Starting your own home cleaning business

Many of those who lose their jobs during a recession will find it difficult to find another job and may start thinking about investing in their own business with any severance pay they may have received. This can be a golden opportunity to become your own boss, but it takes hard work, determination and perseverance to make a new business successful and it rarely happens overnight.

When you’re thinking about starting a business, it’s always tempting to do something you’ve always loved doing: turn your hobby into your job. But unfortunately, in most of these cases, the companies just don’t succeed. This is mainly because they started with a personal slant and not from a purely business perspective. Whatever decision you make to go solo, that decision should always be a business decision first and foremost.

The best approach for starting your own business is to research all those services or products that are required in both good and bad economic times.

A house cleaning company is one such service that will always be in demand. More and more people are sometimes just looking for this service to get their house ready for sale. Or maybe they have moved and settled abroad permanently and now want someone to clear out the house and sell it. Building a good business relationship with local real estate agents can lead to regular business referrals.

But house clearance is especially necessary after a death in the family. The bereaved often don’t want to clean up the house at such an emotional time, and throwing away a loved one’s belongings can be overwhelming. Family members may struggle to organize the deceased’s belongings as they deal with their grief and the ongoing demands of work and family life. Or maybe there are simply no emotional ties and the deceased is a distant relative in another part of the country.

Whatever the reason, there is a thriving business in clearing other people’s unwanted possessions.

While local auctioneers sometimes offer house clearance services, they are really looking for valuable items to sell in their auctions and are usually not interested in the mess. So when you get into this kind of business, you have to be ready to clean it all up and deal with people who are going through a rough time in their lives often.

Many items that are unwanted by one person can still be recycled or donated to charity, so consider these options whenever possible.

To differentiate your business from the rogue element operating bogus house clearance services, it’s worth joining the UK House Clearance Association.

Each member of the association makes a number of important commitments, which are simply good business:

· Give a clear description, price and time schedule for the house clearance to be carried out.

· To ensure full liability insurance.

· Be in possession of a valid permit as a waste transporter issued by the Environment Agency.

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· To be courteous, competent and committed to providing a high standard of service.

· To deal quickly and sympathetically with anything that can go wrong.

If you think this could be the business for you, then it’s a relatively easy venture to start with little capital outlay (so you might be able to save some of that excess cash). There are just a few simple steps you can take to become your own boss:

Take out liability insurance

When you enter someone’s home and are likely to be moving large and heavy objects, you must have proper insurance against damage to the structure of the building or persons in it.

Apply for a permit for the transport of waste from the Environmental Department

A permit is required for the commercial dumping of waste on municipal sites. These aren’t expensive and last 3 years, so get one well in advance of moving out of that first home.

Determine which vehicle you need

If you don’t have a van yet, you will definitely need one, but while you are still testing your business idea, rent a van instead of buying one. That way you can decide which type of van is most suitable in your area.

Advertise in the local press and online

The advantage of a small business like home clearance is that you can avoid expensive advertising costs by advertising your services in local publications and venues.

House Clearance is just an idea for a small business that is a service that is required regardless of the economic climate and is simple and inexpensive to start up. But there are many more such companies that can mean the start of a new life as your own boss.