How to Start a Cleaning Business In Florida
A cleaning business can be a tremendous source of full or part time income.
One of the first steps in starting your cleaning business is developing a business plan. Decide the scope and direction of your business, and determine what your initial and long-term costs will be. Next, you will need to register your cleaning business. The information below will show you how to register. Lastly, you will need to take steps to grow your business. This is done through marketing, word-of-mouth references, and direct sales.
How to Register Your Cleaning Business in Florida
Here is information on how to legally start a cleaning business in the state of Florida. Make sure you research the regulations in the area you are planning to start your company so you can operate legally.
Getting Started– Florida has created a website to help you get started with your business in Florida: http://www.floridatrend.com/small-business
-You need to choose your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Many small business owners are sole-proprietors. Find out more about business structure options here: http://www.floridatrend.com/small-business
-You need to choose and register your cleaning business name with the state of Florida.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: https://efile.sunbiz.org/ficregintro.html
If you need help in choosing a business name: Choosing a Cleaning Business Name
-You need to register your cleaning business with the state of Florida.
You can register your business with the state of Florida here: Florida Business Registration
-You need to open a business checking account.
You will need to open a bank account for your business with your new cleaning business name.
-You need to find out about the requirements for taxes, and possibly hire an accountant.
If you are just starting out, you may be able to handle your own tax filing. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More information about taxes here: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/info_business.html and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
-You may need to get liability insurance.
Talk about your needs with a few different insurance agents, as prices and options can vary. You may just want minimum coverage depending on what type of cleaning business you are starting.
-You may need to provide worker’s compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this. You don’t need to worry about Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.
-You will need to get your own 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.
-You are responsible for necessary city licenses.
You may need to get a license to operate your cleaning business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.