Whether you run a window cleaning business, maid service, or upholstery cleaning company, you need to navigate a variety of legal documents, including insurance policies, surety bonds, and client contracts, to be a fully licensed cleaning services company.
To help you sort through your legal requirements, this guide can help you understand…
Depending on where your business is located, your state and local government might require you to have a cleaning business license or just a regular business license. These are sometimes called "Service Contractor's Licenses."
But before you can get licensed, you may need to be "bonded," which means applying for a License Bond. (We'll go over that in more detail below.)
Though not all state and local governments have these requirements, your business may need to be licensed or bonded to land certain client contracts. Let's take a look at how you can get your business up to speed.
In order to be a licensed and bonded cleaning business, maid service, or janitorial company, you have to do the following:
There are two kinds of cleaning bonds that a building / janitorial services company might need to have:
License bonds and cleaning services bonds offer more than just financial coverage. They are a way for you to reassure clients that you are a professional and that you can reimburse them for problems with your work.
Many clients want this reassurance before they sign a contract with a cleaning business. In fact, you can list that you are "bonded" on your business cards or webpage as a way to market your business.
To learn more about the cost of bonds, see these sample insurance quotes for cleaning businesses.