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How to start a cleaning business

Hi ,
this is pavan . I want to do parttime cleaner in switzerland .I am new to this country I seek fewer people in this foram for job . They are asking referrences ..
I am afraid, that I am a fresher to this field .

would please guide me how to got through ?

Waiting eagarly for your replies

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Re: Things to do for a Starter in cleaner ,

Tell them you're new in the country, and don't have any local references.
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Re: Things to do for a Starter in cleaner ,

I believe it is better to tell them you've just started a business and you do not have any. You can offer a trial period - if they are not satisfied, they can resign. And actively look for work, once you get some customers, and they are happy with a work you do, than they'll recommend you to some other and sooner or later you'll be in a position to choose your customers rather than customers choosing you.
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Re: Things to do for a Starter in cleaner ,

Unfortunately, a trial period is only half a solution. Sure, it will confirm that you are a good, hardworking cleaner - but the real reason for references is to check that you are honest, not so much that you are competent. If a new cleaner leaves streaks on the mirror or dust bunnies under the bed, I'm not too worried - we can talk about that and he can redo it if necessary - but a new cleaner who swipes my stuff and leaves town is a much more serious risk, and references are really the only way to address it.

Try "friends of friends" first. They will be more likely to trust you because your mutual friend serves as an implicit character reference. Once a few of these are satisfied customers, beg for permission to use them as references. If they say yes, reward them in some way (e.g. a discount, a voucher for free services) and try not to abuse their generosity. Realize that they are agreeing to let complete strangers disturb their privacy for your benefit; for Swiss people especially, this is a really big deal.

Whatever you do, do NOT offer the first trial for free. This raises suspicion because it is exactly what a thief who plans to show up once, steal what he can and leave town would offer. Offer a discounted rate instead, say 20% discount for the first five hours.

Meet potential customers for an interview first - perhaps in their home, perhaps for a coffee somewhere. Goes without saying that you should work any reassuring personal details into this conversation (are you married to a Swiss? are you married, full stop? have kids in school here? Anything that helps you seem more trustworthy, less likely to skip town.)

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