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How do I start a cleaning company in South Africa?

There are many things to consider when thinking about starting a small business.





Decide how many offices you want to service and in that way you can determine how much you can earn.

Two market groups

The cleaning industry comprises of two market groups namely commercial and consumer. The consumer group is chiefly focused on the residential house cleaner services together with window cleaners and carpet cleaners.

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The commercial arena chiefly focuses on cleaning services, which generally offer services such as window cleaning, bathroom and office cleaning on a daily basis.


There are many companies in South Africa who can supply wholesale commercial and industrial supplies. Consult with Exitol or Wetrok.

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Factory Shops

The other alternative is to buy from factory shops, where you can buy cleaning products at discounted rates in large quantities.

How to start a business

For more information on how to start a business, read Entrepreneur’s guide: 21 Steps to Start-up.

Business plans

Any business, no matter what it is, must have a business plan, which is committed to paper.

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  1. Rose Kekana

    Sep 6, 2013 at 12:17

    I have developed a cleaning business. How does one obtain employee training?

  2. chansa

    Apr 5, 2016 at 12:17

    I want to start a cleaning company but not sure if it is profitable or not. What do you think?

  3. Qondisa Gwele

    Apr 17, 2016 at 13:34

    I would also like a cleaning company. I have all the ideas bust struggling to start.

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