How to Start a Home Business (in 9 Steps)


September 7, 2023

How to Start a Home Business (in 9 Steps)

Are you interested in starting a home business? Today, working remotely has become increasingly popular, which provides an abundance of opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Starting a successful home-based business can be overwhelming for many people just beginning their journeys. Our guide will help simplify the process with the essential steps and advice from small business owners who have already launched their business ventures from their residences.

We focus on helping you by discussing the following topics. Just click on a link to jump right to the home business information that interests you.

Get ready to start a small business at home.

Short summary

  • Start a successful home-based business by carefully considering the type of business, creating a comprehensive plan, obtaining necessary permits and licenses, setting up an ergonomic workspace, marketing your venture effectively, and delivering quality products or services.
  • Identify and focus on specialized market segments to help ensure success in any home-based venture. We show you how.
  • Learn from inspiring success stories of individuals who have turned their ideas into thriving home businesses with hard work and the right strategies.

What is a home-based business?

Home-based businesses can be any size as long as the primary office is in the small business owner’s home. Small business owners have lots of options to choose from, including:

  • Local service businesses
  • Online and dropshipping businesses
  • Consulting
  • Freelance business ventures

Cristobal Mondragon started Queen Bee Cleaning Services as a home-based cleaning business. Now it makes over $1.5 million annually.

Check out Chris Mondragon’s FREE training to kickstart your own cleaning business. You can learn more about his inspiring journey by watching the interview below.

Read on for all the info you need to decide on a profitable home business idea that will work for you based on your skills and interests in combination with the resources available to you.

What are some advantages of a home-based business?

A home enterprise has several advantages over other small business ideas. Some of the best benefits of a home business include:

  1. Flexible schedule
  2. Lower startup costs
  3. Lower overhead costs
  4. Increased productivity
  5. More opportunities
  6. Higher pay
  7. Less risk than renting a space
  8. More room for personal growth
  9. Tax deductions
  10. Great creative outlet
  11. Reduced personal expenses
 Pros Cons
Flexible schedule Self-discipline required
Lower startup costs Paying attention to daily tasks
Lower overhead costs Lack of privacy
Increased productivity Separating work and home life
More opportunities Lack of space
Higher pay Not taken as seriously
Less risk than renting a space Lack of coworkers to collaborate with and learn from
More room for personal growth Feelings of isolation
Tax deductions Procrastinating or overworking
Great creative outlet  
Reduced personal expenses  

What are some disadvantages of a home business?

Concept of entrepreneur sitting at desk feeling confused about starting home business with dizzy stars and little black cloud over head

When starting a small business from home, many business owners struggle with aspects like:

  1. Self-discipline required
  2. Paying attention to daily tasks
  3. Lack of privacy
  4. Separating work and home life
  5. Lack of space
  6. Not taken as seriously
  7. Lack of coworkers to collaborate with and learn from
  8. Feelings of isolation
  9. Procrastinating or overworking

Many small business owners will attend networking groups that help them overcome these common challenges. Start practicing good habits early to give your home-based business idea the best chance of success.

Factors to consider when starting a business at home

Starting a home business can be a huge advantage or disadvantage to a business venture. Ask yourself the following questions before starting your own business from home:

  • What type of business suits your skills, interests, and resources?
  • Do you have the space for your new business?
  • Does your neighborhood have rules against certain small businesses?
  • Will your family be supportive if you start a small business at home?

UpFlip Cautionary Tale

Many local business owners will find that their neighborhood has rules about running small businesses from home. I have lived in neighborhoods that don’t allow local service trucks, ones that won’t allow any small businesses, and ones that will only allow online businesses.

Make sure you understand the rules for your area before you start a service-based business from home.

How to start a home business

Successful home business ideas will normally follow a nine-step process for the best odds of success.

  1. Decide on a home business idea
  2. Write a home-based business plan
  3. Name your home-based business
  4. Get an LLC for your at-home business
  5. Get business licenses for your home business
  6. Get a home business bank account
  7. Set up your home office
  8. Market your home-based business
  9. Serve your customers

Keep reading to find some of the best home business ideas.

Decide on a home business idea

The first step in starting a home-based company is choosing a business idea. The best small business ideas from home normally fall into the following categories:

  • Online Business Ideas
  • Service Business Ideas
  • Professional Services

We’ll provide you with some home business ideas for each of the three categories next.

Online business ideas

Concept of young man business owner with new idea illustrated by a bright lightbulb over shoulder and laptop in hand

Many successful business owners choose to start an online small business. These make a great new business from home because they don’t require a lot of space and can be started with just the internet and a computer. Consider options like a:

Dropshipping business

This business idea requires creating an online store, finding dropshipping suppliers, and marketing their products. Learn more about dropshipping.

Affiliate marketing business
Woman entrepreneur with megaphone in one hand, cash in the other, and social media icons including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube drawn around her

Small business owners can make a great living through affiliate marketing. You’ll need a marketing and sales plan because you’ll be paid on commission for selling other companies’ products.

Social media business

A social media manager uses digital marketing skills to help other businesses with marketing on social media. Make sure you don’t forget to build your own social media presence, too. Check out our interview with a successful social media manager.

Online store

Whether you have a subscription box business or a dropshipping business, you’ll need an online store. You could even buy an existing eCommerce business.

Check out more online business ideas.

Service business ideas

Check out some of the most popular service businesses that many small business owners run from home.

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Car detailing business

Start a small business at home in the car detailing industry. You’ll be washing cars all day. This profitable business can make a ton of money.

Find out how Alan Tursunbaev turned an idea for a summer into a small business that brings in $50K per month.

House cleaning service

You can make a great living when you start a small business that’s a house cleaning service. Just ask Chris Mondragon, who started Queen Bee Cleaning, which makes nearly $2 million per year.

Dog grooming business

There are lots of businesses involving animals. You could start a pet-sitting business, a dog-walking business, or even a mobile grooming business.

Professional services

You can start a professional services small business at home. Consider one of the businesses below.

Renting commercial real estate

Real estate agents can make a great living and work from their own homes. Check out how Thach Nguyen has built a $100M real estate empire.

Consulting business

Whether someone needs a freelance writer, help with social media, inventory management, or financial projections, consulting is a great business.

Learn more about consulting businesses.

Perform market research

Once you have identified the best home business idea, it’s time to research how to make your small business idea work in more detail. This could involve conducting:

  • Target market research
  • Competitive analysis
  • Research on barriers to entry
  • Opportunities research

Once you’ve selected a small business idea, you should write a business plan.

Write a home-based business plan

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Did you know a well-written business plan can help a company grow 30% faster than one with no business plan?

A detailed business plan is essential to any home-based venture’s success. It functions as a roadmap. Plus, the business plan details your goals, strategies, and financial outlook.

Check out our blog about business plans to download a business plan template and learn how to write your business plan.

Name your home-based business

Next, you’ll want to name your home-based business. Your business name is the foundation of your brand identity and will inspire your logo, marketing, and customer service.

Your unique business name should be easy enough to remember yet reflective of the values held by you and the company. Try our business name generator. You can find a small business name you love and check the availability on Name Cheap.

Get an LLC for your at-home business

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Setting up a limited liability company (LLC) for your home-based business is an essential step in safeguarding yourself and preserving your individual assets.

An LLC provides its owners with restricted liabilities, meaning you won’t be personally liable for any debts or duties of your organization. They’re easy to create and manage and offer tax benefits for successful businesses.

Establishing an LLC for your at-home business requires registering with the Secretary of State.

By forming this type of legal entity, you protect both your small business and your personal assets. You might also consider a different legal structure like a sole proprietorship or a corporation.

Get business licenses for your home business

When starting a home-based business, it’s vital to acquire the essential licenses and permits. Depending on where you’re located and what kind of business you’re running, there will be various requirements for

  • licenses such as general enterprise approvals
  • sales tax documentation
  • professional credentials
  • any local requirements

Check local and state laws for any rules that might apply to your business. You may receive harsh penalties if you do not follow them. Make sure to keep track of your records and renewal periods, too.

All this needs to be done so that your company remains legit during its operations. Complying with legal requirements helps you avoid issues. Just ask Cristobal Mondragon:

Get a home business bank account

For any home-based business, it is essential to open a bank account to separate business finances and personal ones. This simplifies tracking profits and expenses for bookkeeping purposes like tax filing.

To establish such an account, you’ll need your legal paperwork like your LLC registration, Tax ID, business licenses, and EIN (Employer Identification Number).

A dedicated credit card may be beneficial so that you can cover costs while your business builds credit history. All these play into managing your business finances. The better you manage the finances, the easier it will be to identify opportunities for improvement.

Set up your home office

Happy man working at home behind a minimalist desk with laptop, tablet, and notebook and cell phone in hand

A dedicated home office is essential for managing your work and keeping up efficiency. Designate an area that provides privacy and limits disturbances so you can focus on running the business from your house. Comfort should be of utmost importance. Get an ergonomic chair and make sure the lighting facilitates whatever type of work you’ll be doing.

You’ll also want reliable, high-speed internet and software that will help you manage your business. The software you need will vary depending on the type of company you’re starting. Check out our HR blog for human resource provider reviews. Other software we suggest is:

Market your home-based business

You need an effective marketing strategy to launch and grow a home-based business. It’s essential to have insight into your target audience and research the competitive landscape. Reach potential customers on social media platforms, websites, or by partnering with related service providers.

Track and measure your promotional efforts using key performance indicators (KPIs) like web traffic or customer inquiries to decide where to allocate advertising dollars. Google Analytics is the tool most small businesses use to monitor their success at getting people to their websites.

Most importantly, marketing is a long-term game plan that requires consistency and dedication. Be patient and you’ll stand out from other home-based business owners.

Serve your customers

Woman home business owner meeting with clients in her dedicated office space

Successful home-based businesses rely on providing their customers with stellar service. Depending on the type of business you start, this could be anything from offering personalized attention to delivering high-quality products. Practice operating on the old adage “Under-promise and over-deliver.”

Every happy customer will help build strong relationships that lead to loyalty and often positive word-of-mouth referrals. These can help you grow your at-home venture even faster.

Home business FAQs

What business can I start in my home?

Most businesses can be started from home as long as there are no homeowner association rules or local government prohibitions. You probably won’t be able to start home-based manufacturing or energy companies, for example.

How do I start a small home-based business?

Concept of woman feeling confused about starting a home business shown with laptop, coffee, miniature house model, and question mark speech bubble

Beginning a small, home-based business can be achieved by following the essential steps we’ve outlined. First, consider potential ideas and determine if they are suitable for working from your residence.

Consider profitability by creating an organized blueprint of how to move forward. Pick out the right company configuration, give it an apt name, register it with your state authority, and attain an applicable tax ID number and licenses to pave the way for a successful at-home venture.

Can a tenant run a business from a rental property?

You may be able to start a home business if you rent. You’ll need to:

  1. Check your CC&Rs or lease.
  2. Talk with your apartment complex manager, HOA, or landlord.
  3. Research zoning laws.
  4. Check for other laws prohibiting home businesses.
  5. Get a landlord permission letter for home business activity.

You may need a signed letter of authorization (see our sample) giving permission to use the property for business purposes.

What are the three general rules for qualifying your home office as a business expense?

Smartly dressed woman entrepreneur gesturing to screenshot of IRS home office requirements webpage

According to the Internal Revenue Service, you have to meet three main criteria to claim a home office as a business expense:

  1. Exclusive and regular use: Your home office must be used exclusively for business purposes on a regular basis. It should not be used for personal activities.
  2. Principal place of business: Your home office should be the primary location where you conduct substantial administrative or management activities for your business.
  3. Meeting clients or customers: You must use your home office to meet your clients, customers, or patients, or the office space must be a separate area used exclusively for business purposes.

As long as your home office is exclusively used for work and is where you consistently do admin work, you will normally qualify to deduct 100% of direct business costs and a percentage of indirect but relevant household costs.

What percentage of utilities can I deduct for home business?

According to the Internal Revenue Service, you can deduct utilities using two methods:

  1. Simplified Method: Up to 300 square feet at $5 per square foot for a total of $1,500.
  2. Actual Expenses: This method allows you to use the same percentage of the home you actually use for business. Keep reading to find out how to calculate it.

Using actual expenses, you can either use the percentage based on square feet that are used exclusively for your business, or, if the rooms in your home are approximately equal in size, you can use the percentage of rooms used.

For instance, my office is approximately 15×15 feet or 225 feet out of 1,600 square feet in my home, which equals 14%. I can’t use the rooms method because they are not approximately equal. That calculation would suggest my office space is 33% of the home, which is not a fair representation.

My utilities are around $12,000 per year, which means I can claim 14% of that or $1,687.50 of my utilities. Given my mortgage is $1,700 monthly, 14% of my annual mortgage is $2,856, making my total home office claim $4,543.50—a far better deduction than the Simplified Method’s $1,500.

What insurance do I need to run a business from home?

Insurance agent holding up clipboard with liability insurance form

A home business will normally want a business owner policy (BOP) that bundles together three important coverage types:

  1. General liability insurance
  2. Commercial property insurance
  3. Business interruption insurance

It’s typically cheaper to buy a BOP compared to buying each policy separately and you can add additional coverage types as needed. Simply Business is a great place to get your business insurance because it compares rates from 16 major insurers.

Balancing work and life at home

While running a home-based business provides advantages, work-life balance may be compromised. You’ll want to create good rules for yourself to balance your personal time and work time. Here are some rules people suggest (and I wish I followed):

  1. Create a schedule for yourself with regular breaks and start-stop times. This helps keep your work from infringing upon personal time. My wife wishes I’d listen to this one.
  2. Maintain a separate space for your work so you can avoid being in it during personal time. This one is the easiest to follow.
  3. Schedule personal activities including exercise, hobbies, and dates. I try to do this one, but only exercise works flawlessly. My dog and I go for a mile walk every morning.
  4. Send your kids to boarding school if they start plying in your home office (jk).

Expanding and scaling your successful business

Small town concept with wooden block houses, upward-trending arrows, and Scrabble letters spelling out "success"

Once you start a small business at home, you’ll operate the business. As you build success, your business entity will likely need to hire more people, automate systems, or diversify income streams. Careful planning and research are essential for a successful business idea to grow. Some of the best ways to scale a business include:

  • Introduce new services and products.
  • Add another market segment.
  • Explore partnerships.
  • Upgrade technology.
  • Add staff members. (This might mean you need to change the legal structure or move the business out of your own home.)
  • Add new locations.
  • Create a franchise.
  • Increase the budget for your marketing and sales plans.

Ready to start your own business?

Now you know how to choose a business idea, create a business entity and legal structure, and some of the unique features of a home business. It’s up to you to take the time to create a solid business plan, build your business model, and market your business.

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Tip 1. Business is Personal

When you're an entrepreneur, business is personal. You're the one who makes all the decisions, and you're the one who takes all the risks. That's why it's so important to stay focused and motivated. Many things can distract you from your business goals, but you have to remember why you started your business in the first place. Stay focused on your vision, and don't let anyone or anything get in your way. Mark Cuban agrees: [su_quote] All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal. [/su_quote] Quote of mark cuban The journey to business success is never easy, but it's worth it in the end. So keep your head up and stay focused on your goals. Everything else will take care of itself. Keep that in mind when you read the rest of the tips. How to be Successful in Business through Self-Care One critical aspect of business success is making sure you're taking care of yourself. If you're not taking care of yourself, you won't be able to care for your business. Keep reading for a few tips on how to stay healthy and focused.

Tip 2. Be Fearless

One essential trait of a successful business owner is fearlessness. You have to be willing to take risks and face challenges head-on. If you're afraid of failure, you'll never achieve anything significant. Famed business author, Gary Vaynerchuk, said it best: [su_quote] I'm not afraid of failure. I've been married twice. [/su_quote] Don't be afraid to take risks and chase your dreams. Just make sure you're doing it for the right reasons. Otherwise, you'll just end up disappointed.

Tip 3. Keep a Positive Attitude

One of the most important things you can do to become a successful entrepreneur is stay positive. A positive attitude will help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Bad news and setbacks are a part of business today, but it's how you deal with them that determines whether you succeed in business. Stay optimistic, no matter what happens. When things get tough, remember what Sir Richard Branson said: [su_quote] My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, 'Oh, God, I've got to do this today.' [/su_quote] It may not be easy, but it's definitely worth it in the end.

Tip 4. Eat Healthy Meals

Woman preparing a healthy breakfast Small business owners have a lot on their plate. New businesses need to focus on sales, marketing, operations, and finances. But one of the most important things they need to do is eat healthily. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables while avoiding processed foods and sugary drinks. This will be a positive influence as you progress into a successful entrepreneur.

Tip 5. Maintain Positive Friendships

Maintaining positive friendships is one of the most important things you can do to succeed in business. Positive friends will help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. They'll also help you stay healthy and positive. On the other hand, negative friendships can have a harmful impact on your business. They'll bring you down and make it difficult to stay motivated. That's why it's important to surround yourself with positive people who will help you achieve your goals. JCPenney once said: [su_quote] Every great business is built on friendship. [/su_quote]

Tip 6. Recognize Toxic Environments 

Toxic environments can be deadly for businesses. A small business is an uphill battle, and toxicity will just make it worse. It can cause those starting a business to fail before they even have a chance.  Quote of dr. armina Toxicity can also make it harder to attract the right employees and will often lead to decreased productivity. If you're running a business, it's important to watch out for: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Employees that are constantly stressed out and unhappy.
  • Gossip and negativity among employees.
  • Employees that complain and blame others for their problems.
  • Hostility and aggression among employees.
[/su_note] If you see any of these signs, it's time to take action and create a more positive work environment. Successful entrepreneurs will recognize the signs before their company gets dragged down with it. That is why leadership qualities are so critical.

Tip 7. Be Patient with Yourself

A successful entrepreneur is always on the go. There’s always a long to-do list and hardly any rest. This can be a great thing, but it can also be problematic. If you're not careful, you'll end up burning out when you least expect it.  That's why it's so important to be patient with yourself. Don't expect too much from yourself, and give yourself time to rest and relax. If you're not patient with yourself, you'll end up frustrated and exhausted. This will lead to decreased productivity and decreased business success.  Prepare yourself for success and be patient. Benjamin Franklin said: [su_quote] He that can have patience can have what he will. [/su_quote]

Tip 8. Be Authentic

Being authentic is one of the most important things you can do as you ponder how a successful business gets started. When you're authentic, people will be able to see your true colors, and they'll trust your small business more. They'll also be more likely to do business with you, as they'll know that you're a genuine entrepreneur who cares about your customers. When you're not authentic people will avoid your company. Yves Saint Laurent said it best: [su_quote] The most beautiful makeup is passion, but cosmetics are easier to buy. [/su_quote]

Tip 9. Be Transparent

 The Dalai Lama said it best: [su_quote] A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. [/su_quote] Most businesses cannot afford to lose customers, so make sure you are honest about what your small business can do. If you are charging more than other companies, be ready to explain why when you get feedback that what you are asking is too much.

Tip 10. Follow Your Passion

Man holding a tablet One of the best ways to succeed in business is to follow your passion. When you're passionate about what you're doing, you'll be more motivated and focused. Some of the most successful people in business have had a passion or goals that seemed otherworldly.  As John Lennon said: [su_quote] You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. [/su_quote] Go for it with all you have!

Tip 11. Maintain a Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a work-life balance is one of the most important things you can do to become a successful entrepreneur. When you're balanced, you'll be more productive and focused. You'll also be less stressed out and happier. Michell Obama said: [su_quote] We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own to-do list. [/su_quote] Remember to find a balance that works for you and stick to it. Here are a few tips: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Set boundaries between your work life and personal life.
  • Take time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Don't overwork yourself.
[/su_note] Keep reading for more tips on how to start a successful business.

Tip 12. Make Each Year Your Best Year

Group of people celebrating success Making each year your best year is a great way to ensure business success. When you're constantly improving and setting new goals, you'll be more productive and focused on how to succeed.  Judy Garland once said: [su_quote] If we could all be a little more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, maybe next year at this time, we'd like each other a little bit more. [/su_quote] Here are a few tips for making each year your best year: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Set new company goals and work to achieve them.
  • Challenge and push yourself to succeed a little more each day.
  • Learn new things and grow as a person.
  • Enjoy your life and have fun.
  • Increase your compassion and show people you value them.
[/su_note] Keep reading to find out why a successful entrepreneur needs to be gritty to start their own business.

Tip 13. Be Gritty

Grittiness is one of the most important traits a successful entrepreneur can have. If you’ve got some grit, you’ll be able to keep pushing through when your small business doesn’t quite live up to your business plan. Some of the most successful people in business have held pure grit and determination that seemed otherworldly. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said: [su_quote] You can't just be a little bit grittier. You have to be gritty all the time. [/su_quote] Here are a few tips for being gritty: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Persevere through difficult times.
  • Don't give up when things get tough.
[/su_note] Don’t quit reading now. That wouldn’t be very gritty! Get ready to become a successful entrepreneur by challenging yourself.

Tip 14. Challenge Yourself

Young man climbs on a rocky wall One key to business success is challenging yourself. To become a successful entrepreneur, push your limits and see what you're capable of overcoming. When you do this, you'll find that you're able to accomplish more in your small business than you ever thought possible. You'll also develop new skills and strategies to help you in business. So, don't be afraid to push yourself. The rewards will be worth it! Saint Francis of Assisi once said: [su_quote] Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and before you know it, you'll be doing the impossible. [/su_quote] Ever noticed how successful entrepreneurs seem to be happier than everyone else? You’re about to find out why.

Tip 15. Live with Passion

Passion helps you stay motivated when things get tough for your small business. It's what keeps you going when the road gets rocky. So, if you want to be successful in business, it's important to live with passion. When you're passionate about what you do, it shows in your work. If people can see that you're genuinely invested in your small business, they'll be more likely to trust you and do business with you. Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs once said: [su_quote] The only way to do great work is to love what you do. [/su_quote] That’s the real reason why businesses ask, “Why do you want to work for this company?” The best answer is: [su_quote] I love the industry, I love the product, and I want to add more value to the company. [/su_quote] Any other answer will not lead you down the path of a successful entrepreneur.

Tip 16. Trust Yourself

Businessman wearing cape One of the most important things you can do for small business success is to trust yourself. Have faith in your abilities, and don't doubt yourself. When you do so, you'll be more likely to take risks and put yourself out there. That is the essence of a successful entrepreneur. Thomas Edison once said: [su_quote] I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work. [/su_quote] That’s how to start a successful business that changes the world. Can you imagine where we’d be today without light or electricity?

Tip 17. Reduce TV Time

The website emarketer.com estimates the average American spends nearly 8 hours watching TV or online videos. If you're spending too much time watching TV, you're not allowing yourself to succeed. Instead, you're putting yourself at a disadvantage. So, try to limit your TV time and use that time to focus on starting and improving your small business.

Tip 18. Visualize Your Goals

One of the best ways to achieve success in business is to visualize your goals. In doing so, you create a roadmap for yourself, and you're more likely to achieve your targets. Pablo Picasso once said: [su_quote] Everything you can imagine is real. [/su_quote] My goals list on napkin and coffee Use graphs, tables, or a whiteboard thermometer to measure your progress. See them, draw them, and build the product or service.

Tip 19. Create

Like any other art form, business is a creative endeavor, but a successful entrepreneur wears far more hats than an average person. They build more than most think possible. They create a to-do list and mark it off faster. Successful business folks see value in every aspect of the small business. And look to build the right employees even higher through creativity. 1971 Nobel Prize winner for the creation of holography once said: [su_quote] The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented. It was man’s ability to invent which has made human society what it is. [/su_quote] https://www.upflip.com/blog/most-profitable-businesses

Tip 20. Put One Foot in Front of the Other

We all want our business to be a huge success overnight, but sometimes you need to take baby steps. When you do this, it is easier for everyone, and it takes less time in the end. Lao Tzu wrote: [su_quote] The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. [/su_quote] Forest gump running accross the country scene Like Forrest Gump, a successful entrepreneur just has to keep going, and eventually, their small business will likely become a success.

Tip 21. Maintain Your Calendar

Add everything to your calendar and review it at the beginning and end of your day. You are less likely to forget important things for your business and your life if you review your calendar daily. Using this approach will show you that this quote by Michael Altshuler (A career coach and keynote speaker) is true: [su_quote] The bad news is time flies; the good news is you are the pilot. [/su_quote]

Tip 22. Get Some Exercise

Arnold Schwarzenegger once said: [su_quote] What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know. [/su_quote] Stay physically fit so you can rise above challenges that may seem insurmountable.

Tip 23. Stay Focused

When it comes to small business success, staying focused is key. It's important to create a routine and stick to it. You also need to be organized and have a clear plan for what you want to achieve. George Lucas once said: [su_quote] Always remember, your focus creates your reality. [/su_quote]

Tip 24. Use Your Vacation Time

It's hard to take vacation time, but it's necessary to get some time away from work and the office. People in the U.S. work between 200 and 400 hours more than many comparable countries. Take a vacation and buy a burner phone to take with you. The world won't end.  As Oscar Wilde said: [su_quote] Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret. [/su_quote] Man and woman taking a vacation

Tip 26. Stay Organized

Jack Welch once said: [su_quote] For a large organization to be effective, it must be organized. [/su_quote] Start planning for business success early by developing an organizational structure and documenting it so that others can follow your small business organizational structure. There are tons of customer relationship management (CRM) tools to make it easier to organize a small business. Choose which works best for your own business. Customer relationship management reviews

Tip 27. Keep Records of Everything

In addition to staying organized, record keeping and labeling conventions make it easier to find the right information. For online organization, it’s helpful to understand how search engines work so you can create meaningful tags and labels. Watch Google’s YouTube video about how search works below. [su_youtube url="https://youtu.be/_0QOePCkyK4"] Use a format like 20210201BrandonsWorkLog. Better yet, automate it where it adds the date at the beginning of every saved document automatically.

Empowering Your People

These small business tips show how successful entrepreneurs empower people and build company culture to create success. These are crucial because even the most successful entrepreneur needs other people. Eventually, it’s good to let someone else run the business with you. You need a great team that believes in your goals. We’ll share nine tips from successful entrepreneurs on how to build teams that will enhance success.

Tip 28. Respect Others’ Time

It's important to respect others' time, especially when it comes to business. Employees work for you because they need to make a living, and they will have outside responsibilities just like you. A successful entrepreneur respects the time people are away from work. Armen from Bicycle Pit Stop told us the most challenging lesson he learned was: [su_quote] Hiring good people. I see now that once you get good people, honor that beyond all else… Honor your people, and never keep disruptive people, no matter how short-staffed you are. Good people HATE lame Coworkers. [/su_quote] Check out our blog about how to start a bike shop. Paying them a salary doesn't mean you own them. It means you have purchased 40 hours of their time. No more. Give them the same work-life balance that you should be giving yourself. Small businesses that demand too much from their staff may hinder the success of sales because employees may look for a new job and be less dedicated.

Tip 29. Build Something Meaningful

Most people want to feel like they're a part of something bigger than themselves. A successful entrepreneur knows how to make every role in the organization feel meaningful and has an impact on the world.  Create a company that is changing the world. Whether through social work, your main products, or how you treat people. Give your employees a mission that makes them proud to go to work every day. Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great and Built to Last, once said: [su_quote] It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. [/su_quote] Get his books on Amazon. Books of jim collins in amazon Entrepreneurs should be able to tell whether someone looks at the company as a job or something of value. Sit down with those who only view your business as a job and ask them what you can do to make the job more enjoyable. Then listen to them.

Tip 30. Build a Positive Company Culture

Positive company culture is the key to success. When employees feel good about where they work and what they're doing, they're more likely to be productive and happy. Some ways to create a positive company culture are having a clear mission, offering great benefits, and being transparent with communication. You also need to make sure that you end toxic environments as soon as they start. As an entrepreneur, remember to start building your company’s culture from the time you decide you need help in business. Zig Ziglar, the author of Selling 101, said: [su_quote] Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. [/su_quote] quote of zig ziglar

Tip 31. Improve Others’ Lives

There are many businesses out there that improve the lives of others. For example, companies that provide social work or donate to charities. Other businesses may have a great company culture and work to change the world for the better. Sam Houston, former Senator and only person to be Governor of two U.S States, once said: [su_quote] A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under. [/su_quote] Quote of sam houston When it comes to business, it's not all about profit. There are many ways to help other people and make the world a better place. Find ways to improve lives. It's worth it.

Tip 32. Be Patient with Others

Patience is a virtue, and it's one that business owners need to have when it comes to their employees. It's important to be patient with them and understand that they may not always be on the same page as you. In our interview about Kaizen, Paul Akers said: [su_quote] Make it about profit and lose. The real benefits an organization will see when they eliminate waste are happier customers and employees. You’ll also be putting out fewer fires because your organization runs more smoothly. [/su_quote] Check it out below: [su_youtube url="https://youtu.be/Zah9panf7ag"] You can take his approach about what annoys you, or you can do what we do at UpFlip and assign a 2-hour weekly personal growth project. Both will help develop patience because you know progress is underway. That’s what success is all about.

Tip 33. Help Others

Small things make a difference and can develop a network. I have heard about restaurants that feed the homeless if they come into their establishments. Small things can make a huge difference. Paul Akers suggests using WhatsApp to leverage technology to help communicate.  If an employee has a personal issue, don't make it about work. Ask how you can genuinely help. They might need an ear to listen, therapy, or time off. Do what you can to make it easier on them. It will pay off in due time.

Tip 34. Build Your Team Only as Fast as You Can Train Them

Building a team gradually is important because you don't want to overload your employees with too much work. When you're starting a business, it's important to take things slow and steady. Eric Ries, Author of The Lean Startup, said: [su_quote] Sustainable growth is defined by one simple rule: New customers come from the actions of past customers.” [/su_quote] There are many ways to build a team gradually, including: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Offering training and development opportunities.
  • Giving employees more responsibility as they prove themselves.
  • Teaching the team to train others effectively once they have mastered their skills.
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Tip 35. Ask for Feedback from the Team

Employee feedback is vital for business owners because it can help them understand what their employees are thinking. This information helps to improve the business owner's products, services, and company culture. Even Bill Gates wants feedback. He says: [su_quote] That’s how we improve. [/su_quote] Quote of bill gates Some ways to collect employee feedback include conducting surveys, holding focus groups, and using anonymous feedback forms. It's also important to act on the feedback that you receive. 

Tip 36. Hire the Right People

When hiring employees, ensure that you're selecting the right people for the job. Consider the skills and experience that they have, as well as their attitude and overall fit for the position. Lee Smith From Urbanity has this to say about hiring boutique employees: [su_quote] When I am hiring employees, I consider whether they seem to fit the style of the clothes we are selling, whether they are pleasant, and whether I trust them. As a small business, trust is big. I don’t have the resources of major corporations to catch people stealing, so I need to trust my employees. [/su_quote] Read about this and other input in our blog about how to start a boutique. The next section will cover tips about how successful entrepreneurs delight their customers.

A Successful Business Delights Customers

Business success is all about customer service. You need to delight them and make them feel valued if you want to retain customers and increase profits. We'll share 12 tips for delighting your customers.

Tip 37. Know Your Target Market

When it comes to business, it's important to know your target market. This means that you need to understand who your ideal customer is and what their needs are. Peter Drucker, former reporter and creator of one of the first MBA programs, said: [su_quote] The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits them perfectly. [/su_quote]

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You can do this by conducting market research. Read our blog on market research for a deep dive into the subject.

Tip 38. Have a Great Product or Service

A great product or service is enough to delight some customers. Involving customers in the design process is a great way to make sure your products delight customers.

Tip 39. Listen to Complaints

When customers complain, business owners should take the time to listen and understand their concerns. This will show them that you care and are willing to make things right. Some ways to handle customer complaints include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Acknowledging their complaint and apologizing.
  • Making sure they feel heard.
  • Giving them a solution or a way to resolve the issue.
  • Following up after the issue has been resolved.
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  1. Listen to them.
  2. Validate their reason for being frustrated.
  3. Ask them politely, "What can I do to make this right?"
  4. Do it.
  5. Document it.
[/su_note] I have used this solution hundreds of times to get favorable results for both the customer and the business in multiple industries.

Tip 40. Exceed Everyone’s Expectations

Business success hinges on exceeding customers' expectations. Going the extra mile shows you care. To exceed customer's expectations: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Offer superior customer service.
  • Provide great products or services.
  • Send them a thank you email and verify they are happy with their experience.
  • Add small freebies into their order.
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Tip 41. Focus on Customer Service

The customer is your #1 priority. As Lee Smith said: [su_quote] I don’t have to be in the stores, but if I’m not, I won’t have my ear to the streets. I get to hear everything customers ask for and talk about, which helps me make better inventory decisions. Getting brands that customers love is what keeps them coming back. [/su_quote] [su_youtube url="https://youtu.be/_wUc28d8KkE"]

Tip 42. Deliver What You Promise

If you've ever been to a fast-food restaurant and they forgot an item, you know how important this is. It's disheartening, wastes time, and reduces brand loyalty.

Tip 43. Build Word of Mouth

Building word of mouth is one of the most effective ways to promote your business. When customers are happy with your products or services, they'll tell their friends and family. There are a few things you can do to encourage word of mouth marketing: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Encourage customers to leave reviews.
  • Make it easy for customers to share your products or services on social media.
  • Host events and offer exclusive deals to those who attend.
  • Offer a loyalty program.
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Tip 44. Expand Marketing

Marketing is the key to business success. You need to reach as many people as possible to increase profits. To expand marketing, you need to: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Identify your target market.
  • Develop a marketing strategy.
  • Use a variety of marketing channels.
  • Measure the results of your marketing efforts.
  • Narrow the channels down to ones that have acceptable returns on investment.
[/su_note] Make your marketing fun and make it personalized to perform better. We go into a lot of detail about marketing with Google Ads on our podcast with one of the team members that started the Google Ads Optimization System.

Tip 45. Build an Online Presence

Young man building website and social media on a desktop One of the best ways to reach more people and grow your business is to build an online presence. This includes a website, social media profiles, and an email list. Your website should be easy to navigate and include information about your business, products, and services. Make sure it's mobile-friendly, as most people now browse the web on their phones. Read our blog about how to create a website to learn more. Social media is a great way to connect with customers and promote your business. Create profiles on all the major social networks, and post regularly. Make sure to space out releasing posts, so you don't blow up their phones with 10 notifications. An email list is a great way to stay in touch with customers and keep them updated on special offers and new products. You can collect email addresses by offering a free download or incentive for signing up.

Tip 46. Ask for Referrals

One of the best ways to get more business is to ask for referrals. When customers are happy with your products or services, they'll be more likely to refer you to their friends and family. There are a few things you can do to encourage referrals: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Include a referral program in your marketing materials.
  • Make it easy for customers to refer to your business on social media.
  • Thank customers for referrals and send them a special offer.
  • Host an event and offer exclusive deals to those who refer friends.
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Tip 47. Ask for Feedback from Customers

One of the best ways to improve your business is to ask customers for feedback. This gives you a chance to learn what they like and don't like about your products or services. Follow these best practices when collecting feedback: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Send a survey to customers after they've done business with you.
  • Host an event and ask customers to provide feedback in person.
  • Use a tool like Qualaroo or Hotjar to track customer behavior on your website.
  • Make it easy for customers to leave feedback on social media.
  • Thank customers for providing feedback, and offer them a special offer.
  • Use the feedback to make changes to your business.
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Tip 48. Use Social Media to Communicate

Social media icon blocks with laptop Share your marketing, tell stories, and provide support through social media. The companies that do it best without making it look robotic tend to get the best results. I know I love using Facebook Messenger when other customer support channels fail. Ninety percent of the time, I get far better success because it gets flagged as I've tried on multiple channels. Plus, a customer going to social media for support often indicates it's about to go public.

To Make a Business Successful: Never Quit Learning

This section will cover the learning aspect of running a small business. As an entrepreneur, you'll need to embrace continuous improvement because you'll be wearing a lot of hats. Keep reading for tips on learning for business owners.

Tip 49. Understand Finance

As a business owner, it's important to understand finance to make sound business decisions. You need to know how to read financial statements, manage your cash flow, and make projections. Financial statements show how a business is performing financially and include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Balance sheets: shows assets, liabilities, and equity.
  • Income statements: shows revenue and expenses.
  • Cash flow statements: shows the flow of funds in and out of the business.
[/su_note] Without understanding these, it is harder to manage your expenses. You can do this by monitoring your accounts receivable, accounts payable, and inventory levels.

Tip 50. Develop Leadership

man pointing on a bulb with written word As a business owner, it's important to develop your leadership skills. This will help you manage your business effectively and make sound decisions. Some things you can do to build your leadership skills include:[su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Attend leadership training programs.
  • Read books on leadership.
  • Watch videos on leadership.
  • Participate in online forums and discussions on leadership.
  • Manage a team of employees.
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Tip 51. Learn How to Sell

Learning to sell is an important skill for business owners. You need to sell your products or services to customers and make a profit. You'll need to: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Understand your customer's needs.
  • Create a sales strategy.
  • Make a good first impression.
  • Be friendly and helpful.
  • Give customers a reason to buy from you.
  • Price your products or services correctly.
  • Make it easy for customers to buy from you.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
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Tip 52. Read Case Studies

Reading case studies is a great way to become a more successful entrepreneur. Case studies are detailed accounts of how a business succeeded or failed. Reading or watching case studies helps stimulate creativity, improves business strategies management techniques, and provides new ways to handle difficult situations. Great places to find case studies include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • UpFlip's YouTube channel, blog, and podcast
  • Amazon's best selling business books
  • Most major corporations' websites
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Tip 53. Promote Yourself

Your man filming himself Learning to promote yourself is an important skill for business owners. You need to celebrate your successes, share your struggles, and connect with people from a place of confidence and compassion.

Tip 54. Network

Networking is key to business success. Here are a few tips on how to network effectively: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Attend business events and meetings.
  • Join business groups and organizations.
  • Connect with people on social media.
  • Attend workshops and training programs.
  • Get involved in online forums and discussions.
[/su_note] Knowing more people means more potential customers and more referrals. For those that are introverts, this may be difficult. Just practice interacting. It becomes easier.

Tip 55. Ask Questions

Successful business owners know there is always more information to gather. Make sure to ask lots of questions, and get information that may not be immediately offered.

Tip 56. Learn from Failure

When running a business, sometimes things don't go the way you want. That's okay! It's important to learn from misadventures and do better next time. That's why documentation is so important. Lessons tend to fade over time, but if the lessons learned were documented, everyone on the team could refer back when doing research.

Tip 57. Do Research

Research drawing on table Research is an important part of successful businesses. Do adequate research to understand your customers, your competition, and the market in which you're operating. Then do more research to improve your business strategies, products, and services.

A Profitable Business Controls Costs

A successful business can control its costs. This means keeping expenses low and ensuring that the company is making a profit. Keep reading for 20 tips to control costs.

Tip 58. Plan Finances

Successful business owners know it's important to have a plan for the business finances. It's important to know how much money is needed to operate the business, how much to spend, and how much revenue to meet organizational profit goals. Create a budget and track your expenses. Here are a few tips on planning your business finances: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Have a financial goal with a timeline, and be specific. A good example would be, "The goal is for my net income to be $200,000 per year in three years."
  • Know how much money the business needs. This includes the inventory costs, overhead, marketing expenses, business licensing, loan payments, and taxes.
  • Keep expenses low. Make a list of all the costs associated with running the business and make sure there are no unnecessary items.
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Tip 59. Manage Risks

Running a business comes with a lot of risks. But, by managing your risks, you can increase your chances of success. Here are a few tips on how to manage financial risks: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Understand your business risk. What could go wrong, and how likely is it to happen?
  • Identify your risk triggers. What sets off the risk?
  • Create a risk management plan. This includes steps you will take to reduce or avoid the risk.
  • Monitor your risk. Track it regularly and update your risk management plan as needed.
  • Have a backup plan in case things go wrong. This might include a fund set aside specifically for emergencies or diversification of your business interests if one revenue stream dries up.
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Tip 60. Manage Cash Flow

Woman hand holding burning dollar cash Managing cash flow is one of the most important aspects of running a business. It's important to ensure you have enough cash on hand to cover your expenses, but you also don't want to have too much cash sitting around doing nothing. Here are a few tips on managing your business's cash flow:
  • Make a budget and stick to it.
  • Plan for unexpected expenses.
  • Keep track of your expenses and make sure you're not overspending.
  • Invest money wisely.
  • Make payments as soon as possible to reduce the interest you pay.
  • Collect payments as quickly as possible.

Tip 61. Plan Your Budget Based on the Worst-Case Scenario

When creating a budget for your business, it's important to plan for the worst-case scenario. For example, arrange your budget based on the assumption that you will not make any money at all. In doing so, you can better ensure that you will have enough money to cover your expenses.  Here are a few tips on how to budget for the worst-case scenario: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  1. Make a list of all the expenses associated with running your business. If you don't know them, assume your pricing will be toward the higher end of online searches.
  2. Assume you will not make any money.
  3. Plan how you will cover your expenses if you don't make any money.
  4. Update your budget as needed.
  5. Track your expenses and make sure you're not overspending.
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Tip 62. Only Spend on Necessities

Undecided young man holding bank card Before buying anything, ask these questions:
  1. Is spending the money necessary? If the answer is yes, keep reading. Don’t buy it if the answer is no. 
  2. Is it necessary now? Keep reading if you answered “yes.” Add it to a “do later” list if you answered no. You might want to include a description of when it might be a necessary expense.
  3. Is it cost-effective? If the answer is yes, buy it. If the answer is no, find a more cost-effective solution.
Just because it is on sale does not mean you should buy it. It just means the seller is trying to get people to buy more of the product or service.

Tip 63. Sell Unused or Un-Needed Assets

If you have any assets that you're not using or don't need, you can sell them and use the money to cover some of your business expenses. Here are a few tips on how to sell your assets: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • List your assets on a website like Craigslist or eBay.
  • Have a clearance or garage sale.
  • Sell them to a friend or family member.
  • Donate them to a charity.
[/su_note] Just get rid of them. They consume space that could be better used, depreciate in value, and require more time and energy to manage.

Tip 64. Require 10-50% Down Payments for Services

When running a business, it's important to get paid upfront for the services you provide. This helps to ensure that you're not out of pocket any money if the client decides they no longer want your services. It also helps protect you from clients who may not be able to pay. How to require down payments for services: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Make it clear that you require a down payment before starting work.
  • Set a minimum amount that the client must pay upfront.
  • Ask for payment in advance for long-term projects.
  • Get a deposit for materials or supplies needed for the project.
  • If the client cancels, refund them the deposit minus any fees and costs incurred.
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Tip 65. Sell Excess Inventory

Many major companies practice Lean manufacturing principles because inventory is costly. If you are storing a bunch of merchandise, sell it. You can cut the price down to as little as $.01 over the cost of goods sold and still make a profit. If you have net-30 loans and the items aren't selling in 30 days, try to reduce the quantity so you don’t risk paying interest. Then stop carrying the products that weren't selling well. There's no point in tying up funds on products that don't sell.

Tip 66. Bill Immediately

Man viewing invoice on his phone Payments should be paid entirely upfront, except for some dine-in restaurants and service businesses. Whether the payment is through cash, card, third-party financing, an escrow account, or other means doesn't matter. If you have contracts that specify payment terms, make sure to send an invoice immediately because the terms may have cut-off dates that extend the time between invoicing and the date paid.

Tip 67. Earn Interest

When running a business, it's important to make sure you're doing everything you can to manage the finances. One way to do this is to earn interest on your financial holdings. There are several ways to earn interest, including: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Open a business saving account:.5% at Live Oak Bank.
  • Invest in Series I bonds or TIPS: The rates go up with inflation, but Series I bonds cannot be redeemed during the first year. Learn more on Treasury Direct.
  • Invest in dividend stocks: There are plenty of stocks that will beat inflation during low inflation times. You can get gains from the price increases and dividends that may have special tax considerations depending on your company structure.
  • Stake stable coins on crypto platforms: Crypto.com is the easiest for onboarding that has good interest rates. For example, you might earn up to 14% for staking up to $250K for locking the liquidity for three months at a time. Flexible and 1-month terms are also available.
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Tip 68. Use Net 10-30-90 Vendor Payments 

If needed, look for vendors that offer payment terms for financing inventory in which you pay the vendor in 10, 30, or 90 days. This lets you shift cash flow from pay first, earn later to earn first, pay later. It may cost more, but it will let you build cash flow, and the profits can be invested into products that sell fast. According to NAV, the easiest way to get net-30 payment plans include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  1. Creative Analytics
  2. Business T-shirt Club
  3. Summa Office Supplies
  4. Quill
  5. Grainger
  6. Uline
  7. Wise Business Plan
  8. Ohana Office Products
  9. NAMYNOT
  10. Office Garner
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Tip 69. Incentivize Early Payments

Offer a small discount for paying early. Businesses typically offer a small discount of 1-3% percent if paid within 10 days instead of 30 days. To learn more, check out Tipalti's article on early payment discounts.

Tip 70. Collect Unpaid Accounts

Man calculating unpaid bills If you're having trouble getting customers to pay on time, there are a few things you can do to attempt to collect payment. [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Make it easy for customers to pay. Accept all major forms of payment.
  • Send reminder emails or text messages. Automate them to send before and on the due date, then periodically when the account is overdue.
  • Sell the debt. Check the Receivables Management Association International for Certified Debt Buyers.
  • Use a collection agency. Everest Receivable Services is the top-rated collection agency on TrustPilot, with a 4.8 rating and over 1,445 reviews.
  • Take legal action. If necessary, you can use the courts to get the money owed to you, but this only makes sense with very large amounts.
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Tip 71. Create Subscription Plans

Creating subscription plans helps with cash flow. This is because you're guaranteed to receive payments at regular intervals, which makes planning your business budget easier. Additionally, if you have customers on subscription plans, they're less likely to cancel, meaning you'll have a more stable stream of revenue. This can be especially helpful if your business is seasonal or cyclical.

Tip 72. Pre-Sell Products

Tesla ended its cash flow problems with the Model 3 pre-sale. Tesla pre-sold the Model 3 with a $1,000 deposit when it first launched, generating $276 million in cash flow and nearly $10 billion in forecasted additional revenue. While you most likely won't have this big of a pre-sale, it can still help with cash flow. Just make sure you keep a portion of it for refund requests. It's probably a good idea to assume 25% cancellations.

Tip 73. Buy Used

When running a business, it can be tough to afford all of the equipment you need. This is especially true if you're just starting out and don't have much money saved up yet. One way to save money is to buy used equipment. There are a few things to keep in mind when buying used equipment: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Make sure the equipment is in good condition and has been well-maintained.
  • Check to see if the warranty is still valid. Many companies only warranty the original owner.
  • Get a quote from a repair technician to make sure the cost of repairs won't be more than the price of buying new equipment.
  • Look for going-out-of-business sales.
[/su_note] Once you've taken these things into account, buying used equipment can be a great way to save money. Cautionary Tale: I had a client who took over the lease from a major restaurant closing a store. The deal involved the major chain paying for any repairs to the cooking equipment and HVAC in exchange for the client taking over the building. The repairs and replacements came out to nearly $60K, but that's far less than the exit clause on a 30-year contract. It came out to be a win-win. The major restaurant paid less than they would have to exit the lease, my client got a building with mostly new equipment, and my company got a nice payday. Make sure to negotiate who pays for scenarios like this, and you might be able to turn a problem into a profit.

Tip 74. Barter

Farmers hand shaking agreement The barter system has been around for centuries and is a great way to trade goods and services. Here are some of the benefits of the barter system: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • You can get things you need without having to spend money.
  • Bartering is a great way to network with other businesses.
  • You can get access to services you wouldn't be able to afford otherwise.
  • It helps build relationships with other companies.
  • You can find new customers through bartering.
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Tip 75. Get a Business Line of Credit

Business lines of credit can help owners struggling with cash flow concerns. A line of credit is a loan that can be used for any business purpose, such as expanding operations, purchasing inventory, or meeting payroll. This type of loan is different from a regular business loan, which is typically used for a specific purpose. Business lines of credit are unsecured loans, which means that you don't have to put up any collateral. This makes them a good option for business owners who don't have any assets to use as collateral. Another advantage of business lines of credit is that they have a variable interest rate, which means that the interest rate will change depending on the prime rate. This can be beneficial for business owners when rates are dropping.

Tip 76. Only Use Credit in Emergencies

Using credit to fund business (or personal) expenses is an expensive way to grow. Unless the credit genuinely makes more money than it costs, you want to pay it off as quickly as possible.

Tip 77. Cut Business Costs

Scissors cuts word costs Controlling business costs is essential for any successful business. Review expenses for incorrect billing amounts. Review contracts to see if they can be renegotiated. Invest in technology. Sell anything that is not necessary. There will be more examples of how to cut costs in the operational section.

Successful Entrepreneurs Know How to Run Business Operations

Operations management is the process of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the activities of a business or organization to achieve desired results. To manage operations successfully, business owners need to be able to: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Plan out the goals and objectives for the business and create a plan to achieve them.
  • Organize the business to allow it to be effective and efficient.
  • Direct the activities of employees and ensure that they are working towards the goals of the business.
  • Control the business's resources and make changes as needed to achieve results.
[/su_note] Get ready to read about 31 tips to help manage business operations.

Tip 78. Develop Partnerships

Young man on laptop working Developing partnerships can be a great way to grow your business. When choosing a partner, successful entrepreneurs proceed based on how the merger, acquisition, or partnership can benefit both businesses. Some things to consider when selecting a partner include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Industry: Suppliers, competitors, and companies that help sell your product to customers are all good candidates.
  • Size: Partner with similar-sized companies. In some cases, too big of a size difference can cause difficulties.
  • Location: Successful entrepreneurs look to fill geographic gaps in their service areas with partnerships.
  • Values: Most successful businesses live by their values. Don’t partner, acquire, or merge with a profitable business that doesn’t share your values. It’s a recipe for disaster.
  • Goals: How do the business processes and company goals match each other? If they are a good fit, you should see an improvement in your operating margins.
  • Competitors: Does the partner remove a current competitor? Do they add new competitors you have to monitor? These are some of the considerations of successful businesses.
[/su_note] Negotiate a partnership agreement that outlines the expectations and responsibilities of both parties, including: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • How partnership operates
  • What contributions each provides to achieve success
  • How to distribute shared resources 
  • How each party expects to increase sales and revenue
  • Customer service policies (especially if using the same communication sources)
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Tip 79. Follow the 80-20 Rule

The 80-20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle, is a business principle that states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort. This means that business owners need to focus on the tasks that generate the most results. There are several ways business owners can follow the 80-20 rule. Identify the tasks that: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Generate the most revenue and focus on those.
  • Consume the most time and reduce the time spent on those tasks.
  • Have the highest failure rate and eliminate or mitigate those tasks.
  • Are the most important to customers and focus on those.
[/su_note] Businesses fail when they spread themselves too thin. If you want to be a successful small business owner, know what the company is doing right, and eliminate everything else through outsourcing, discontinuing the products, or selling the underperforming assets. Read the Harvard Business Law Case Study on how General Electric removed its designation as a systemically important financial institution to learn how businesses can remove problematic assets.

Tip 80. Take Risks

Taking risks is a key part of being successful in business. When taking risks, you're putting yourself out there and trying something new. This can be a scary proposition, but it can also be very rewarding. Check out the X Blog to learn about Google’s moonshot factory. This is what Eric Teller has to say about the risks he has to manage: [su_quote] We developed a simple blueprint to help us find ideas that could deliver 10X impact, not just incremental improvement over the status quo: an X project must solve a problem that affects millions or billions of people; it has to have an audacious, sci-fi sounding technology, and there has to be at least a glimmer of hope that it’s actually achievable in the next 5–10 years. [/su_quote]

Tip 81. Act Fast

Man on a speed cart to winning a race To succeed in business today, entrepreneurs often have to act fast. Quickly making decisions can have the following benefits: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • You'll have more time for other business activities.
  • Your business will grow faster and be more profitable.
  • You won't feel like you're wasting time on tasks that don't yield results.
  • You'll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor sooner rather than later.
  • You’ll make more mistakes and learn from them.
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Tip 82. Focus on What Is Important

When you're trying to be successful in business, it's important to focus on what is important. Many things can distract business owners from what is important, but by focusing on the essentials, business owners can stay on track. Some tips for staying focused include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Identify the goals of your business and focus on those.
  • Identify the tasks that generate the most revenue and focus on those.
  • Delegate or eliminate tasks that are not essential to the success of your business.
  • Set deadlines for yourself and stick to them.
  • Stay organized and keep track of what you need to do.
[/su_note] Small business owners who can stay focused on what is important will be more successful in the long run.

Tip 83. Use the Right Business Structure

Between 2012-2018, corporate America spent between $20 to 30 Billion on restructuring costs. That’s because successful business owners know that the financial landscape changes, and their businesses should too. The most common business structures are: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Corporation
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
[/su_note] Each has its benefits and tax consequences for small business owners. Make sure you change your business structure to meet the current challenges.  That might mean changing from a Sole Proprietorship to an LLC or from an LLC filing under the personal tax code to the corporate tax code. Work with a corporate law expert and tax consultant to establish what makes sense for your small business each year.

Tip 84. Use Analytics Software to Know Where You Get Customers

Google analytics screen view Using analytics software is a great way to identify customer patterns. By tracking the data from your customers, you can see what kinds of products they are buying, what services they are using, and where they are located. This information can help you better serve your customers and improve your business's products and services. Some benefits of using analytics software include seeing: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Which products or services are the most popular.
  • Where your customers are located.
  • How much money your customers spend.
  • Which products or services generate the most revenue.
[/su_note] By using analytics software, business owners can gain better insight into the audience their small businesses serve.

Tip 85. Go Mobile

One of the best ways to make your small business more successful is to make your web assets mobile-friendly. By making your website and other online assets mobile-friendly, it’ll be easier for customers to access your products and services from a phone or tablet. Some benefits of having a mobile-friendly website include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Looking good on all devices.
  • Being easy to find, use, and navigate.
  • Having fast and responsive pages.
  • Being more likely to rank high in search engine results pages.
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Tip 86. Use Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a great way to store and access your business's web assets. By using cloud computing, you'll have access to your files from any computer or device with an internet connection. This can be helpful for business owners who need to access their files while on the go. Some benefits of using cloud computing include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Access your files from any computer or device
  • World-class cyber security teams managing the network
  • Grow with your business without costly upgrades
  • Option to store large amounts of data
  • Reduce your business's IT costs
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Tip 87. Update Your Business Plan

Small business owners should update their business plans regularly. Annual business plan updates are a good way to track the progress of your business and make sure that you are on track.  You can even do them quarterly if you want to be more proactive.

Tip 88. Operate at Optimal Performance

Successful entrepreneurs know that max performance and optimal performance are not the same thing. In response to a question about the number of weekly hours one should work to change the world, Elon Musk tweeted:  [su_quote] Varies per person, but about 80 sustained, peaking above 100 at times. Pain level increases exponentially above 80. [/su_quote] Elon musk twit screenshot In other words, know yourself and how you perform best. To make a business successful, entrepreneurs need to be performing at their peak.

Tip 89. How to Grow a Business: Build Steadily

Successful entrepreneurs know building steadily is an important part of any business. By building your small business slowly and methodically, you'll be more likely to avoid any major setbacks or problems. Tips on how to build a business steadily include:
  • Establish goals and objectives.
  • Define key performance indicators.
  • Budget for a projected growth rate.
  • Reduce marketing if growing too fast.
  • Create a process map. (See picture below.)
  • Implement standard operating procedures
Business process modeling and notation infographic Those are just some of the ways to manage business growth. Keep reading to learn how to run a business that consistently becomes more secure.

Tip 90. How to Focus on Business Security over Growth

Many business owners focus on growth, but this can be risky. Focusing on security instead can help you avoid any major problems or setbacks. Security means you always have a cushion if something goes wrong. Some small business tips for building security include:
  • Establishing goals and objectives that focus on customer service
    • Good: One billion burgers sold
    • Better: One million satisfied customers
    • Best: 100% satisfied customers
  • Defining key performance indicators that focus on change
    • Good: Gross margin
    • Better: % Increase in gross margin
    • Best: Gross margin plus change in gross margin
Key performance indicator illustration
  • Rewarding achieved goals substantially. CEO bonus compensation tends to be 50% of the value of their base salary. Don’t give executive employees a $50 bonus and expect them to care. Give them something meaningful. Make other perks appropriate to the position of the employee.

Tip 91. Narrow Your Target Market

When starting a new business, owners often want to cover all portions of the market, which is almost impossible to do. Find a niche and focus on it. This will help you become an expert in your field and attract customers interested in what you have to offer. Some tips for narrowing your niche include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Identify your target market.
  • Define your business's unique selling proposition.
  • Research your competition.
[/su_note] If it’s your first business and you don’t know what aspects of the market most interest you, it’s okay to start wide and narrow the target market as you go. When my significant other and I started our photography company, she did not know which of the opportunities she’d like best, so we took what we could get and established: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  1. Business-to-Business (B2B) pays better because the pictures make the business money.
  2. Real Estate is highly profitable in a seller’s market, but not in a buyer’s.
  3. Weddings & Events are not her favorite, even though I love event photos because they are more real.
  4. Models are often easier to work with than inexperienced individuals. 
  5. She loves outdoor lifestyle shoots.
[/su_note] We eventually decided to focus entirely on outdoor lifestyle shoots for product marketing. Check out one of the pictures below. Cowboy hat on a rock

Tip 92. Don’t Enter Shrinking Markets

Successful entrepreneurs know not to enter dying markets. Choosing a market that is shrinking or in decline can be a recipe for disaster. One of the best resources for market growth is the bureau of labor statistics (BLS). The picture below shows you some of the fields with the highest and lowest growth rates. Projected annual rate infographic Successful entrepreneurs know that high demand and low supply equals increased revenue and margins. 

Tip 93. When Ready, Grow Outside Your Geographic Area 

Expanding your business through franchising, opening new locations, and online sales are all great ways to grow your business. By expanding in this way, you'll be able to reach more customers and increase your profits. Mike Andes told us: [su_quote] One of the mistakes I made when I started franchising was failing to expect a growth of revenue at my other stores because of the increased marketing. This caused me to need to hire more people at my original locations and at the call center. [/su_quote] Listen to Mike talk about starting a franchise below. [su_youtube url="https://youtu.be/MTnmagGo32Q?list=PLaU6uY9Yy7Xk_AjUgCgvs6gxYuSFNHBJW&t=1086"]

Tip 94. Continuous Innovation

Continuous innovation is important for any business. It is how successful entrepreneurs stay ahead of the competition. Keep up with the latest trends, innovate, and improve your business's efficiency and productivity.

Tip 95. Go Above & Beyond

We had a whole section on how successful entrepreneurs delight customers, but raising the bar applies to all aspects of business. Going above and beyond what others do improves your business's reputation. I view Dan Price, the owner of Gravity Payments, as a leader that goes above and beyond for business stakeholders. He’s most well known for his $75K minimum wage employee setup.  During the pandemic, revenue dropped, and the company almost failed. Employees voluntarily reduced their pay to prevent any layoffs. After revenue returned to normal, all employees were rewarded on any pay reduction they took to save the company. [su_youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ_KCSbVSe8"] That is the impact going the extra distance can make on a business. Price developed so much loyalty that his company was able to survive through employees' actions. Go the extra distance. It is worth it.

Tip 96. Make Your Business Outlive You

Making your business outlive you is important for two reasons. First, it ensures that your business will continue to operate even after you're no longer able to run it. Second, it allows you to pass down your business to your heirs, ensuring that they can continue running it. There are several things you can do to make your business outlive you: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  1. Make your successful business a C-Corporation or a multi-member LLC.
  2. Strengthen your business's financial position.
  3. Document your procedures and processes thoroughly.
  4. Train your employees well.
  5. Pass on your business's values and culture.
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Tip 97. Watch Competitor Pricing

Competitors' prices are a key aspect of maintaining a clear understanding of your industry. Successful business owners should be watching their competitors' prices to determine whether they are lowering prices. If you aren’t already, start monitoring the competition and adjust your prices accordingly. Tips for watching your competitors' prices include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Identify their pricing strategy.
  • Track their prices over time.
  • Determine what products or services they are undercutting you on.
  • Match or beat their pricing.
[/su_note] Depending on your industry, this might be easy, but some industries are shady about their product or service pricing. It may help to send a member of your team into the stores to establish what your competition is doing. 

Tip 98. Watch Competitor Marketing

By observing your competitors' marketing initiatives, you'll be able to gain a better understanding of their business and what strategies they are using to attract customers. This can help you develop your own marketing strategies and improve your business's competitiveness. Some benefits of observing your competitors' marketing initiatives include learning: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • About their business
  • About their marketing strategies
  • What products or services they are promoting
  • What types of advertising they are using
[/su_note] Combine this with quarterly and annual reports (for public companies), so you can see what strategies succeed and what strategies are a waste of money.

Tip 99. Observe Competitor Customer Satisfaction 

By observing your competitors' customer service, you'll see what type of service they provide and how well they achieve customer satisfaction. You might even find some new ways to operate the business.

Tip 100. Observe Competitor Errors

Learning from your competitors' mistakes is a great way to improve your business. By observing their mistakes, you can learn how to avoid making the same mistakes and succeed faster.

Tip 101. Measure Customer Acquisition Costs

Measuring customer acquisition costs is important for business owners because it allows them to see how much money they are spending on acquiring new customers.  This information can help business owners make more informed decisions about their marketing strategies. Some benefits of measuring customer acquisition costs include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  1. Knowing how much you are spending per new customer.
  2. Determining which marketing strategies are most successful.
  3. Adjusting your marketing strategies to increase ROI
[/su_note] To measure customer acquisition costs, you need to collect customer data. Without data, entrepreneurs cannot identify return customers from new customers. You can use loyalty programs or analytics software to collect the data.

Tip 102. Measure Customer Lifetime Value

Customer lifetime value is a measurement of the total revenue or profit attached to each client throughout a relationship. This metric is valuable to business owners. While some entrepreneurs claim to treat everyone the same, the sales you get from each customer should impact how you solve problems if they arise. Some benefits of measuring customer lifetime value include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Identifying the revenue and profit from each customer.
  • Determining the effectiveness of marketing strategies.
  • Adjusting customer complaint strategies based on client value.
[/su_note] Most businesses collect this data on a macro level, while the most successful entrepreneurs can easily identify how much each customer is worth, how often they spend money with them, how much the business spent on maintaining the relationship, and all customer feedback that has ever been given.

Tip 103. Email or Text Prospects

Emailing and texting prospects are great ways to reach out to potential customers. By sending them personalized messages, you can increase the chances of them becoming a customer, especially if you are a smaller business. According to Campaign Monitor, cart abandonment emails can turn 10% of forgotten carts into purchases. It’s even higher if they are staged at rational intervals. You’ll obviously need analytics for this. You can also use remarketing on social media to gain similar results.

Tip 104. Email or Text Current Customers

Emailing and texting current customers can help keep them informed about your business. By sending personalized messages, you can increase the chances of them remaining a customer. Small businesses can use emails and text messages to: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Develop more personal relationships with the customer.
  • Drive revenue through personalized offers.
  • Recognize special days for the customers.
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Tip 105. Email Past Customers

Emailing past customers can help keep them informed about your business. By sending them customized messages, you can increase the chances of them returning as a customer. A successful entrepreneur might use emails to:
  • Remind them about a crucial service, like an oil change.
  • Follow up about what the company could do better.
  • Offer a promotion to entice customers to try their product or service again.

Tip 106. Make Hard Decisions

Making hard decisions is something that business owners have to do on a regular basis. By making tough decisions, business owners can improve their business's chance of success.  Whether it’s firing a toxic employee, canceling an underperforming product line, or deciding to contact a professional sales team, successful entrepreneurs are willing to make the tough calls.

Tip 107. How to Run a Successful Business: Operate Lean

Most successful businesses have an owner that understands Lean business processes are needed to succeed in business today. By eliminating waste, business owners can improve the profitability of their business. Don’t expect it to happen overnight. Paul Akers has been a Lean practitioner for over 25 years, and he still finds new ways to improve. Check out our playlist about Lean manufacturing to learn how successful entrepreneurs succeed by finding better ways to run a business.

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At this point, you have 107 startup business tips to help you learn how to become an entrepreneur. Test out the ones you like best, and come back later for a few more. We hope this list of tips help you on your entrepreneurial journey. We love customer feedback. Give us some input below. What topics would you like to see in UpFlip blogs?

Have you ever wondered how to start a cleaning company? Cleaning businesses are some of the easiest businesses to start, but some people would prefer to just manage the business, not do the actual cleaning. Here, we explain how to start a remote house cleaning business without needing to do any cleaning yourself.

We talked to Neel Parekh, who started MaidThis in 2013. He built his remote cleaning concept into a company that makes over $166K per month and offers franchises to help small business owners do the same. The best part? He did this while traveling for 5+ years and to over 50 countries.

We’ll share his story about how to start a remote cleaning company, plus tons of great marketing tips and systems advice.

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You’ll learn everything you need to know about starting a remote service business, including:

Get ready to learn how to start a remote cleaning business.

What is a remote cleaning business?

A remote cleaning business is a cleaning company where the owner performs marketing, human resources, and administrative functions of the business from anywhere in the world while outsourcing or hiring local workers to perform the cleaning for customers.

Effectively, you’ll start a cleaning business without cleaning.

What businesses can be remote?

Three criteria have to be met for any business to be run remotely:

  1. The staff have to go to a service location. For example, gyms won’t work, but cleaning companies do.
  2. The small business should have low overhead. You can’t hold a lot of supplies or inventory.
  3. Management tasks need to be done remotely.

Neel told us:

[su_quote] This makes service businesses ideal for remote jobs.[/su_quote]

Check out our interview with Neel to learn about remote business success stories.

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He has a special offer for UpFlip members to get $6,000 in credit when they start a MaidThis franchise.

Keep reading to get great remote business ideas.

Remote business ideas

Remote businesses normally fall into two categories:

  1. Online businesses
  2. Local service businesses

Best online business ideas

UpFlip best online business ideas blog on a tablet

A successful online business can be created using online business ideas like an:

  • Online store: Sell online using dropshipping or Fulfillment by Amazon to make money from people who are online shopping.
  • Podcast: Talk about subjects that interest you and earn a living from ads and sponsorships with this online business idea. Learn more about podcasting.
  • YouTube creator: Learn how to start an online business by creating YouTube videos.
  • Online tutoring business: Start your own online tutoring business or use a tutoring and test prep platform like TutorMe, Skooli, or Wyzant.
  • Freelancing: Most freelancers work remotely using platforms like Fiverr and Upwork.
  • Online courses: Course creation is a great option for remote businesses because you create the course and can consult from anywhere in the world.

In addition to a remote cleaning business, you might consider other popular remote businesses like eCommerce, human resources, and accounting.

Check out our blog about online businesses for more remote business ideas.

Local service businesses can be remote businesses

You can use Neel’s strategies for service businesses like:

  • Cleaning: Neel chose a cleaning business because it is the easiest of the service businesses to apply his techniques. There’s a large pool of qualified employees and lots of places that need cleaning. Plus, everyone has the supplies they need.
  • Locksmith: Most of the parts in locks are interchangeable, which means these same strategies could be applied to create a remote locksmith business.
  • Painting: A small business painting homes and businesses could be run remotely. You might need AI that pulls up the design documents and calculates the total square feet that need painting, but it can also be calculated using other means.
  • Pressure washing: The challenge with pressure washing may be the equipment. You would probably want your remote business to focus on providing referrals to other businesses to remove this challenge.
  • HVAC: Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning companies can provide services like preventive maintenance, fan repairs, and filter changes without needing a lot of inventory. You’ll probably want a referral partner for larger fixes, though.

Learn about other service business ideas.

How to start a remote cleaning business

Woman using WiFi internet connection to run a business while traveling

Starting remote businesses is all about creating systems that make it easier for you to run your own business from anywhere in the world. The process of starting a remote cleaning business will include:

  1. Perform market research.
  2. Write a business plan.
  3. Create a website and CRM.
  4. Set up a payment processor.
  5. Create your business structure.
  6. Get remote cleaning business insurance.
  7. Create cleaning contracts.
  8. Find cleaners.
  9. Market your remote business.

Neel told us:

[su_quote]I didn’t have a mentor, so I was scared to quit my day job when I hit my freedom number. I cushioned my bank account and wish I had just dove in faster.[/su_quote]

Keep reading for more information about creating a remote business model.

Perform market research

There are plenty of people who have business ideas but never turn them into a profitable business. Your chances of success are much higher if you research what other businesses in the industry do and where there are gaps in the industry.

A remote cleaning business might want to use social media and Google to find locations that have higher population-to-cleaning business ratios.

In our research about the best small-town businesses, we found that locations with more than 416 people per cleaning business tend to be the best places to open a cleaning company.

You also want to understand what marketing strategy, pricing, and services competitors offer. Learn more about market research.

Write a business plan

Full-time business brainstorming with a sketchpad at a desk with a potted plant, laptop, and glasses

Every successful business idea needs a business plan. Given we’re talking about a business model that can be run from anywhere in the world, you need to focus on systems.

You’ll want to include the answers to questions like:

What is the cost of starting a remote cleaning business?

Neel told us a remote cleaning business has low startup costs.

[su_quote]I probably spent under $1,000. You just need internet connection, a WordPress website, and a computer. You can grow from there.[/su_quote]

Pro Tip: If you want to grow faster, consider joining a system where a lot of the work is already done for you, like MaidThis Franchise.

What systems do I need for a fully remote business?

MaidThis website screenshot

You’ll need some systems to run a successful remote business including a(n):

  • 24/7 remote call service or VoIP provider (Neel uses DialPad)
  • SMS + email automation system (at UpFlip we use MailChimp)
  • Online booking system like Launch27 or Booking Koala
  • Human resources for your remote business
  • Slack

Neel told us:

[su_quote]Basically anything you don’t want to do, or don’t know how to, outsource it.[/su_quote]

You might need translation services if your internet business idea involves providing services in a foreign country or contracting or hiring cleaners whose first language is different than yours.

The best thing about a MaidThis franchise is that they provide aspiring entrepreneurs with everything they need to run a fully remote business.

Create a website and CRM

You’ll need a website and customer relationship management system to operate any remote business. Neel told us:

[su_quote]Just get a $100 WordPress template and then build from there when you first start.[/su_quote]

Website

Remote business founder Neel Parekh cleaning a laptop

At a minimum, your remote cleaning business website will need to include:

  1. Home page
  2. Booking page
  3. Services page (include pricing)
  4. About us page
  5. Locations page

Check out the MaidThis website for more information on how they approach each of these.

Website building resources

Some useful resources for building a remote cleaning business website include:

  • GoDaddy: Get website hosting, domain names, and email marketing automation through GoDaddy.
  • NameCheap: Get domains, email accounts, WordPress hosting, and other services from NameCheap.
  • Build a website: Learn how to build a website.
  • Creating a brand: Get tips on building a brand.

CRM

Your customer relationship management system is a database and interface that helps you easily manage everything going on with your company. Each CRM works slightly differently, but you’ll need a CRM that either includes or connects to your:

  • Online booking system
  • Call support system
  • SMS and email marketing systems
  • Payroll and accounting system
  • Dispatch system
  • Invoicing and payment processing

Many systems include easy integrations with commonly used providers.

CRM resources
  • GBG Marketing: Neel and his franchise use a CRM created by GBG Marketing that automates follow-ups and puts booking on autopilot.
  • Housecall Pro: Simplify your workflows and grow your business with the easiest-to-use CRM. Get a 14-day trial from Housecall Pro.
  • monday.com: One of the most commonly used CRM and project management tools is monday.com. Check out our monday.com review.
  • Jobber: This CRM focuses on making service businesses easier to run. It’s fairly intuitive to use. Check out Jobber.
  • ClickUp: We use ClickUp at UpFlip. It’s a great system that lets you monitor and control your workflows at a reasonable cost.
  • HubSpot: HubSpot is one of the most amazing programs I have ever seen, but the coolest features are complex. Compare HubSpot’s pricing options. I’d suggest starting with the Starter CRM.

Any of these should provide the functionality you need, but each works differently, so check out the demos to decide which you like best.

Set up a payment processor

Remote business payment options including cash, credit card, QR code, and POS machine

You’ll need a payment processor to charge your cleaning customers and pay cleaners. Most businesses use Stripe because it is easy to use and integrations are normally built into other software.

Payment processors normally charge a fee based on the value of the transaction PLUS a per-transaction fee. In addition, they may also charge a monthly fee.

You might also consider options like:

  • Helcim
  • Square
  • Stax by Fattmerchant

View the table below for a quick overview of the differences between each.

 Company Name Percentage Per-Transaction Fee Other Fees
Stripe 2.9% 30 cents Additional fees depending on services
Helcim Interchange Plus (Normally 1.94% to 2.51%) Interchange Plus

(Normally 8 to 25 cents)

Each card provider has their own fees they charge for in-person or keyed payments.
Square 2.9% (2.6% with higher plans) 30 cents online or 10 cents in person The $79 monthly plan will save your online business money if you make over $27K per month, but Helcim and Stax are still less expensive.
Stax Interchange Interchange $99 a month

As you can see, there are some details that make it harder to compare payment processors than some other systems, but in most scenarios, Helcim will save you money.

Pro Tip: One money-saving trick is to make sure that your online business uses technologies to qualify for lower “card-present” fees.

You’ll need to create a business structure, get any business licenses you need, and get a business bank account to run a remote business idea legally. Let’s look at how to accomplish each of these.

Choose a business structure

UpFlip business types blog on a laptop

Small business ideas can make up to $600 before you need to start reporting the income on your taxes. Most business owners start a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and file taxes as an S-Corp.

First, you’ll need to check the USPTO and the Secretary of State website in the location you want to register to make sure the name for your remote business is available. If the name is available, apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and save it somewhere safe.

Then apply for an LLC on your Secretary of State website. We walk you through an example of what the application looks like in this blog.

Next you’ll need to fill out Form 8832 and Form 2553 with the IRS to opt into the S-Corp tax structure, which provides benefits to LLCs like:

  • Potentially reduced taxes
  • No double taxation
  • Wages paid to owners
  • Dividends paid with profits

There are plenty of other business structures for online business ideas, but this is one of the best.

Get business licenses and permits for your remote business

You will probably need business licenses in the location(s) where you operate your remote business. This could include tax permits, local business licenses, and other requirements.

Make sure to check with your local authorities or a business law attorney to ensure you comply with all local laws. Each location is different, so you may need someone who has familiarity with multiple locations or specializes in helping unique online businesses.

Don’t forget a business bank account

You’ll need a business bank account to make your remote business easier to manage. In addition, a business bank account protects the limited liability status of a company because it keeps personal and business finances separate.

There are many available business bank accounts, and which one you choose will depend on your small business needs and structure. At the time of writing, I recommend Live Oak Bank because it

  • Uses IntraFi Cash Service to provide FDIC insurance up to $10 million
  • Was the 2022 leader in SBA loans
  • Offers 4.0% interest on its savings accounts

Learn more about opening a business bank account.

Get remote cleaning business insurance

Using consulting services from an insurance broker who’s showing a certificate of liability insurance on a clipboard

You’ll need small business insurance coverage in case anything goes wrong on the job. You’ll want to consider getting a Business Owners Policy (BOP) that covers:

  • General Liability Insurance: Covers liability claims and lawsuits
  • Commercial Property Insurance: Protects buildings, inventory, and equipment
  • Additional Riders: Covers other business scenarios like shutdowns, errors and omissions (E&O), workers’ compensation, and commercial automobile insurance

Check out Simply Business to get quotes from 16 of America’s best business insurance companies.

Create cleaning contracts

You’ll need to have some contracts prepared before you hire cleaners to work for your remote cleaning business. You’ll need an employment agreement that covers:

  • The relationship between your company and the cleaner
  • Noncompete terms
  • Payment structure
  • Property damages

Let’s look at each of these in more detail to help you understand how to manage employee or contractor relationships.

Company and cleaner relationship

Cleaner wearing orange rubber glove shaking hands with business owner

You’ll want to define whether the cleaners you hire are employees or subcontractors. Many remote businesses will consider all people who work with them as subcontractors, but you have to be careful.

Cristobal Mondragon classified all his employees as independent contractors and that resulted in a hefty fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcYIYdqegGA

Ultimately, your remote house cleaning business is a digital marketing business that provides cleaners. That means the maids and housekeepers count as independent contractors, but the IRS suggests requesting a ruling for positions you routinely need to fill to verify if the workers are actually employees or subcontractors.

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Noncompete term

A remote cleaning business start-up will probably want noncompete clauses when they hire employees or subcontractors. Remote working may need terms like:

“The subcontractor/employee agrees that all clients are clients of [Company Name]. Performing any work for the clients except through [Company Name] is a violation of the services agreement and will result in the termination of the contract and pursuit of loss income at the rate of $[Amount].”

The paragraph above is just an example. Consult with an attorney or human resource specialist to get a noncompete agreement that is legal in each location where your business operates.

Payment structure

Neel holding up a payment agreement document to show how to build remote cleaning business with contracts

You’ll want to specify how you will pay your cleaning people. Many business owners find that pay-for-performance is the best business model to align unique online business ideas with the employees’ interests. This payment model may mean paying them:

  1. A percentage of each job
  2. Incentives for performing certain tasks

Neel told us:

[su_quote]I pay my cleaners $25 for each person who provides a review after they cleaned their house. This encourages them to ask for reviews and helps us build faster business growth.[/su_quote]

Property damage

Your virtual business should add terms that protect against items broken or otherwise damaged by your employees. These terms may require subcontractors to carry small business insurance or specify that employees may be responsible for the cost of the replacement up to a certain amount.

Make sure to get legal advice to establish what is legal in the locations you serve.

In addition, you’ll need cleaning contracts for your clients. Many residential home cleaners do not use contracts, but Airbnb cleaners may.

Find cleaners

Remote workers cleaning concept showing janitorial employee popping out of a laptop next to cleaning supplies

Neel explained how he finds remote employees:

[su_quote] I’m looking for three main things when hiring people:

  • Good reliability
  • Good communication
  • Good attitude[/su_quote]

He went on to explain that Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are great places to find employees without spending a lot on hiring. Once you have eligible candidates, Neel told us:

[su_quote]We use an automated five-step recruiting process. That includes:

  • Initial screening call that asks questions like do they have business insurance and licenses.
  • Then we conduct a second Zoom call to see if they show up and how they interact.
  • Send them on a test job.
  • Officially onboard.
  • Monitor what they do.[/su_quote]

One of the benefits of buying a MaidThis franchise is you get to skip a lot of the mistakes most people experience as they learn how to build a remote cleaning business.

In addition to all the other support and resources, you’ll get access to MaidThis’s detailed standard operating procedures, which are over 1,000 pages long. Find out why in the video below.

Conduct background checks

In-person businesses like cleaning companies rely on customer service from remote teams. You’ll want to make sure every in-person worker has a clean background. That means you’ll need to conduct a background check.

You can consider companies like

  • Crtain: Crtain is used by Tesla, Shopify, and Deloitte to get up to 80% faster criminal background checks.
  • Checkr: One of the biggest background check companies but sometimes the checks take too long. Issues normally arise when people have criminal backgrounds or have lived in multiple jurisdictions in the last seven years.

UpFlip Cautionary Tale

I have a lot of experience with Checkr background checks because they were run on me for multiple employers. I used to move approximately once per year to go experience new places.

My background checks would ALWAYS take at least a week because they had to check seven jurisdictions. Meanwhile, my significant other’s background checks almost always come back instantaneously.

The other scenario that commonly holds up background checks is criminal charges that don’t necessarily convert easily from one state to another. For instance, Nevada gross misdemeanors are often considered felonies because other states don’t have gross misdemeanors, and they are only available as plea bargains in Nevada.

If you need someone fast, ask screening questions like:

  • How many locations have you lived in the last seven years?
  • Have you ever been charged with a felony?

These two questions will let you know if screening the applicant will take longer than normal.

Fill out HR paperwork

UpFlip hiring blog on a laptop

You’ll need to provide new hire paperwork before managing remote employees in the U.S.

  • W-4 Form: This document lets you know how much to deduct for taxes. States that have income tax will also require a state form.
  • I-9 Form: This is a proof of identity form that is required to work in the U.S.
  • Offer of Employment: This document details exactly what you are offering the new hire.
  • Employment Contract: This document details the terms of the employment and goes into more detail than the original offer.
  • Emergency Contact Info: You’ll need this document to contact the next of kin if your employee is injured, gets sick, or dies on the job.
  • Employee Handbook: Let the employee know what is expected of them, including values, policies, dress codes or uniforms, and other behavior. You need a page for them to sign to document receipt of and agreement with the handbook.
  • Payroll and Benefits: Documents like a direct deposit form and any other benefit forms the company offers.

Remote work in other countries may have different requirements. When working remotely, always consult with someone familiar with the laws in the country where the remote team works. Learn more about hiring.

Hiring resources

Some resources that you can use for hiring include:

  • Trello: Neel uses Trello to manage the onboarding of remote employees.
  • QuickBooks Payroll: Handle your payroll and accounting with QuickBooks.

Market your cleaning business

Woman cleaning a bright office space

A remote cleaning business will need to use a combination of digital marketing and “boots-on-the-ground” marketing.

Neel loves talking about marketing. He gave us input on how much you should spend to get unique online business ideas to start making money.

How much is the marketing budget for a startup?

To most effectively start a great online business idea, you’ll want to spend 15 to 20% of your desired revenue on a combination of digital and print marketing. Neel told us:

[su_quote]We spend about 5% of revenue on marketing. When you first start, I recommend 15 to 20% of your spending on marketing because once you get a client, it’s pretty easy to keep them.[/su_quote]

As your marketing strategy helps you reach your desired revenue, you can reduce your marketing to maintain revenue and increase profits.

How to offer remote cleaning services

App development allows remote work concept showing Neel holding a globe with social media apps surrounding it in one hand and a Swiffer in the other

The best business ideas can fall flat if you don’t market them right and find the right clients. You’ll want to use digital marketing skills like:

  • Social media
  • Search engine optimization
  • Paid ads

Neel explained how to start a remote house cleaning company and get ahead of the competition fast.

[su_quote]If you answer the call, we close 60% of requests, but if we don’t answer, we only close 16%. So we use a call agency and an automated text messaging system to follow up if we miss the call.[/su_quote]

MaidThis also uses an online booking system to provide potential clients another booking option.

In addition, any time they clean a home, they’ll send postcards to the five houses on either side of it. Neel told us:

[su_quote]If someone in a neighborhood is our client, their neighbors are probably our target audience.[/su_quote]

Neel explained what to include in your calls:

[su_quote]When someone calls, we ask them something like, ‘Do you want weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly cleanings?’ Note we don’t offer them a one-time cleaning.[/su_quote]

Neel also uses automated marketing tools and funnels to help book customers more regularly.

[su_quote]When a client hasn’t requested their home cleaned recently, they’ll send an automated text message. They even have a one-click brownie-sending service (yes, he sends baked goods) to help encourage return customers.[/su_quote]

How to get reviews

Customer reviews are crucial to work remotely. You’ll want to provide great customer service. Then you want to encourage the cleaner to ask for a review because in-person meetings tend to create a better relationship than remote interactions. Neel told us:

[su_quote]Make sure your cleaners ask for reviews because the customer is more likely to review when they ask. We give the cleaners a $25 bonus for every review they get.[/su_quote]

Neel went on to explain:

[su_quote]After each cleaning, we’ll request an automated review that takes about 10 seconds for the customer to review us.[/su_quote]

You can also minimize bad reviews in the business world. Neel shared his secret:

[su_quote]When you get a bad review, call them and offer to send someone over for a complimentary recleaning.[/su_quote]

Useful marketing tools

Concept showing how remote workers benefit from marketing tools with smiling woman in a white tee and orange cleaning gloves surrounded by icons for MailChimp, Canva, and Surfer

There are some useful marketing tools that small business owners use to market their companies:

  • Canva: Simplify graphic design with Canva. Get access to thousands of templates for website and social media for as low as $4.99 per month.
  • SurferSEO: Write blog content faster and rank higher on search engines with SurferSEO.
  • MailChimp: Email and SMS marketing automation is one of the keys to success that many small business owners mention. Get started with Mailchimp.

Next we’ll discuss some of the frequently asked questions about remote businesses.

Remote Businesses FAQ

Still considering whether a remote cleaning business is for you? We’ll answer some of the commonly asked questions about companies that work remotely including:

  • What companies are fully remote?
  • What is a remote-first company?
  • Benefits of remote work for companies?
  • Reasons not to allow work from home?

What companies are fully remote?

Young woman wearing over-ear headphones and working on social media management for remote business at her laptop

There are plenty of companies that are fully remote, but some of the best small business ideas that you can operate from your own home (or anywhere in the world, like Neel does) include:

  • Consulting services: You can be your own boss and advise people on your area of expertise as a business consultant.
  • Social media management: Manage other companies’ social media accounts using online communication tools to manage multiple platforms at once.
  • Online courses: Online courses can make millions and can approach 90% profits without the need for a physical office.
  • Affiliate marketing business: Working as an affiliate marketer is another opportunity to create pieces of content once and let them make you money forever.
  • eCommerce business: An eCommerce site that sells print-on-demand products can be a fully remote business.
  • Web development: Creating websites or app development is another great remote business.
  • Graphic design: Designing digital and print materials for companies doesn’t require being in their physical offices. Just grab a computer and get started.
  • Virtual event planning: Start your own business as an event planner. You’ll be working remotely most of the time. When you plan virtual events, it’s 100% remote work.
  • Virtual assistant business: A virtual assistant helps business professionals with work that is time-consuming and has to be done but doesn’t create much business value. You can be a virtual assistant with 100% remote work from your own home.

What is a remote-first company?

“Remote-first” companies prioritize remote work over in-person jobs. These companies are often similar to fully remote businesses, but they still maintain an office for when people need to get together to achieve their organizational goals.

Benefits of remote work for companies?

Internet connection facilitates remote business, shown by woman in dark-framed glasses holding a laptop with a cost meter in one hand and cash in the other

Whether you run online store ideas or want to start a remote business sanitizing company, there are benefits to remote work for many business owners, companies, and remote employees , including:

  • Global talent pool
  • Lower costs
  • Happier employees
  • Freedom to work when and where you want
  • Potential efficiency gains
  • Lower turnover
  • Healthier workforce
  • Green initiative compliance

There are also many reasons why you might not want to run a remote business.

Reasons not to allow work from home?

There are numerous reasons why companies might not want to allow remote work, including:

  • Potential efficiency loss
  • Harder to schedule meetings
  • Buildings and office furniture are being paid for but not utilized
  • Inability to monitor employee behavior
  • Difficult to share knowledge
  • Harder to build corporate culture
  • Lack of control
  • Collaboration may suffer
  • May cause employee isolation issues
  • Difficult to hire efficiently
  • Some people work better in person
  • Cyber security issues

Where can I learn more about Neel and MaidThis?

You can learn more about Neel and MaidThis on the following sites:

Start your own remote business

We’ve explained how to start a remote cleaning company, shared other online business ideas that can be run remotely, and provided advice from a highly successful business owner about how to start a cleaning business without cleaning.

Now it’s up to you. Will you put in the time and energy it takes to create the systems you need to build a business you can run from anywhere in the world?

What’s in a name? We hear and see names all day. For most of us, they help us readily identify a person or business. That’s why choosing a name is so important. Along with a logo, this will be the first representation of your cleaning service that people will remember. There are nearly two million cleaning companies in the U.S., so it’s essential to pick a name that will distinguish you from the others. For example, Christobal Mondragon started Queen Bee Cleaning Services. Let us help you find a great business name for your cleaning company.  We've got more than 300 ideas for names for you below. Plus, we’ll discuss what makes good cleaning business names, how to verify that the name ideas are legally available, supply unique cleaning business ideas for several types of cleaning businesses, and even provide you with a cleaning company name generator (or two).

Name Ideas for Your Cleaning Service

There are many kinds of cleaning services, but we’ve narrowed the types most prospective business owners are looking for down to eight categories. They include: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"] [/su_note] We’ll give you some suggestions of company names for each cleaning service segment.

Catchy Cleaning Business Names

  • Sparkling Solutions
  • Shine On Cleaning Services
  • Neat & Tidy Co.
  • Scrub-a-Dub Cleaning
  • Pure & Simple Cleaning
  • The Cleaning Dream Team
  • Tidy Time Co.
  • Clean Living 
  • CleanPress Home Cleaners
  • Clean Slate Cleaning Services
  • The De-Clutter Crew
  • De-Lux Clean
  • Dial-In Clean
  • Simply Clean Co.
  • Dust-B-Gone Cleaning Service
  • Floor to Ceiling Cleaning
  • From Dirt to Dazzle
  • Glimmer & Gleam Cleaning
  • Grime to Shine Cleaners
  • In a Snap Cleaning Services
  • Squeaky Clean Services
  • KeepUp Cleaners
  • Mad Maids Cleaning
  • Grime Fighters
  • MagiClean
  • Magic Mop Cleaning Service
  • Max Clean Solutions
  • Mr. Suds Cleaning Service
  • Neat Nest Cleaners
  • Pristine Cleaners
  • The Cleaning Pros
  • Quick Clean
  • Rag-Tag Cleaning Team
  • Ready Room Cleaners
  • Rinse and Repeat Cleaning
  • Shine On Home Cleaners
  • Spic-n-Span Cleaning
  • Squeaky Clean 
  • Suds’n’Scour Home Cleaners
  • Suds Up
  • Supreme Sparkle Cleaning Company
  • Tap to Clean
  • Tidy Town Cleaning
  • Tough on Grime Cleaning Service
  • Truly Polished Cleaning Company

Unique Cleaning Business Names

  • A+ Cleaning Services
  • Adroit Professional Cleaning
  • Advantage Cleaning Services
  • All-Clean Cleaning Solutions
  • All Star Cleaning Services
  • Better Than New Cleaning
  • Certified Clean Home Cleaning Services
  • Champion Clean
  • Class Act Cleaning Company
  • The Cleaning Hub
  • Cleaning Pass
  • The Cleaning Spot
  • Clean Scout 
  • Clean with Care
  • Clean Works
  • Clearly Clean Cleaning Services
  • Core Cleaners
  • Expert Clean
  • Extreme Clean
  • Divine Cleaning Solutions
  • Fair & Clean Cleaning Services
  • Flawless Shine 
  • Forever Fresh Cleaning Service
  • Fresh & Tidy Cleaning Company
  • Gold Standard Cleaners
  • HyperClean 
  • Like a Dream Cleaners
  • Make It Shine Cleaning
  • Meticulous Clean
  • Peace of Mind Cleaners
  • Perfect Polish Cleaning
  • Personal Touch 
  • Pristine Perfection 
  • ReFresh Cleaning
  • Sanitized Cleaning Company
  • Shipshape Cleaning Team
  • Shine On Cleaning
  • Simply Clean
  • Spark Cleaning Services
  • Sparkling Clean 
  • Spotless Cleaning Solutions
  • Supreme Clean
  • Thorough Clean 
  • TipTop Cleaning Team
  • A Touch of Class Cleaners
  • Truly Clean
  • Twinkle Time Cleaning Services
  • Unsmudged Cleaning Company

Unused Cleaning Business Names

  • Aftermath Cleaning Solutions
  • Anytime Clean
  • A-Z Clean
  • Beyond Clean
  • Bubble Bright Cleaning
  • Chipper Cleaners
  • Classic Clean
  • Clean 4U 
  • Cleaning on the Dot
  • CleaningRid
  • CleanScape Cleaning Solutions
  • Cleaning Space
  • CleanUp Cleaning Services
  • CleanWorks
  • Complete Clean
  • Detail Cleaners
  • Everyday Cleaners
  • Express Cleaning Service
  • Extreme Clean
  • EZ Clean
  • First-Rate Cleaning Company
  • Germ-Away Cleaners
  • GoClean
  • Golden Touch Cleaning
  • Happy Rinse Cleaners
  • HouseKeep
  • Hygiene Machine Cleaning Service
  • IconiClean
  • iShine Cleaning
  • Just Right Cleaners
  • JumpCleaning Services
  • Optimum Clean
  • Peak Cleaning
  • Prime Time Cleaning
  • Pristine Clean
  • PureClean Cleaning Service
  • Scrub’d
  • Specialty Cleaning Service
  • Spotless Sheen Cleaning
  • Super Cleaners
  • Sterling Cleaning Solutions
  • Supreme Clean
  • Top to Bottom Clean
  • Time to Shine Cleaning Service
  • True Shine Cleaning Services
  • Xtreme Cleaning Xperts

Cute Cleaning Business Names

If you are looking for cute cleaning business name ideas for your cleaning crew, consider some of these:
  • Busy Bee Cleaning Service
  • Bucket of Suds Cleaners
  • Bright Cleaning Services 
  • Cleaning Bee
  • Cleaning Fairies
  • CleanRite
  • The Clean Team
  • The Clean-Up Crew
  • Cottage Clean
  • Crystal Clear Home Cleaners
  • Crystal Glove Cleaning Service
  • Custom Clean
  • Dirt-B-Gone
  • Down & Dirty Cleaning Crew
  • Dustable Cleaning Service
  • Dust Detail
  • Fresh’n’Clean Home Cleaners
  • Fresh Look Cleaning Company
  • Grime to Shine Cleaning Service
  • Home Clean Home
  • Inside-Out Home Cleaning
  • Just Clean It!
  • Kwik Klean 
  • Krystal Klear Cleaning Crew
  • Lemon Fresh Cleaners
  • Like New Cleaning Service
  • Mess Munchers Cleaning Team
  • The Mop Squad
  • Neat Freaks Cleaning Service
  • On the Spot Cleaners
  • The Royal Rag Cleaning Company
  • The Sanitation Station
  • Scour Power Cleaning Service
  • Scrub Up Cleaning Crew
  • Shine Time Cleaning
  • Simple Shine Cleaning Company
  • SparKlean
  • Spring Cleaners
  • Squeaky Cleaners
  • Swept Away Cleaning Service
  • The Tidy Team 
  • Time to Shine Cleaning Company
  • The Tough Scrub Cleaners
  • Unleash the Clean
  • Wash Wizards

Funny Cleaning Business Names

If you’re thinking about naming your business something funny, try some of these:
  • Your New Cleaning Crew: Google “Cleaning Crew” and see what comes up. I had a result from a state halfway across the country, meaning that you can dominate this term in most locations.
  • Riches Cleaning Service: Leave a pot of gold coin candy in each room when you are done.
  • Dust Busters Cleaning Services: Come dressed as the Ghost Busters with a backpack vacuum on your back.
Four ladies wearing a gray suit
  • The Broom Boss
  • Broom Room Cleaners
  • Buckets of Fun Cleaning Company
  • Captain Clean 
  • Clean Berets
  • Clean Getaway
  • Clean-N-Dried
  • Clutter Busters
  • Cleaning Spree Cleaners
  • Crud’n’Mud Cleaning Service
  • Cyclean: Cleaning Up a Storm
  • Dash and Done Cleaners
  • Dirt Destroyers
  • Done with Dirt Cleaning Service
  • Dust Busters
  • Every Season’s Spring Cleaning
  • Filth Fighters
  • Fresh Start Cleaning Services
  • Game of Soaps Cleaners
  • Germ Hunters Cleaning Service
  • Genie in a Bucket
  • The Gleam Team
  • Good as New Cleaning 
  • The Grime Guru
  • Grit Gone Cleaners
  • I Dream of Cleaning
  • The Kings of Clean
  • Let Us Clean
  • Magic Rags
  • Maid in Manhattan Cleaning Company
  • Mold Busters Cleaning Service
  • Not Just Dust Cleaning Company
  • Sage of the Sponge
  • Scene of the Grime Cleaners
  • Scrub-a-Dub Cleaning Service
  • Shambles to Shine Cleaning
  • Soap Stars
  • Suds for Buds Cleaners
  • Swept Off Your Feet Cleaners
  • Tough Scrubbers
  • Wonder Washers
  • Wrecked to Riches Cleaning Service
  • Your New Cleaning Crew

Clever Names for Cleaning Businesses

  • Ace of Maids
  • After You Cleaning Service
  • All Washed Up Cleaning Service
  • The Brilliant Brush Cleaners
  • Busy Brownies Cleaning Crew
  • Classy Cleaners
  • Cleanburger in Paradise Cleaning Services
  • Cleanology Home Services
  • Clean On Wheels Home Cleaning
  • Clean Sweep House Cleaners
  • Clutter-B-Gone Cleaning Team
  • Corner to Corner Cleaners
  • The Dirt Spot
  • Dust Buddies
  • Ever-Clear Cleaning Solutions
  • Gross-No-More Cleaning Company
  • Heaven Scent Home Cleaning 
  • High-Q Cleaners
  • HiShine Cleaning Team
  • Hot Mops Cleaners
  • House Stars Cleaners
  • In a Snap Cleaning Service
  • Mess Masters
  • Mint Condition Cleaning Company
  • Neat It Now Cleaning 
  • The Neat Ninjas Cleaning Crew
  • Nooks & Crannies Cleaners
  • Out, Spot! Cleaning Crew
  • ReFresh Cleaning Services
  • Peachy Clean
  • Save U Stress Home Cleaners
  • Scour Power Cleaning Service
  • Scrubacious Cleaning Team
  • Scrub No More Cleaning Service
  • The Sheen Queens 
  • Sheer Clear Cleaning Team
  • Shine Time Home Cleaners
  • Sir Mop-A-Lot
  • Smart Scrub Cleaning Company
  • Sonic Sweepers House Cleaners
  • Spiffed Up Cleaning Services
  • Step On It Home and Carpet Cleaning
  • Suds Buds Cleaners
  • Take a Bite Out of Grime
  • Under the Rug Cleaners

Carpet Cleaning Service Name Ideas

If you want some ideas for carpet cleaning services names, consider some of these:
  • Above Ground Carpet Cleaning
  • Action Floors Carpet Cleaning
  • Best Impression Carpet Cleaning
  • Bounce Back Carpet Cleaning
  • Carpet Capers Steam Cleaning
  • The Carpet Champ
  • Carpet Cleansed
  • Clean Choice Steam Cleaning
  • Clean Shag Carpet Cleaners
  • Complete Carpet Care
  • Fabulous Floors Carpet Cleaning
  • Fine Floors Carpet Cleaning
  • Flawless Carpet Cleaning Solutions
  • Floor Masters Cleaning
  • Floor One Cleaning Service
  • Fresh Fibers Carpet Cleaning
  • GroundOut Carpet Cleaning
  • King of Carpets
  • Magic Carpet Steam Cleaning
  • Pinnacle Carpet Solutions
  • Prime Steamers Cleaning Service
  • Pure Floor Cleaners
  • Purified Carpets
  • ReNew Steam Cleaning
  • Rug Bugs Carpet Cleaning
  • The Rug Pro
  • Same-Day Steamers
  • Shoes Off Cleaning Team
  • Snug Rugs Carpet Cleaners
  • Stains B Gone Carpet Cleaning
  • Stain Slayers Steam Cleaners
  • Star Wash Cleaning 
  • SteamAway Carpet Cleaning
  • Steam Demons Carpet Cleaning
  • Steam Queens Carpet Cleaning
  • The Steam Team
  • StepsOut Carpet Cleaning
  • Superior Carpet Care
  • Super Sweepers Carpet Cleaning
  • Sweeping Dimensions
  • Top-Tier Carpet Cleaning
  • Underfoot Cleaning Company
  • Utterly Clean Carpet Cleaning Company
  • Total Clean Carpet Cleaning
  • The Vacuum Masters
  • Wall-to-Wall Cleaning
  • What Pets? Carpet Cleaning
  • Wood to Weft All Floor Cleaners
You’ll get plenty of more ideas from our cleaning business names generator. Keep reading for name ideas for commercial cleaning names.

Commercial Names for Cleaning Business

The commercial cleaning industry has terms like “janitorial” that you can consider in addition to typical cleaning words. Consider:
  • 24/7 Office Cleaning Crew
  • All-Office Janitorial Services
  • Blissful Business Janitorial
  • Blue Ribbon Janitorial Services
  • Boss Level Commercial Cleaning
  • Capital Cleaning Services
  • Choice Janitorial Services
  • Clean by Design Janitorial Services
  • Clean Time Commercial Cleaning
  • Clear View Office Cleaning
  • C-Level Cleaning Company
  • Desk Dusters Office Cleaning
  • Diamond Shine Janitorial Services
  • Dirty Jobs Commercial Cleaning
  • Dust-Free Solutions
  • Elite Cleaners
  • Essential Office Cleaners
  • Ever-Ready Office Cleaning
  • Every Speck Cleaning Service
  • Executive Cleaning Services
  • The Executive Sponge Commercial Cleaning
  • First Choice Office Cleaning 
  • Fresh Focus Janitorial Services
  • The Golden Rag Commercial Cleaning
  • Like-New Office Cleaning Services
  • The Jolly Janitor
  • Just Work Janitorial Services
  • Master Touch Office Cleaning
  • Off Hours Cleaning Service
  • On-Demand Cleaning Company 
  • Pinnacle Commercial Cleaning
  • Polished Janitorial Cleaning Crew
  • Power Cleaning Wizard
  • Practical Pros Commercial Cleaning
  • Restoration Right Cleaning Service
  • Scour Station Janitorial Services
  • Scrub Center Commercial Cleaning
  • Select Janitorial Services
  • Specialized Commercial Cleaning
  • Spotless Services 4 Offices
  • Sterile Cleaning Services, Inc.
  • Superstar Cleaning
  • Team Clean Janitorial
  • Tidy Titans Commercial Cleaning
  • Third Shift Janitorial Services
  • Warehouse Washers
  • Weekend Warriors Janitorial Services
  • White Glove Office Cleaning
  • White Wall Cleaning Services

House Cleaning Business Names

If you want business name ideas for your home cleaning service, consider some of these cleaning name ideas:
  • Back to Basics Home Cleaners
  • Blissfully Clean
  • Bright Home Cleaning Services
  • Clean House, Happy Life, LLC 
  • Clean 4 Life
  • Cleaning with Meaning Home Cleaners
  • Complete Clean Home Cleaners
  • The Dirty Den Home Cleaning
  • Dust to Bust Home Cleaners
  • Expert Home Cleaners
  • Extra Hands House Cleaners
  • Fantastic Cleaners
  • Happy Home House Cleaners
  • Healthy Home Cleaning Service
  • Helping Hands House Cleaners
  • Home Groove Cleaning Service
  • Home Helpers
  • HouseKeep
  • The Hygienic Home House Cleaning 
  • Guest Ready Home Cleaning
  • iClean4U 
  • Just Like Mom Home Cleaners
  • King’s Castle Home Cleaners
  • Loving Care Home Cleaners
  • OnPoint Home Cleaning
  • Purely Home House Cleaning
  • Rain or Shine Residential
  • Red-Up Home Cleaning
  • Restore Home Cleaners
  • Right on Time Home Cleaning
  • SaniPure Home Cleaners
  • Sensational House Cleaning Services
  • Show Worthy Home Cleaners
  • Smart Scrubbers
  • SpareTime Home Cleaning
  • Sparkle Home Cleaners
  • Spotless Home Services
  • Stress Less House Cleaners
  • SweepUp House Cleaning
  • Sweet Home House Cleaning
  • A Tidy Home Cleaning Company
  • True Care Home Cleaning
  • U Mess, We Clean
  • UnStress Your Mess Home Cleaning
  • YouTopia Home Cleaning
Keep reading for more great cleaning company ideas.

Maid Names

A lady wearing a pair of pink gloves If you are looking for cleaning lady names, consider some of the following names:
  • American Maid
  • Anytime Maid Service
  • Better Maid
  • Clean Thumb Maid Service
  • Clean Queen
  • Cleanopedia Maid Service
  • Crafty Maids
  • Deeper Clean Maid Service
  • Dependable Maid Service
  • Dustarella Maid Service
  • The Duster Dames
  • Fresh Tech Maid Service
  • Green Maid Clean Services
  • Have It Maid
  • Home Housekeeper
  • Hop To It Maid Service
  • House Stars Maid Service
  • Magic Maids
  • Maids and More
  • Maid Brigade
  • Maid Man Cleaners
  • Maid-O-Matic
  • Maid Pros 
  • Maid Right House Cleaners
  • Maid to Clean
  • Maid to Go
  • Maid to Order 
  • Maid to Perfection
  • Maid to Please
  • Maids 2 Day
  • Maids 4 All
  • Maids of Honor
  • Maid on Demand
  • Maids to the Rescue
  • Maid with Charm
  • Maids with Moxie
  • Masterful Maids
  • Merry Maids
  • Meticulous Maids
  • Mighty Maids 
  • Minute Maids
  • Ready Maid Maintenance Services
  • Speedy Shine Maid Service
  • SuperMaids
  • We’ve Got Maids
  • You Maid It 
  • Zippy Maids
Use our free business name generator for more maid names.

Eco-Cleaning Business Names

If you’re using organic cleaning products and are focused on environmental friendliness, try some of these unique cleaning business names: 
  • Back to Basics Natural Cleaning 
  • Beautify Eco-Safe Cleaning
  • BioLogical Eco-Friendly Cleaning
  • Blue Skies Cleaning Service
  • ChemFree Cleaning 
  • Clean and Green 
  • Clean Conscience Eco-Friendly Cleaning
  • CleanCycle Home Cleaning
  • Clean Planet Sustainable Cleaning
  • Comfy Clean Eco-Friendly Cleaning
  • EarthKeepers House Cleaning
  • Earth Star Cleaning Service
  • Eco Angels Cleaners
  • Eco-Genie Cleaners
  • Eco-Maid Service
  • EcoSafe House Cleaners
  • Flourish Eco-Friendly Home Care
  • Fresh Friends Natural Cleaning
  • Forest Fresh Eco-Friendly Cleaning
  • Forever Green Cleaners
  • Four-Season Clean
  • GoGreen Cleaning
  • Green Air Cleaning Service
  • Green Earth Cleaners
  • Green Leaf Cleaning 
  • The Green Maid
  • Green with Envy Cleaners
  • Greener Cleaners
  • Green Star Cleaning Company 
  • Happy Haven Eco-Friendly Cleaning
  • Jolly Green Cleaning
  • LiteHouse Cleaning Services
  • Live Green Cleaning Service
  • Lush Life Eco-Friendly Cleaning
  • Mean Green Cleaning Team 
  • Mother Nature’s Maids
  • NaturAll Eco-Friendly Cleaning
  • Natural Shine Cleaners
  • NatureMaid Eco-Friendly Cleaning
  • Organically Sourced Cleaning Service Co.
  • OrganiClean 
  • Pure Green Cleaning Services
  • Purely Clean Eco-Friendly Cleaners
  • Smaller Footprints Eco-Cleaning
  • Start Fresh Natural Cleaning
  • Sunshine Cleaners
  • Sustainably Clean
  • Sustainable Home Cleaning Service
  • TruClean Eco-Friendly Cleaning 
  • TrustSafe Natural Home Cleaning
We’ll provide more creative cleaning business names in our name generator.

Air Duct Cleaning Business Names

Air duct cleaners focus on improving indoor air quality by removing contaminants from home or business air ducts. They require special equipment, and you need to follow specific practices to keep the space clean. Some names you might consider:
  • Air Borne Duct Cleaning
  • Air Care Duct Cleaners
  • AirJet Duct Cleaning
  • AirSpiration Duct Cleaning
  • Airways Duct Cleaning
  • The Allergen Avengers
  • Blissful Breath Duct Cleaning 
  • Blown Away Duct Cleaning
  • Breathe Easy Duct Cleaning 
  • Breezy Clean Air Duct Services
  • Clean Waves Air Duct Services
  • Clear the Air Duct Cleaners
  • Divine Ducts Air Duct Cleaning
  • Duct Boss Cleaning Service
  • Ducts Covered Cleaning Service
  • Duct Defenders
  • The Duct Detail
  • Duct Dynasty 
  • Duct Doc
  • Ductioneers Air Duct Cleaning
  • Duct Lovers Air Duct Cleaning
  • Duct Patrol Cleaning Service
  • The Ducticians 
  • Ducts in a Row Air Duct Cleaners
  • The Duke of Ducts
  • Fair Air Duct Cleaners
  • Fresh Air Duct Cleaning
  • Fresh Direct Air Duct Cleaning
  • Germ-Free Ducts
  • Get Duct’ed Cleaning Service
  • GoClear Air Duct Cleaning
  • Go With the Flow Air Duct Cleaning
  • Happy Duct, Happy Lungs
  • Healthy Breath Air Duct Services
  • Inner Air Duct Cleaning
  • Just Duct It Air Duct Services
  • Let’s Vent Air Duct Cleaning
  • Luxe Lungs Duct Cleaners
  • MaxAir Duct Cleaners
  • OnAir Duct Cleaning Services
  • The O Zone Duct Cleaners
  • ProAir Duct Cleaners
  • Purified Duct Cleaning
  • Nothing But Air Duct Cleaning
  • Sanitary Air Solutions, LLC
  • SanitizeDucts
  • Save Your Breath Duct Cleaners
  • Thin Air Duct Cleaning Services
  • VIP Air Duct Cleaning
  • Wind Washers Air Duct Services
If you haven’t found cleaning service names you think would work for your cleaning company yet, check out our cleaning service name generator for more Ideas.

Cleaning Business Names Generator

Business name generator from UpFlip website Whether you are starting a house cleaning company, a commercial cleaning business, or a specialty cleaning service, you’ll need a great name! We took two approaches to create a generator and help you develop names for a house cleaning business and other cleaning companies.  You can try the official UpFlip Cleaning Company Name Generator, which is super easy to use and can help you come up with names. If you just want inspiration, here is a list of related terms to help get your creative vibe rolling. You can view this spreadsheet with 68 adjectives and 167 ways to communicate the type of cleaner you are.

What Makes Good Cleaning Company Name Ideas?

An image of a pink rose The name of your cleaning business is important. You’ll want to check the following before you decide on a name:
  • Does your business name tell what you do and where you do it?
  • Is your business name easy to remember and spell correctly?
  • Does your cleaning business name have a positive connotation?
  • Is the domain available?
  • Is the trademark available?
  • Is anyone using the name (or a similar name) in the locations where you will operate?
  • Does your name translate well to other languages your customers speak?
Let’s look at each of these briefly.

Tip 1. Your Business Name Needs to Explain What You Do (and Where)

Most cleaning services will include a word that alludes to cleaning in their business name. This helps people associate the cleaning company business name with the industry. For instance, It’s right there in Christobal’s business name: The Queen Bee cleaning business logo In addition to cleaning services, there are other words you can use to identify a cleaning business. Here are some others to consider:
  • Clean
  • Cleaner
  • Maid
  • Janitorial
  • Washing
  • Maids 
  • Spotless 
  • Cleaners
  • Wash
  • Washing
  • Washers
  • Remediation
  • Restoration
If you have a more specific niche, you may want to include an indication of it in your name as well. For instance, rug cleaners would want to differentiate themselves from window washers, as would house cleaners from a deep clean office team.  I offer some business name ideas that follow this principle: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  1. Rug Cleaner: Rug Restoration Group, LLC
  2. Window Washing: Spotless Window Washers, Inc.
  3. Homes: House Stars Maid Services
  4. Deep Office Cleaners: Deeper Office Cleaners, LLC
[/su_note] You might want to include the city name (or nickname) to help specify what areas you service and help with search engine optimization. You can include these anywhere in the name. Here are some more examples:
  • Windy City EcoMaids, LLC
  • Happy House Cleaners Las Vegas, LLC
  • Best Seattle Janitorial, Inc.

Tip 2. Your Cleaning Business Name Should Be Easy to Remember

Man trying to remember something The whole purpose of a cleaning company name is to make it easy to identify your business when a customer shares it with a friend. If the name is hard to remember or spell, you may find it difficult to get repeat customers and new clients. You can try using quirky names, but make sure they make sense as a name for your cleaning business. When you consider names like these examples, ask someone nearby to spell them. If they can’t, they are too complicated:
  • Raggedy Ann’s Maid Service
  • Bippity Boppity Boo Cleaning Service (Seriously, don’t use this one. I suspect you’ll get a cease and desist letter from Disney.)
  • Kompletely Klean Maid Service
Naming your business should help you get clients, and not all creative names will make it easier. Let’s move to our next point: make sure your unique cleaning business names are positive.

Tip 3. A Cleaning Company Name Should Be Positive

People associate different words as positive or negative. Keep it positive as you try to come up with catchy cleaning business names. In the previous section, Raggedy Ann was referenced. While she was a beloved cartoon character, the word “raggedy” means worn out from stress Are you going to hire a maid service that is worn out from stress and in tatters? Other names you should avoid: [su_note note_color="#dbeafc"]
  • Glass House Cleaners: “Don’t throw stones in a glass house” is a common idiom that reminds us not to be hypocrites. So Glass House Cleaners could be misinterpreted.
  • Washed Up Cleaning Service: Is this business past its prime or freshly showered? I’m not sure. Let’s avoid names like it.
  • Dirty Cleaning Service: Unless you are trying to offer a topless maid service, you might want to avoid words like dirty, naughty, exotic, dream, and discreet are all terms used to get men to hire cleaners that are scantily dressed. Here are some more I’d avoid for the same reason:
    • Discreet Maid Services
    • Hands Knees Professional Cleaning
[/su_note] While these may sound like catch cleaning business names, it would help to have someone to go to for a sanity check. Maybe, say the name to the dirtiest-minded person you know and see how they respond. If they giggle, you should probably keep looking for clever cleaning names. Now that you know the light-hearted considerations, let’s talk about some more serious concepts.

You Need Unused Cleaning Business Names

Once you’ve narrowed down your cleaning service name ideas, you’ll need to check if they are actually available. Company names are considered intellectual property. You’ll want to check whether your cleaning business names ideas are available as:
  1. A website domain
  2. A trademark
  3. A state business name
We’ll provide you with the information to establish whether company names are available for each.
  • A+ Cleaning Services
  • Adroit Professional Cleaning
  • Advantage Cleaning Services
  • All-Clean Cleaning Solutions
  • All Star Cleaning Services
  • Better Than New Cleaning
  • Certified Clean Home Cleaning Services
  • Champion Clean
  • Class Act Cleaning Company
  • The Cleaning Hub
  • Cleaning Pass
  • The Cleaning Spot
  • Clean Scout 
  • Clean with Care
  • Clean Works
  • Clearly Clean Cleaning Services
  • Core Cleaners
  • Expert Clean
  • Extreme Clean
  • Divine Cleaning Solutions
  • Fair & Clean Cleaning Services
  • Flawless Shine 
  • Forever Fresh Cleaning Service
  • Fresh & Tidy Cleaning Company
  • Gold Standard Cleaners
  • HyperClean 
  • Like a Dream Cleaners
  • Make It Shine Cleaning
  • Meticulous Clean
  • Peace of Mind Cleaners
  • Perfect Polish Cleaning
  • Personal Touch 
  • Pristine Perfection 
  • ReFresh Cleaning
  • Sanitized Cleaning Company
  • Shipshape Cleaning Team
  • Shine On Cleaning
  • Simply Clean
  • Spark Cleaning Services
  • Sparkling Clean 
  • Spotless Cleaning Solutions
  • Supreme Clean
  • Thorough Clean 
  • TipTop Cleaning Team
  • A Touch of Class Cleaners
  • Truly Clean
  • Twinkle Time Cleaning Services
  • Unsmudged Cleaning Company

Tip 4. Verify the Website Domain Availability for Your Cleaning Company Name

A domain turns the IP address of a website into something easy to process by the human mind. They do this because, remember, Google Public DNS is way easier than one of these:
  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4
  • 2001:4860:4860::8888
  • 2001:4860:4860::8844
The domain is broken into four main parts. We’ll look at each piece (real quick) by using our domain, https://www.upflip.com/: Domain name breakdown
  1. Protocol: Should always be https://.
  2. Domain Name: This is your business name. In our case UpFlip, but it’s all lowercase because domains aren’t case sensitive.
  3. Subdomain: The subdomain is a segment of the domain name. In this example, the subdomain is www, but it can also be a blog, info, employee, public, etc.
  4. Top Level Domain: .com, .edu, .gov, and .net are the most familiar ones, but country specific ones like .au, .uk, and .ru dominate the top 10 globally according to Statista.
Here are some interesting top-level domains worldwide as of 2023: Statistic: Most popular top-level domains worldwide as of January 2022 | Statista Find more statistics at Statista It is preferable to get a .com for a cleaning business. However, if the catchy cleaning name you want isn’t available as a .com, you can try .cleaning or a top-level domain for your city. My city would be .vegas.  You’ll be able to find out if the domain is available through NameCheap or GoDaddy. GoDaddy gives you 30% off when you use the link in this blog. Before you buy it, check to make sure the trademark and the state business name are available.

Tip 5. Check if the Trademark is Available for Your Cleaning Company Name

When naming your cleaning business, you’ll want to check with the USPTO trademark search to see if the cute cleaning company name you want is already trademarked. If it is, you’ll need to find another company name. You don’t have to trademark your cleaning service name, but you should if you want to protect your cleaning service reputation. The trademark is essential if you wish to franchise your cleaning company or expand to other states.  Trademark symbols using letters and initials Trademarking the catchy cleaning company name will prevent another entity from taking it before you can expand. However, not all businesses trademark their cleaning services. In case someone else is already using the name commercially but hasn’t filed for a trademark, the next step will catch it in your state.

Tip 6. Register the Cleaning Services with SOS

If you’ve been checking GoDaddy and USPTO as you read this blog, you are almost ready to choose the name. You just have to go to your Secretary of State's website, verify that the name is available, and then apply as a corporation, LLC, or get a DBA to reserve your name.  Check out our SOS resource page to find your Secretary of State’s office. Assuming the name is available, claim the name, register your business, and buy the domain name. It’s pretty simple.  Now that you know how to verify if the name is available, you need to consider how the cleaning service name ideas translate to other languages or acronyms.

Tip 7. Consider Variations of the Cleaning Co. Name

Catchy cleaning business name ideas may sound great when you say the full name in English, but what happens when company names get translated to another language or turned into acronyms? This may sound trivial, but the company name might get altered if you want to expand internationally or have a long name. For instance, Mighty Maids has a variety of translations in Spanish You wouldn’t want Mighty Maids translated into Enorme Virgenes unless you want to offend others unintentionally. A successful business will think these things through when creating clever cleaning company names. Even in the United States, you see people change company names. For instance, Merry Maids (trademarked name) might be shortened to MM because it saves a syllable. Meanwhile, you might not want Beautiful Shine shortened to BS. You can also use this to your advantage and start a neighborhood cleaning service called “Clean Lawns Every Afternoon: Nashville,” with it shortened to CLEAN.  At this point, you may have come up with come cleaning company names of your own. If you haven’t, the rest of this blog proposes some catchy cleaning business names for you to consider.

Helping Cleaning Service Businesses Get Ahead

At UpFlip, we know cleaning companies are one of the most commonly started service businesses. Because we want to see every cleaning company succeed, we provide a lot of content for cleaning services. Check out our blogs and interviews with successful cleaning service owners like Chris. Here are some of our favorites: What is the name of your favorite cleaning company?

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