The cleaning business has become the choice of many potential business owners for a number of reasons. This is the kind of business which can be run from home. A room can be designated as a working area where paperwork, related to the administrative side of the business, can be done. Another reason is that it can be done part-time and still generate income, with a minimal start-up cost of just a few hundred dollars. This cost covers the purchase of cleaning supplies and tools.
The market for this kind of industry is growing, owing to the increasing number of households and offices that hire independent cleaning service providers to keep their areas clean. For a commercial cleaner, obtaining a cleaning contract guarantees steady work for year or two. Considering the ease with which a cleaning business can be started and considering further the potential for income, it is not surprising that many cleaning service businesses have sprung up in recent years. This is true for all areas in the United States, including the State of Minnesota.
Minnesota is a Midwestern state which became part of the Union in 1858. Its vast area of more than 87,000 square miles is home to just over five million inhabitants. Most of the state's residents live in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, which are the centers of business and industry.
Many business start-ups occur in the state, as evidenced by the more than 30,000 business filings that take place every year. This proves the entrepreneurial spirit of the residents in Minnesota. For these people, the Department of Employment and Economic Development is the government agency to visit because it provides a free book to those just starting a business, entitled "Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota".
Most cleaning services are operated under a single proprietorship. As such, there are several government requirements that have to be complied with before operations can start; otherwise, the business will not be considered legal and would encounter problems in the future. Similar to the other states, the state requires that business names be registered with the Secretary of State if they are different from the names of the owners. Cleaning business that hire employees have to pay Social Security taxes and comply with wage and hour requirements in accordance with regulations set by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. Zoning regulations have to be consulted as well. In densely populated cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, commercial and residential districts are situated close together and the local governments have developed zoning codes containing precise rules on what land uses are permissible in certain areas. It is best to be familiar with these rules to avoid delays and expenses related to making adjustments later on when a business owner discovers that he has violated certain laws. These zoning rules set the standards for home-based businesses as well, including the size and placement of business signs. Filing fees are charges when paperwork is filed to obtain a business license. If a business license is denied, the owner can apply for a refund.