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March 2013 Letters And Views

Letters To The Editor For March 2013

Insight from the JanSan industry.

March 18, 2013
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Searching For A Startup

Do you know of a list of different types of profitable cleaning niches?

I have been cleaning for realtors over the last year to make their properties move-in ready, but would like to focus on establishing a new business.

My goal is to fill a niche in the industry and make it a lucrative endeavor.

Do you know of any unique cleaning-related businesses that don’t require too much startup cost; can I fill a niche for under $20,000?

Please advise, and thank you in advance for your response. - David Kachadourian, agent with Allstate Insurance Company.


I chatted with a few of my colleagues, David, and we came up with the following list of low-cost startup businesses.

It is not exhaustive by any means, and while there are certainly other services you can offer, it should give you an idea of the types of opportunities available for growth and increased profitability.

For additional ideas of how you can provide more value to clients and pad your pockets in the process, be sure to check our monthly “Contractor Success” section.

Services with low startup costs include:

  • Window cleaning
  • Matting rental
  • Landscaping and grounds care
  • Post-construction cleaning
  • Concierge and porter services
  • Handyman repairs and light maintenance
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning, installation and repair
  • Pest control
  • Trauma scene cleanup
  • Graffiti removal
  • Consulting
  • Roof, gutter, sidewalk and parking lot cleaning. - Aaron Baunee, managing editor.


Intriguingly Informative

I thought that the recent “Floor Care And Healthy Environment Training” from the Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) that was hosted at the Hill & Markes headquarters was very informative.

I learned some techniques that will help me use the equipment we have, such as the square-shaped surface preparation machine, more effectively and efficiently.

I like the way the material was presented as a mixture of classroom discussion with PowerPoint slides and hands-on exercises.

It was also helpful to meet people from other facilities, as the sharing of experiences and ideas is always a huge help. - James Sweet from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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