Are you worried about job security? Wondering how long your current job will last? Or, maybe you’re wondering when you will find one? Perhaps you should consider owning a cleaning service franchise!
The cleaning industry is growing and by 2023 it will add over 236,000 jobs to the US economy.
If you want to start your own cleaning business, you can do it yourself or you can opt for a franchise business. Continue reading to learn more about owning a cleaning service franchise and how to start one.
Start a Professional Cleaning Business
There is almost always a guaranteed demand for commercial cleaning services. Public spaces such as offices, retail shops, restaurants, schools, theaters and museums, and medical facilities will always need to be cleaned.
The professional cleaning services industry made $61 billion in 2019 and is projected to grow by 7% in the coming years. It is one of the most stable, in-demand industries and is almost completely unaffected by recessions.
Many experts expect the effects of COVID-19 to redefine the industry. While some public spaces have had to close temporarily, many others are have turned to commercial cleaning services to provide deep cleaning and disinfection services to allow them to remain open. Going forward, companies are likely to add or increase the frequency of cleanings to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Why a Cleaning Franchise?
When you start your own cleaning business, you may want to consider a commercial cleaning service franchise. It’s a proven business model with a low rate of failure, giving you and your business a better chance of success.
Being part of a franchise network means you receive full training and ongoing support. They often provide assistance with recruitment, accounting, human resources, marketing, client management, and training. Many franchises also offer start-up equipment.
Buying into a franchise system lowers the risk of starting your own business. You no longer have to be frustrated with working for someone else – you can be your own boss. Earn strong returns and achieve a better work/life balance.
Some franchises even let you slowly ease your way into the business by letting you start part-time. You can maintain the security of your current job while you get your own business up and running. It gives you the chance to learn the ropes and build up your clientele.
One benefit of buying into a professional cleaning service franchise is you can utilize their branding. People recognize the company’s name, logo, and reputation. It builds customer trust before you even start to work.
How Does a Cleaning Service Franchise Work?
Most companies offer two ways to become a franchisee: ‘unit’ and ‘master’ franchises.
A master franchisee sells the owner-operator unit franchises. They are the ones who source new clients and negotiate service contracts.
A unit franchisee does the cleaning service. The benefit is they don’t have to manage the sales side of things.
You will pay a franchise fee when you sign your agreement. The initial investment varies from company to company. But, investing in a business that you can have up and running in a matter of days is still less expensive than the overhead needed to start your own business.
After the initial investment, you usually need to pay royalty fees on an annual basis. The amount of royalty depends on the number of sales you generate and how much support you receive from the company.
Many times, the parent company will offer financing with favorable interest rates to their franchises. This could be for the down payment, inventory, or supplies you need to start.
Types of Professional Cleaning Services
There is a wide variety of commercial cleaning service companies. Having a specialty deliberately reduces the variety and variation of what a company has to clean.
Some cleaning franchises may choose to focus on office buildings, restaurants, retail stores, or health clubs. Commercial cleaning covers a wide variety of services, including but not limited to:
- Daily janitorial services
- Specialized deep cleaning and disinfection services
- Carpet cleaning
- Hard surface floor care (stone, tile, grout)
- Pre/Post move cleaning
- Post-construction cleaning
- Window washing
- Upholstery cleaning
- Water damage restoration
- Exterior building and grounds maintenance
Green cleaning has become increasingly popular over the past few years. This eco-friendly cleaning uses non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning solutions that are free from known carcinogens and fragrances. The equipment might include high-filtration vacuums and washable, reusable cloths and mops.
Cleaners that specialize in commercial kitchens for restaurants, institutions, and food service operations must be familiar with code compliance and fire prevention solutions. In this case, the cleaning must comply with all local, state, and federal regulations – and they must exceed the standards required by insurance companies, fire, and health inspectors.
In a similar manner, health-based cleaning companies specialize in medical facilities. They need to be well versed in all of the necessary regulations for maintaining germ-free environments and in addition, the handling and disposal of bio-medical materials.
If you are interested in working outdoors, then you may want to look into specializing in pool cleaning or barbecue cleaning business opportunities. These are both strong areas with growing revenue potential.
Be Your Own Boss
If you’re tired of the daily grind and would like more independence in your work life, owning a cleaning service franchise may be the right option for you! With the full support of a franchise behind you and the growth potential of the cleaning industry, you may find more opportunities for success here than any other business or company.
Contact us to learn more about joining our team and owning your own franchise.