Clean For Green

Smiling young woman washing floor at the home.How clean is your home?

So many of us whine and complain that cleaning our living space is a never-ending chore.

We wake up from deep slumbers with a smile on our face remembering the dream we just had:  The one where our entire house was clean for more than a couple of hours.

Household chores are part of a vicious cycle that will follow us to our graves.  But, would your take on washing dishes, dusting and scrubbing toilets change if you were given cold hard cash to complete them?

One of the most popular home businesses out there is house cleaning.  Provided you charge enough and have a solid line-up of clients, you can make a decent wage.  Typically, professional house cleaners charge by the hour, by the square foot cleaned or by the project.  The job is more lucrative if you negotiate a long-term deal with your clients, such as a six-month or year contract.

When devising a business plan, consider your expenses.  For example, you will likely need to invest in a few standard cleaning tools, such as a heavy-duty vacuum and mops.  You will also need specialized cleaners, buckets, and gloves.  Depending where you live, you might consider charging extra for some services.  For example, if you reside in a beach community you will be able to charge a higher price for sand removal throughout the house.  This is not an issue if you plan to clean apartments in the heart of New York City.  Likewise, if you are asked to clean moldy rooms, you will need to charge extra to offset the money you will need to purchase masks and other heavy-duty cleaning supplies.

Finally, don’t forget to obtain the proper licensing and insurance required for your house cleaning business.  Also, take note of the space you use in your home to complete paperwork, make phone calls, and create marketing campaigns.  This area can likely score you a healthy home-office tax deduction.


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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.