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There’s a high demand for cleaning services in Nigeria. That’s because people want to keep their homes and office spaces neat. But they don’t always have the time to take the trash off these environments. So they hire janitors to get the job done on their behalf.

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If you would like to know how to start a cleaning business in Nigeria, you’ll find this article helpful. Here, we will explain the steps you can take to set up and build an enterprise that’ll thrive.

Survey The Market

It’s true that the cleaning business is potentially lucrative. However, the demand for cleaning services isn’t even across all locations. So you’ll need to know what places are truly in need of your service. Those areas could yield great clients for your new company.

Find out what districts have homes and businesses that want cleaning services. You may learn about this from people at existing janitorial businesses. Ask your contacts too. They may know locations that could be profitable for your venture.

Undergo Training

While cleaning is something that everyone does, you’ll still have to learn to do it professionally. And there’s more to running a cleaning business than just mopping and vacuuming. It’s crucial that you understand how to manage it as an enterprise.

Some existing janitorial companies also train people who want to start their own cleaning outfits. Sign up with them and learn the skills you’ll need to build your business.

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There’s plenty of useful information on the web too. Glean as many of them as you possibly can.

Draw Up A Budget

While you’re learning how to start a cleaning business in Nigeria, you should also find out the items you’ll need to begin. List them out—equipment, office space, registration, workers, etc. And record the current market prices for them. Add up those figures, and you’ll have the total cost you need to launch your business.

Register Your Business

Register your business with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). When you do so, you’ll make it a legal entity, one that’s recognized by the relevant authorities. This may prove helpful if your business gets into a dispute with other parties.

The CAC has varying requirements for businesses that simply want to register their names and those that want to register as limited liability companies. Find out more in our article, How to Register Your Business with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

Acquire Cleaning Equipment

As you inch closer to opening for business, you’ll want to get your equipment ready. Items you should acquire include containers for carrying supplies, mops, buckets, vacuum cleaners, short and long dusters, protective rubber gloves, cleaning brushes, and disinfectant wipes, among others.

Hire Workers

While you work on winning clients, your workers will get the cleaning job done. As such, you must hire people who are willing to work honestly. They have to be courteous and determined to leave their work sites better than they meet it.

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You may have to screen prospective employees before bringing them onboard. Be sure to conduct background checks on them. Remember, an enterprise’s success or failure largely depends on the way its workers do their jobs.

Publicize Your Business

It’s not enough to simply open for business. You have to let your potential clients know that you’re ready to serve them. You can do this via several channels, both online and offline.

Ask your contacts for referrals. Make a list of businesses you’d like to work with and email them about your services. Attend events where your potential clients may be hanging out at. Set up social media pages and market to your target audience with them. And always be ready to pitch your business whenever the opportunity to do so comes up.

Final Words

Now you know how to start a cleaning business in Nigeria. The ball’s in your court. Hunt for the right location to set up, build your business, and begin raking in significant profit.

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This article was first published on 25th May 2022


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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