Any honest business is good business and there are many ways to earn an honest living. Some of these endeavors might not spring into your mind immediately – like pool cleaning – but they can be quite lucrative. The key thing is to reach success is to learn all the ropes of building a solid company and if you want to have some basics covered fast, here’s how to start up a pool cleaning service.
How do you know this business for you?
If you plan to start a pool cleaning service, you need to enjoy working with other people. You will spend a lot of your time conversing with a variety of people and you have to be an adept conversationalist who is both patient and understanding.
Another crucial thing is enjoying outdoor activities – if you are a boy-scout type who enjoys spending a lot of time outside and putting things in order, you will probably find pool cleaning fulfilling. Neat and responsible personalities usually make the best backyard-service personnel.
How to start it off?
Each state comes with its own set of regulations that determine the exact clauses in licensing and insurance. In order to start off a legal (and legitimate) company, you will need to go through this paperwork. Some basic requirements for licensing a pool cleaning service include conditions such as passing the general business exam, having all the necessary equipment and vehicles. Additionally, it is crucial to insure yourself and the expensive equipment you have purchased.
This part of starting a company is also a moment when might start doubting yourself and this is when you will know for sure if you are cut-out for the business you want to start. If you see a future in pool cleaning, you will be willing to go through all the Kafkaesque paperwork and forms. “Going all the way” is the golden rule of starting any business.
What about the supplies?
The Internet is a true blessing of our time – people can learn about almost anything by typing a few keywords into the browser and, if they are ready to commit to the field, teach themselves some really rock-solid facts. You can use the internet to learn all the necessary things about cleaning pools. You can also research the pool supplies that are essential for running a business.
A water testing kit and the chemicals that go along with it, a pool skimmer, vacuums, spare parts and a dedicated vehicle are only some of the items off the top of the list you will need. You will probably need to take out a loan for your pool cleaning service, but you have to be wise about it. You need to understand the benefits and consequences of credit before you start spending money that is not yours.
How to put the word out?
There are several very easy ways you can market yourself these days. First of all, you need to think of a catchy name for your service and create a logo. The logo should not be some extremely elaborate piece of art – quite the contrary it should be something simple and recognizable – a letter, a geometrical shape, a basic drawing or the combination of all these things – something anyone can remember and draw.
Then you can print out the leaflets with price sheets and start handing them around – make sure to include discount packages into those lists. Finally, you need to utilize the power of social media for the free marketing strategies. You can create Twitter and Facebook accounts for your companies and ask your friends and family to start sharing. Most of the close people around you will be glad to help out as it only requires them to click a few times, and it can mean a world of business to you.
Starting a pool cleaning business is not much different from opening any other small startup. It is all about licensing and marketing. For necessary knowledge, you can always refer to the internet and other experienced pool cleaners in the field. The most important thing is to be certain this is something you want to get up to every morning.