How to Start a Small Business - Headstone Cleaning and Grave Site Maintenance
While cemeteries are maintained, individual graves usually aren't.
Families these days are time poor and often live in another state or country from the gravesite of their loved one. These families are often willing to pay for their family member's gravesite to be maintained.
The advantage with this business is that you can fit it in around your other commitments. It's not a nine to five type of job.
The job will involve keeping graves tidy and well cared for. You will be cleaning moss, mould and grime off headstones, polishing metal plates and removing dead flowers and replacing them.
It's a good idea to have a uniform. Simply have a polo shirt screen printed or embroidered with your chosen business name, and people will know why you are in the cemetery working around the graves. You may even garner some extra business from other cemetery visitors. This uniform should be hard wearing and neatly presented. Tradesmen's workwear is a good choice.
Your tools of trade will be a bucket, spade, garden rake, rubbish bags, cleaning brush, sponges, rubber gloves, metal polish, soft rags, and flowers.
A receipt book is required, as is an accounts book.
You can purchase the flowers from wholesalers if you do multiple gravesites on one day. The flowers can be an add-on service that clients pay extra for, or you may choose to include it in an all in one priced package. Clients may not want flowers placed every week but may want them placed on certain special dates. For this you will need a date book.
It's a good idea to take photos of the cleaned and tidied gravesite to send to your clients periodically if they so require. So a digital camera or mobile phone camera can come in handy here as well.