Gentlemen (and ladies?),
Been lurking for a little while, I am a few weeks away from launching a residential cleaning business. Still getting my business logistics sorted and developing an initial marketing plan. I come from a business background and have a day gig.
Wanted to introduce myself by sharing my motivation for getting into the business. My wife and I are having our second kid next week, a little boy. Nothing like kids to get you motivated to become more financially independent. Trading time for money building another man's dream just won't let me bless my kids like I want, so I'm starting a side hustle.
I've only scratched the surface with around 65 hours of research on residential cleaning, techniques, equipment, and mixes. I've rented a few machines and cleaned a few houses, fences, and decks. I really enjoy the work, and I want to contribute to this industry having a great reputation and want to minimize my mistakes. Ultimately, I'd like to build the business up to a few rigs and hire guys to run them. I know a lot of guys that are having a hard time finding work, and I'd really like to own a business that could give back to people by giving them good jobs.
I'm in West Texas - the dirt is everywhere and the homes are almost exclusively brick. Thousands of miles of old wooden fences ready to be restored. I'm seriously considering starting out with a 6x12 enclosed so I can have the advertising space. Still haven't decided on a machine. Money is tight. It looks like I'll have about $2,000 to spend on a machine setup, not including the trailer. I was thinking a 4gpm cold water unit with a quality motor and pump, small buffer tank, and some sort of chemical setup to add efficiency.
Really appreciate the atmosphere of these forums. Have learned a lot already, look forward to diving in.