HOW TO START A CLEANING SERVICES BUSINESS IN NIGERIA
There are a lot of business options available all around the world and it is now up to entrepreneurs to go on to pick whichever one best appeals to them and they’re comfortable with. In Nigeria, the business world is pretty wide and business ideas are numerous for individuals to take. One of such businesses is the cleaning services business. It is not exactly a new business option in the country but it is not really practiced by many people though it has huge potentials of bringing in high amounts of income for entrepreneurs who venture into the business. It’s a simple business to start and doesn’t really require too much in starting at all. It is a lucrative option and definitely one that entrepreneurs can look into.
The cleaning services businesses, just like the name implies, involves offering services that includes cleaning and taking care of people’s homes or offices or properties generally for a particular cost. The business offers individuals with an opportunity to leave all their cleaning activities whether at home, place of work or any place at all that needs cleaning to experts who can do a pretty good job of making it look clean and also leaving it to meet the satisfaction of the customer. It is not a widely popular or practiced business in the country but it is surely a good option for entrepreneurs to make good amount of money.
The business comes in different forms and it can even be related to either the small scale or large scale aspect of a business. As it is well known, a small scale aspect of any business involves a smaller version of the business with entrepreneurs undertaking just a few responsibilities and working with a small amount of capital. For this aspect of the business, entrepreneurs can decide to be the sole worker for this business, that is, the owner of the business helps in cleaning of a particular place together with the help of a few hands. Just a couple of workers, maybe one or two, and the small scale business can be started. For the large scale aspect, it is more like having a network of cleaners and even possibly taking up more than one cleaning job at a time with workers available to be at both places at the same time. In this form of the business, entrepreneurs don’t need to be present for the cleaning. They just ensure that they have competent people who can do the work sent out to wherever they are needed for a service.
The business can be considered as a good business option due to the fact that the services offered from this business tends to offer some kind of relief for home, office or property owners who have to deal with cleaning these places on a regular basis. With the cleaning services business, they only need to get in contact with someone that offers the service and then pay them depending on the agreement between both parties. There are a lot of people in the country who also go to work early and get back late and do not really have the time to do all these cleaning activities, they simply can just get the services of a cleaner to help them with it at a price agreed.
Since the business is not one that is even really popular, individuals or entrepreneurs don’t really have to worry about too many competitors in the business. It is also not a business that needs a location as everything required by the business can be done from the comfort of the home except of course the actual cleaning.
Starting the business is not a really difficul thing to do. It is a business that can be started by almost anyone as long as they’re prepared for the business and are ready to work with whatever format or aspect they intend to work with. You don’t need any kind of special skills or training to be able to run the business properly. An educational qualification or prior experience is also not important to be able to start up the business. The capital for the business is not high though it might still depend on the format or aspect of the business started.
In the next sub heads, I’ll be discussing the steps involved in starting a cleaning services business in Nigeria and some of the useful things that might prove important during the course of running the business and to also ensure that you’re doing the right thing and being successful at the business you’re starting.
No matter what you’ve heard someone saying about a business and how well success is assured or how lucrative it would turn out, always try to do your own research. The research will not cost anything except your time and that time will prove to be well spent when the business starts and the successes starts coming in. It is important to do a thorough investigation about the business since you’re going to be investing your money into it and you’ve never been involved in the business. Some hours of research won’t hurt.
The research is always meant to give you an idea of what to expect and the challenges ahead to be faced. It teaches future entrepreneur how the business works and what success means. It shows the risks involved and the ways to tackle them. It also gives ideas on how to sustain the business and work towards more success. Imagine missing out on any of the mentioned points, it’s more like being less equipped about something especially something you plan to spend money on.
There are experts in the business, of course, so also look to advise from these individuals as they are most likely the best bet for reliable information on the business. Take note of even the smallest things during the research period and pay close attention to how to stay and survive in the business. The research is as important as anything in the business.
2. WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN
A business plan needs no introduction. It is equally as important as some of the other processes or things involved in the business. After a comprehensive and thorough research has been conducted, entrepreneurs must now put all their ideas into paper after, of course, deciding to start the business. The business plan will cover things like the way you plan to operate, the cost of several things, how you plan to market your business, future projections and also contingency plans.
The business plan serves a number of purposes. In cases where individuals might need to get investors or even get a loan, it will prove useful as it will contain all that needs to be known concerning the business. It is also going to serve as a point of reference for the proposed business.
3. CAPITAL AND CREATING A BUDGET
The need for capital in starting a business cannot be overemphasized. The capital needed for this business is usually small though it still depends on the capacity you intend to start with. Location is not important at all for the business. The entire business process from getting clients to money transactions can be done without getting a location. With the online space becoming even more useful for businesses, it can also be employed in getting the business running. The cost of getting workers and materials for cleaning will take up most of the budget. Registering the business is another thing that needs to be done.
4. GETTING MATERIALS AND GETTING STARTED
You’ll obviously need to get materials used for cleaning as well as the number of workers you’ll be working with. Ensure you get good materials and also competent people who can do the work well. At this point, social media accounts can then be created to help with advertising the business. Word of mouth and referrals also help a lot in getting customers.