A reader asks: "Thanks for the tips on bidding on large buildings but I am just getting started. Any ideas of how I can grow my part time business to full time?"

Yes, "cleaning an office" can seem to be as simple as emptying a few trash cans, dusting and sweeping or vacuuming with the customer providing all the supplies and equipment while you provide the labor.

Based on our conversation you have a full time job that is soon to be phased out and custodial is an option that you would like to consider as a major career change. You cleaned houses and office buildings when you were younger and enjoyed the hours and pay. Someone else handled all the minutia related to taxes, supplies, etc. so you only have a basic understanding of what is involved in operating a cleaning business. In a prior article we covered the why and the physical requirements to one degree. Let's continue with the physical aspects.

Most custodial applications will ask are you able to lift XX pounds, bend, twist, operate equipment and have your own transportation. The same questions apply to you one hundred fold since an employer can always bring in a substitute to cover the work whereas you may or may not have that luxury.

You also need to consider your sensitivity to dust, chemicals and current state of health. Cleaning an office space or home with deadlines can be physically demanding and may be a jolt to your system if you have been accustomed to sitting behind a desk eight hours per day.

These questions and statements may be too basic for many of you but it is important that you realize the price you will pay to gain that so called "financial independence".

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.