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How to start a carpet cleaning business

How to start a carpet cleaning business Lets talk about everything you need to know in order to start a carpet cleaning business and be successful at it. We are going to walk you through how to form your business as well as how to perform the actual trade of carpet cleaning. You are about […]

How to start a carpet cleaning business

Lets talk about everything you need to know in order to start a carpet cleaning business and be successful at it. We are going to walk you through how to form your business as well as how to perform the actual trade of carpet cleaning. You are about to learn how to;

  • Start your LLC
  • Get your EIN
  • Open a business bank account
  • Get the proper equipment
  • Properly clean carpet

Srvcly currently has an online course, “the future pros starter course,” that you can take right now. In the course you will see step by step videos on how to do everything needed to form your new carpet cleaning business. Register now and enroll in the course.

The start

The hardest part of this process is deciding to start your business. Even after watching hours of motivational videos on youtube, you still may feel hesitant. The timing may not feel right, finances may not be in order, or your loved ones may not be on board with your decision. It may even be that you have a good secure job that you must leave in order to start your carpet cleaning business. These are all scary, but also very normal situations for people starting their own business to be in. The saying goes, “If it were easy, everyone would do it.”

The good news is that, you can learn everything you need to know from that decision on. You can learn how to form your business, how to get work coming in, how to close jobs, and how to perform the trade of cleaning carpets. It is important to know that even if you decide to start your carpet cleaning business, you still might fail.

How I started

In 2010 I decided to enter the pool service trade and start my own business. At the time I knew nothing about pools, how they worked, or even how to clean them. I hadn’t even cleaned the pool that I grew up with over the years. I’m telling you, I knew nothing about pools and had no idea how difficult it was to start a business. There were even times I remember saying that, had I known how difficult it was to run a business, I probably never would have started.

I entered the industry as a 1099 contractor working for my parents neighbor that owned his own pool service business. I had just gotten married and with the money from our wedding I bought a 1995 single cab Toyota Tacoma. One day visiting my parents, their neighbor walked over and asked if id be interested in servicing his pools for him. He said my truck would work great and that I could make some good money. Three months later I had my own business and no longer worked for him.

My company

My companies name was Pool Rescuers and after I sold it in 2021 it still operates today. I still remember getting my first client off a craigslist add that I had posted a day or two earlier. In the beginning I did everything myself. I would wake up early every morning service my pools for the day and then finish the day off with a couple repairs. Id then go home and spend some time in the office invoicing out customers and responding to emails.

I quickly started getting to busy for just me and I needed to find help. I started hiring techs and training them on how to service a pool according to my standards. A few more clients, a few more techs, and a few more trucks later I was running my own service crew. I kept learning how business works and kept growing at a healthy rate. After a few solid years of growth I started hiring employees to manage the increasingly busy office.

At the end of my 11 years in business I had 6 full time service techs servicing and repairing 400 pool accounts. I had three office ladies helping my answer phone calls and emails as well as invoicing and receiving payments. I was completely out of the field and had the time to work directly with my service technicians and office staff. This lead me to where I am today, helping you.

Why I am teaching you

Through out my years I have always made an effort to talk to other business owners. Not just other pool service business owners, but also owners from other trades. I realized that aside from the actual trade work, home service business’s are much alike. Many business owners have the same story, have the same desires, have the same struggles, and have the same needs as one another. So I decided to sell my business, the well oiled money making machine I built and help future pros get started in the business.

Over the years I have helped multiple individuals start their own business. I have helped pool pros, carpet cleaners, window cleaners, handyman all start and run their business. To date I still communicate on a regular schedule with most of the pros that I have helped. After repeating this process over and over, I decided to stream line it by creating the future pro starter course. So lets break down the course and get you started.

Form your business

There are three different ways you can get involved in carpet cleaning and start receiving an income from it. You can become a;

  • W2 employee
  • 1099 contractor
  • Company owner

I know you aren’t here to learn how to become a w2 employee so we are going to move directly to becoming a 1099 contractor or a company owner. Both of these are going to require you to set up your own business. The difference is becoming a 1099 contractor is work that is provided to you from other company owners. They have the work and they sub it to you to perform the work. This is a very quick and easy way to get started. Going straight to company owner requires a little more effort and can be hard at the beginning. Company owners typically do work directly for the home owner. This usually requires a large inner circle of friend and family or a strong knowledge of marketing. No matter if you want to be a 1099 contractor a company owner or both, you are going to need to form a Limited Liability Company, also known as a LLC.

File Your LLC

When you file a LLC you create what is called a entity. This entity is not you, you are not it, it is its own thing. In order to protect yourself and your assets from a lost during any litigations it is important to start and operate under a LLC. The cheapest way to file your LLC will be through your states commission corporation. Each state has its own process of how they require you to file your LLC and they also charge different fees depending on which state you are located in.

I have found that the easiest way to file a LLC, no matter what state you are located in, is Legal Zoom. Legal Zoom has step by step instructions on how to file your LLC no matter what state you are filing in. The only bad part of this is that they also charge their own processing fee. Also, they try and upsell you at every step. At the bottom of every page there is a “skip” button. You are just there to file the LLC and I suggest skipping everything else. If you are tight on money and able to figure out how to file the LLC directly though your state, I suggest doing it that way over legal zoom.

Get Your EIN

You need a EIN or tax identification number which is a nine digit number given to you by the IRS in order to identify your business. This combined with your LLC will allow you to open up a business bank account keeping everything separate from your personal information. You can acquire your EIN after filing for your LLC by going to the IRS website during their business hours.

If you choose to file your LLC through Legal Zoom they will ask you if you want to get your EIN while filing and they will charge you. This is not needed as you can file for your EIN for free. Just going to their website and follow the prompts. Its easy to do.

Open Your Bank Account

Now that you have your LLC and EIN it is ready to open up your business bank account. You do not want to use a personal bank account at any time while operating your business. Go into the bank of your choice and get this started. I suggest a checking account for all your customer payments to go into as well as a savings account for your quarterly estimate tax payments to be transferred to. If you are good with credit cards I would also suggest applying for one. I like to put as many expenses as possible on my business credit card for two reasons. It prevents me from separating from my cash until the end of the month and it builds credit within your business.

General Liability Insurance

Before stepping foot onto any property to perform work you need to make sure that you have general liability insurance or GLI. GLI is going to make sure you have the proper coverage incase anything happens to yourself, the property you are working on, or anything else that is on the property. In my opinion this is a must. You can acquire a free quote from Next insurance from the comfort of your own phone. Next caters towards us home service pros and makes it easy to insure our business. They are at times a bit more pricy than your local insurance provider so if you have the time, shop around. Just make sure that you have coverage before you start the work.


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How to start a pool service business

How to Start a Pool Service Business

How to start a pool service business So you want to know how to start a pool service business? Great, lets get started. In this post we will first talk about how to form your new business and then we will talk about how to properly clean a pool. Srvcly has a full online course […]

How to start a pool service business

So you want to know how to start a pool service business?

Great, lets get started.

In this post we will first talk about how to form your new business and then we will talk about how to properly clean a pool.

Srvcly has a full online course that you can take right now on how to form your new business.

This course is going to break down;

  • Why you should file an LLC and not operate as a sole proprietor.
  • How you get your EIN for free
  • We will talk about getting the proper insurance.
  • Then we are going to design your brand with a logo, t-shirt, and business cards.
  • What Quickbooks plan you need.
  • Finally we will finish on setting up your website and getting on google my business

Taking the leap to start your business

Deciding to take the leap to start your business is going to be the hardest part of this entire process.

No one can teach you how to do this and no one can do this part for you, you have to do this part for yourself.

Learning the physical trade is the easy part of starting your business, but deciding to start your own business is going to be the most difficult decision you make.

Even if you decide to take that jump, there is still no guarantee that you will make it and you still might fail.

For those of you who want to try, start with the future pro starter course by srvcly.

The future pro starter course

The future pro starter course will not just help you start your business, it will show you how to do it.

We have step by step videos that show everything from forming your LLC with legalzoom, all the way to creating your own website and more.

Below each video there is a link that takes you exactly where you need to in order to file each item for yourself.

We have completely taken out all the guess work for you.

All you need to to do is follow along and do what we do.

Register at srvcly to get started!

Learning about pool service

Lets change gears a bit and talk about what you need to know in order to succeed in the pool service business.

Pool service has two sides of the business, weekly pool service and pool repairs.

Knowing how to properly service a pool is only half the battle.

You also need to know how to diagnose and repair a pool as well.

Some pros enter the trade thinking that they wont have to perform any repairs, and some get away with the.

However, in order to run a strong and successful pool service business, you will also need to provide repairs to your customers.

On the flip side some pros enter the pool service trade not wanting to provide the weekly service and just do repairs.

The pool service business works best when you provide weekly service and repairs because they work hand in hand.

So lets break down the service.

how to start a pool cleaning business

Weekly service

Lets first talk about making the pool “look” clean.

You have to net the leaves out, brush down the pools walls, and make sure that both the skimmer and the pump baskets are empty.

Steps that customers can check and clearly see if they have been completed or not should always be done in full.

Preform these steps with a pool pole, net, and brush.

Anyone can perform these steps.

If these steps aren’t enough in making the pool clean you need to vacuum the pool.

Use a vacuum hose and a vac head to do this.

Don’t over complicate these steps.

If you were provided the tools and pointed at a pool, I’m confident you could figure all this out.

Lets talk about the steps that require more knowledge to ensure the pool is clean and healthy.

There are three focus points.

  • Filtration
  • Circulation
  • Water Chemistry
weekly pool service


The heart of the pool is its pump, and it is the pump that circulates the water.

The pump turns an impeller that draws water in from the suctions side of the pools plumbing.

The water circulates through the filter, it’s valves, and returns to the pool through the pressure side of the pools plumbing.


The pool has a filter on it which will inlet dirty water and discharge clean water back to the pool through its plumbing.

There are three different styles of pool filters.

  • Sand filter
  • Cartridge filter
  • DE filter

Each one of these filters needs different care and attention in order to filter the pool water properly.

Lets break down each one.

Sand Filter

The sand filter has a couple hundred pounds of sand inside its tank.

Pool water will enter the filter pressurizing the system.

As the pressure raises the water will force itself down through the sand.

Sand has sharp and jarred edges that help catch debris from the water passing through it.

Laterals are located beneath the sand at the very bottom of the filter.

These laterals have small slits in them that will allow water to flow back to the pool.

Dirt and debris remain stuck inside the filters sand.

Cartridge filter

A cartridge filter uses paper cartridges to filter the pools water.

Water forces into the filter and the pressure allows the water to push through the paper cartridge.

The clean filtered water returns to the pool and this cycle continues over and over again.

DE filters

Diatomaceous earth or DE filters use diatomaceous earth to coat its eight grids that are located inside the filter.

Again, the water forces into the filter and the pressure pushes the water through the DE coated grids.

The clean pool water returns to the pool and continues the cycle through the duration of the run time.

A sand filter as well as a DE filter need to be backwashed after a certain amount of run time in order to ensure proper filtration.

Backwashing is the process of discharging the debris that the filter collected out.

Charge the DE filter with the proper amount of new DE after each backwash.

Water Chemistry

Water chemistry is the most important part of keeping the pool water clean and healthy.

If you want to know how to perfectly handle a pool, learn everything you can about water chemistry.

Pool water is measured in parts per million and is also knows as PPM.

The two most popular measurements that must be mastered during your career In the pool service trade are the chlorine level and the pH level.

Chlorine level ppm

The chlorine level needs to remain between a 3 and 5 parts per million.

Add chlorine to water that measures below 3 ppm. and do not add any chlorine if the water is above 5 ppm.

Water that is above a 20 ppm chlorine level is dangerous and should not be swam in until the level subsides.

pH level ppm

pH tells you how acidic the pool water is.

The pool waters pH level needs to remain between 7.2 – 7.8. This is neutral and will allow the chlorine level to become 99% effective when in balance.

pH measuring below 7.2 means that the water is too acidic and the pH needs to be raised using soda ash.

Water measuring above 7.8 needs to be lowered using muratic acid.

When the pools water pH is out of balance your chlorine level will only be 25% effective.

We are not going to cover how much of each chemical to add in this post.

There are a lot of videos on YouTube that can help you learn how much of each chemical to use.

Also tracking apps like Pool Trac have chemical calculators that will help you when needing to know the amount to add.

pool service and repair

What to do at each pool

When you are out servicing pools you should always have a check list of what to do at each stop and hit them each time.


Perform primaries at every stop no matter the condition of the pool.

  • Skim or net the pools water
  • Brush the pool down
  • Empty all pump baskets
  • Check and balance the chemicals


Perform secondary’s

  • Vacuum the bottom of the pool
  • Backwash the pool filter
  • Clean salt cells if they apply (not covered here)

The business side

Running a business can be very stressful and difficult at times.

You need to understand that you are trying to learn your trade as well as how to run a business all at the same time.

Most times, business owners get too caught up in working in their business, performing the work itself, and not spending enough time learning how to run a proper business.

For example the majority of pool service pros do not spend time learning or understanding their Quickbooks.

They think that as long as the work is coming in and they are collecting checks, they are running a successful business.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In order to make business decision such as hiring a new tech, buying a new service vehicle, or upgrading to newer equipment, you have to know what your business is doing.

From the start make sure to learn your books.

This can save a lot of headache and stress in the future with how to start a pool service business.

Go get started

There are three ways that you can now get started in with how to start a pool service business.

  • W2 employee
  • 1099 contractor
  • Company owner

I go over these three ways in our future pro start course. So register and enroll in the course now! Hope you enjoyed how to start a pool service business. 

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