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“How much does it cost to start a cleaning business?” That’s a question Bethany Jean knows well with over 20 years of experience as a cleaning business owner. She started out in the industry when she was growing up, helping her mom’s cleaning business out from time to time. Then in college, Bethany Jean started her own cleaning business to support herself. When she graduated and found herself in the corporate world, she realized that her degree and corporate job just wasn’t as fulfilling as running her own cleaning business. Since The Professional Cleaner was born, Bethany Jean hasn’t looked back. With all the wisdom she has collected through the years, Bethany Jean has decided to share it with other aspiring cleaning business owners so that they can enjoy the success that she does.
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Bethany Jean, The Professional Cleaner

Project 2 Payment: How much does it cost to start a cleaning business?

Bethany Jean, The Professional Cleaner: Very little in most cases. You have the fees for registering your business, purchasing your insurance, and some other basics. But beyond that, not much is required. For those just starting out, I really only recommend business cards and some basic cleaning supplies. In most cases you can get started for $500 or less, especially in places with lower fees for business registration.  

Project 2 Payment: Do you need a license to start a cleaning business?

Bethany Jean: It really depends on your city, county, state and/or province, so it’s best to check with them. But you do need to register your business, whether you decide to become an LLC, operate as a sole proprietor, or choose some other structure. 

Project 2 Payment: How much does a cleaning business make a month? 

Bethany Jean: Oh boy, this is a good question… and my answer is that the sky’s the limit! If you want to clean as a side hustle to supplement your current income source, then you can easily make hundreds or thousands each month depending on how much time you are willing to invest into it. If you want to scale and hire employees (or subcontractors) to work for you, then there really is no limit. In larger markets, you can easily do multiple six figures in gross sales, or even seven figures if you want. My goal has always been to make as much money as possible, in the least amount of time. And that doesn’t always mean building the biggest cleaning business in your market. But it does mean building the smartest cleaning business in your market.    

Project 2 Payment: How do you know how to set your rates?

Bethany Jean: Inside my online course I teach everything you need to know about this topic, but as a rule, I find that most cleaning business owners are undervaluing themselves and not charging enough. The key is to find out what your market can support and go from there. But I have students making anywhere from $40 an hour, to over $100 an hour, depending on their market and experience level.

Project 2 Payment: Is there a cleaning business software you would recommend? 

Bethany Jean: I have always looked for two things in cleaning business software: ease of use and reliability. If you’re just starting out, you’ll also need two basic tools. The first is a way to track your schedule, which could simply be your phone’s calendar app. And the second is a way to invoice your customers, get paid, and track your earnings… a.k.a. an invoicing app. My current recommendation for invoicing software is Project 2 Payment.

Project 2 Payment: Why did you decide to start the Professional Cleaner’s course?  

Bethany Jean: I constantly had people coming to me asking how I was so successful in this industry and looking for help in starting their own cleaning businesses. My clients would also often tell me that my business was just ‘different.’ I was tired of cleaning professionals not seeing their value and worth.  And I wanted to help them see that being a cleaning business owner is a profession not to be looked down on, but a profession to be proud of.

Project 2 Payment: How can people work with you or find your courses? 

Bethany Jean: My YouTube channel has a lot of information on how to make your business more successful and even some tricks to make some of the cleaning tasks quicker. Then, people should check out my main website at, which will link them to ALL of my resources and really help them get started on their journey to success.

“The sky’s the limit” when it comes to how much success you can enjoy as a cleaning business owner. With Bethany Jean’s coaching and Project 2 Payment’s invoicing software, we can help your business soar. Ready to take your business to new heights?

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