Investing in a cleaning franchise can be a brilliant opportunity to become your own boss, set your own hours and reap the rewards of all your own hard work. There are a number of cleaning franchise opportunities available in Australia. Here are four things to look for to help ensure you make a wise investment in a franchise that is right for your circumstances.
1. Commercial cleaning
While both domestic and commercial cleaning have basic similarities, commercial cleaning offers a much larger scale of work and as such can be more lucrative than domestic cleaning. Commercial cleaning can involve cleaning schools, offices, gyms, restaurants and even hospitals and medical centres.
2. A well-established franchise
Look for a well established franchise with a track record of business success and happy franchisees. There are a number of advantages to becoming part of a successful franchise that is already well known. Your business will be a recognised brand, with a reputation. The business products, services and processes will also be tried and tested, making it much quicker and easier for you to get up and running.
One of the biggest drawcards of owning a franchise is the marketing support that is available right from the beginning. Look for a franchise that offers good marketing support across a variety of platforms from social media to print, and for large franchise outfits, TV adverts. Websites in particular need to be customer friendly, not just appealing to potential franchisees, and should be optimised for viewing on both desktops and mobile devices. Having a good website is crucial. If customers can’t find the company on the internet, request a quote or access your contact details, they will very quickly move on to one of the competitors.
4. Support offered to franchisees
Look for a franchise that offers support with administrative systems, policies and procedures, start up training, financials, customer leads and brand awareness. Establishing what support is offered during the lifetime of the franchise agreement, before you sign up, is a good idea.
Research is the key to purchasing any business. Have your vision for what you want in a franchise clear, set a budget and know what you can spend, and shop around. Take these four key considerations into account, and you will be well on your way to determining which cleaning franchise is the right one for your situation. As a final step, you may also want to speak with existing franchisees to find out if they feel adequately supported by the franchisor.