If you’re looking to start your own commercial cleaning business but don’t know the best way to begin the process, consider buying a franchise. You’ll get many of the same benefits of being a business owner, like setting your own schedule, choosing who to hire and providing a valuable service to your community. However, there are several advantages of owning a franchise that can help save you time and money compared to traditional business startups. Here’s why you should consider franchising a cleaning business.
4 Advantages of Franchising a Commercial Cleaning Business
Franchising a cleaning business can be a smart choice for many. Whether you’re a young self-starter looking to start your own business, an older adult looking for a new opportunity after a career transition or anyone in between, becoming a Franchise Business Owner may be just what you need to light your entrepreneurial spark.
1. No Previous Cleaning or Business Experience is Required
What do you need to start a cleaning business? With a commercial cleaning franchise, not as much as you might expect. In fact, no previous related experience is required to get started. All it takes for you to be a business owner is to finance your business, which can be done through Coverall®, a third party or one of several other methods available.
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 to 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 business 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
Starting a business from scratch can often work well for an entrepreneur with a unique business idea with no existing competition. However, the commercial cleaning industry is highly competitive, making a trusted and proven brand a better bet for those just starting out. 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. You would need to pay someone to design your logo, help you choose brand colors, produce marketing materials and more. Ideally, you would also have a long-term marketing plan in place before seeking customers.
A franchise business opportunity leapfrogs these 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, marketing guidelines and sales support.
3. You Can Get Your Business Up and Running Sooner
While franchise cleaning businesses do have some franchise startup costs, these types of businesses do not require big up-front investments in high-cost, long-term leases for prime commercial space and inventory you need to store. With a franchise, you’ll save time looking for the right location, furnishing a space and getting utilities connected, allowing you to seek customers more quickly. Upon completion of your training, you’ll have the opportunity to start earning an income right away.
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 your freedom. Franchise Business Ownership allows you to set a size and growth rate you’re comfortable with. 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 Avoiding Trial and Error
Before you start a cleaning business, think through your expectations. Most startup owners must experiment to find a formula that works. Unfortunately, this process isn’t always a successful one. While statistics vary, 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. By purchasing into a franchise, you’re not just buying name rights and branding. You’re also buying a set of best practices that can give you a better chance of long-term success. The high-risk factor of a new startup may sound like it will equal higher returns, but billionaire success stories are extremely rare.
Start a Coverall Cleaning Business Today
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 become part of a respected company providing an in-demand service that businesses need more than ever.
Want to learn more about how to start a commercial cleaning business? Request more information on how to get started. We’ll show you a proven roadmap based on nearly four decades of experience in the commercial cleaning industry and give you more insight into the key responsibilities of a franchise business owner.