How to Start a Cleaning Business In California
A cleaning business can be a great source of full or part time income. Here is some information on how to legally start your own cleaning business in the state of California. These links will help you start just about any type of cleaning business including: residential house cleaning , commercial cleaning, office cleaning, janitorial services, power washing, carpet cleaning, and more.
Getting started– California’s official website about how to start a business in California is found here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness.aspx
1. Select your business structure for your cleaning business.
You may want to register as a sole-proprietor if you are just starting out. Find out more about business structures here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/DefiningaBusiness.aspx
2. Register your cleaning business name with the state of California.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/ChooseaFictitiousBusinessName.aspx . Your fictitious name must be registered with your county clerk. Find your county’s form here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/CountyClerkandFBNForms.aspx
If you need help in choosing a business name: Choosing a Cleaning Business Name
3. Register your cleaning business with the state of California.
You can register your cleaning business with the state of California here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/RegisteringaBusiness.aspx
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your cleaning business with your new business name.
5. Register for Taxes and Hire an Accountant.
You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.taxes.ca.gov/doingbus.shtml and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Depending on what type of cleaning business you start, you may want to have some type of liability insurance. Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.
7. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
8. Get Health Insurance.
Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance. If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.
9. City License.
You may to get a business license to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not. http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/RegisteringaBusiness/Locallicensesandpermits.aspx