1. What is a toxic-free carpet, upholstery and floor cleaning service?
Conventional carpet, upholstery and floor cleaning services use harsh chemicals that can negatively affect workers’ health, the health of building occupants, and the environment. There are healthier alternatives, and this business takes advantage of these alternatives to create an entire service of carpet and floor cleaning for homes and offices that does not use toxic chemicals.
The industry has enjoyed solid growth. In 1990, it was estimated there were roughly 5,500 of these such businesses in the U.S. By the end of that decade, those figures had grown to over 9,000, constituting an industry worth roughly $3 billion annually, and has now grown to $5.3 billion as of 2008.
An additional advantage to starting a business in this industry is that, in the words of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, “There are no 800 pound gorillas” in this industry. According to the Bharat Book Bureau, the top nine industry players in this market only garner 22% of total sales, meaning that there are a lot of independent operators doing business in this arena.
2. What required knowledge or skills are necessary?
There are no formal educational or training requirements for this job. However, the work is strenuous and requires that the worker be able to be on their feet for extended periods of time, and be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
3. How much money is required to start?
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4. What is the income potential?
$$$-$$$$ (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)
5. What is the best location for a toxic-free carpet and floor cleaning service?
It does not matter where you begin this business, as long as your equipment is mobile and you can get to your clients’ buildings.
6. Three best questions to ask yourself to find out if this business is right for you (if you can answer yes to all three, this business might be for you):
Do you get a sense of satisfaction from cleaning?
Do you enjoy physical labor and working with your hands?
Are you reliable, showing up when you are expected, and finishing a job you’ve started?
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