No Business Plan – Can I Grow My Cleaning Company Without One?

No Business Plan – Can I Grow My Cleaning Company Without One?

No business plan. Can you start a cleaning business with no
business plan? We’re going to talk about that today. Hi there. I’m Angela Brown and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning
question, and I get to help you find an answer. Now today’s show is brought to us by, and that is a resource hub with all sorts of cleaning stuff. There are books and podcasts and blogs and
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grow your cleaning business. All right, on to today’s question, which is
a from a house cleaner that wrote in. He’s just getting started in the business,
and he wants to know if he can start with no business plan. All right, now traditionally I would say make
sure you have a business plan and you have all your ducks in a row and all your t’s crossed
and all your i’s dotted and all of those things, but I don’t want to do that. My philosophy is I want you to jump in and
put a Band-Aid on the bleeding wound. Now most people do not start house cleaning
businesses because they want to earn money two years down the road. Most of them start cleaning businesses because
they need money right now, okay? That is the bleeding wound. Right now we need money right now. I wrote a book called How to Start Your Own
House Cleaning Business. You can download it free on Amazon and I’ll
put links in the show notes so that you can get a copy of it and figure out how to start
a business this week and have money coming in next week. Right? We’re going to put a Band-Aid on that wound. Now once the wound is covered, then we need
to think about the business plan and about growing and expanding and then crossing all
the t’s and dotting all the i’s and putting everything in place, but I want money to be
coming in first. Because it’s very hard to concentrate on the
details of your business when bill collectors are calling and interrupting you. Right? We want money to come in immediately. Then in just a minute, we’re going to stop
and figure out if we have enough money coming in and if we made the right choices with our
bidding and our pricing and all of those things. We can work out all of those details as we
go, but right now we need to just solve the immediate problem. All right, now the next thing I want to share
with you is there are a variety of different places you can go to get the information you
need. There’s trial and error, which is just kind
of go figure it out on your own, or you can hire industry experts. Right now the industry experts I know because
of supply and demand, their prices are astronomical, including myself. When you try to hire a consultant industry
specific, we can save years off your learning curve, but for most start startup companies
it does not make sense. Right now to fix the bleeding wound, I want
you to use all the free services that are available to you. As soon as you get your business up and running
and you have a foundation set, then we can invest money in coaches and consultants and
all that stuff to grow your business industry specific. Right now we want to cast a little bit wider
net, and we want to go for the free options. Because right now we live in the information
age. There are lots of free resources available
to you Now the book that I recommended on Amazon,
it is free, okay? You can read it on a Kindle device, on any
deice, a phone, a tablet, a computer, whatever. Read that first. Then there is YouTube, and you can watch this
type of show on YouTube. We have over 400 episodes in Ask a House Cleaner, and we answer questions like this every single day. Check out all of those on YouTube. Also it’s a podcast on all your favorite podcast
apps, so you can listen as you’re driving in the car. All right, the next thing I want to share
with you is score. If you don’t know about Score, it’s amazing. Okay, it is a 50-year-old nonprofit organization
that is in the United States, and it is run by the Small Business Administration. It has over 10,000 volunteers, and the volunteer
mentors are existing working business owners or they are retired business owners in 62
different industry specialties. You can tag in, and I will leave links in
the show notes on how to find a mentor. You say, “Hey look, I’m starting a business
in housecleaning. How do I get started?” And they can help you with everything from
how to create a business plan, should you become an LLC or should you stay a sole proprietor? They can help you with taxes. What are you able to tax deduct? How you should do your advertising. How you should do your marketing. They’ve got a wealth of information and it’s
free, absolutely free. Now if there’s not a mentor in your area,
they do have online mentorships. You can do like Skype calls, you can do emails
back and forth. They have online training. They also have a library with over 80 videos
in it that are on a variety of topics for small startup businesses, and then they have
like 172 videos for existing business owners on how to do your marketing and how to be
strategic and how to do year end planning and how to hire people, where to hire people,
what kind of questions to ask in the interview, all these things, and it’s free. Right? You should just tag into all of the free resources that are available to you as you’re getting started. All right, so having said that, as you start
your business you can start without a business plan. Yes, that’s true. What I recommend doing is this. Because this is a business not a hobby and
we’re here to help you earn money, I’m going to ask of you for two hours a day. Now I know you’re going to be out cleaning
and doing other things. The two hours a day is an investment of your
time into your business so that you can learn the things you need to learn to move forward. Because if you just think that you’re going
to go out and clean a few houses and that’s going to build a business, what you’re going
to find is 20 years down the road you’re still cleaning a few houses, you’re still working
by the hour, and you’re working in your business not on your business. Your business will not have grown, but you
may be able to pay a few of the bills in between. If you want to build a business and you want
to build an empire and you want to grow your business, you have to start from somewhere. Don’t start out with the empire because there’s
no foundation. If you build the Empire State Building on
a plot of land that was designed for a home, it’s going to absolutely sink into a great
big giant sinkhole in the earth. Right? You have to dig really deep and you have to
build the foundation so it will support what you’re building. That’s all of the learning that is going to
be required right now. Two hours a day. I don’t care whether you take it in the morning,
whether you take it at night, or whether you take it in increments throughout the day,
but you need to spend about two hours a day building your business. This is learning as much as you can. My suggestion is this, learn for an hour and
implement for an hour. Because if you just learn and you don’t implement
anything, you’re no better off for having learned the information. Right? Learn for an hour and then implement for an
hour, and it’s amazing how fast your business will grow. Can you start without a business plan? Yes, you can start. You cannot run a business without a business plan. You can start and you can get some money coming
in and you can Band-Aid that bleeding wound, but as soon as the wound has stopped bleeding,
then let’s go ahead and let’s focus on the real issues, which is building your business. All right, that’s it for me for today. Until we meet again, leave the world a cleaner place than when you found it.

Comments (3)

  1. Great advise. So what will you advice for someone who just want to make money on the side for right now and does not want to maintain the business for the long run?

  2. I make 60.00 per hour cleaning on TaskRabbit. I make my own rates.

  3. Wow what a great channel! My dad has ran a janitorial bussiness for years with no bussiness plan

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