Friday, April 30, 2010

The BIZZ: Practice makes perfect!

I thought this morning I'd take the time to tell you a little bit about how I got started.  It wasn't easy!  It took almost 6 months before I had a full schedule, making enough money to survive.  There are probably easier and better ways to begin business than the way that I did, but I didn't have the things that would have helped with that.

The idea of cleaning had not entered my mind until I met an actual cleaning lady.  She had started in college and had continued on her own afterward.  As I talked to her, I realized that it was something that I might be able to do too!  To see if I had it in me, I started offering to clean friend's and family's houses for free.  There were lots of things that I learned from those experiences like what I was good at and what I needed to work on, what types of products worked and which ones I liked, and the most important thing was getting an idea of what I would charge and how I wanted to set up my business model.

This post in particular is going to highlight this period of time over others because, on the job experience IS necessary and will come with time, but the time I spent practicing made all the difference!  If you are thinking about cleaning for a living, start by doing it....a lot.  One thing people don't realize is that there is a learning curve involved in cleaning.  Sure you can clean a tub in however long it takes you but what if you are running out of time or the lighting is dim or you don't have a good product to use, knowing what to do in these situations is important!  This must sound silly, but I can promise you that learning to clean more quickly and efficiently is necessary and not always common sense!

So get out there young cleaners!  Make sure you get a lot of practice.  Make sure you know what you're doing.  Make sure you know what you are worth!  Someone asked me if I was worried about giving out all my cleaning business secrets as if reading what I've written would suddenly create a flood of cleaners to the market or would "teach" people how to clean their houses.  In truth most people who have their houses cleaned know how to clean them, they just don't have the time to do so.  And as for creating a mob of new cleaning personnel....

     The job is hard and it's not for everyone but it does have its small rewards, and I do own my own business.  I guess I'm saying I'm not worried.

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