Hi my name is Adam, I've been doing research about what kind of business to start for a while and have decided to start a cleaning business. I'm curious how you guys got started with your business? What would you do over again if you could do it differently? What's the best way to start off, work alone, hire an employee , or hire a sub contractor?
Would you suggest starting a house cleaning maid service or commercial or industrial cleaning company? Which has the better chance for success and which is more profitable?
Would you suggest once established to add on additional services?
What services are most profitable in the cleaning business for you?
Commercial cleaning accounts?
Tile and grout cleaning?
Floor and carpet cleaning?
Forclosure cleanup service?
Air duct cleaning?
Dryer Vent cleaning?
After event cleanup?
Water damage, fire, mold restoration?
Any other profitable add on you can suggest?
Do you think starting a cleaning business in a larger city such as Houston or LA would have a better chance at being profitable than starting one in a smaller city such as Raleigh or Richmond?
Or would starting a cleaning business in another country such as the UK or Australia be even more profitable?
What books, dvds, websites, forums, training courses, certifications would you suggest or have helped you along in your career/business?
Have any of you thought about branching out operations into other cities or countries and growing your company like this? What's the best way to go about doing something like this, franchise or start an individual shop in each location?
Would you suggest starting a business from scratch, buying a small existing business and making it more profitable, or buying into a franchise operation?
Would you suggest going at this business startup alone or partnering up?
I really appreciate any and all advice you can give me!