How to Start a Cleaning Business

Starting a cleaning business is an attractive venture for many because of the low overhead expenses, flexible schedule, and growing demand. The cleaning industry is expected to grow to $46.3 billion by 2020 according to Statista, making now a prime opportunity to get on board. However, starting your cleaning business from scratch isn’t always easy and requires more than getting your hands dirty.

Just like starting any business, launching a cleaning business requires planning, a solid marketing strategy, and knowledge of industry standards. With more than 875,000 cleaning businesses in the United States, success won’t happen by taking shortcuts.

Here are our best tips on how to start a cleaning business in 2019:

Decide on Funding

While the startup costs for a cleaning business are relatively low (unless you plan to purchase property), it is still important to have a funding plan. Start by contacting local banks or investors to discuss your options for financing, line of credit, or small business loans.

Pick a Niche

Don’t be quick to think that cleaning is cleaning. There are many options and specializing in something is important to your long term success. Do you want to clean residential or commercial? Are you planning on offering carpet cleaning or not? Will window cleaning be a service you offer? Having these planned out ahead will prevent wasted time later.

Establish a Budget

A budget should estimate expected expenses as well as income projections. This is also the time to decide on how to charge clients: hourly or project-based. The two biggest expenses to consider include supplies and transportation. If you plan to hire employees, you should also consider wages, insurance, and taxes in the budget.

Don’t Skip the Legal Stuff

Deciding on a business structure, registering a business name, and requesting an EIN from the IRS are critical in running a cleaning business legally.

Purchase Business Insurance

Buying business insurance for a cleaning business is also important to do prior to the first cleaning job. Every time you enter a client’s house or office, there is a risk something will get broken or go wrong. General liability, professional liability, worker’s compensation, and janitorial bonds are three types of insurance to consider.

Purchase Equipment and Supplies

Many cleaning businesses provide supplies as an added benefit to their clients. Brainstorm a list of supplies needed to complete the services you plan on offering including gloves, cleaning products, towels, aprons or uniform, vacuum, dusters, and squeegees.

Invest in Technology

The right technology saves businesses a lot of time in the long run and programs such as Quickbooks, estimating software, and payroll services are a great place to start. Quickbooks and payroll services help owners streamline and organize billing, payroll, and invoicing. And estimating software, like Compass Wave, allows you to quickly provide cleaning quotes to potential clients online.

Market the Cleaning Business

Marketing is vital to the longevity and profitability of any new business. Building a website, creating social media profiles, and attending networking events are just a few ways to spread the word about your new cleaning business.

In today’s fast-paced society, more and more individuals and families are relying on cleaning services to help them in their daily lives. Now is a great time to start your own cleaning business. Follow these guidelines on how to start a cleaning business, so you don’t miss any of the important steps along the way.

ISSA Convention in Dallas Texas 2018

ISSA Show in Dallas Texas

In October we attended the ISSA Convention in Dallas and we had a blast! This was our second time attending the ISSA Convention, but our First time exhibiting in Dallas.

Not only did our Compass Wave software draw some attention, but we are going to be working on websites for some Cleaning companies, Janitorial companies and more!

Thank you to our Team here in Dallas and the team back home helping us keep our current clients happy while we bring more work home!

Special thanks to Matt Lane for his hard work helping run the Booth as well!

During the show we were able to sign up multiple maid service companies for our Estimating Software, and also promote our website capabilities as well. Since we attended the Convention in Dallas we have received awesome feedback and have continued to update our software to stay ahead of others in the industry.

Compass Wave Booth at ISSA Show in Dallas Texas
Here is our Booth at the ISSA Convention in Las Vegas

In 2019 we plan to release even more Integrations such as our Zapier Webhooks Integration and continue to add even more features to be announced on the backend.

Mark Lane Compass Wave Booth in Dallas Texas

As the owner of Compass Wave i’d like to thank Matthew Lane for helping before, during and after the convention. Matthew was a wonderful partner in helping make our trip to Dallas a HUGE success.

We would also like to thank our customers who have used our software and provided testimonials on how it has helped their cleaning business grow. And last but not least, thank you to the ISSA Organization for the opportunity to showcase our product at your Convention.

If you haven’t seen our newest Product Review by Industry Expert Angella Brown, then you have to check it out!

If you haven’t signed up for our software yet, go ahead and watch our FREE DEMO and see just how fast it is to create an instant estimate today!

We can’t wait until VEGAS in 2019!!! Are you ready???  See you there!!!

Supporting your maid service business one application at a time,

Mark Lane
President
Compass Wave

User Guide – How To Setup A Zapier Webhook Integration

(Example – SMS Notification)

You can easily integrate Compass Wave to your other services by using a Zapier webhook. First make sure that you have an account with Zapier.

Zapier is a third party software that specializes in connecting different software together. You can connect up to, and automatically send your collected data to Infusionsoft, HubSpot, Google Sheets, Gmail, Dropbox,  and Quickbooks to name just a few.

You need to make sure that you setup a zapier account before going into the steps listed below.

1. Login to your Zapier Account and click on The Dashboard. Click on “Make a new zap”. This will bring you to a page where you can then search for your trigger action. Here you will search and select “Webhooks by Zapier”.

Zapier webhook - compass wave

2.  Next you should  choose “Catch Hook”. Basically the trigger will look for new submissions every 15 minutes (you can upgrade your zapier account to decrease the amount of time). Click Save.

Zapier webhooks trigger

3. On the next screen it will ask you to Pick off a Child Key. This step is completely optional. You can skip this step as it’s not needed.

Zapier child key webhook - compass wave

4. The next screen it gives you a url that you will want to paste in Compass Wave. Do not click the next button until you are finished with step 5. The next step will outline where to paste the url in Compass Wave. Obviously, your url will be different than ours or anyone else’s. Please paste the specific url that you have on your screen. Make sure you copy the url in preparation for step 5.

zapier webhook url

5. Login to Your Compass Wave Account and go to the Settings->Tools-Integrations page.  In the Webhook field paste the url that you copied from zapier into Compass Wave. Then click Save.

Zapier webhook url - compass wave integration

6. Next you will need to open up your Compass Wave Estimate Tool URL, completely fill out your form, and submit until you get to the end. This is absolutely crucial that you fill out all of the fields in your tool. In the next few steps you will need to tell your Zapier Action where to map the data. If you do not completely fill out the Compass Wave Estimate Tool Form, then zapier will not import data that you haven’t mapped in the action. You can grab your URL under the Appearance Tab.

compass wave appearance

7. Once you have completely filled out your Estimate Tool and submitted, go back to your zapier account and click the button “Ok, I did this” to move onto the next step.

8. In the next step the trigger will go out and try to find the submission that you recently submitted from the Compass Wave Software. You will know the trigger found it when the green “Test Successful!” screen shows up. Next click the continue button and follow the next steps to add an action.

Setting up your Zapier Action

You can setup any number of Actions, but for this example We will be setting up an SMS action.

9. Very similar to setting up your trigger; you will need to search, find and select the action that you want. I have selected SMS and I want to send a new Text Message each time that a submission is comes through with the trigger.

zapier sms - compass wave

10. Next you’ll need to confirm your Mobile Number. This is all done within the zapier system. Once you’ve added your number, you can save and continue. You’ll then want to edit the Template with the information that was gathered through the previous steps.

zapier webhook sms setup preview

11. After you are finished mapping to your SMS Template, click continue. The next screen shows a summary of the mappings that you’ve done. Click Create & Continue to finish making your zap. After pressing continue, it creates a zap and sends a test though to your SMS Number. Check your mobile phone to make sure that everything mapped correctly and was received.

Zapier webhook test successful - compass wave

12. After you are done confirming your Text Message, press Finish to complete your zap and name it. It is important that you turn your zap on to activate it.

That’s it! You now have customized your Zapier Webhooks Integration with Compass Wave!

Remember there are 1000’s of Apps within Zapier that you can integrate with. Simply substitute the Action steps above with whichever integration you wish to use with Compass Wave.

If you haven’t already, watch our FREE DEMO and see just how fast it is to create an instant estimate today!

Supporting your maid service business one application at a time,

Mark Lane
President
Compass Wave

Improvements & Features – Maid Service Estimating Software

We wanted to update you on a few improvements!

First we wanted to let you know that we will be attending the ISSA Interclean 2018 show in Dallas Texas this year! Please visit or share our Booth 1449.

Recently we rolled out some User Interface updates.

Compass wave now integrates with Quality Driven Software and includes a more modern look for our Estimating Software. We’ve also introduced some new Fields regarding your customer’s information that you’re able to update within our Maid Service Estimating Software. Including: Scheduled Service Date, Notes, Quoted Amount, Employees, and Job Completed.

  1. modern address estimating formWhen you open up your Estimate Tool you’ll notice we modernized the Estimating Form.
    • The field labels are now above the fields.
    • We’ve also updated the input fields look and feel as well.
    • When you view the Google Map you’ll notice it is now more interactive as you can click on the pin and see a more detailed view of the home.
  2. When logging into Compass Wave you’ll notice we now have an “Actions” Dropdown.
    • From this Dropdown you’ll be able to Export the full database in CSV format. This export includes ALL Prospects including the ones who haven’t completely gone through the last step of the tool. This information will be great to use for your re-marketing efforts (Mailings, etc.).
    • We have also added an Export specifically designed for Quality Driven Software. Quality Driven Software is a Customer Survey Management Software. Our Export allows you to export your Completed Jobs (which we’ll explain in our next update announcement below), by date range. You can then import this directly into their software to send surveys to your Customers. We plan to do a full integration with their software in the near future.
  3. When you View a Prospect in Compass Wave you will now see a “Pencil” icon. You can click on this icon and now update specific details for each Customer. By CLOSING the job, you’ll now see a checkbox next to the Details information as well as be able to export the information For Quality Driven Software (Only completed jobs are exported).

update details redesign compass wave

Did you also know that we have a Customer Referral Program? Our Referral program is named 3 For 3 and It’s FREE! Getting your renewal for FREE is simple! When you Refer (3) potential customers and they become a paying customer for atleast 3 months, as long as they continue to be a Compass Wave Customer, your next Compass Wave membership renewal is FREE!

compass wave modern login

When you log into Compass Wave just look for the “Refer a Friend” button in the top right and click the Facebook Share button, or email the referral code to any cleaning business that you network with that may benefit from our Online Estimating Software.

We have also been active on Facebook. Please visit our page https://facebook.com/compasswave to keep up to date with our feature releases, and tips regarding Leadership & Residential Home Cleaning.

If you have any questions regarding our recent updates, please contact us.

We would also like to thank our customers who have used our software and provided testimonials on how it has helped their cleaning business grow.

If you haven’t already, watch our FREE DEMO and see just how fast it is to create an instant estimate today!

Supporting your maid service business one application at a time,

Mark Lane
President
Compass Wave

ISSA Convention in Las Vegas 2017

issa convention 2017 las vegas seminarIn September we attended the ISSA Convention in Las Vegas and we had a blast! This was our first time attending the ISSA Convention and we thought it would be a good opportunity to introduce our Maid Service Software to the Residential Cleaning Industry.

During the show we were able to sign up multiple maid service companies for our Estimating Software, and also promote our website capabilities as well. Since we attended the Convention in Las Vegas we have received awesome feedback and have continued to update our software to stay ahead of others in the industry.

compass wave las vegas issa convention booth
Here is our Booth at the ISSA Convention in Las Vegas

In 2018 we plan to release more Video Tutorials and expand the functionality of our Estimating Software with both UI Improvements on the backend as well as even more features to be announced on the backend.

As the owner of Compass Wave i’d like to thank Matthew Lane for helping before, during and after the convention. Matthew was a wonderful partner in helping make our trip to Vegas a HUGE success.

We would also like to thank our customers who have used our software and provided testimonials on how it has helped their cleaning business grow. And last but not least, thank you to the ISSA Organization for the opportunity to showcase our product at your Convention.

If you haven’t already, watch our FREE DEMO and see just how fast it is to create an instant estimate today!

Supporting your maid service business one application at a time,

Mark Lane
President
Compass Wave

 

 

Create a fast home cleaning estimate

Create a fast home cleaning estimate today!Create a fast home cleaning estimate

How fast can you create an estimate? That’s a question you might hear from prospective customers more than you think. Whether they are telling you that, or saying it in their head before they fill out that cleaning estimate form on your website. Chances are they are already researching other competitors in your area already to provide them with an estimate.  Set yourself apart from other cleaning businesses by having a competitive advantage and create a fast home cleaning estimate today!

The fact is time is valuable these days. Customers want to know the price of something before they even talk to you on the phone. But if you put your prices out there, you are losing out on valuable information that they might actually be willing to provide.

That’s the power of Compass Wave. Our software allows you to not only customize your pricing to be more accurate than ever before. But our maid service software also provides those potential customers the pricing they are looking for and provides your cleaning business details on that prospective customer you might have never previously received with a normal contact form.

Doing an in-home estimate takes time that most of us don’t have as we try to grow our business. Our software take the guess work out of your hands and provides you with valuable information than can help you close more sales for your cleaning business.

Don’t wait to hear “How fast can you create an estimate”, create fast estimates today with Compass Wave! The only residential cleaning software that works seamlessly with your existing website!

Check out our Sample Tool and see just how fast it is to create an estimate today!

Supporting your business one application at a time,

Mark Lane
President
Compass Wave

Cleaning Estimate Form

Cleaning Estimate Form

Do you have a Cleaning Estimate Form on your website? Anyone who owns a Cleaning Business knows that it’s important to get as much information from a prospective client prior to having to visit their home to provide an estimate. In the past having a Contact or an Estimate Form was enough to be able to provide accurate estimates for prospective customers. The problem with an Estimate Form is it still requires you to perform the work involved with quoting out the work.

Cleaning Estimate Forms can have as many or as little questions as you want, but you still need someone with Technical abilities to put together the form on your website depending on what platform you are using. The Cleaning Estimate Forms also usually never are able to be customized with pricing abilities which would deter prospective customers from possibly even filling out the form in the first place.

With very little technical skills our Maid Software allows you to choose the Questions you ask a Prospective Customer and associate those questions with the appropriate cost drivers. We then provide you the ability to customize the look and feel of our maid software and provide you the code which you can then Place on Facebook or your website. If you don’t have your own website, you can still use our maid software!

When you use our Maid Service Software you are allowing your customers to obtain an Instant Estimate and the detailed information is then sent to your fingertips to close the sale.

Our maid software is very affordable and can save your cleaning business time and money compared to performing manual  in-home estimates. If you need help customizing our software, or would like to learn more about how our maid software is better than a standard cleaning estimate form contact us today!

Don’t forget we are also an Industry Partner of Arcsi as well!

Supporting your business one application at a time,

Mark Lane
President
Compass Wave

Cleaning business software

Cleaning Business Software

There are many reasons you should use cleaning business software for your maid service company.  How many hours would you estimate that you are spending on doing In-home estimates? Our guess is that you’re spending atleast 15-20 hours a week of your time doing these types of estimates.

Here are some reasons why you should use our cleaning business software:

  1. You can place our Estimating Software on your website which allows you to collect more detailed information such as square footage, and details about their home. It’s unlikely a potential customer will provide you this information in a traditional contact form.
  2. Customize the pricing of our software and place our tool on your website to capture leads for your cleaning business.
  3. With our cleaning business estimating software you are able place our estimate tool directly on your Facebook page to collect potential leads from Facebook!
  4. You don’t have a website or can’t afford one. With our software you don’t need one to have a web presence and be able to collect potential leads online!
  5. Organize prospective and current customers in an easy to manage online database.
  6. Customize what questions you would want to ask a prospective customer for your cleaning business.
  7. Call a prospective customer with detailed information on their estimate to offer any sales incentives, etc to close the deal more quickly.
  8. Vew the details of the calculation to see how the estimate was created. You can fine tune your pricing on the backend based on these calculations.
  9. By using cleaning business software you are leveraging technology to help your business grow.  Check out some of our Customer Success Stories on how it’s helped their cleaning businesses grow!
  10. Usability of your website will improve, because you can integrate our software on your website and replace those clunky forms no one fills out.

 So what are you waiting for, sign up for our 14 day Free Trial Today!

Supporting your business one application at a time,

Mark Lane
President
Compass Wave

Add our Maid Software to Facebook

Did you know you can add our Maid Service Estimating Software to your Facebook Page?

Our Maid Service Estimating Software can now be added directly to your Facebook Page! We now have the capability for you to collect estimates directly from Facebook! By doing this you can easily capture more leads directly from your page without having to drive traffic back to your website to collect their information.

Follow the steps below to add our Maid Service Estimating Software to your Facebook page. If you are not a page admin on your page, or don’t manage your own page, then you can send this article to your admin.

  1. In order to add HTML to Facebook, the first thing you will have to do is add the Static HTML module to your page.
  2. You’ll then need to Add a Page Tab and select the page you’re adding the tab to.
  3. Click “Add Page tab” and Edit Tab.
  4. You’ll then want to put in the URL that you are planning on embedding. For our estimating software you’ll want to grab the URL from the appearance section, which you can see in our Online Estimate Tool Appearance Tutorial Video.

Add our Maid Service Estimating Software to your Facebook Page
Check out our Estimating Tool on our Facebook Page!

 

The steps above can actually be used to embed any website to Facebook, however the website needs to be protected by a secure certificate. In the fall of 2016 we added more security to our software, and this allowed us to embed our tool directly on Facebook. Contact forms are important, but by using our Estimating Software you are actually collecting more detailed information on your potential customers.

During any of these steps, if you have any questions you can reach out to our Support Team at any time by visiting the Contact Form or by using the chat from anywhere throughout our website.

Supporting your business one application at a time,

Mark Lane
President
Compass Wave

Building a website for your Cleaning Company

Do you have a website for your Residential Cleaning Business?

When consumers like you are interested in a product or service, they usually search for those products and services that they are interested for on the web. So why wouldn’t someone who’s interested in Residential Cleaning Services do the same?

Having a website for your business will help your business grow, and our Online Estimating Software Compass Wave makes it easy for customers of service companies to receive an estimate. You might be wondering what makes our Estimating Software different than a contact form. The number one feature is that your customers can price shop and in turn are more likely to go through a tool which gives them a price, rather than wait to hear back from you via email or phone.

Our company has over 10 years of experience developing websites and custom software solutions. It only made sense that we created website packages that are both affordable for a cleaning business to get themselves on the web, but also include a license to our Estimating Software as well. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to get your business on the web, and start getting Estimates Online Today!

Below is the companies’ pricing for the packages we offer:

Compass Wave website plans

Supporting your business one application at a time,

Mark Lane
President
Compass Wave

Online estimates made easy