will need
- Janitorial equipment
- Start-up money
- Business license
- Business cards
- Postcards or stationery
- Website (optional)
Make a list of your start-up costs. Depending on what kind of services you will offer, you may need to purchase cleaning equipment, a vehicle to transport the equipment, or other janitorial supplies. You should also include the costs of your business license, insurance, and advertising
Decide where your start-up money will come from. If you do not have the money saved to begin your business, you will need to decide if you are going to borrow the money from friends or family, bring in a partner to cover part of the expenses, or apply for a small business loan to cover the equipment you will need. Don’t forget to include the money for the several months of living expenses you may need until the business can start producing income.
Research other cleaning services in your area to determine what the industry standard is for your area. It is easy to become overly eager to get the contract and undercharge for your services, or over-anticipate the job and ask too much. Researching what other companies are charging can give you an idea of what is acceptable for your area.
Apply for your business license and purchase insurance. You will also need to inquire as to whether there are any special permits needed to operate your type of business. Some counties may have additional requirements if you are operating a cleaning service as a home-based business or plan to have commercial equipment parked in your driveway for long periods of time.
Advertise your business. Contact acquaintances, launch your website, and join local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce. Although most doctor and dentist offices do not allow direct soliciting during business hours, mailing them a letter or postcard will let them know you are have opened a cleaning service in their area.
Many communities have business network groups that meet on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. These networks offer business owners an opportunity to promote their own businesses as well as learn about other businesses they might be interested in.
Although it is not necessary to have a website for your business, many people now rely on them to find the type of business that they need.