Start a Cleaning Business Checklist

start your own cleaning business with ease from home

Cleaning your own home and starting a professional cleaning business are not the same. To start a professional cleaning business, understanding the right cleaning processes and knowing which equipment will get the job done fast, effectively and without extensive labour is crucial.

The good thing is you can start a cleaning business faster than many other types of business start-ups with minimal financial outlay. Learn how you can start a cleaning business from home with our ‘start a cleaning business checklist’.

At Duplex Cleaning, we have over 25 years of experience in providing cleaning solutions to the contract cleaning industry and we have seen many, many successful businesses over the years.

There are two main options to starting a cleaning business:

  1. Purchase a franchise from an established and reputable cleaning company.
  2. Start your own business – with the “backing” of an established cleaning equipment brand.

In the case of opting for a franchise, a lot of training and support will be provided.

However, with a franchise type set-up, there is normally a considerable investment and there are rules and regulations that a franchisee needs to abide by. For example, a rule might be how much you can charge, what you wear and the process in which you deal with customers.

The other way to start your own cleaning business is to purchase a cleaning business starter kit through a reputable cleaning equipment business. Here you will need to build own reputation, but you will enjoy full control over your business operations and take home all the profit. The equipment company will be able to provide you with the right product package to clean for a range of industries, and one that is familiar with contract cleaners should be able to give you tools and resources to help start and grow your business.

Before getting started, take a look at this checklist to ensure you are making right decisions:

1. Make A Plan:

It is important to always have a vision of where you want your business to be. You need to know exactly where you want your business to be after a certain period and what will be your action plan to get there.

2. Market Research:

You need to do careful research on the cleaning market to see what industries are, locations and what equipment will be right for you. For example, will you focus on domestic cleaning? Or perhaps accommodation cleaning?

3. Business Registration:

Make sure you have fulfilled all the fundamental business conditions, such as obtaining an ABN. Talking to your account is a great resource to find out what business requirements you will need to meet.

4. Manage your Finances:

The success of your business depends a lot on how effective and efficiently you manage your finances. Ask yourself, how much can you contribute from your own finances? Do you need a loan? Can you buy equipment on a finance plan? Do you have a per day breakdown?

5. Insurance Policies:

You need to purchase the right business insurance policy to minimise future uncertainty or risk. Again, speak with your accountant regarding the best option for you.

6. Hire an Accountant:

An accountant or book keeper can keep your accounting books accurate and handle tax issues as well.

7. Marketing and Sales:

Without customers, there isn’t really a business. Effective sales and marketing campaigns like local paper advertisement, door hangers, business cards, building a website are vital in reaching your customers.


Checklists can be modified from time to time as your circumstances change. You should revise your plan or checklist to make necessary adjustments as your business grows.

For more information on start a cleaning business and simple product packages, call us on 1800 622 770.

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