Education is crucial to your success as a housekeeper. House Cleaners ask “Do I need a degree to run a cleaning business?”
Today on Ask a House Cleaner we look at education. From books to online learning, and self-study methods like Kindle.
House cleaner training is ever changing. And while you may decide to take courses, or read on your free time, there are lots of options for tutoring and continuing education.
The key is to have a learning strategy to improve your mind so you can be a Savvy Cleaner.
Listen: Education – Do I Need a Degree to Run a Cleaning Business?
Watch: Education – Do I Need a Degree to Run a Cleaning Business?
Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer.
Question: Education – Do I Need a Degree to Run a Cleaning Business?
Answer: You Don’t Need a Degree But You Do Need an Education
The answer is no you do not. So, you’re good to go. The end.
No, I’m kidding. There’s more.
You don’t need a college education we have lots of house cleaners that are multi-lingual, who are from all over the world.
Their education levels vary. Their experience levels vary. And so, you can just jump in and get started.
Now, my recommendation to you is even if you don’t have a formal education there should be some education.
By that I mean, I recommend that you check out books from the library.
No Kidding Public Libraries Still Exist – Free Education
All you need is a public library card and you can go in and check out books on business, books on management, books on how to hire and fire people.
There are books on interview questions for interviewing your employees. I mean you can get all kinds of hundreds of books for free. And some libraries do not have a limit on how many books you can check out. They will let you check out 10, 15, 25 books!
So, my suggestion is read one new book a week. At the end of a year, you’ll be 52 books smarter.
Maybe one new book a day. If you have a lunch break or if you’re between clients keep a book in your car. And then you can read it and you can learn while you’re waiting between houses. Or while you’re waiting at a doctor’s office appointment or if you’re like me, and you’re waiting for an orthodontist appointment you can read a book.
The Internet has Gobs of Libraries On Your Smartphone or Tablet
So, if you’re running a business you probably have a smartphone. You can do all of your scheduling, all of your updates, all of your bills and online bill pay. All that stuff right from your smartphone.
It’s your little tiny mini office right inside your pocket.
Guess what? There’s also a Kindle app and you can download Kindle books to your smartphone. It’s your pocket library.
Kindle Unlimited is one of the best investments I’ve ever made, its $10.15 in the U.S. per month,
it’s like $9.95 but with tax, it’s $10.15 It’s like a library online and it lets me check out 10 books at a time.
I can sit there and I can read the books. Some of them are short, some of them are long. I can keep them as long as I want and as soon as I read a book, I return it and I check a new one out. So, at all times there are 10 good books on my smartphone.
The Opportunities for Education are Limitless
The good news is you can be improving your education at all times, and if you’re a business owner, there’s a lot to learn.
I would be lying and it would be foolish to say you can just start and go clean houses because there’s so much more to running a business than that.
But education is affordable or it’s free. Like I said, go to the library.
So, my suggestion to you would be to constantly be learning.
Learn about every different facet of your business.
Learn about the internet. And about search engine optimization. Learn about designing websites.
Websites Are Not Going Away
If you’re in business you’re going to have a website from through infinity. Web sites are not going away. That’s my prediction.
We’ll see how that works out but I think that’s a pretty good prediction.
Web sites are not going away, and if they’re not going away, you’re going to have updates for the rest of your life.
You can hire someone to design a website for you or you can learn some simple basics and use a program like WordPress.
WordPress Has Free Training, Free Plug-Ins, and Free Training
You can keep it constantly updated with new before and after pictures of your house cleaning business.
Before and after pictures of customers and testimonials.
And as your business grows and expands, you can have pages for all the different employees.
And the customers can go to your website and they can look at all the different employees that you have and they can learn about them before those people come to their home.
There are so many different opportunities but as a business owner, you want to be as educated as possible.
You do not need a specific education to get involved in the business but you do need to learn about cleaning chemicals so that you know what chemicals go on what surfaces.
Your OSHA Education and Training is Online
You need to know about your OSHA training which is all about your hazardous chemicals. And about fire safety. Or about what happens if an animal or a child gets into your cleaning supplies, or if they drink it or they get it on their skin.
Is there anything toxic there that’s going to hurt those people and how do you deal with that?
Your OSHA / GHS Education will teach you what to do in the event that you’re at a house and an elder person who maybe goes into cardiac arrest. Who do you call? What do you say? What do you do?
There are things like ventilation. Sometimes you’ll be working in a small confined space you’re using a chemical that needs to ventilate otherwise you’re going to pass out.
That is all in your OSHA training. And all of that education is online. You used to have to go to a classroom, and now you can learn that all online.
There is so much that you need to learn, but it’s all available and it’s very inexpensive and very affordable.
Choose To Improve Your Education Through Constant Learning
So, my suggestion to you is to learn as much as you can about your business because this is your future and I wish you the best.
Okay, so that’s my tip for today if you have any questions you can go to AskaHouseCleaner.com there’s a little microphone click on the microphone send us your message.
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