I clean apartments in my spare time. Just a few business cards and/or flyers and don't be afraid to talk to property owners/managers and real estate agents. The easiest cleaning jobs are move in/move out and new construction from the standpoint of not having to work around other people's stuff in your way. I live in Oklahoma and the going rate here seems to be about $0.15 to $0.20 a square foot. I get paid in cash which technically is not the way Uncle Sam likes it. I just started and if it becomes very lucrative, like it looks like it might, then I'll get help and find out about licensing and tax issues. Ask specifically what is expected and put together a list of standard items you will do for a set amount per apartment or house. You will need some good all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants, glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, scouring pads, a vacuum, mop and broom, towels and paper towels, rubber gloves. Good luck.
at 12:24 PM on Apr. 5, 2011