Florida's warm weather and sandy beaches may appear to have little to do with starting and running a cleaning business, but, in fact, they are two of the main reasons that it is such a promising entrepreneurial venture. Because of its climate and location, Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. As a result, there will always be rental units to clean. Add to that the number of businesses, homes and retirement communities that require regular cleaning, and the potential for success becomes apparent to the savvy entrepreneur.
Items you will need
- Business plan
- Business name
- Business license
- Cleaning supplies
- Office equipment
Create a detailed business plan and obtain financing. Writing a business plan is crucial to the process of starting a cleaning business. Detail what your goals are, your marketing strategy and what you project your earnings will be in the next three years. Present your business license when applying for loans or to any potential investors that you may have.
Determine and register your legal structure. Florida requires that you determine and register the legal structure of your business. You have four basic legal structures to consider: corporation, limited liability company (LLC), partnership, or sole proprietorship. If you decide to run your business as a corporation, an LLC or as a partnership, you must register with the state of Florida. Registration forms can be obtained from the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations website.
Select and register your business name. When you have decided on a name for your business you are required to register it with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations for a fee. If you are not using your legal name, you are required to register a fictitious business name.
Register for sales tax. Depending on the type of cleaning business, you may need to register for sales tax. According to the Florida Department of Revenue, interior nonresidential cleaning services are listed as a taxable business activity.
Obtain your business licenses. Depending on where you live in Florida you may need to obtain county or city licensing for your cleaning business. Check with both your city and county governments to determine what is required in the area you will be operating your business.
Get insured and bonded. Discuss with your insurance agent what coverage you will need to best protect your business and any future customers. For full financial coverage, also discuss bonding your business against potential customer dissatisfaction or allegations of employee theft.
Buy all the necessary equipment and supplies. Purchase cleaning supplies that you'll need to get the job done. This includes everything from toilet bowl cleaner to dust rags. In addition, you'll need the right equipment to run the business end of your cleaning venture. Invest in a computer, a dedicated business phone, cell phone, printer, and fax machine.
Advertise your new cleaning business. Design a website to represent your company on the Internet. Print business cards that include your phone number, business and website address. Inform local homeowners, landlords and businesses, along with anyone you know, that you have started a cleaning company and distribute fliers to all potential clients.
If you are hiring employees for your cleaning service you will be required to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service.
As an employer you will also need to pay workers' compensation insurance and unemployment insurance taxes.
Failure to register or obtain the appropriate licensing may result in civil or legal penalties.
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