Monday, 25 July 2016

How to start a Laundry business?

When I was in Mysore Infy, I found the coin operated washing machines so useful. Back then I was too lazy to wash clothes myself. But as the family expanded, it became more economical to wash clothes at home. Even now, I hate the laundry work for it requires utmost care.  For a countless times, I have turned Veeran's white classic formal shirts to pinks!

Often, at home we buy clothes of different fabric, yet unable to find the best way to maintain the newness of the clothes. How much ever mild detergent or fabric conditioner or whitener or whatever I put, clothes become life less after a few washes. It is definitely a tedious task to sort out different fabric and follow different laundry instructions by ourselves.

I'm sure 100% of Indian household feels the same. And this feeling paves the way for a successful laundry business.

So, How to start a laundry business?


A laundry business involves collecting clothes from customers, washing, drying, ironing  and folding them, and return it back to collect money for the service. Yes it is that easy to say. But the actual business involves more steps. Let me explain it with a proper business planning.

Make arrangements for Capital:


Setting up laundry business is a capital intensive task. You have to first analyse how much capital will be required. Depending on the amount you can think of a partnership model to raise the funds.

Decide on the operation model:


Before the work of setting up proceeds, you have to finalise on the operation model of your laundry.
(a) Coin operated - Ideal for locations populated by people who are ready to visit your laundry and do it by themselves.
(b) Classic - Ideal for locations where people prefer to outsource the entire laundry work. Here, you will have to look for facilities for pick up and drop of clothes.


Work on infrastructure requirement:


Once you have decided the operation model, you can zero in on the number of machines required. Washing machines, Dryers, Rollers and what all. Electronic companies like Electrolux provide provide commercial laundry set up solutions. (You can check out here: http://professional.electrolux.co.uk/Solutions/Investors1/Commercial/ )

Look out for laundry set up space:


Laundry business requires huge space. So when finalising on the space, keep in mind about the volumes clothes and machines will cover. Think of having a front office space that can be the welcome and payment counter.

Pick up and Delivery options:


Most of the households, offices, hotels and restaurants would prefer pick up and drop facility. You have to arrange for a separate staff  and commuting options for the same.

Manpower Requirement:


Laundry cannot be done by one person alone if you are thinking of a big business. You need to invest huge on hiring good talent and training them. Apart from the know how of operating the machines and fabric knowledge, they should be customer friendly. Even one mistake from your employee, can affect your reputation badly. So hire with care.

Decide on the service portfolio:


A laundry business in India, involves washing of soiled clothes, drying them thoroughly, ironing with perfection and folding nicely. Apart from these dyeing, darning, dry washing etc can also be added to the service portfolio. Before you commence the operations you have to decide on the services you can offer.  For example you can offer two services like washing plus folding or washing plus ironing at two different rates per piece of cloth. Choose the offers after analysing customer needs and your monitory benefit.

Pricing:


Once all the overhead costs are known you can decide on your profit share and fix the pricing accordingly. The pricing can be per piece or per kilogram or per load. Also it can vary depending on the care required for the fabric.

Advertising and Marketing:


Laundry business is very competitive. Market your laundry business in such a way that it is different from the rest. You can think of options are: bulk pricing, 10+2 free,  offer for initial 100 customers, pay back guarantee etc.

For every enterprise you have to invest huge on marketing to get regular business. In case of laundry business you can work on creating a good customer base who could be your loyal customers for lifelong. You can really contact big or small housing societies in your shop's neighborhood for regular laundry work. Similarly, restaurants and hotels also have regular laundry jobs. You can talk to them and come up with an agreement. Similar is the case with corporate offices, the best thing about offices is that for neat work you can get paid higher while availing regular work.

Decide on Store details:


Once you have decided everything else about your laundry business, you should now decide on the store details. Things like working hours per day, how many days a week, leave policies and other HR related matters. You should also have a  dedicated phone line to answer the customers. Have visiting cards also printed so that people can visit your store directly.

Does it look too much of effort? There is a Plan B for you then!


Setting up any business is a Herculean task. And all the more, the worry of if it will be successful keeps haunting every aspiring entrepreneur. You can get rid of these worries by going for a Franchise model. The franchise businesses are already established business units who will help you to set up your store and teach you how to run it well to make profit. The bad side of franchise is that initial set up cost is much higher then doing it all by yourselves. So it is up to you to choose from benefits over cost. But one thing is sure, the number of franchise offerings are also too many these days which shows the potential of laundry business. (The franchise model itself is too vast and will come as another post. Please wait for a while till I am ready with the study of that. Will share the link here once I am done.)

One good thing I would like to add here before concluding. I read a post about a stay at home mom on how she started her laundry business at home. She became successful and she started helping others as well. Now she has set up a proper business model all by herself that operates at homes of people. You can read it here: http://www.laundrycare.biz/6-steps-starting-laundry-business-home/ . This proves that if there is a will there is a BIG way! Now what is your excuse for not getting started?

Food, Clothing and Shelter are the three basic requirements for human existence. So whatever business you start in any of the three vertical, there is a high chance of success. Coming down specifically to clothing, buying clothes is easy compared to maintaining them. In most of the households, laundry is the key area that needs some helping hand! So how about you being that Helping Hand?


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

How to become an Image Consultant?

I guess it was 3 or 4 months back that I heard (or saw) about image consulting. One of my friends in Facebook had shared about image consulting. I didn't bother to look into the link , as it appeared something technical like image processing (or like photoshop).

But, later on, I happened to see a video of a lady entrepreneur (Forgot her name). She was talking about her life to a crowd.

According to her, after having a successful corporate career, she was looking for something more. And she found her passion in image consulting. Right now, she enjoys helping people like her to be self employed through image consulting.

That video opened up my mind to a new world of a wonderful career called image consultant!!

I am sure that you must have watched some program on TV in which a stylist decks up a person resulting in a complete makeover. New hairstyle, Brand new clothes, Colours and cosmetics that lifts up her body contours perfectly and what all. The new look gives the person superb confidence and we feel - WOW!

It really looks like a great art work. But, have you ever wondered what happens to the person once the program is over? Now she has to do the styling herself and so she will go back to her normal grooming. And so the new look will be lost sooner or later.

How wonderful will it be if the makeover lasts for the entire life time? That is what image consulting is!

Still wondering what image consulting actually is? Here it goes:

What is image consulting?


Image consulting basically means helping  a person to improve the appearance. To make a long lasting effect, an image consultant evaluates the client and understand her lifestyle, social circle, professional goals and almost everything.

This involves spending time with the person, understand her personal and professional life. Also, analyse her skin tone and body shape to decide on what appearance will suit her the best. Once the evaluation is done, now it is shopping time. Most of the time the image consultant accompanies the client for shopping. Usually cluster shopping is done so that, the client has a clear idea what to wear when.

By enhancing the appearance or image, the client will be more confident and will do better in her life.

Image is much more than mere physical appearance. The way she talks and behaves also leaves an image about her. An image consultant also helps to improve her body language like posture, handshakes and eye contact.

Image consultant also works on her vocal communication by reinforcing her vocabulary, grammar and voice. All the more, client will be perfected in her etiquette, so that the new image helps her to leave a better impression on the people she deal with.

The image consultant enables the client to carry her self image high in every walk of her life. In a nutshell, an image consultant empowers the client to get out of the rut and live a life that she urges to.

Isn't that a very good profession to be in? You get to work on people, spend time with them, understand them and help them in all ways you could to give her a better life. And how wonderful it will be to receive appreciation from them for changing their life!

Okay, that sounds fascinating! So how to be one?

How to become an image consultant?


Image consultant is a field that doesn't require any academic degree requirement as such. People from different backgrounds like IT, Banking, Aviation, beauty, fashion or housewife have become successful image consultants. Yet, I must say that if you have a flair for fashion, grooming and love helping people grow, this profession will work magic for you.

To start off you can attend an Image Consultant training offered by different institutions. The training involves understanding of fashion,  body types, colours and cues as the basics.  The image consulting course can be in anyone or mix of these: styling, wardrobe consultation, wardrobe management or soft skills.

What are the image consultant courses?


Image consultant course are offered online as well as classroom training.

Many online image consultant training are found on the web. As a sample, you can check out: http://studioforimageprofessionals.com/

In India, ICBI (Image Consulting Business Institute) is the pioneer in giving image consulting industry a breakthrough. I guess, the video I mentioned earlier in this article is by its co-founder Suman Agarwal.

You can check out the courses offered at ICBI :http://www.imageconsultinginstitute.com/courses/
The course fee ranges from 90,000 to 7 Lakhs in ICBI.

Before embarking on the course, to have a know how of the course you can try attending workshops conducted by the institutions or individual image consultants.

How much does an image consultant earn?


An image consultant in India charges anywhere between 1500 to 10000 per hour for individual consultation. For corporate group consultation the charges could be anywhere between 15000 to 50000 per day. Isn't that a good earning for you?

In fact the earning of an image consultant depends on her market and experience. Which means that if your clients are the people in glamour industry or high end corporate people looking to boost their career, you can bill them heavily. On the other hand, if your clients are college students hunting for a job or somebody looking for a makeover, your earning will be less.

As you keep working, you will discover your niche of clients and that will be your market. There is actually no limit for the earning if you love your work and put your heart and soul to help your clients. It is all a matter of dedication and perseverance.

I read in a survey that grooming and training industry will be the most opted out profession by 2020. Image Consulting is surely in its nascent stage in India and if you get established in next 2-3 years, your life will have the Midas touch! Can you see that this is the thing that will make all your dreams come true? That too at the comfort of working from home!

So, just get started! Look out for the image consulting workshop nearby and get a fairer understanding to launch your career in this!

If you have any queries or feedback do post it as a comment below. I will help you with my understanding of the industry :-)!


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

How to become a Zumba instructor?

For 3 months I joined Zumba to open up to the world of dancing and weight loss with fun. I had no idea about Zumba till I joined. Thanks to Yashu, my Zumba instructor who told us that I don't need to worry about the dance steps as such. But just need to keep moving with the rhythm.

As an intro, she talked about herself. She was working as a software engineer and quit job once she started with family. She was sharing that motherhood is fun, enjoyable and fulfilling. But less creativity and minimal appreciation turn women after motherhood low on confidence. Ultimately, we need a push to do simple things which was easy earlier. This very much echoed with me. 

And the extra kilograms make matter even worse, For her, she had put on weight massively and tried out different things to get back to shape. And, she being a good dancer fell in love with Zumba! And soon became a Zumba instructor - teaching people like me, boosting our confidence and much more. 

When I heard her story, I felt if you love dancing and likes being fit, you can be a Zumba instructor! Yes, it is a fun way to earn good money, help many people and enjoy the independence.

How to become a Zumba instructor?


Life of Zumba instructor is like having party everyday. And you lead the party :-).

Zumba is a high energy dance-workout originated in South America. This trade marked dance fitness program was founded by Colombian dancer Alberto Beto Perez.

Basically, Zumba is an aerobic fitness workout featuring Latin American music. Zumba incorporates the flavours of various dance forms like salsa, samba, tango, soca, belly dance, flamenco and bollywood and much more.

To become a Zumba instructor you have to receive training under certified Zumba Education Specialists (ZES). ZES are very specific people (chosen by Beto Perez himself) to train the Zumba teachers and duplicate Zumba culture perfectly across the world.

You can sign up for a training in your locality at the Zumba official website. (Put the location option as "India" and you can see the upcoming training session in major cities of India.)

To start off you need to sign up for the basic Zumba level or B1 training.

So is there anything required from your side to attend the Zumba training and be a Zumba instructor?



There is no qualifying criteria to attend a  Zumba training. But having the following qualities will make it easy for you to be a successful Zumba instructor after your training program:

  1. Love for dance: Yes, this is all about mixing and matching various dance forms and choreography. So if you love dance, you will love Zumba too. 
  2. Basic know how of Healthy body: As a Zumba instructor, you should be able to estimate the effect of different dance moves on human body. This will help in choreographing specific work outs and managing clients with different physical health. 
  3. Good communication skills: Talking to clients in a friendly manner, clearing their doubts and being there for them always will gain you trust. This bonding will exist for post Zumba time too, thus helping you to make new friends. 
  4. Confidence: Clients will always look up to you for inspiration. Confidence always shows on your face and your moves. Always let it be on the high.
  5. Energy: You have to be high on energy all the time to keep your class moving with you. And when you give energy you get energy as well. It is always wonderful to be surrounded in a positive energetic environment. 
  6. Smile: A smile is the easiest thing to connect with people. When you teach with a happy smile on your face, it will reflect on your class as well :-).

Well, these were more of the soft skill requirement. Apart from these, you should be ready with the training cost of $250-$300.

What happens after the Zumba Basic 1 training?


Once done, you will be ready to take Zumba classes on your own. You will be a licensed instructor authorised to take Zumba classes. You will also receive DVDs that will help you to recall music and practice the dance moves learnt.

The Zumba training equips you to identify parts of song and choreograph them resulting in effective dance-fitness workout. This is the much needed skill to be a successful Zumba instructor.

Once you are done with your training you are eligible to sign up for ZIN or Zumba Instructor Network. ZIN is provided by the Zumba company to ensure that Zumba fitness is standardised across the globe. With ZIN, you will always be updated with latest skill moves and new choreographies that you can straight away teach your class.

The ZIN account comes with a monthly cost of $30 which also retains your Zumba teaching licence, which otherwise has to be renewed at $200 every year. ZIN also qualifies you to attend advanced level training and buy Zumba gears at discounted costs. (You can read about advanced Zumba training in the official Zumba website.)

How much money can you earn being a Zumba instructor?


The earnings from Zumba classes is completely upto you. Zumba gives you the freedom to choose your own rates and classes. The average monthly earnings for a Zumba fitness instructor can be anywhere from Rs.15000 to few lakh rupees.

Isn't that a good way to earn quite a good money along with keeping yourself fit? Some of the leading women Zumba instructors in India are Sucheta Pal and Swetha Jairam. They are already very well recognised and are big fitness experts for Bollywood actors too!

Zumba is easy and fun! Because of which people of every background are opting it for healthy living. To become a successful Zumba instructor, you have to be up to date with your skills and invest time and energy for self learning too.

So have you decided to give your life nitro boost with Zumba? Rock On! Life is all yours!!!


Monday, 13 June 2016

12 Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur

3 months back, a decent bakery started off in our locality. We were excited as it would be the nearest one to our house. For me, their samosas tasted perfect. And my kids enjoyed the pastries. By now, you could have made out that I'm a frequent customer there :-D.

And last month, as schools were closed I went to Kerala for summer vacation. When I came back I thought of having a lip smacking samosa there. But the shop was closed!

I thought it could be an  emergency day off for the staff. Two days later, I went there again. This time again it was closed. I wondered how can a nice bakery be closed for more than 3 days in a row!  I enquired with an auto guy nearby and he said the shop is closed for ever!

I was shocked! A bakery that makes good samosas, pastries and puffs- how can it shut down? Many people were buying from there. Then why did they shut it down?

It was told that, the running cost was too much and they were not making enough money to meet the expenses. And hence running in long run would result in huge loss, forget the capital investment! So without trying much they decided to shut it down. 

Instead of shutting down, they could have tried out different ways to increase the sales no? Or may be cut down a few employees for a few days.

I am sure if Narayanamurthy had felt that they dont have enough projects to keep going in the initial days, there wouldn't have been an Infy now!

From this incident, one thing got very clear for me - there is definitely something special with a person who has decided to make it big in comparison to someone who is just trying. So what could those qualities be?

Qualities of a successful entrepreneur


If you look at any industry, be a successful sportsperson, a leading actor or a business tycoon; they have something common - The thirst to succeed, come what may! A successful entrepreneur has the following qualities for sure:
  1. Belief:- She believes that she is making it big, immaterial of the present situation. She sees herself successful over a period of time rather than doubting the feasibility of the venture. She firmly believes in her dreams- the reason that pushes her everyday to try harder to make things work. Even though today looks dull for the business, she believes that future is brighter. Family and friends may try to push her down, but she stands strong on her belief. Is your belief strong?
  2. Passion:- She is so passionate about her venture and often don't bother about the time. Even if you wake her up in the middle of night and talk about the business, she will be all charged up. She doesn't treat what she does as work, instead it is what makes her live. You will see a tea seller rising up early in the morning, standing in the harsh weather till late night just to serve piping hot tea for her customers. That is passion! Are you passionate enough?
  3. Determination:- When things go bad, she will think of ways to come over it. Because she realises this is temporary and has a solution. Flipkart was started when online shopping was in nascent stage in India. Even though getting established was tough, the founders were very determined that few years down the line they will be Number One. So they kept working hard. Are you determined to succeed?
  4. Attitude:- She is action oriented. She never waits for the best time to get the things done. Her attitude is that 'today is the best day'. She never procrastinates. During bad days, you will never find her upset with anything. Instead she carries an attitude of never giving up. When things may not be moving the way it is expected to be, this attitude keeps her work harder! Do you have this attitude?
  5. Discipline:- She knows, entrepreneurship is not a child's play. It has to be done professionally with utmost discipline so that results come faster. She plans and executes everything so systematically that at the end of the day, big progress has happened. Be it setting up meeting with clients  or vendors, guiding the employees, managing finance, talking to an investor and what all! Are you disciplined enough?
  6. Confidence:- She is so confident that, though the business idea is not earth shattering, people buy in the concept seeing her sheer confidence. Confidence in the business and confidence in the self pushes her that extra mile to get things pick up pace. This confidence comes from her inside, because she has taken 'the decision' to get it done! Do you have that super woman confidence?
  7. Ready to fail:- The initial know how of the business may lead to poor execution or failure. Critics find it entertaining to tease her telling you can't do this! The 'to be successful entrepreneur' doesn't look for 99 ways why it will not work, but the 1 way that will make it work. She will never give up and stand back with further strength. She learns from her mistakes and improves after every failure, thus closing in on her dreams. 
  8. Innovation:- Each failure is a learning. Sometimes it could so happen that she has to abandon existing part of the project and venture on to something completely new. It might be completely off her areas of expertise, but she is ready to innovate till it is successful. Are you ready to innovate?
  9. Adaptation:- The hurdles or setbacks on the way might change the action plan. She is quick on decision making and adapt to the new plans faster. Learning new things is fun for her. Can you adapt fast?
  10. Hard and Smart working:- There is no free lunch while doing business. She is ready to do all hard work to make it happen. She never comes up with excuses for things not getting done. If there is something that is out of her comprehension, she smartly look for experts in that field rather than reinventing everything herself. Hard work + Smart work = Success! Is this your formula for success?
  11. Work out of comfort zone:-  Quite often, entrepreneurship requires her to venture in to areas that she never touched upon. A successful entrepreneur keeps expanding her comfort zone by taking up challenges and adding them to skill set. For example, if you are currently on a job and does all technical stuff with requires least human intervention. But if you start off your venture, you will have to network with people to get things going. Are you ready to work out of your comfort zone?
  12. Raise the bar higher:- Upon clinching results, she raises the bar higher so that she never makes it her comfort zone. She is never happy with small or intermediate results. She is ready for new challenges to scale up her business and ultimately all dreams are ticked. Can you raise the bar higher?
Every successful entrepreneur you see today, was just like you and me a few years back. She must have had her own struggle to succeed. The flipkart founders used to spend time in distributing flipkart branded bookmarks out side the malls. Kangana Raunat wanted to be a star and was ready to go through all pain.

If you have chosen the path of entrepreneurship, you will find a lot of roadblocks on the way unexpectedly. It looks easy to quit and go back to what you were doing earlier. But if you quit, the enthusiasm with which you started the business, and the dream that pushed you to get onto it will die for ever. But if you hold on for some more time, the entire world could be yours. Keep building these essential entrepreneurial qualities in you and the rest will be history!

So are you a quitter or the girl who made it BIG? The girl who will inspire the rest of the world!


Saturday, 11 June 2016

How to start a House Cleaning Business

My aunt stays in Mumbai. Her friend, Nirmala aunty has one daughter and is married off and stays in a different city with her family. Apart from the yearly visit to meet her grand children, nothing much excites Nirmala aunty. She always wanted to occupy her free time with something beneficial. She has no work experience as such. She is a home maker and is extremely good at keeping house speck clean and tidy.

Last week, I heard from my aunt that Nirmala aunty has started with a business. She is now running a house cleaning service in their area. And in this short span she is getting huge response and doing excellent. What a brilliant idea right?

So, What exactly is home cleaning business?


When I heard about Nirmala aunty's new venture, I had this doubt what exactly is home cleaning business. People normally clean their houses by themselves or with the help of a maid. Very few like guest houses or offices might require a cleaning service. So what exactly does these house cleaning services cover?

With this dubious mind, I looked out for more details about house cleaning business on the web. And I could see that house cleaning service is the next big thing in the urban cities right now.

With hectic day schedules, working people hardly find time to look after homes and instead opt for professional cleaning services. This includes sofa cleaning, carpet cleaning, bed room cleaning, floor scrubbing, kitchen cleaning, bath room cleaning, car cleaning, dusting and what all.

Similarly, home makers often find it annoying to be at the back of the maid to keep the house speck and span. Hiring a local professional home cleaning service once in a while is a real boon for people who want to live in a super clean house.

It seems that, in India house cleaning services are gaining popularity and it is the ideal time to venture in to this business. The best thing about this business is that you will start generating income right from the launch of the service. So why wait? Let us just plan and execute!

How to start a homecleaning business?



A home cleaning business requires you to travel different parts of the city. So  it is ideal for people who love roaming around, do some exhausting work and meet a lot of people. To get started you can follow these steps:

Decide on the services offered:


The first thing that is required to set up a house cleaning business is to decide what all services you will offer. You can decide if you can offer the services to Residential houses, vacant houses, offices, guest houses or just as a premium service to very few clientele.

In each of these, you can narrow down to specific services like carpet cleaning, dusting, bed room cleaning, floor polishing, bathroom cleaning, car cleaning etc.

This step is very important as your work ethics and techniques used is different for each. Your decision also depends on the area of your operation.

Decide on your area of operation:


In most of the cities, residential area and commercial area will be seperated. Choose the area where your service has maximum potential customers. You can also set up your own office space in that area so that you can save on your traveling time between different clients.

Rent or buy a car or van for commutation:


You will have to move around to different places to see the location and assess to give a quotation. Once you get the deal, you have to go with your cleaning accessories and helpers and back. So you definitely need a vehicle to commute. That too, one with enough space to hold everything. 

Hire good labor force:


Home cleaning is very exhaustive job. So you will need a few helpers to keep the work happen smoothly. While hiring people, do good background checks. Also give them proper training and brief on work ethics so that your service gain good reputation in short time. At the same time be friendly with them so that, they stick to you like loyal employees. 

You have to have enough capital to pay them salary. 

Get the capital ready:


Though house cleaning business is very simple business, it do require some starting capital for set up. Office space, office stationery, labor force, vehicle, cleaning agents and accessories need to be ready before you commence the operation.

You have to look for ways to get the capital ready. You can also consider loan option from banks to raise capital.

Buy the cleaning machineries:


You will definitely need a vaccum cleaner, broom, mop, duster, cleaning agents, polish, bucket etc. This step is easy once you have decided on your service offerings.

Get your brand and office stationery:


Decide on the name and do required branding whereever possible, like your car etc. Also you will need stationeries like letter heads to receive quotation from clients. Have a checklist ready not to miss out any item. You will also need a bill book.

Decide your pricing:


Once all these is done, you will have a fair idea of the cost involved. So while presenting quotation to customers, consider all setup and running cost and profit and decide on your rate. This could be per hour or per job or may vary depending on the intensity of work.

Advertise:


Once you launch your service you have to inform your potential customers. You can use local newspapers, fliers, Just Dial or internet to spread the word. To start off, you can request your friends and family to hire you. This will give you honest feedback as well as confidence on your service. Also this will give you enough room improvise from the trials before commencing commercial service.

To start off in a small scale, you can hire two assistants. The cleaning can be done with these two people and you can supervise them. Once somebody approaches you for a quotation, visit their house and analyse what all needs to be done. Carrying a checklist will help you mark it easily. Cover every minor details possible so that the client won’t complain later on. Also this allows you to quote the remuneration perfectly as well as tell them how many hours to complete.

So what all can be included in house cleaning services list?


Here goes an exhaustive list of services coming under house cleaning:

  1. Dusting 
  2. Window Cleaning
  3. Electrical fitting cleaning
  4. Sofa cleaning
  5. Carpet Cleaning 
  6. Curtain cleaning
  7. Roof Cleaning,
  8. Floor Cleaning
  9. Floor Polishing
  10. Floor Scrubbing
  11. Bathroom Cleaning
  12. Kitchen Cleaning
  13. Pest Killing
  14. Car Cleaning
And much more. You can short list your specific service from this list. 


What are the legal formalities required to start a house cleaning business?


A cleaning business has to be registered as a sole proprietorship or, private limited or limited liability company or corporation. 

  1. As the first step of forming the company you have to get the approval of your company name.  This may take a week and you might have to provide an alternative name too. 
  2. Once approved you can register your company with that name. The application is reviewed by Registrar of the Companies(ROC) and you will get the response in 10 days.
  3. You also need to apply for DIN (Director Identification Number) online. http://www.mca.gov.in/MCA21/dca/din/DIN.html
  4. You also need to get a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). You can read more about it here: http://www.mca.gov.in/MCA21/dca/dsc/certifying-new.html
  5. Licenses are required for handling heavy machinery, cleaning agents, tools, chemicals etc.
  6. Also PAN for business and a bank account. This will take care of the income tax part.

How to stand out from the rest of house cleaning services in your area?


You have to excel in whatever you do. To get happy customers, you have to provide them extremely professional service. If the customers are happy they will call you again and recommend you to friends and family. Empower your employees to work with good ethics and groom them to behave well.

Does home cleaning service have a good scope?


International established house cleaning services have started offering franchise in India. This shows that this business has a huge scope and right now is in the nascent stage. Home grown companies always have advantage as we need more and more entrepreneurs in India.

To start off and keeping it simple, you can go ahead with home cleaning services. Cleaning the house takes a good amount of time and energy. And if you are staying in India you can easily hire a home maid to do the cleaning. But quite often they end up hiding dust, paper bits, hair etc under the sofas, cots and tables. After all, their dedication to work isn’t commendable – prime factor being it isn’t their home.  Yet, if they don’t come, your day go for a toss.

So, I keep wondering how to keep the house specking clean without spending too much of my own energy. The answer to lazy bones like me is to hire a home cleaning service once in a while :-D.