627,000 new businesses open in the United States each year. That means that 627,000 people became their own boss. And you could be one of them by starting a cleaning franchise.
If you’ve decided you’re ready to start your own business, read on for some of the top reasons why opening a cleaning franchise might be something for you to consider.
1. You’re Not Striking Out on Your Own with a Cleaning Franchise
If you start your own cleaning or janitorial business, you’re effectively starting out completely on your own. While buying into a franchise doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a safety net to fall on, it does mean that you’re not operating completely alone.
Most companies already have rules, regulations and methods of operating in place. Since you’re in charge, you’ll be able to follow their proven formula of a franchise company that knows what works.
You won’t need to navigate the murky waters of a new business with absolutely no help. Instead, you’ll have not only the backup of corporate, but you’ll also have their policies spelled out for you to provide any clarification on business practices, administrative needs, and customer service standards.
Don’t know how you’ll handle certain situations? It’s likely the cleaning company’s corporate office already has a policy addressing it.
2. You Have the Benefit of a Name Brand
When companies are ready to hire a cleaning service for their facility, they often go with a brand they recognize. Or, they may go with a company they’ve worked with in the past.
Buying into the franchise means you buy into the name. And that means you’ve got the reputation to back you up. You don’t have to go door-to-door to businesses and stores asking if they’ll take a chance on your service. You’ve already got a solid reputation to build on.
Your logo and your name give you instant credibility, which can make businesses much more likely to hire your company to clean for them.
3. You Don’t Need to Worry About Marketing
As a franchisee, you’re not responsible for the entire company’s marketing scheme. You won’t need to spend hours every day updating your website, creating a Facebook page or creating ads to make sure that people know you exist.
The corporate office has a vested interest in your success. They make money when you make money. Therefore, they’ll be there to support and market for you, and make sure people know you exist in the marketplace.
4. Your Franchise Might Come With a Client Base
If the cleaning company you’re buying a franchise with is particularly well-known, or you’re buying the franchise from someone else, you might inherit a client base. Or, there may be companies who have used your franchise’s brand before in another location, and are interested in using your local services.
Again, this makes it much easier for your franchise, and you can spend more time cleaning and ensuring your customers are satisfied rather than finding your clients.
5. You’ve Got Support In the Early Days
Starting a cleaning business on your own is stressful, as we’ve discussed in the first point. Having support from the corporate office can help you get ramped up in the beginning. This can be hugely beneficial.
Most companies will provide you with training to get your cleaning business started. They want to set you up for success, ensuring you comply with all policies and standard best practices.
Additionally, running a business can be overwhelming when it comes to things like choosing a uniform, vendors, typing up contracts and other logistics. If you buy into a cleaning franchise, that’s all there for you. You’ll know where to get supplies and who to call in an emergency from the first day.
This takes out not only all of the guesswork but also the risk associated with starting a new business. They know which vendors and suppliers work. And that’s why they work with them.
If you want to change something within the company, it’s not as easy as if you were completely your own boss. But, since you’re a franchise partner and not an employee, your concerns outweigh those of a typical employee.
6. Staff Training Is Already Set Out For You
Hiring the best staff members who are dependable and perform well is an extremely important aspect of the job. You can hire people who you already know are reliable and will be fantastic for your franchise.
While you’re in control of who you hire, you might be clueless as to what to do when they arrive. How do you start training? You don’t need to worry since corporate likely already has it laid out for you. You may receive a training manual, and possibly even training software or other media.
7. It’s Cheaper Than Franchising with Most Other Companies
Openworks provides access to a cleaning franchise for a lower start-up fee than most other companies. If you open up a franchise of a fast food restaurant, like McDonald’s or Burger King, you might be looking at a several thousand dollar franchise fee. Franchises can even go into the millions, depending on which company you’ve settled on.
We, however, only charge new franchisees $15,000. But what’s even better is that they only need $7,000 up front, and Openworks will finance the rest. That makes your initial investment much lower, and gives you more money to spend on other parts of your new business.
Starting a Cleaning Franchise
Buying into, and running a cleaning franchise, is not a decision to take lightly. However, by doing your research and considering what you want in a business will provide you with the necessary roadmap to finalize your decision. If you’re looking for the freedom to own a business, without the added stress of trying to get it to stand on its own two feet, franchising might be the way to go for you.
If you think you’re ready to take the plunge and start your cleaning franchise, click here for the questions you should ask your salesperson before writing the check.