How to Start a Sanitation Company

by Lindsay Pietroluongo ; Updated September 26, 2017
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Starting your own sanitation business doesn’t require a lot of background or training. People with a kind demeanor and a strong work ethic can succeed in this industry. People and companies will call upon your sanitation company to rid their space of dirt, germs and waste. Sanitation is looked at as an unappealing job and many people and companies will be willing to pay for this service.

Starting a Sanitation Business

Familiarize yourself with local rules and regulations pertaining to cleanliness and portable sanitation. Instead of simply meeting the expectations, strive to exceed them. Each state has its own regulations concerning businesses. Going online to business.gov/states and clicking on your state will bring you to easy, step-by-step instructions to follow in keeping with regulations. In most states, business owners must register with the state’s tax agency and apply for tax permits for their business. Visiting business.gov/manage/taxes will inform you of the steps to take. New businesses need insurance, including professional and umbrella liability, plus worker’s compensation. A quick Internet search will show several insurance companies that offer business insurance. Some business owners may decide to purchase bonding for its workers.

Familiarize yourself with how germs grow and the best way to get rid of them. Learn which cleaning supplies and chemicals kill certain types of germs. Also, learn what kind of equipment you’ll need to work with.

Purchase contemporary equipment and supplies. Make sure to keep your equipment and supplies clean and organized. This will give your business a professional appearance.

Arrange contracts with multiple companies. These contracts should set up regular schedules for when your sanitation company will clean the clients’ particular rooms or buildings. Repeat business is integral to the success of your company.

Advertise your company and services in local publications. Since word-of-mouth will be your best line of advertising, make sure to have a good professional relationship with your customers. Also make sure to consistently do high-quality work so that clients won’t take their business elsewhere.

As the head of the company, show up before the scheduled cleaning time. Examine the area to be cleaned and decide on the best way to thoroughly clean and sanitize it. This will also let you know which supplies and equipment you’ll need to bring along for the job.


  • Due to the nature of the business, people who don’t speak English as their first language and have trouble speaking English can still work in this field.

    Always have your equipment, office and staff look as clean and professional as possible.

About the Author

As a full-time writer in New York's Hudson Valley, Lindsay Pietroluongo's nightlife column and photos have appeared regularly in the "Poughkeepsie Journal" since 2007. Additional publications include "Chronogram," the "New Paltz Sojourn," "About Town" newspaper and "Outsider" magazine. Pietroluongo graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in English.

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