While searching a few single mom forums recently, there were questions like, “how can I make money from home?” and “anybody know of any work at home jobs?” Off course there were people there recommending multi-level marketing programs of all kinds and get rich quick schemes. I feel saddened when I see people, especially single moms like me who get sucked in by all the hype. I have always thought that the best way to make money is to do something you are good at or have the ability to do with no extra effort or need to sign up a million people to make money. Now if you believe in the product, good for you, go right ahead, but for the majority of people who is not the case and they soon become discouraged, give up, and end up back at square one.
So what can a single mom do to earn money from home or at home? The first step is to take inventory of your basic skills. Can you clean really well? Are there certain things you like to clean? Windows? Garages? Refrigerators? Closets? Attics? Offices? There are many ways to make cleaning a money-making business! With a few cleaning supplies from the dollar store and a lot of flyers distributed to your target homes or offices your phone could be ringing off the hook. The good thing about a cleaning service is that you can bring your kids along to help or hang out (depending on the time of day and owner permission). Once you get your schedule and routine in place, the jobs go by quickly and you could get in 2-3 homes a day. The hours are flexible so you have the option to work a few days a week with days off to do other things or expand your business.
Please be sure to get proper licenses and talk to the state tax revenue office about quarterly taxes. This information is free and they will assist you with the paperwork. Also, you can get free business cards online at vistaprint.com There is only a small shipping fee, but it is well worth it for nice business cards.
Now that you have decided to start a cleaning service you will want to decide on a niche. Specializing is the key to earning more money because you become known for providing a certain type of service. I remember one lady who specialized in cleaning out refrigerators. She did the job that most people hate to do and made very good money at it. Other people just do windows, indoors and/or out, and then expand into pressure washing services. The sky is the limit because there will always be dirty windows and homes for that matter. You have nothing to lose and can even do it on a trial basis to see if it works for you.