How to Start a Headstone Cleaning Business

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How to Start a Headstone Cleaning Business Business Overview:

If you want to start a business that offers a valuable service while earning you a nice secondary income, learn how to start a headstone cleaning business. You may have never thought that cleaning headstones could be a business but it can actually be quite profitable. People take great pride in their loved ones’ final resting places, often sweeping and placing flowers at the grave site. With time, however, the headstones become so tarnished and covered with years of dirt that they’re difficult to read. Not only is this frustrating for the immediate family but decades-old headstones are vital in people’s research into their genealogy. It only takes a small amount of startup capital to purchase the cleaning materials you need to help make sure these headstones are in good condition and will last for many years to come. If you happen to own or work for a cleaning business already, you likely have all the supplies you need to get started cleaning headstones. There are a few ways to properly identify the type of material used to make the headstone, and therefore how to properly clean it. Once you know how to correctly identify and clean various materials, you can start marketing your business. What you’ll want to do first is canvas your area and locate all the cemeteries. It may be helpful to have a large map with each cemetery marked. There is a bit of legwork involved with this business but it is worth it, especially if you only choose to work during certain times of the year. When you visit a cemetery, look for a headstone that needs cleaning and clean it. Then when you run into people in the cemetery on subsequent visits, you can kindly explain your business and direct them to an example of your work. Be sure to have business cards handy to give out. It would be helpful to have a website that shows more examples of your work (before and after photos) as well as a price list. You can choose to work year-round but you will find that this is one of the best business ideas to work on during the warm weather months. You will make plenty of profit just working a few months a year; it’s definitely a business you can operate part-time. Marketing can be tricky as you will need to be sensitive to the feelings of those mourning the death of loved ones. You will find that word of mouth advertising will get you the most clients and you may soon need to hire a staff to help you keep up with the demand for your cleaning services.

A Day in the Life of a Headstone Cleaning Business Owner:

This article brought to you by Business Ideas! If you enjoyed this article, make sure to subscribe to the Business Ideas Newsletter to get ideas sent straight to your email inbox.Your day will begin by checking to see if you have any cleaning appointments that day. You will make your way to the cemetery and clean headstones for your clients. If anyone is visiting the cemetery, you will appropriately tell them about your business and give them a business card. You will ask them to let their friends know about your business. If you have a staff working for you, you will coordinate cleaning jobs with them. You will spend some time updating your website, adding new photos of recently cleaned headstones. At the end of your day you will record the day’s income and send invoices to any clients who requested them.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be individuals interested in keeping headstones of loved ones clean and preserved.

What You Need to Start:

  • Basic knowledge of how to clean headstones
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Business cards
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • There is a growing demand for this type of business.
  • The startup investment is minimal.
  • You can earn a sizeable secondary income only working a few weeks a year.
  • You can easily run this business part-time.
  • Advertising costs are minimal due to the importance of word of mouth advertising.

The Bad:

  • The work can be labor intensive.
  • It takes great tact to properly approach people to discuss their loved ones’ headstones.


Start This Business Today:

To start a headstone cleaning business today, we recommend you purchase the Headstone Cleaning Guide. This complete resource will teach you how to clean headstones, what supplies to buy, how much to charge for your services, how to market your business and much more. For more information or to purchase this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED guide, click here.

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