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My Story: Why I chose to start an office cleaning business.

October 1, 2014

As the case with many today, I was ‘down-sized’ several years ago; long before the 2008 recession.


I was scared. I had a 3 year-old daughter, a pregnant wife, and just enough cash to keep food on the table. I managed to do some remodeling work for a while to pay the bills, but it was an unreliable income stream; I needed something more regular.


My commercial office cleaning company experience began with asking my chiropractor if I could clean his office (it was not being well cleaned at that time).  His answer was yes, and that was the go-ahead that I needed.  Let me say at this point that I knew nothing about how to make money cleaning offices.  But it dawned on me that here was the perfect moneymaking opportunity.


First of all, it was something that I could build up on a part-time basis.  Second,there was no expensive investment in equipment.  Third, it was something that I could start at home and build up slowly and expand as opportunities presented themselves. I could quickly start making money by cleaning offices.


With that in mind, I approached my tax accountant and asked if I could clean their offices.  They did not need a cleaning service, but one of their other clients was looking for a cleaner! I had already worked at the chiropractor’s office for several weeks when I made this second attempt to acquire another business.  Using the chiropractor as a good reference and the fact that I was known to my tax accountant as a reputable individual, I acquired my second cleaning contract.  Once again, I knew nothing about how to start a commercial office cleaning company, but I already had found a way to add a steady predictable $400 per month to my income.


Now, $400 may not seem like a lot of money, but remember this: it was $400 that I didn’t have before.  And it was $400 that I would have that month, and next month, and the following month, etc. I never dreamed of the income stability that would occur when I figured out how to make money by cleaning offices.


Now I began to get brave.  I selected a number of small office buildings, looked up their addresses, and sent an introductory letter to each of those business.  I simply addressed the letter to the office manager, told a little about who I was and listed my two clients as references.  Nothing happened!  I was slightly depressed, I thought this would be easy money!


And then two months later I found a message on my answering machine.  It was the office manager from one of the companies I contacted.  They had been growing increasingly unhappy with their present cleaning service, would I stop by and give them a bid?


THAT was over a decade ago, and that small start-up business now generates 6 figures a year, keeps many students and others employed, and has allowed me to live better than any job I could imagine.

“I really should go find my old boss and thank him for letting me go!”

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