Boys and girls, this is a big day for me! After more than twelve years in the domestic cleaning business, I have finally decided to set up my own company! It is a jump in the dark without a parachute, but I love the challenge!
What made me take that decision? A few words about me – I am in my mid-thirties, married with one daughter, and live in beautiful riverside Barnes. Ever since I was a teenager, I have been good at home organising and cleaning. Perhaps growing up with asthma made me thoroughly intolerant to dust and dirt, and I directed my energy to always live in perfectly clean settings.
After finishing high school, I drifted for a few years in meaningless jobs until I realised the answer had been right in front of my eyes the whole time. I had always been good at cleaning – so why not turn my hobby into a long-term career? Finding a job in the industry was easier than I thought – there is a never-ending demand for domestic cleaning in London – and the opportunities for self-improvement were almost limitless.
There were, of course, disappointments and disillusionment. Cleaning your own home is fun if you approach it correctly. Cleaning for someone else is something entirely different. Then, there is the greed of colleagues and management alike – believe it or not, I have had people trying to steal long-standing customers for a few more cleaning hours per week! As years passed, I realised I might be better off on my own.
From that moment on, it was a matter of finding the courage to pull it off. You will be shocked to learn how much red tape is involved in a cleaning business – there is accounting, taxation, and the bureaucracy of setting up a new business. But my husband insisted that I should try it at least if I thought that would make me happy.
So many questions pile up now – should I hire an accountant, how long can I be a one-man army, should I look for someone to join my new crew, and will I stick exclusively to Barnes or add the neighbouring areas? I will sure keep you posted when I find the answers to those!