Cleaning Business

With one of the easiest startup processes, a cleaning service business can be a very profitable startup. Although the process differs slightly depending on who/what you plan to service, this guide can help you establish your company and show you the most important steps for getting started.

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Cleaning Business Guide

Cleaning Business- Related Documents

Business Plan Template – US Small Business Administration (SBA)
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) created this Business Plan Template to help you research and write your business plan.

Go Green Cleaning
An informative PDF for residential and commercial cleaning companies operating in Connecticut. Defines the advantages of “going green” and outlines the necessary requirements for a product to be considered “green”.

CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Hazardous Waste Guide
Offers detailed information and guidance concerning the requirements for the management of hazardous waste. This may include solvents, paints, fluorescent lamps, aerosol cans, batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, printing ink, and other toxic products. The guide also talks about proper hazardous waste site cleanup, permitting requirements and the other regulations small businesses must abide by.


Cleaning Business- Permits

Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Also known as an Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or Federal Tax Identification Number. It is issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is needed to pay employees and file business tax returns. An EIN does not expire and is unique to your business. Once an EIN has been given to an entity, it will never be issued again.

REG-1: CT Tax Registration Form
In order to register your business with the State of Connecticut, you must complete the REG-1 Business Tax Registration Form. By filling out this form and the proper addendums, you can get your permit to sell tobacco products, fuel, etc.

Trade Name Registration Form
A trade name is any name used during the course of your business that doesn’t include the full legal name of all the owners of the business. In Stamford, must register your trade name through the Town Clerk’s office. More information can be found on the Create a Name page.

Sales and Use Tax Permit
Permit required in order to provide a service or sell/lease tangible property in the State of Connecticut. You can fill out this permit using the Taxpayer Service Center. Find out if your product/service is exempt from Sales and Use Tax by looking at the State's list of exemptions

CT Unemployment Tax Form UC-1A
All employers must register their employees with the Unemployment Insurance Tax Division using the UC-1A Employer Status Report form linked above. The Unemployment Insurance Tax Division is responsible for the funding needed to pay CT employees that have become unemployed through no fault of their own. To learn more about unemployment insurance, we encourage you to read the Employer’s Guide to Unemployment Compensation or check out the CT Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance Tax Information Center.

Sign Permit
Required for most business signs. Includes fabricated and hanging signs, as well as signs that have been painted directly on a building.