So I quit my job to start a cleaning company, something my husband and I can do together. The Army gave him enough when they booted him out for medical reasons that he doesn't have to work, and if we live cheap enough, I don't have to either. So it's a pretty good setting to experiment with opening a business. Before going legit, I wanted to see if there was a market for what I wanted to do. There is, since there are SO MANY empty houses. It's basically cleaning top to bottom houses that are not lived in, so that they are more presentable to go on the market. We started the first job yesterday. A sprawling, ancient apartment in a two family home. We got it half way done, same style we did for the military when we moved out of housing, top to bottom, every corner, every surface. The place had been smoked in, so all the walls even had to be gone over. It's very much improved! The property owner was astonished at the difference! I was too, when we first walked in... I was like... what can we really do with this place? After buying supplies, settling on a price everyone was happy with, and after doing the math, we are each making average money as long as it doesn't go into a 4 day thing. That's when we start losing money. I don't mind cleaning at all, and even though this was a tough house, it's going well. She has some carpet to replace, and some minor repairs, but it's coming together nice. She wants to do an open house this weekend. I hope it does well! It's either for rent, or for sale for the whole building. She's also a real estate agent, so there could be more houses from her. Working on a presentation and fliers to pass along to other agents that I know. After going legit I'll do some adds, online and then maybe the phone book. It's HARD work though. She had gone through another cleaner who thought it would be like dusting. Nope. It's elbow grease and DAYS. It's full on Spring Cleaning style. Now I need to line up some more jobs. Can't stop at one.