6 Reasons To Open An Office Cleaning Business

It may be a good idea to open an office cleaning business. In today’s economic times, it is best to have a plan B. Having your own business will give you something to fall back on in case you lose your job or if the company you work for closes up. I can think of a few other reasons to start your own cleaning business now.

Financial reasons – A good reason to open an office cleaning business if to have financial security. You can’t be sure that you will have a job to go to next week. A part time job or your own small business can make up for lost earnings in case you get laid off or something. You won’t have to worry about where to get money to pay the bills.

Making it big – You can make your business grow and earn more than you thought possible. If you have the time to focus on it, you may even earn more from your part time cleaning business than from your regular day job. You can open an office cleaning business from scratch and start small. If your customers are satisfied with your service, you’ll eventually have more clients.

Earn right away – You can start to earn within a month after you open an office cleaning business. If you had been soliciting clients right away, you can probably get you first client within a week or 2, get your payment at the end of the month. Provide incentives for your client by offering a discount on your next visit if they can refer new clients.

Small capital – You don’t have to purchase expensive heavy duty equipment right away. Like we mentioned earlier, you can start small by doing projects for small companies. You could rent your equipment for your first few projects or get clients that only need small cleaning services that don’t require heavy duty cleaning equipment. Roll back your earnings back into your company to buy more equipment later on.

You’re the boss – For a change, you can give the orders instead of take them. You can have employees to the dirty work while you manage the business. Solicit new projects yourself, offer your people a commission if they get new projects. One thing you should do yourself though is to handle the finances. Never entrust your earnings to an employee.

Set your own time – A big plus to having your own business is you can set your own schedule. Now, you won’t have to drive to work daily or spend most of your waking hours at the office. You can even see your kids grow up with a home based cleaning business. Once you have employees working for you, you can take it easy, wake late and go home early in time for dinner with the family.

Surf the net and find affordable equipment. Learn how to market your cleaning business effectively to get more clients. Crunch some numbers and find out how much you will need to get started. If you don’t think you have enough money, you can find financing elsewhere like from a bank. This is when you will need to prepare a business plan. You will also need to prepare a contract. Get help from people who can give you tips about how to open an office cleaning business.

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Sakhalin Island, North of Japan. (The ocean swim at midnight was brisk!)

Their transition from a planned economy was slow, and the U.S. was trying to help with the transition with some business coaching sessions. I met with about 40 entrepreneurs, and few of them had any concept of market competition. If they had a manufacturing permit for rototillers, for example, they wanted to ramp to full production, even though their manufacturing cost was far greater than the sales price of the fully taxed Korean imports. (The sentiment was very different, and more hopeful in the newly independent states in the West, such as Estonia, which I also visited in 1998).

Two oil exploration consortia have spent B on this island over the past decade. So the startups that owned their office real estate have done well.

10 tips to transform any home office into a professional and profitable place of business, from Judy Smith, co-author with her brother Dan Smith of “Business Mojo: Achieving Success Through Mystical Exploration.” (www.BusinessSuccessBook.com)

This video offers advice from the practical, including separating your home office work and personal life to the mystical including Feng Shui and using crystals to attract potential clients..


Thinking Home Business? Here’s 4 Great Reasons Why

The wonderful opportunity that many individuals are opting for these days is working from the comfort of home. Whatever the business is there are great reasons to take this into consideration. Whether for personal or professional reasons, they are often a determining factor when a home businesses gets started.

1. Few Overhead Costs

Someone who works from home may also choose this business route as it allows them to expend little or no overhead on business expenses. Although many individuals will have to pay some extra costs associated with their business expenses, it is undoubtedly more economical to work from home than rent an office building and hired help elsewhere. Also, by starting a business from home, the business owner is already paying utility bills anyway.

2. No Commute to Worry About

When you have a home office, you won’t have to worry about commuting and dealing with all of the headaches and hassles that go along with it: high gas prices, bumper to bumper traffic and not to mention the wear and tear on your automobile. You will love not having to commute back and forth from the office at the beginning and end of the workday.

3. Convenience

Having an online business and working from home is undoubtedly very convenient, as you live where you work. Perhaps one of the primary reasons for choosing to start an online business is the convenience. If a client wishes to contact you after normal business hours, no problem as you will be in your “office area” for most of the day and night. Furthermore, it is not very often that an office will let you come to work in a pair of shorts and t-shirt or show up around 11 a.m.

4. Casual Environment

Wearing suits to work each and every day while working for a company or corporation can sometimes become monotonous. With the casual environment of your home office, you no longer have to follow that rule. This is especially true if the venture deals mainly with a technological aspect such as website owner. Furthermore, depending on the business you undertake from home, you can go to work in jeans and a t-shirt.

By considering all the beneficial factors that relate to working from home, you will likely spend more time looking into starting a home business venture. Take the time to review all the factors mentioned above, you’ll find you appreciate this option even more.

If you’re looking to start your own business, but need a little help generating ideas, visit your source for endless great home business ideas.

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10 Reasons To Start A Home Business

1: Tax Advantages

Business Deductions.
To qualify as business deductions, expenses must be reasonable and necessary.
Taxpayers are required to keep accurate books and records.
The records should be complete enough to include types and sources of income, gains, losses, costs, expenses, and substantiation for tax deductions. Your records should include items such as bank statements, cancelled checks, receipts or invoices, credit card statements, diaries and logs. Here are some examples of what you could deduct. Remember…also check with a professional first.

Tax Deductions for Home-Based Businesses
Nobody likes tax time, but owning a home-based business can literally save you thousands of dollars a year in taxes by allowing you to turn personal expenses into legitimate, allowable deductions.

The more tax deductions your business can legitimately take, the lower its taxable profit will be. For example, if you earn $ 100,000 per year from your job and home-based business, combined, but have $ 15,000 in allowable business deductions from your business, you would only pay taxes of your net income of $ 85,000. At 30% tax rate, that could save you $ 4,500 in federal taxes!

We recommend you talk to your accountant about allowable tax deductions, but here are some tax strategies to keep in mind:

Auto Expenses
You can keep track of and deduct all your actual business-related expenses. Again, make sure you get the exact information that applies to your circumstances.

Education/Training Expenses
Costs of training meetings, training programs and manuals, books, online training subscriptions, etc.
Legal and Professional Fees, Fees you pay lawyers, tax professionals or consultants

Business Entertaining
You may deduct a certain % of the cost for entertaining existing or prospective customers, if it is either “directly related” to the business, and business is discussed, or “associated with” the business, and the entertainment takes place immediately before or after a business discussion. (Keep notes of the people involved and the business purpose.)

When you travel for business, you can deduct many expenses, including the cost of plane fare, costs of operating your car, rental cars, taxis, lodging, meals, shipping business materials, dry cleaning, telephone calls, faxes and tips. It’s OK to combine business and pleasure as long as business is the primary purpose of the trip. But if you take your family along, you can deduct only your expenses, just as if you had traveled alone.

Interest and carrying charges on credit cards and business loans are fully tax-deductible.

Computers and Software
Check with your accountant about the rules that apply to your business.

Charitable Contributions are deductible
Rules vary depending on how your business is registered. Get the details that apply to your business.

All expenses involved in advertising or promoting your business are deductible, i.e. business cards, classified ads, yellow pages, brochures and flyers, etc.

Household Expenses
This can be one of your most valuable deductions. To qualify, a percentage of your home must be used “exclusively and on a regular basis” for your business.

Often Overlooked Expenses

Business related long distance services.
Improvement costs to your office space.
A percentage of all household expenses, including property taxes, mortgage interest, homeowner’s insurance, utilities, property maintenance, alarm systems, snow removal, grass cutting, etc.
Office furniture and equipment – Have you purchased any desks, chairs, computers, files, lamps…Up to a certain amount can be deducted in one year.
Homeowner’s insurance, utilities and related expenses based on the percentage of their use in the home office.
Household maintenance – would be deducted on a percentage basis.
Snow removal and lawn maintenance.
NOTE: If there is any possibility you will sell your house within the next several years, talk to your accountant about the tax ramifications.

Note: This list of business expenses is not inclusive. If the item you’re thinking of using as a business tax deduction isn’t on this list, that doesn’t mean it’s not a legitimate business expense. Check with your accountant Business Expenses
* Accounting & Legal fees (related to business activities)
* Advertising expenses
* Automobile expenses
* Bad Debts
* Bank Charges
* Business Taxes & Business Licenses
* Collection Agency fees
* Conference and Convention fees
* Expert Advice (consultant fees, for instance)
* Interest expenses (on money borrowed to run your business)
* Insurance expenses (for buildings, machinery or equipment)
* ISP fees (business use)
* Membership Dues (for business-related organizations)
* Meals and Entertainment expenses
* Office Rent expenses
* Office Supplies expenses
* Postage & Courier expenses
* Private Health Service Plan (PHSP) premiums
* Promotion expenses
* Property Taxes
* Repair & Maintenance expenses
* Salaries of employees – including salaries of family members
* Telephone/Telecommunications expenses
* Travel expenses
* Utilities

More Reasons for working from home.

2: Personal Freedom to come and go as you please.
Did you ever want to just spend a day with your family? Did you ever want to attend a special funeral but you had to work? What about visiting someone in the hospital? Can you just take a few hours off in the day? This is one of the best reasons for having a home business…you are able to manage your own time. This does not mean working less; rather it means flexibility of time scheduling.

3: You get to keep the profit. All of it.
This needs no explanation. If you work hard, if you are committed to your business, you will reap the benefits…and you will also get to keep the profit.

4: No Boss.
The stress of working for an unfair and egotistical boss can be tremendous. It has even been suggested that this kind of stress can lead to heart disease. Work related stress has been the cause of marriage break ups. Some people just cannot come home at night and leave their work related issues AT the office. They bring their concerns, fears and frustrations home with them…and the whole family suffers under this strain. I had a wonderful boss for 25 years. That changed. I work from home now.

5: No stress about co-workers.
Numerous studies show that office stress is associated with susceptibility to illness such as cold and flu including carpal tunnel syndrome. You spend 8 – 10 hours at work. If you do not get along with your co-workers, if there is a lot of office politics these hours 8 hours can seem an eternity. Office politics and employee dissention can eat away at the inner core of your being.

6: You get to raise your own children.
By choosing to work at home, you can choose your own business hours and personal hours to fit your needs. Many successful home business entrepreneurs will also hire nannies to look after their little ones while working in their home office. They love being there for their children and can still devote the necessary hours to their work.

7: You get to be creative.
No one can limit your talents. You can outsource what you are not good at doing. Instead, you can concentrate on what you are good at doing.

8: No rush hour traffic or concerns about driving in bad weather.
Working at home means you wake up and look out the window; you either smile or frown at what you see and go get yourself a cup of coffee. You watch the news; you watch the traffic problems, and then you go to work, at home.

If you have kids at the daycare, you know all too well the stress of getting there on time to pick them up after a long day at work. Daycare workers may love to look after your little treasures in the daytime…but, come a certain time in the evening, and they want your little ones gone. Many daycare workers charge a big fee for overtime, and rightfully so, but many also get very upset when the children are picked up late.

9: Not being tied down by someone else’s demands.
Do you have to work when asked to do overtime? Are you worried about losing your job if you do not comply? Do you feel pressured to work on your days off? Do you make plans to be with your family only to have your boss veto your plans? Working at home means you are able to schedule your own time.

10: Most important…You choose with who you work. You choose how you work.

Always remember, working at home does NOT mean working less.

One very special reason… especially this time of year, to start a home based business is TAX ADVANTAGES! Keep your hard earned dollars out of Uncle Sam’s pocket

My name is Ruth Bird. I have been married for 27 years to my husband
Chris. Chris has been battling the monster, MS, for a number of years. To
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