Do you clean houses as a full-time or even part-time job? If you’ve been in this industry for a while, you know getting house cleaning jobs can be easier said than done. Lots of people view this as a way to make some quick cash. But competitive rates, not enough work and loads of competition can make this business tough to break into.
6 ways to find more cleaning work
There are many different ways you can look for house cleaning jobs, whether it’s advertising online or working through an agency. Here are our tips.
- Advertise your cleaning services online.
- Sign up with an agency.
- Check job ads.
- Use word-of-mouth to find jobs.
- Make your own business cards.
- Network to create new business relationships.
Here are 6 ways to make your job search much easier and also much more effective. Keep reading!
1. Advertise your cleaning services online
Be your own boss! Instead of working through an agency that takes a cut to connect you to clients, advertise your own services online and keep 100% of the earnings to yourself.
There are tons of websites where you can advertise your cleaning services like:
Signing up is super easy, and you can control what jobs you want to accept and for what rates.
Some clients like to haggle a bit. If you worked through an agency, striking a good deal can be a little tougher since you have to factor in your agency fee.
Weigh your options and do what you think is best for you and your business.
2. Sign up with an agency
There are times when advertising your own cleaning services isn’t enough to get a steady stream of work.
This is a good option for newbies who've just started.
Signing up with a cleaning agency that finds you clients is a great place to learn, gain valuable experience and expand your social network. An agency can give you immediate credibility since you will be representing their company and track-record. This will make it easier for you to get repeat jobs until you gain experience.
3. Check job ads
Scour lists like Craigslist.com and Monster.com for advertisements for house cleaning jobs. There are tons of homeowners looking for trustworthy, affordable and fast cleaning services.
Responding to these ads is a great way to start looking for jobs in this field. The best thing about it is you can choose which ads you want to respond to.
A client may be too far away, and after factoring gas costs, it may not be worth it to you. Factor in all of your expenses before you give the client a quote. Then, respond to the ads with your past experience, expected salary and your availability.
4. Use word-of-mouth to find jobs
Ask your friends and neighbors if they need or know someone that may require your services. This is an easy and effective way to find trustworthy clients.
Sometimes the old-fashioned way is the best way to get clients.
You can also create a flyer and distribute it around your neighborhood, or start posting cleaning tips on social media. This is a subtle way of letting people know you are a cleaning expert and offer these services. Or simply ask your friends if they know someone who’s house needs to be cleaned.
5. Make your own business cards
If you really want to make yourself look good, creating your own business card is cheap and effective.
- Go to your local print shop and design a simple business card with your name, contact details and a short description of the type of house cleaning jobs you do.
- You can also create a simple logo that will make your business look even more qualified.
- Carry your business cards with you wherever you go and give them to people you think may require your services.
You can also give a couple to friends and family to give out at work to people they know.
Referrals are a tried-and-tested way to gain potential clients. This is also a safer way to conduct business.
6. Network to create new business relationships
I can’t stress how important it is to network with people who may require your services. The best people to network with in your hometown and community are:
- Real estate agents
- Leasing agents
- Apartment managers
These people need house cleaning all of the time and are always on the lookout for new cleaning talent.
You might want to join groups on social media that attract these people and answer any questions that come up related to cleaning. This is a way of promoting your services while helping others.
Make sure to carry your business card with you to hand out, and you will surely be on your way to creating a fruitful business working relationship!
House cleaning jobs will soon be coming to you
When it comes to house cleaning, it may be hard work but in the end it’s definitely worth it.
If you are just starting out, the best place to start is with an agency to gain experience.
Once you’ve figured out how everything works, make your own business card and venture out on your own to find work. Classifieds, websites and networking with real estate agents are all great places to start. The best part about it all is you get to be your own boss!
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