If you’re looking to start a business selling products that will always be in high demand, you should learn how to start a vacuum cleaner business. Anyone with carpeting must have a vacuum cleaner so starting a business that sells and services vacuums is one of the best business ideas available, especially if you’re able to purchase a franchise.

A franchise will come with name recognition, marketing assistance, and most importantly, an inventory of vacuum cleaners to sell or a deep discount so you can resell the vacuums at a high-profit margin. There are a couple of different options for selling vacuums, however, so you’ll need to closely examine your situation and determine what will work best with your business model.

You can choose to open a storefront business and stock multiple models of vacuums as well as accessories. Offer extended warranties and repairs and you’ll add value to your business. Another option for your vacuum business is to sell door-to-door. In this case, you’d only need one vacuum (per salesperson) and you would order additional vacuums once they’ve been ordered by your customers.

This is a more labor-intensive option but you can easily operate this type of business part-time. You can also hire salespersons to do the footwork for you so you can concentrate on marketing your business. Make your vacuums available through advertising as well.

Create a website so potential customers can see all the models you carry as well as other important information such as pricing and warranty information. Contact professional cleaning and organizing businesses to see if you can supply their future vacuum needs. You’ll find that supplying high-quality vacuum cleaners to satisfied customers is an extremely rewarding business.

A Day in the Life of a Vacuum Cleaner Business Owner

If you operate a storefront, your day will begin by arriving at your store early and making sure your inventory is properly displayed. You will spend your day helping customers find a vacuum to meet their needs. You will also handle repairs (you could outsource repairs or send the items back to the manufacturer for repair).

If you operate a door-to-door business, you or your staff of salespersons will canvas a particular area, showing homeowners the value and benefits your products offer. You will also spend some time marketing your business locally and online.


The good about a vacuum cleaner business is as follows:

  • The demand for vacuum cleaners will always be high.
  • You can operate this business from a storefront or door-to-door.
  • This business can be part-time (if you don’t have a storefront).
  • Franchises are available to help you get started.
  • You can charge top dollar for excellent vacuum cleaners.


The bad about opening a vacuum cleaner business includes:

  • The start-up investment can be high.
  • It might take some time to make your first few sales.

Your Customers

Your customers will be individuals or businesses who need high-quality vacuum cleaners.

What You Need to Start:

  • Business plan
  • Marketing plan
  • Franchise (optional)
  • Inventory of vacuums or relationship with distributor
  • Knowledge of vacuum products
  • Website (optional)
  • Staff (optional)
  • Computer with finance software

Susan Ranford

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