Anyone with something of an entrepreneurial spirit in the US, who is thinking of starting up a cleaning service, might like to consider the possibility of taking up a janitorial franchise.
Buying into a franchise could prove to be one of the most advantageous ways for an entrepreneur with a limited funds base to set up a thriving business, particularly as it might prove a stumbling block securing finances from other providers. The usual procedure for a start-up will involve a janitorial service company providing individuals with all the tools for a successful firm, including customers, marketing as well as billing and collection services.
In return for a fee, the entrepreneur who takes up a franchise will be provided with accounts totaling approximately double the fee paid. However, one of the potential drawbacks of the janitorial franchising process is that if an entrepreneur loses a contract, the franchisor is not obliged to replace the package, meaning that less income could be enjoyed.
As with any other business procedure, it is important that those people considering taking on a janitorial franchise carefully work out the legal considerations of the process prior to take-up. For those people with enough funds, securing the services of an astute legal advisor may be a savvy move.
A lawyer or business adviser may be able to guide you towards understanding your obligations in terms of the contractual element of the franchise. People with know-how about the process may review their franchise agreement carefully, ensuring that there are no grey areas over key issues such as your potential earnings or the nature with which the franchisor deals with accounts. Getting all pledges in writing is another method by which one can secure there will be no teething problems.
With a little bit of savoir-faire, janitorial franchising could prove to be a beneficial move for prospective entrepreneurs in the US. A number of franchisor groups in the US claim they will provide a series of integrated training sessions to enable their franchise groups to get up to speed quickly. This may incorporate training sessions at head offices, sales campaigns as well as product promotions and development.
Securing a genuinely good franchisor will be one of the most important tasks for an entrepreneur, a process which could be made easier in the US by closely aligning oneself to a body such as the International Franchise Association (IFA), an organization aspiring to raise ethical standards in the area.