Have you ever wanted to take a step further in your cleaning work? Consider starting your own business as an alternative to working for another person. Of course, this is daunting for someone who has not run a business before. One of the best ways to support first time business owners is within a franchise.
Why a franchise? There are a number of reasons to choose a franchise.
The biggest appeal to most is the flexibility it offers. In employment your hours are dictated to you, whereas as the owner of a franchise you choose your own hours. Naturally, your income will reflect the volume of work you have undertaken, so you need to ensure you are working enough hours to pay the bills.
Any franchise that you look at can only be truly successful if you have some experience in the relevant industry first.
A cleaning franchise is no exception, and you should have some knowledge of the expectations of the cleaning industry consumer. However you don’t have to have extensive business knowledge.
The franchisor (seller of the franchise) should offer training to help you in areas you are less familiar with such as keeping records, developing a good customer base and employing others.
A common concern for a new franchisee (new franchise purchaser) is how to develop the fledgling business.
This should not be a concern as the franchisor will also help with the advertising and promotion, to drive the launch of your new cleaning franchise. Each franchise deal will have different durations of support while you learn the tricks of the business side of the trade.
With the purchase of a cleaning franchise, it is likely you are purchasing a brand name which will be familiar to people looking for your services. This helps with business development, and with the support of the franchisor, your franchise could quickly develop a strong, loyal customer base. From here it is just one more step to become an employer.
As a cleaning franchise owner you are in a particularly strong position as the very nature of the job means any staff will be employed on a casual basis. Casual employees have no guarantee of ongoing employment, so work can be allocated as and when it is available.
As your cleaning franchise grows and develops, you will have the opportunity to begin to branch out and offer specialised cleaning services. Not only would this give you a chance to become known in a specialist field, but also increase your personal job satisfaction as you work in a specialty which interests you.
Some specialties include industrial or commercial cleaning, or cleaning prior to house inspections.
You may be interested in hospital or care facility cleaning, or aseptic cleaning of operating theatres. As the franchise owner you are essentially your own boss and can take your business in the best direction to suit you.
It is proven that the purchase of any franchise offers less risk to the franchisee than starting a small individual business. After the initial outlay from the franchise purchase, the value of the business support and assistance in development usually far exceed the original purchase price.
Even after the training period is completed, good franchisors will offer continuing support. However business support is just one aspect of a franchise purchase.
Plenty of research is needed when selecting your shortlist of suitable franchises so if possible, talk to other franchise owners and see if they are happy with their business. They are already at the frontline, and you would do well to benefit from their knowledge.