The last 15 years have been a time of tremendous change and advancement in the professional home cleaning service industry. More than ever, this is truly a viable option for entrepreneurs who want to build businesses and are serious about success. A clear indication of this is a new breed of service owners: The 20-something’s of the Millennial Generation who you might never have guessed would be drawn to the cleaning industry.
New owners are like Amy Boggs, of Sparkling Palaces in Portland, Oregon. Amy is young, beautiful and smart. Many people who are unfamiliar with the home cleaning service industry might make shake their heads and wonder why “someone with Amy’s potential” would clean houses for a living. The days of individuals entering the cleaning industry because “that’s all they can do” are over. Regardless of the position held, either as an cleaning service owner or a cleaning service tech, employment at professional, well-run service companies is becoming a career choice. Employees of home cleaning businesses often begin in the cleaning tech position and are surprised to learn that they can easily earn $15 or more an hour. Combine the better-than-fast-food-wages with weekends off, and home cleaning service employment becomes a very popular option for many entry-level employees.
Amy’s story began when she was in college. A biology major, she soon realized how expensive school was and she needed to make money for living expenses while pursuing her degree. She got the idea of cleaning homes from a friend and became a solo cleaner. It was not long before her plans began to change as she grew more attached to the industry.
Once it all clicked and she realized this was a viable business model, her course changed. She made plans to launch a full-fledged home cleaning business to grow and provide opportunity for others. While doing so, she also saw a void in what she feels is the business model of the future for the professional home cleaning industry – truly sustainable companies. She decided from day one that not only would she be “green” (a term loosely thrown around in the cleaning world), she had a bigger a vision: To develop a business model that considered and evaluated how cleaning services impact both the environment and the people working in the home cleaning service industry.
Her ideas are shared by many of her fellow owners in the industry. Amy avidly connects and networks with peers in her industry. and her commitment to improving her company is evident by her thirst for knowledge regarding the industry and her active participation in industry events and opportunities.
There is no doubt that this dynamic home cleaning business owner will leave her mark on the industry while leaving less of a mark on the planet. Her ideas and the good business sense they represent are sure to continue to take hold and spread through the industry she loves.
Visit www.sparklingpalaces.com for more information about Amy Boggs and Sparkling Palaces or to say hello. Thank you Amy, for being an inspiration to us all in the home cleaning service industry!
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