How to Make Money With a Cleaning Franchise

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There's always business for cleaning franchises because things are always getting dirty and need to be cleaned! Cleaning franchises can be a great opportunity for people looking for a low-cost business they can run out of their homes. Is a cleaning franchise for you?

  • Be sure a cleaning business is for you. This type of franchise can allow you to buy a lucrative business that may not require prior experience. Many cleaning franchises can be run part time and out of your home. A few require that you open a business office.

    Check out the wide variety of cleaning franchises and see which one is a good match with your experience and abilities. Keep in mind that although in some cases the franchise company will expect you to run the franchise and not do actual cleaning, you need to have a good understanding of the business. Examples of leading cleaning franchises are:
    -- Jani-Pro (commercial cleaning, $4k-$54k investment)
    -- Molly Maid (Maid Service, $66k-$112K investment)
    -- ServePro (Fire/flood disaster recovery, $100k-160k investment)
    -- Mint Condition (Janitorial and building services, $5k-$45k)
    -- Chem-Dry Carpet, Drapery and Upolstry Cleaning ($25k-$110k investment)
    -- Sears Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning ($25k-$115k investment)

  • Research available opportunities. First review articles on Entreprenuer.com, it tends to have more objective reviews. Check out other web sites but bear in mind that on many sites, franchises pay to be listed so the information may not be objective. Look for answers to the following questions:
    -- Does the franchise offer a system that works, including a famous brand name, training, and help finding customers?
    -- Is this a business you could start yourself without a franchise agreement?
    -- What kind of territory will you be given to run your business?

    Talk to a franchise broker for ideas on cleaning franchises in your area.

    Research cleaning franchises in your area. Check out your local yellow pages. Also look for local cleaning franchise listings on the internet.

  • Write up a business plan that covers your investment, staffing, and record keeping for the franchise you are thinking of buying.

  • Talk to the franchise company and get a franchise agreement and figures on franchise fees and your initial invesntment. Research fully whatever territory you are offered -- a low-ball offer could be a dud area the franchisor is trying to unload.

  • Carefully review the Franchise Disclosure Agreement before your sign anything! Under the law, you must receive a franchise disclosure document (FDD) at least 10 days before you sign anything or pay any money. This agreement must list names and addresses of current franchisees and those who left the business over the last year. Try to contact these people and get their views on the franchise. See if a current franchisee will let you "shadow" them during part of their work day.

  • Manage for success. Once you have your franchise, aim on building content clients and a reliable work force.

  • What if you want to try another franchise? There are many other possibilities. See links below.

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