A Perfect Start-Up Business For Families
Foreclosure cleaning services can offer everything from interior cleaning, to debris removal, yard maintenance, gutter cleaning and repair, to pressure washing, winterization, painting, property securing (changing locks and boarding windows and doors) to inspections, and more.
As a family, if you have one person good at administrative and record keeping tasks, another versed in overseeing and participating in manual labor, and a couple of hands with free time to do yard work, cleaning, and debris pickup, you have an excellent mix of talent for the start of a family-run foreclosure clean up companies business.
Picture It: "Family Foreclosure Cleanup" In your new family business, much of the work can be scheduled to take place during the weekends, when the whole family may have more time to participate. For example, if your family consists of a stay-at-home parent, he or she can answer the business phone during the day while the children are at school. The at-home parent can handle the scheduling of appointments for early evenings when the other spouse is home from work so they can both go out on estimate appointments together.
Family Businesses are Cropping Up Again
In an economy rogue with layoffs and cutbacks, family businesses are cropping up at incredible rates. In the old days, family businesses were the norm, out of sheer necessity (i.e., farming, family stores, etc.); but over the years, families separated and started going in separate ways.
Have a Family Sitdown to Discuss Your New Business
Consider sitting down with your family this weekend and roughing out a draft business plan for your new, family-run foreclosure cleanup business. Come up with a list of services you'd like to offer, a business name, a timeline and a start-up budget.
Free Business Start-up Guidance
You and your family can get small business guidance by visiting websites like that of the Small Business Administration's ("SBA") at sba.gov. In the Small Business Act of 1953, Congress created the SBA, a federal organization whose primary function is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small businesses.
A plethora of information (i.e., business plan templates, marketing strategies and ideas, financial guidance and more) is available on the SBA's website for new and established entrepreneurs. Another invaluable resource for families starting foreclosure cleaning businesses is the Counselors of America's Small Business Owners, also known as SCORE (the Service Corp of Retired Executives).
This SBA partner organization has a network of thousands of savvy volunteers, with impressive entrepreneurial backgrounds. Their primary goal is to guide new businesses to success. Plan to sit down this weekend with your family, discuss your goals for your new business. Do some online research and schedule a date by which you and your family would like to open your foreclosure cleanup doors.
Published on Sep 3, 2013