Cleaning Houses/Commercial Property: Jobs or Starting a Business

The cleaning industry makes about $40 billion annually. Part of that can be yours, as an employee or, eventually, by owning your own business.

What's known as "cleaning" includes both residential, that is where people live, and commercial, that is where people conduct business. The work might entail daily or weekly janitorial, maid service, carpet cleaning, windows only, and post-disaster clean ups. This field is growing because of the aging of the population who can't maintain their own dwellings, shift of the economy to services, and the expected recovery in construction and tourism.