A very lucrative blind cleaning business with income potential is realistic at a lower start up cost than you may have thought possible.
The keys to profit are being technically skilled and pricing and marketing your blind cleaning service correctly.
Entrepreneurs have started their blind cleaning company at home in their garage. Or, they have jumped into this vast business opportunity with mobile ultrasonic blind cleaning from a van or truck.
Essential blind cleaning machines and supporting equipment may be
leased, bought new or bought used. Realistically, your initial costs may be around $12,000 to $15,000 or so depending if you buy or lease new or used equipment. Please consider leasing as there are a bunch of financial reasons to do so.
Today, blinds of every description are being used for windows and even doors. They out number the use of traditional draperies by a 5 to 1 margin.
Office buildings, houses and condos, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and colleges, country clubs, you name it, all use blinds of every description.
And guess what? They all need cleaning (not dusting).
Traditionally, cleaning blinds, that is, “really” cleaning blinds has been a thankless, boring and messy job.
Homeowners and commercial establishments do not want to clean their blinds…themselves. There are millions and millions of blinds in use today (and growing). The need for entrepreneurs to get in this business is critical.
The Answer. You make MORE money!
Using traditional blind cleaning methods requires a good amount of time to clean each blind. (And then it’s not totally clean.)
The ultrasonic method requires less cleaning time per blind. (Usually, you need to remove the blind and clean at your site.)
Using the ultrasonic method in your blind cleaning business lessens potential scratches (likely to occur in traditional cleaning).
This cleaning method cleans the entire blind from the slates, cords, ladders, tapes and head rail of blinds made from multiple kinds of material.
NOTE: Ultrasound cleaning uses water, with appropriate soap. Therefore, it is important to make sure the bind you want to clean can be immersed in water without fabric, if any, shrinking, puckering or the dyes running.
As mentioned before, a key to building profit is to price your services correctly.
You may have different rates for residential and commercial clients.
Commercial jobs often require the cleaning of several dozen blinds with many size variances. You can charge less for volume and still make money.
Residential customers many times are drawn to your business with the use of discounts and “free” services.
Therefore, your regular pricing needs to take this into consideration.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Prior to establishing your prices, please acquire the price information from all your competitors. Visiting competitors websites and phone calls are in order.
I also encourage you to apply for a job with an existing blind cleaning service for a period of time. This will provide valuable experiences as you venture into your own company.
Here are some “rule of thumb” guidelines for pricing your services.
A flat one time “pick up and deliver” fee is appropriate.
Again, it is important to know the pricing points of all your competitors prior to setting your own fee schedule.
Potential customers rarely use the phone book. With the use of smart phones and tablets, everything is Web-based.
Commercial accounts, for sure, will always use the Internet to get their information. They want info now. The look, feel and content of your website will, in large part, depend on how high it is ranked in the search engines.
To get this ranking, and therefore be found, you’ll need a solid “business” website and not just a website.
Properly made "business" websites get FOUND on the Internet. Regular ones seldom do.
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