How to Start an Airbnb Cleaning Service

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How to Start an Airbnb Cleaning Service
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Market disrupting services such as Airbnb often end up creating a myriad of business opportunities for people who are keen enough to take advantage of the innovations. While at its core, Airbnb is obviously focused on creating additional revenue streams for people who have vacation rental homes to let, the platform has done much more than just attract homeowners. It has attracted a host of service providers who cater to these homeowners as well. One such opportunity that it’s provided is the home cleaning service for Airbnb.

Cleaners for Airbnb

Let’s face it; there is a very good chance that a homeowner isn’t always going to be doing the cleaning themselves every time a guests leaves or requests a booking. Many hosts on Airbnb have more than one property listed, and some of these properties are on faraway lands. That doesn’t negate the fact that these properties still need to be sparkling clean when a guests checks in. So, what is such a homeowner to do? Hire a reputable Airbnb home cleaning company.

Why Hosts Hire Airbnb Home Cleaning Services

There are several very simple yet important reasons why a host would consider hiring a cleaning service for Airbnb:

  • Professional cleaners do a better job
  • Professional cleaners go above and beyond to make sure the home is ready for the next guest
  • Professional cleaner adheres to the schedule and can be relied upon
  • Professional cleaners go to the house whenever needed as opposed to the owner who might thousands of miles away when a guest requests an emergency booking

Out of all these reasons, it’s the fact that professional cleaners are reliable that makes a huge difference. Having an immaculately clean house can help a host’s ratings and might even propel them to the Superhost status. Which means more revenue. So, in a way, professional cleaners help the host make more money.

How to Start a Professional Airbnb Cleaning Service

If you are not keen on being a host yourself, maybe you could start your own professional Airbnb cleaning service. Here are some tips on how you can go about doing that:

1. Do Your Research

This is the very first step you take when you want to start or accomplish anything. Doing your research, in this case, is basically spying on the competition. You need to know what other Airbnb cleaning services are offering out there and what kind of industry standards are expected of you. There are several ways you can accomplish this:

  • Find out which one of your friends uses an Airbnb cleaning service and ask them to give you the details on the service and how they operate (the contracts, terms and conditions and any other details you might need such as payment structures).
  • Contact professional cleaning services in the area yourself and ask for a quote for “your Airbnb listings.”
  • Find out if there is anyone in your circle who runs a home cleaning service that deals with Airbnb clients and ask them for tips on how to start your own (just be sure that you guys aren’t in the same region otherwise they might not appreciate the competition).

Once you get the details you need to see if the business could be viable in your location, then you can move on to the next step.

2. Find Out What It Takes to Start a Cleaning Service in Your State

Find Out What It Takes to Start a Cleaning Service in Your State
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Different states have different requirements for starting and running a business. You know, things like licensing, insurance, industry standards to be observed, governing bodies with which you must be compliant, etc.

You need to find all these things out and then make a budget. Almost every type of business needs some capital to start. A cleaning business definitely needs money to start. Here are some estimated costs that you will have to undertake:

  • Licenses and permits: This varies from state to state but on average, registering as a sole proprietor will cost you $30 – $60 while registering as a limited liability company will cost you about $100 – $500.
  • Insurance: This also varies from state to state, but you may need anything between $500 – $3,000 depending on how many employees you have and what kind of coverage you want.
  • Cleaning products and equipment: This will depend on what you want to use, but the best advice is to use only the most professional of products. These will cost you anything from $300 onwards. You can upgrade as business picks up.
  • Labor: Adhere to minimum wage laws
  • Advertising: This will cost as much as you can reasonably give it

Technically speaking, you can start your own cleaning business with less than $1,000, but it’s always best to have much more than that on hand just in case you need it.

3. Set Up Your Business and Start Marketing It

Once you have decided on the business structure, name, pricing, and have a number of employees (cleaners) on standby, you can start advertising your services to the Airbnbs in the area.

The best way to go about this is to start by approaching the people within your circle who are Airbnb hosts. If these people are willing to give you a chance, then you can use their good word of mouth to get other clients.

You could also simply make a list of all the Airbnb’s within a 10-mile radius of you (somewhere you can get to with short notice) and approach them with your business proposal. There is a very good chance that if they don’t already have a cleaning service on their books, then they will be willing to give you a chance. At the very least, they will be willing to keep you on a list somewhere so they can call when they need you.

4. Find Out How Taxes Work for Your Kind of Business

You HAVE to find out how taxes work in your business. The kind of tax laws that apply to you will depend on the business structure you choose. An LLC adheres to different business tax structures than a sole proprietorship.

5. Lock Down Repeat Business

This only works once you have built up a reputation in the industry. If your people do a good job and a number of hosts start referring you to other hosts in the area, it’s your cue to start locking down repeat business.

You can do this by coming up with a retainer structure for your business. Whoever wants you to be their Airbnb cleaning service will have to pay you to be on stand by or on call whenever they need you.

Once you are up and running, you can simply rinse, repeat and expand your Airbnb cleaning service.