Whether they love it or hate it, cleaning is an essential part of everyone’s lives. And if someone leads a busy life, hiring a professional cleaner can make a huge difference in managing their everyday workload and stress levels. For this reason, cleaning services continue to be in high demand across the country. If you’re looking for a profitable business to start, a cleaning business could be the perfect fit for you.
Is it worth starting a cleaning business?
Believe it or not, but cleaning is big business both here in Australia and internationally. In 2021, the Australian commercial cleaning industry alone is worth a whopping $12 billion!
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that good hygiene is key. COVID-19 has created a world in which good hygiene and cleanliness has become a top priority for pretty much everyone.
With states around Australia coming out of lockdown with a higher focus on cleanliness, now is the best time to start a cleaning business. Workers will begin heading back to offices and children will begin heading back to schools. As a consequence, we’re likely to experience a huge boom in demand for cleaners for homes, offices, businesses, and schools.
Are cleaning franchises a good investment?
Cleaning franchises often turn out to be a good investment for one main reason: they usually have low startup costs. It doesn’t take much to start your own cleaning franchise business. Unlike retail franchise businesses that require high levels of starting capital, cleaning franchises don’t require an owner to put hundreds and thousands of dollars (or even millions of dollars) into rent, equipment, and staffing.
Cleaning franchises are some of the most affordable franchise options available. At Jim’s Cleaning, we operate from a mobile business model. This means that there’s no need to invest in any kind of real estate since our franchisees essentially work out of their vehicles. In addition to this, our equipment costs are also low. The combination of these two factors makes for a highly profitable and scalable business that often works out to be a fantastic investment.
How do I start my own cleaning company?
When you decide to start your own cleaning company, you’ll have two options in front of you. The first option is to start it as an independent business. The second option is to start it as a franchise.
Here at Jim’s, we’re natural advocates of the franchise model. However, it’s not without good reason. Research shows that around 90-95% of cleaning and gardening businesses fail within the first year. At Jim’s, that number drops down to 11%. Why? Because it’s harder to fail when you have a highly recognisable brand behind you and access to sophisticated support infrastructure.
When you start an independent business, you’ll have to work hard during those early days to get your name out there and to build trust and goodwill amongst your community. When you sign on as a Jim’s Group franchisee, you don’t have to worry about starting from scratch. As a brand, we have 98% brand recognition across Australia. That means that you can be sure that your business will be one of the first to come to mind when customers in your area think of cleaning companies.
How do I get cleaning contracts?
The key to success in the cleaning business is finding and securing repeat customers. One of the best ways to do this is by getting cleaning contracts with local businesses.
Contract-based cleaning services are a great deal for both parties. For the client, it means that they don’t have to worry about booking in a new cleaning service every week. And for the cleaning business, it’s a way to keep cash flow pumping.
Most companies and businesses will require some kind of regular cleaning service. Whether it be offices, banks, schools, hotels, or restaurants, cleaning is an essential component of their daily operations.
So, how do you go about securing cleaning contracts? Consider implementing some of the following strategies into your business:
- Offer differentiating services – Find out what your competitors are offering and find a way to differentiate yourself from them by either improving upon these existing services or by offering your clients something new (e.g. eco-conscious cleaning).
- Design and implement an effective marketing strategy – Ensure that your website is optimised for both web and mobile, and develop a presence on social media.
- Send proposals to potential clients – Compile a list of potential clients in your area that you feel would be a good fit for your business. Then, send through personalised proposals to each of them. Sometimes, putting yourself out there is the best way to develop a new business relationship.
- Strengthen your reputation – In business, nothing beats word of mouth. The stronger your reputation, the more likely you are to receive new leads. Focus on providing excellent service to every client, and watch your business grow organically.
How much money can you make with a cleaning franchise?
The earnings of a cleaning business will vary depending on a wide range of factors. These factors include location, the services on offer (e.g. home or commercial), and the size of the business itself.
In Australia, the average hourly cost for a cleaner in 2021 is between $30-$60. Let’s say that you are a one-person cleaning business, and that you’re working 40 hours a week at an hourly rate of $45 per hour. This scenario would mean that you take in roughly $1,800 per week in revenue. Multiply that by the number of weeks in a year and you get to $93,600. Once you subtract expenses, you might find yourself at a figure around the $70,000 mark.
Of course, this is just one of the many scenarios you might find yourself in. The earnings of a commercial cleaning business with several commercial contracts, for example, would look very different from the earnings of a one-person business.
Are franchises profitable?
Some franchise businesses are more likely to be profitable than others. Cleaning businesses are an example of a business that has a very high chance of being profitable. These types of franchise businesses have very low start up costs and are highly scalable. When you buy a cleaning franchise, all you need to invest in is the rights to your particular region, your equipment, and your vehicle.
As a result of our low startup costs and low overheads, Jim’s Cleaning franchises are some of the most profitable franchises out there on the market. Plus, Jim’s Cleaning offers a Pay-For-Work Guarantee of $1,100 per week, which ensures that you’re taking in a solid income from day one.
How much is a cleaning franchise?
When franchises are put up for sale, they are priced according to several considerations. As such, the cost of a cleaning franchise will vary depending on location and whether it’s a brand new business, or an established business.
At Jim’s Cleaning, we have cleaning franchises available for sale across all Australian states and territories. You can do a search on our website for all of the businesses we currently have for sale. If you’re curious to chat to someone over the phone about any of these opportunities, feel free to give us a call on 131 546.
Who owns Jim’s Cleaning?
Jim’s Cleaning started in 1994, when founder Haydar Hussein made the move to buy the franchisor rights for Jim’s Cleaning.
Today, Haydar owns the rights to six specialised cleaning divisions in Australia and New Zealand. He’s still highly involved in the business, and supports his franchisees and franchisors every day from the Jim’s Cleaning headquarters in Melbourne.
If you’ve been considering starting up your very own business, we’re here to encourage you and support you every step of the way. With enthusiasm, hard work, and drive, we believe that anyone can find success as a small business owner.
We have regional franchisor opportunities and some pre-loved franchises available Australia-wide.
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