I clean, and I`m a man. I do clean with my wife though. I`m the one that started the business almost a decade ago. I`m the one that taught my wife how to clean. I`m the detail guy, and I notice everything. I do the marketing, and often get the jobs. BUT, when people talk to us, they almost always address my wife. There is definitely a perception that men don`t know how to clean, nor do they care about cleaning. My dad worked for us at one point, and people really looked harder at the work he did than they would have if a woman did it, and that was apartment cleaning for new tenants, so that type of cleaning isn`t as detailed, or shouldn`t have been expected to be. He could do the same exact job that my wife and I would do, and they would pick at what he did.
I think I could make it if my wife wasn`t part of the business, but it is harder for a guy, in my opinion, to get into cleaning. People picture a housekeeper or maid as a woman in a dress with a feather duster, just look at the generic logos people use. I can clean circles around just about any woman, and do a better job. I think men can bring unique perspectives to the job. We are usually more "fixers" in life. I`m constantly thinking of new and better ways to do things, and save money in the process. It is an interesting business, though it doesn`t challenge my mentally like I`d like.
It is funny. I have a mobile auto detailing business on the side. If I detail cars, nobody thinks a thing of it. If my wife works with me detailing, guys think it is cool that she can detail. If I clean though, people think it is odd. Cleaning is cleaning, and it is just perception for most people, but that is something to consider. You asked the question, and wouldn`t have if you didn`t wonder about it yourself.
We now clean private homes. However, if you need quick income, apartment communities can be a good place to start. You typically can get a decent volume of work, just to get started. We started there, and then went to houses, which is more regular and doesn`t have the turnover in management like apartments. Window cleaning is always an option, good money and VERY low investment. Pressure washing is perceived as more "manly", and I`ve done that before, but it is harder to get regular work instead of one time jobs in that industry, unless you focus on parking lots. I`ve cleaned my whole adult life, so I know how it works.