How to Start a Cleaning Business In Virginia
There are a number of steps to take to start a cleaning business (part or full-time) in the state of Virginia. 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. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
Getting started- The state of Virginia provides resources for getting your business started: Virginia Business One Stop
1. Register your cleaning business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
If you need help selecting a name for your cleaning business: Choosing a Cleaning Business Name
2. Select a business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here:http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
3. Register your cleaning business.
You can register your new cleaning business with the state of Virginia here: https://bosapp.cyberdatainc.com/bos/
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. Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.
You may want to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/business-home and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Depending on what type of cleaning services you plan to offer, you may want to consider liability insurance.