Have you ever cleaned your own house? You know, like vacuuming the carpets, dusting end tables and mantels, and swiffering the hardwood floors? If so, then you are qualified to clean the houses of others.
The Rising Need for Cleaning
Have you noticed the latest trends in America today? Specifically, the percentage of women in the workforce? For the past few decades, more and more women have been hanging up their aprons and have taken their skills into the workforce. Not only that, but the average couple has inflated their lifestyle because of the additional income, which then gets them trapped into working longer and harder days to keep up with the bills.
So when is there time to clean? There really isn’t. And since the average couple now has a beefier income, they are willing to pay out some additional money to get their homes back into shape.
The Potential Income
Typically, a single family will need house cleaning once a week (especially if they have kids), which will take you 2 hours or so. At $25 an hour (a pretty typical rate for cleaning), a single home can generate $200 a month. So, in order to get your $1,000 each month, you will need to clean five homes each week, which will take just 10 hours per week. Not too shabby for 1,000 extra dollars a month!
How to Get Started
The basic concept of this idea is super simple, but as with anything, getting started can be a little difficult. Here are a few ideas of how you can get your business moving so that you can generate that extra grand per month:
1) Advertise your services on Craigslist – I have always been a huge fan of Craigslist and often search for items that I need there instead of heading out to a store in my area. Many others are continually searching around on Craigslist as well, especially when they need things done around the house and don’t know where else to search. To get started with your business, just put together a simple ad stating the services you offer and in what area you are looking to work (and just to be safe, please let someone know where you are going when meeting with your clients for the first time).
2) Have your spouse ask around at work – It can sometimes be a little embarrassing to work a side-job for people that you work with, but if your spouse drums up some business for you then it’s a little bit more comfortable. You don’t know these people directly and you will not see them on a day-to-day basis. Plus, since your spouse knows them, you can feel a little more comfortable in their house when you start cleaning for them.
3) Put a notice out in your church – If you are a member of a church or a similar group of like-individuals, this can be a great place to extend your services. Let people know that you are looking to pay off some debts and would like to work an extra few evenings a week cleaning houses. Many people will be glad to help you out, and as a bonus, they get their house cleaned as well! This simple act could earn you many months (or years) of jobs.
4) Ask your network of friends – My brother used to perform odd jobs for people (not exactly house cleaning, but close) and I was always amazed at the business he could drum up in a matter of just a few days. He simply continued through his day to day life as normal and poked up his friends about people that might need the services he was offering. Since they are his friends, they very much want to help him out and end up asking their friends. Pretty soon, my brother was receiving multiple phone calls for his offered service.
Are you ready to earn an extra thousand dollars per month? Perhaps house cleaning is your ticket to getting there! What do you think?