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Cleaning Up as a Cleaning Franchise Owner

(This is a guest post from The Franchise King®, Joel Libava.)

Over the years, I’ve been able to help lots of people learn about the many opportunities available in cleaning-related franchise concepts. Some of them eventually invested in this sector of franchising, and are successful small business owners today. Many of the people that I had the opportunity to advise first had to get over their pre-conceived notions about what their roles would be as the owner of a cleaning-related franchise. (I use the term cleaning-related, because not every franchise in this sector is involved in actual cleaning, but rather something related to it.)

For example, did you know that franchises owners of residential cleaning services don’t actually do the cleaning? (That’s been my experience. Check with the franchise you’re interested in.) The owners of these franchises are in charge of things like customer service, marketing, and human resources-related duties. It’s really a management business. And, it turns into a multiple team-multiple vehicle business. To grow a residential cleaning franchise, you add employees and vehicles to keep up with the demand, which is a great way to grow a business.

The commercial cleaning side is a lot different. In a commercial cleaning franchise, unless you are the Master Franchise owner, (you won an entire geographical area, and your role is one of selling franchises) you are the one doing the cleaning. You’ll start out cleaning the commercial accounts that are provided for you, as part of your franchise agreement. As you get more accounts, you start hiring other people to do some of the cleaning. In most commercial cleaning franchises you’re called a sub-franchisee; you purchased your franchise from the Master Franchise owner, and you’re provided with the tools you need to grow your own business…under (sub) the Master Franchise owner.

I mentioned that there were cleaning-related franchises. A good example of one would be a junk-removal service; you’re helping to remove unwanted possessions. You’re really helping your customers “clean out an area".

The cleaning sector of franchising encompasses lots of different businesses. Like:

  • Maid services
  • Janitorial services
  • Carpet/ upholstery cleaning
  • Dry cleaning/ fabric care
  • Disaster restoration
  • Junk removal

If you’d like to get a nice overview of the cleaning industry, make sure you grab this Free Report.

Or, you can just request information from one of these cleaning franchises.

(The Franchise King®, Joel Libava, is the King of straightforward franchise information, and a strategic marketing partner of ours. Check him out at

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