How To Start Your Own Residential Cleaning Business And Make Extra Money

With rising fuel costs it just seems like everything we buy on a daily basis is going up in price. For some people it’s becoming hard to make ends meet and getting another job on the side to work for eight dollars an hour isn’t going to make a huge dent in anyone’s pocket book. An easy way to make extra income as your own side job or business is to pick up a few cleaning jobs. There are two types of cleaning businesses, residential and commercial. Residential cleaning is becoming a sought after skill and for some a profession. In today’s busy world some people don’t have time to clean and end up coming home to a messy house night after night. For some of these people who make a little more, paying you $50 dollars a day to clean their house is a good deal. To clean and organize a home on a cleaning schedule can take as little as 1 to 2 hours after a routine is set up. With just two residential cleaning accounts you could be making an extra $3000 dollars a month for 2 to 4 hours a day of light cleaning and organizing while being your own boss. You can start your own cleaning business for as little as $500 in tools and supplies and permits. There are a few things you need when starting your own cleaning business but following the right steps can save you a lot of hassle latter.

When you first start up a cleaning business you need to create a registered company in your state. Taking in income without paying taxes is illegal and people do get caught every year by cheating the IRS, play by the rules and you’ll come out ahead. When you register your company make sure to list it as an LLC company to protect your current assets. By shielding yourself behind a limited liability company you are in fact protecting yourself from a lawsuit just in case something should happen at your cleaning account. Things that can happen at a cleaning account are you could be blamed if something turns up missing, a fire could start when you’re their cleaning or you could just be blamed for something that is not your fault. It costs around $100 to set up an LLC company in most states and its well worth the money should something happen. The next thing you need is to be insured and bonded. Being insured and bonded can protect you from mistakes that you might make like ruining someone’s counter top, or staining their new hardwood floor by the toilet with an acid bowl cleaner. Call around your local insurance companies and ask for quotes, make sure to let them know you’re shopping around and the best price is needed.

The second thing you’re going to need when starting a cleaning business are clients. Start small and don’t get discouraged, this is the hardest part of starting your cleaning company. A great way to set up your cleaning plan is to make a list of the cleaning chores you do around your own home and type the list up neatly so you can present it to your clients as an ala carte cleaning menu that they can choose cleaning tasks from. Everyone is different and every client will expect extra detail in some cleaning task or another depending on how clean they like their house. Advertising is easier than most people think. The easiest way to advertise is to network and tell others about your cleaning company endeavors. It usually always works out that some body knows someone who is looking for a part time cleaner for their own home. Another good way to advertise is to run a small local ad in a weekly shopper newspaper or have magnetic signs made for your car, this can cost as little as $75 and is well worth the investment. If you have a computer which you should if you’re reading this article you can also print up simple flyers and hand them out in a middle to upper class neighbor hood in your town (check with local ordinances on handing out flyers before you do this).

After you have gotten yourself one or two clients it’s time to set a price. Meet with your clients and present the list of cleaning tasks you are willing to perform. Get a good idea of how large the area is that you are cleaning and how well they want the cleaning task done. Come up with a fair price and write down their cleaning expectations for each cleaning task you are to perform. Some examples of cleaning tasks are cleaning windows, cleaning surface areas, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping, cleaning toilets, cleaning bathtubs and showers. Keep it simple to start because you can always add cleaning duties at a later date for an extra fee. Keep a record of their cleaning expectations so you can reference it if they question a duty you are performing.

After you’ve got your client and your list of cleaning tasks you’ll need some basic cleaning supplies. When running your own small cleaning business keep you’re cleaning supplies down to the basics. You’ll probably need a vacuum cleaner, surface cleaners, cleaning towels, a mop, mop bucket, window squeegees and bathroom cleaning chemicals and utensils. Don’t buy more than you need and check your cleaning duties list to see if you really need it. When you first start out buy a run of the mill vacuum cleaner that’s not fancy and will get the job done. You don’t need a commercial vacuum at this time because your watching your investment money and a two motor upright vacuum cleaner with all the bells and whistles is just overkill. If you’re unsure of what to buy don’t be afraid to ask. Most cleaning supplies companies and janitorial distributors are more than willing to steer you in the right direction and it’s alright to let them know you’re on a tight budget.

Once you’ve got your cleaning supplies and you’ve set up a schedule with your clients it’s time to go to work. With your first cleaning account you’ll want to do an extra good job. Word can spread fast if you do a good job and more accounts could come your way quickly. The same goes for if you do a bad job, word can spread quickly and you could be out of business before you know it. Be honest and always keep good communication channels open between you and your client. When it’s time to bill your client don’t get fancy, a bill written out on paper is as good as one that has been professionally typed. If you do a great job cleaning your work will speak for itself and who knows you might be able to even quit your day job and work half as much while being your own boss.

Incorporating a Business and Articles of Incorporation

The most important legal document that your business may ever file is that of your articles of incorporation. This document outlines the way in which your business is to be structured as well as its purpose for operation. It states the guideline of rules in which the company must operate. The articles of incorporation must be drawn up and submitted at the time of incorporation and will state where you plan for your business to go in the future.

Generally speaking, standard articles of incorporation will include the full name of your new corporation as well as the name of its owners, board of directors, and its intended management structure. Along with this will be specific state by-laws and regulations that must be adhered to by the company’s officers. Also stated is whether you plan to issue stocks and make the company one that is publicly traded, or if you intend on keeping it privately held. If shares of the corporation are to be sold, this document will list the amount that will be issued. It is also required to list the address for the company’s registered office.

Whether you decide to incorporate your business in order to acquire investors or for tax purposes you will need to file articles of incorporation. This document will be used to state specifically in what type of business the company intends to engage. Also included will be your company’s plan for reporting profits as well as the accounting period that will be used for paying taxes. Depending on the type of corporation your are forming, you can decide whether to add INC, Corp, or LLC to your businesses name. Part of the incorporation process is that of the articles of association. This mandatory document defines the rules and regulations that governs company’s board of directors and its shareholders.

Although it is possible to later make amendments to your articles of incorporation, you will want to file them correctly. Completing them properly the from the start will not only save you money, it will help to avoid any delays in the incorporation process. Due to this fact, it is advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced corporate lawyer. This will insure the corporation’s compliance with state laws. Provided that you feel confident in preparing your own documents, there are templates available online and at your local library that will assist you in this process.

There are several benefits of incorporating your business. Once the articles of incorporation are properly filed with the secretary of state, your new corporation effectively becomes a separate legal entity. The business may be eligible for certain tax deferrals or deductions. A shareholders liability is limited to the amount that they have invested in the corporation and they cannot be held accountable for the debts that the corporation has incurred. A corporation also has the ability of continuance beyond a particular ownership. Typically, corporations have a superior ability of raising capital which can lead to the future growth of your company.

Celebrity Autographs – Collecting for Fun and Investment

When collecting celebrity autographs it is important to consider the following points.

Celebrity Autographs are fun to collect and good quality autographed pictures can be a great investment. Enjoy your collecting, appreciate and display your collection well, it will give you great satisfaction.

It is because celebrity autographs are very collectable that you must be aware of the pitfalls associated with collecting them. Establishing authenticity can be a real problem these days for collectors.


Most, not all, autographs that appear on Internet Auction sites are fake. This is why their price appears to be extremely good. The sad fact is that people are paying money for pictures that are worthless. Like all things in life you pay for what you get! Consider this, if a celebrity autograph appears to be at a price that is to good to be true, then it probably isn’t true!

Know your stuff.

When buying an autograph, make sure that you are aware of what the celebrity’s signature is meant to look like. I have seen people offering “Genuine” autographs for sale that include spelling mistakes in the name! Cate Blanchett appeared as Kate Blanchett on an auction site, and people were bidding on it! I have seen Bruce Lee autographs been sold on screen dumped laser printed pictures (Bruce died 20 years before laser printers where invented!). Study the celebrity and apply some common sense when considering buying an autograph.

Know your source.

Always check the credentials of the person you are buying from. Do not accept high positive feedback on an auction site as showing items are authentic, this usually means that the people deliver on time, mostly because they are signing to order. Most reputable autograph dealers will be able to give you date and location of where the item was signed. Always enquire after this information when you make a purchase.

Copies, autopens and secreterials.

These days it is important to check that an Autograph is original, modern technology makes it easy to scan and print pictures that look as good as the original. If in doubt a quick check with a magnifying glass, will show the tell tail dots of the printed ink on the signature.

The autopen is often used by busy celebrities to sign fan mail and posted pictures; these signatures are very difficult for the average person to detect, as they look real. However, people who know the celebrity’s autograph well will be able see that autopens always look identical, every time. Autopens are classed as not authentic.

Most busy celebrities will use a secretary to sign their fan mail and mailed pictures, these can often look similar to the real thing, but sadly secretarials are worthless to a collector.

Always be careful when buying an autograph that has been acquired from a celebrity through the mail. Most times, not all, they are not real.


In person autographs are pictures or documents that have been given to the celebrity and have been signed there and then, no question then as to their authenticity.

Best of all, get the autographs yourself – its fun and not that difficult if you put your mind to it. If you do collect autographs in person, then be sure to make a note of when, where etc you obtained the autograph and any other relevant information (Theatre ticks, Premier programs etc) and keep it with the Autograph – it will much easier to establish the authenticity of the autograph in years to come.

Enjoy your collecting.