Small Business Relief Must Be a Priority During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s imperative that we give U.S. small businesses the urgent relief and support they need during these challenging times—their survival depends on it.
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The State of Minority-Owned Businesses: Women Entrepreneurs

How are women business owners faring these days? Better, according to several new reports on the state of women entrepreneurs in the United States.
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The Complete 6-Step Guide to Starting a Cleaning Business in 2020

Starting a cleaning business involves careful planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of key activities. You need every advantage you can get. When starting a cleaning business people often ask: Is it profitable? How much will it cost to start? How do I get clients? Do I need insurance? What supplies do I need? How do I market myself? What types are cleaning businesses are there? How much do I charge? With the right resources and strategies, starting a cleaning business can be an inexpensive way to become an entrepreneur. 1. Define your cleaning business Cleaning can be a lucrative and rewarding business at both the residential and commercial level. So, before you pack up your mops, brooms, and Magic Erasers, consider these facts: In May 2018, there were about 924,290 jobs in residential cleaning with the titles ‘maid’ or ‘housekeeper.’ Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows the cleaning industry growth at 7%, which is above the national average for all occupations. The field is expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, presenting a good opportunity for prospective business owners in this category. Hourly rates for house cleaning range from $20 to $50 per hour per worker, with most home cleaning visits lasting at least two hours with one worker for $75–$110. Intriguing, right? But, even if you’re motivated by the potential, it’s natural that you’d still have some questions. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make as an entrepreneur is to decide if you’re interested in starting a residential or commercial cleaning service. While you can certainly add on services as your business grows, most cleaning businesses fall under one of these two umbrellas. Once you’ve determined which type of cleaning business you’re going to start, you’ll want to develop specific services to offer within that niche. Residential Cleaning Business Residential cleaning businesses offer services that pertain to a client’s home. It’s important to note that residential cleaners supply all cleaning products and equipment needed to perform these services (unless otherwise agreed with the client). Consider offering these services as a residential house cleaner: home maintenance move-in/move-out cleaning deep cleaning home event cleanup green cleaning Let’s explore some of these services together… Home maintenance Duties in this type of cleaning business can vary, but they usually include dusting, vacuuming, washing surfaces, mopping floors, polishing mirrors and interior window cleaning. Think about the typical maintenance of a home – those should be covered under this service. Each client’s needs will vary and will need to be agreed upon before starting service. Pricing averages can vary by location, home size, etc. Move-in and move-out cleaning No one likes to move. It’s stressful, exhausting, and after everything is moved out, there is still cleaning left to do. Landlords are often left with a rental property that needs to be properly cleaned to prepare for new tenants. Moving cleaning services are highly sought offer by clients to lighten their load. This type of cleaning service will.. …