If you already know you want to run a commercial cleaning business, you’re making a smart choice. Commercial cleaning is an in-demand, essential business
. You could choose to start a cleaning business from scratch. However, there are several advantages of owning a franchise
, which could save you money.
Either way you approach becoming a business owner, you gain certain benefits. For example, you experience the freedom of setting your own schedule and choosing who to hire. You get the chance to provide an essential service to local businesses, provide jobs, and get more involved in your community. Let’s compare owning a cleaning commercial cleaning franchise vs. starting your own commercial cleaning company.
Either way you approach becoming a business owner, you gain certain benefits. For example, you experience the freedom of setting your own schedule and choosing who to hire. You get the chance to provide an essential service to local businesses, provide jobs, and get more involved in your community
. Let’s compare owning a cleaning commercial cleaning franchise vs. starting your own commercial cleaning company.
1. CLEANING OR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IS NOT REQUIRED
Starting a business—any business—with no experience can be a scary proposition. Commercial cleaning requires specialized knowledge of cleaning products, cleaning equipment, techniques and best practices, not to mention how run the business itself.
First, it’s important to know that there is no age or education restriction on who can start a business. According to National Business and Capital Services, 35% of small business owners in the United States are in their 50s
and 33% said a high school diploma was their highest level of education. Owners credit self-determination, passion and drive as the most important factors when starting a business.
Still, if you don’t have commercial cleaning experience, starting your own business from scratch could be more than you care to tackle. Instead, look for a franchise that provides training
in proper CDC-recommended cleaning techniques and ongoing guidance for how to operate your commercial cleaning franchise business.
2. A FRANCHISE SAVES ON BRANDING COSTS
According to Inc magazine
, starting a business from scratch is best for an entrepreneur with a unique business idea with no existing competition. In the highly competitive commercial cleaning industry, a better bet is to hitch your wagon to a trusted and proven brand. Buying a franchise gives you the advantages of an established company.
When launching a company from scratch, you would need to invest in branding strategy and assets. For example, you would need to pay someone to design your logo, help you choose brand colors, produce marketing materials, and more. Ideally, you would need a long-term marketing plan fully thought out before you could even start to seek customers.
A franchise business opportunity leapfrogs those costly and time-consuming steps. The groundwork for branding and marketing has already been done for you. A franchise comes with pre-existing brand awareness and marketing and sales support.
3. YOU CAN START EARNING INCOME SOONER
A commercial cleaning business does not require big up-front investments
in high-cost, long-term leases for prime commercial space and inventory you need to store. This means no time spent looking for the right location, furnishing it and getting utilities connected before you can seek your first customer. You can get started earning an income upon training completion.
Some people wish to start their own independent business because they like the idea of starting small and growing at a pace that fits their lifestyle. However, it’s a misconception that franchises limit this freedom
. Talk to the franchisor you’re considering about the size and growth rate with which you’re comfortable. As you gain more knowledge of the cleaning industry and more clients, you may wish to expand… or not. You get to choose.
4. SAVE TIME FIGURING OUT WHAT WORKS
Before you start a cleaning business, think through your expectations. Most startup owners go through a lot of trial and error trying to find what works. And, while statistics vary, some say that only half of startups survive their first five years
With a franchise, the trial and error has already been done for you. The parent company has spent years figuring out what works and gaining name recognition. The high-risk factor of a startup sounds like it will equal higher returns, but those billionaire success stories are extremely rare.
START YOUR CLEANING FRANCHISE BUSINESS OFF RIGHT WITH COVERALL
Coverall is a trusted brand that has helped more than 8,000 people become business owners. When you invest in a Coverall commercial cleaning franchise business, you are instantly part of a respected company providing an in-demand service that businesses need more than ever. The resources and advantages will get you on the road to your entrepreneurial dreams. Request information
on how to get started.