How to Start a Cleaning Business In Ontario
Here are some steps you may need to take in order to start a cleaning business (part or full-time) in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Getting started- Canada provides a few helpful websites for getting your cleaning business started: http://www.cbo-eco.ca/en/index.cfm/starting/getting-started/starting-a-business/ and http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/2749/
1. Choose and register your cleaning business name.
Find out more about choosing and registering your cleaning business name at these two links: http://corporations.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/cs01191.html and http://www.cbo-eco.ca/en/index.cfm/starting/getting-started/starting-a-business/#NameRegistration
If you need help selecting a name for your cleaning business: Choosing a Cleaning Business Name
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.cbo-eco.ca/en/index.cfm/starting/getting-started/starting-a-business/#Structure
3. Register your cleaning business.
You can register your new cleaning business here: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/bn-ne/bro-ide/menu-eng.html
4. Open a Business Account with your bank.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your cleaning business with your new business name.
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.cbo-eco.ca/en/index.cfm/managing/taxes/taxation-guide/
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Depending on what type of cleaning services you will offer, you may want to consider liability insurance.
7. City License.
You may be required to obtain a license operate your cleaning business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.