Are you thinking about starting a house cleaning business? If so, there are several legal issues that you will need to consider before you begin accepting clients.
Starting this type of business has a set of legal considerations that are specific to the industry. Some of these considerations are:
- Selecting the right type of business entity
- Applying for and receiving the right types of permits, licenses and insurance
- Knowing how to handle safety and health issues as they arise
- Obtaining insurance
- Knowing how to deal with staff
- Creating the right types of contracts and policy statements
How To Select A Business Entity
One of the first things that you will need to do is decide whether you want to operate your business as a sole proprietorship or as a partnership. However, it may be more beneficial to obtain a form that will protect you personally from any liabilities your business may receive. The best way to do this is to operate your business as a limited liability company or a corporation.
Unlike other types of businesses, you will be working inside of residences and/or commercial properties which means that you probably have a staff working under your supervision. Because of the physical nature of the job, it is a higher chance that your employees or someone else could become injured while on the job. In a situation like this, you would want your business, not you personally, to be liable for any injury claims.
Although a housekeeping service is not considered a very dangerous occupation, there is still the potential for you and/or your employees to become exposed to toxic chemicals. As a result, OSHA has several regulations relating to face and eye protection, foot protection, hand protection, ventilation and hazardous substances.
It is also important that you take the time to research other local, state and federal regulations that are related to janitorial services. This will help to ensure that you are taking the appropriate measures to protect yourself, your employees and your business.
It is also important that you have the proper paperwork (licenses, permits), as well as insurance so that your house cleaning business will be registered with the correct agencies. Even if you decide to operate your business as a sole proprietorship, you will also need to consider obtaining an EIN number from the IRS. An EIN (Employer Identification Number) form can be completed easily online.
Your local government will also be able to assist you with the types of permits and licenses that you will need to operate your business within your local area.
One of the simplest and low-cost ways to begin marketing and advertising your business is through word of mouth. You can also setup a website, post flyers, post on classified sites and use social media platforms.
Whatever method you begin with, you should be very specific with the information you provide your customers. For example, if you state that a service is free or discounted, be sure to include any conditions, so there is no confusion later.
These are some of the legal considerations to keep in mind when you are ready to open a house cleaning business. The Department of Labor also offers a wealth of information regarding employment law that may be able to assist you when you are hiring staff.…