Field Notes: Cleaning Up with a Service Business

A Commercial Cleaning Company Sure to Delight Any Acquisition Entrepreneur

Pete Weishaupt
2 min readMay 17, 2024

I found an acquisition entrepreneur favorite: a service business. This commercial cleaning business looks like a promising opportunity with solid cash flow in a thriving regional market. The asking price seems a tad to the high side, but the profitability, operational setup, and market position might warrant a deeper look for the right buyer. Focus on contracts, staff retention, and the potential to expand services.

Financial Overview

  • Asking Price: $1,200,000
  • Cash Flow: $300,000
  • Gross Revenue: $820,000
  • FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment): $25,000 (included in asking price)
  • Inventory: $10,000 (included in asking price)

Business Operations

  • Location: Polk County, FL
  • Industry: Commercial cleaning
  • Established: 2013
  • Employees: 12
  • Facilities: The sale includes the business website and owner’s contact number.


Valuation and Price Justification:

  • The asking price of $1,200,000 is roughly 4 times the annual cash feels a little bit high for a service-based business, even with established clientele and low overhead.
  • The price includes some tangible assets (FF&E and inventory) and intangibles like customer relationships and operational know-how.


  • Established reputation and client base in a rapidly growing region
  • Diverse clients across various commercial sectors, reducing dependency on any single industry.
  • Minimal owner involvement needed with current operations, providing flexibility for a new owner

Risks and Considerations:

  • The cleaning industry is highly competitive, with barriers to entry relatively low, which could affect long-term profitability and market share.
  • Reliance on subcontractors for specialized services might affect profit margins and quality control, though it also offers expansion potential.

Market and Location:

  • Polk County is the fastest-growing county in Florida, suggesting increasing demand for commercial cleaning services as businesses and institutions multiply.
  • The business’s established presence and excellent reputation provide a solid foundation for capturing new clients in this expanding market.

What do you think? Check it out and let me know!

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