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The cleaning business is a huge, yet, less tapped business in Nigeria. Every weekend, people want to get their homes cleaned, and weekends are for owambe and rest. For people with 9-5 jobs, who still want to chill when they have the time, and not spend it on housework, they will be willing to pay anyone that can get the job done. Not many of them might have reliable housekeepers, and this is where cleaning services are required.

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People are moving into new apartments every now and then. Office/hotel spaces are always built and require cleaning. These are the endless opportunities you could have as a cleaning business owner. However, there are certain things you will do to become successful at it. In this article, I will be sharing the relevant things you will need to know if you are considering starting a cleaning business in Nigeria.

Choose your niche

In the same way, most businesses have niches, the cleaning business also has niches. The first thing you might have to do is decide on your cleaning niche. Will you want to clean office spaces, new buildings or residential houses? You have to choose which one you will want to focus on, as this will determine several other aspects of the business.

Skill up

Chances are when you start, you might be the only one doing the cleaning, or at most, employ one or two people to help out. This entails that you will need to garner cleaning skills.

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You might have been performing mediocre cleaning at your house, but since you are in for the cleaning business, you will need to render professional services to your clients. So, learn how to clean, practically. You can either learn from a pro or use online resources like YouTube.

Write your business plan

A business plan details what your business is and how you choose to operate. It is advisable that you employ the services of a professional to help you draft a plan.

Raise capital

At this point, you already have your business plan detailing your start-up budget. You then have to raise the capital to buy your cleaning equipment and run other overhead costs. You could take a loan or make use of your savings. Remember, you can always start small and grow in the process.

Get cleaning equipment

Some of the cleaning equipment you will need to include: detergent, mop sticks, brooms, packers, buckets, vacuum cleaner, napkins, etc.

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You can go to your local market to purchase these items at affordable prices.

Register your business

In the process of setting up your business, it is expedient that you get registered. In Nigeria, the registration body is the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Get registered and become authorized to operate your business anywhere in the country.

Market your business

If you do not market your business, how do you expect people to recognize that it exists? You can start by informing close friends and family members of your cleaning business so that if they have the opportunity, they can refer you to clients or even employ your services themselves. Also, you can send proposals to companies, organizations or just anywhere you know cleaning services will be needed.

Don’t forget to create an online presence. Social media is a saver these days. Put yourself out there and start rendering your services.

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This article was first published on 10th August 2022


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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