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How to Start a Home-Based Housecleaning Business (Home-Based Business Series) Paperback – September 1, 2002

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Have you ever dreamed of starting your own home-based housecleaning business? Have you been hesitant to put your plans into action? This comprehensive guide contains all the necessary tools and strategies you need to successfully launch and grow your business.Authors Melinda Morse and Laura Jorstad combine personal experience with expert advice on every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based housecleaning business. They explain how to get started, develop a service manual, screen clients, serve customers, learn from the competition, and set up a home office. They even offer tips on how to use the Internet to grow your business.Learn all about: organizing your business; getting clients and referrals; setting your rates and services; selecting cleaning products; billing and renewing contracts.Also included are these special features and workbook pages: sample service manual; home cleaning plan; sample invoice; service and payment record; checklist of start-up requirements. (7 1/2 x 9, 176 pages, charts, worksheets, sample service manual, sample invoice, charts)Melinda Morse started her successful home cleaning business in 1994 to help pay for graduate school. She has since earned a Ph.D., expanded her business and launched a writing career.Laura Jorstad is a freelance writer and editor whose assignments have ranged from fly fishing and gold to macroeconomics and science fiction.

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Melinda Morse started her successful home cleaning business in 1994 to help pay for graduate school. She has since earned a PhD, expanded her business, and launched a successful writing career. Laura Jorstad is a freelance writer and editor whose assignments have ranged from fly fishing and golf to macroeconomics and science fiction. Born and raised on the Minnesota prairie, she now lives at the foot of the Green Mountains with her cat Isabel.

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Product Details

  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 1st edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762722266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762722266
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,811,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By HM on February 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Currently we operate our own cleaning companies. I am always looking for material to help with becoming a better provider of our services. To this effect, I was somewhat disappointed with the generalities of the book. It does not cover how to do bidding, advertising, marketing, setup, etc... in enough detial. For the beginner looking to start a business, you may want to talk with a local or out of town company first. You will learn quickly that you need to put customers first, service with a smile and be willing to be flexible.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "ecl1574" on October 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Overall this book was ok. Nothing special about it. I am a cleaning business owner and noticed that the book was flawed. I would like the author to please show me where a person can get 1 million dollars worth of insurance for $250-$400 as the book states. Most people can not even get insured for that amount in any state until they have been in business for 3 years. The author left out a lot of information and I would not recommend this book to anyone who is serious about starting a cleaning business. The only thing decent in the book is the appendix, but even that is not detailed enough. I give it two stars for effort and because I am a nice person.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "marthabranigan" on October 20, 2003
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This book not only details the ins and outs of running a cleaning business, but it also deals with the emotional and cultural issues that surround housecleaners. This book taught me a lot about dealing with problem people/customers. I especially liked the section on how to get rid of bad customers. No one ever touches on those points, and I'm really glad that these two authors do. Bravo for a book written by human beings and not machines!
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