Wondering how to earn an extra £100 each week? Did you know you can make money cleaning houses and did you know that it doesn’t have to be difficult to get started?
Cleaning houses for extra money can be a flexible business or side-business that you can fit around your current commitments.
Just think, an extra £100 a week gives you over £5,000 a year in your pocket! What would you do with the extra money?
Of course although it’s not difficult to get started, it’s not quite as simple as just starting without doing some groundwork.
There’s a few things you’ll need to think about before you can start to make money cleaning houses. You can check out our guide “How to start a cleaning business… in 6 steps” for more detail on what’s needed to get your new cleaning business off the ground.
You’ll see from the guide that you could pay £1000’s for a cleaning franchise or you could go it yourself.
Going it alone brings up challenges, especially when it comes to getting seen digitally. This is especially true if you’re not exactly “tech savvy”.
P.S. that’s exactly why we developed our low cost cleaning franchise!
How Much Money Can You Make Cleaning Houses?
Let’s have a look at the basic figures.
We won’t base it on buying a traditional cleaning franchise costing thousands as if you’re only looking for a flexible part-time business then it’ll take too long to recoup any money you need to pay for the initial fee.
In fact you may not even make enough to cover any monthly fees that some franchises charge, never mind cover you’re initial fee.
So we’ll base it on both our low cost cleaning franchise and going it alone to let you see both options. Lets look at start up costs first:
Low Cost Cleaning Franchise
|Going It Alone|
|Public Liability Insurance||£75||£75|
|Basic DBS Check***||£23||£0|
*includes a fully funded, fully handled & promoted Facebook competition to help you build a local audience quickly.
**We’re going to make some assumptions that you’re working from home, already have transport to get to & from clients and a you have a decent vacuum cleaner. You can see what other equipment you need to get started on our post “Equipment needed to start a cleaning business“.
***If you’re going it alone you don’t need to confirm your criminal records check to anyone if you don’t wish to, however we’d advise giving potential clients peace of mind by providing one.
Now of course if you’re going it alone you’ll need to think about getting a digital presence. We haven’t included any costs for that as everyone has different levels of “techie know-how”.
Some people might be able to fashion a simple a website by themselves, others may opt to pay for a professional website, whilst some may simply rely on Facebook or another social media platform.
What you should note though is that with a Polished Clean low cost cleaning franchise you’ll have both a web presence and a branded Facebook page set up for you from Day 1.
Now let’s look at ongoing costs on a monthly basis:
Low Cost Cleaning Franchise
|Going It Alone|
|Replacement Cleaning Materials||£25||£25|
*Includes managed Facebook advertising
**Based on a basic web hosting package which includes an SSL certificate
***We haven’t included other specific expenses such as fuel costs, etc. as these will differ for each individual business so we’ve added a miscellaneous expenses to provide a guide figure
There will be other expense that you’ll need to cover from a marketing perspective but the cost of this will be based on your individual circumstances.
If you have a website you’ll need to devote time to building it out to make it “SEO friendly” so that it eventually starts showing up on Google search results – for some this could take years!
You’ll also need to devote time to coming up with ideas and generating content for your social media platforms.
With a Polished Clean low cost cleaning franchise we provide “Done for You” social media content that is posted to both your branded Facebook page & Google My Business listing, normally around 4 – 5 times a week.
So How Much Money Can You Make Cleaning Houses?
Lets look at covering the startup costs first of all:
We’ll base everything on an hourly rate of £12.50 an hour – we recommend you don’t go any lower than this.
To cover the Polished Clean low cost cleaning franchise you’d need to do 40 hours to recover the outgoing £493. You’d only need to do 14 hours if you were going it alone.
Remember though you’re literally starting from scratch when you go it alone so we can confidently predict that it’ll take you’ll take longer to get those 14 hours than it would take to cover the 40 hours with the Polished Clean low cost cleaning franchise.
As you can see from the monthly expenses table there’s only a difference of £16 a month. At £12.50 an hour that’s effectively less than an hour & a half extra of work each month to cover the cost of our franchise and all it’s benefits.
To earn an extra £100 a week, we’ll times the £100 by 4 to get a monthly income of £400 and add the £154 monthly expenses to give a total monthly income required of around £550.
To achieve the £550, giving you an extra £100 a week, you’d only need to work an average of 11 hours a week, at £12.50 an hour.