America’s love affair with backyard grilling and all-things-BBQ has never been greater! Barbecue has become a year round activity. But, at some point that grill needs to be cleaned and that disagreeable necessity has become a super-hot, high-profit business opportunity. The BBQ Cleaner company can help aspiring entrepreneurs establish their own business performing this task for clients in their region.
According to The BBQ Cleaner the market is hot:
- 77% of all households in the U.S. own a barbecue or smoker
- Grill sales are expected to increase by 15.6% by 2012
- The niche luxury grill market is booming
- The fastest-growing category is the $400-$800 range
- Year round grilling is at an all-time high
The Barbecue Industry Association conducts an independent bi-annual consumer study to evaluate consumer attitudes and behavior regarding outdoor cooking. Recent surveys have indicated that:
- Americans are buying grills with more bells and whistles.
- Families are barbecuing more than ever, and are firing up their grills regardless of the season or the weather.
- Americans are cooking over the grills a whopping 2.9 billion times a year!
The BBQ Cleaner has packaged a business opportunity that can have people up and running their own business in about six weeks. They don’t need any prior business experience.
“We started selling our business opportunity just three years ago and already have over 40 operators nationwide. We provide these people with the equipment to start their own local barbecue cleaning business. The equipment we provide them with has been used around the world since 1994 and is world-class. Every operator to date has been happy as they are running a business out of their home with little to zero competition,” said Jeff Krentzman, Director of Operations for The BBQ Cleaner.
Operators of The BBQ Cleaner across the country use a system that has been utilized around the world in three continents and seven countries since 1994. There are over 150 current operators worldwide. The concept came to the United States in 2006.
“We provide every new operator with a complete (over 100 pages) operations manual, which of course details how to use the system. Beyond that, we walk through every specific step with an operator as to how to start their business. We receive tremendous positive feedback on this as, for many of them, it is their first time starting a business. Also included in the manual are professionally done marketing materials with their business name on them that they can use in their own area so they don’t have to suffer through trial and error advertising. We make this extremely turnkey for each operator. We even provide an optional training package for operators in their area with their specific trailer when it arrives,” Krentzman added.
It’s important to note that the solutions used to clean the BBQs are green. They are eco-friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable and caustic soda-free.
According to The BBQ Cleaner, one of the many benefits of the business opportunity is that there is virtually no competition.
"It isn’t like starting the 65th carpet cleaning company in an area. It hits a need in the marketplace as well, as almost every home has a grill and, until now, there hasn’t been a company to call to come clean it. There are many reasons why a homeowner should clean their grill, and operators of the system are able to explain this to prospective clients and get the business. The majority of clients become repeat clients as well," said Krentzman, adding, “We also show our entrepreneurs exactly how they should lay out their specific website for their business. If we have someone contact us from an operator's area looking for the service, we gladly refer the client to that operator at no cost. Everything comes with warranties so they are fully protected. We also offer a training package in the buyer's area once their trailer arrives. We tell prospective clients that they can make $77,000 a year doing this business. That number is based on only two cleanings a day at $149 a clean, so that number is definitely achievable."
The BBQ Cleaner discovered this unique cleaning system that has been used around the world in an international franchise magazine back in 2005. “After months of research, we decided to do a pilot test here in Bergen County, NJ in the beginning of 2006 to see if there was a market for it in the US. Within two months of starting up, we had over a two-week wait for people to get an appointment with us. The concept caught on quicker than we could have ever dreamed. So we have been running this business here in Bergen County since 2006,” said Krentzman.
Some operators have added BBQ Cleaning to their existing business as a new service offering. “It’s been great to see the system have the success it has across the nation. And best of all, operators haven’t experienced any trouble getting clients when they get started,” Krentzman commented.
Joe Padilla is one of the entrepreneurs who started his own business with help from The BBQ Cleaner.
“My job was relocating to Chicago, IL. I had never shoveled snow and didn’t want to start now. I started the process of looking for a new job or business I could start. I found The BBQ Cleaner on a website and thought it was a great idea. I called and talked to Jeff Krentzman and he explained how it was a business opportunity and not a franchise, so start-up cost was a lot less. I hated cleaning my own grill but, like any job, if you have the right tools it makes it a lot easier. I couldn’t be happier. I have lost some weight and enjoy being outside and getting to meet new people all the time. In this economy people don’t want to replace their grills and most of the time don’t need too. It just needs a good cleaning. A good grill should last 10+ years if you take care of it. People do a great job first couple of years, then it gets dirty and they use the old method of heating up the grill hoping it burns off everything bad. It just makes it hard to clean because it bakes all the stuff on to the grill.
"Grilling is a healthy way to cook and people just enjoy it. I tell people the BBQ grill is like the water cooler at work; everyone hangs out around the grill. When you have friends and family over you don’t want them to see a dirty grill. Plus you want it to be safe, clean and healthy for your family and guests. People always ask me if theirs is the dirtiest grill I have seen. I then ask if they really want to know and most people say no! I already have a strong number of repeat clients in less than a year and a half. You never get tired of people being amazed how clean their grill is after we clean it. Most say they don’t want to use it now and I always say you better or I won’t have anything to do,” said Padilla.
Steve Koffler, owner of Desert BBQ Cleaning in Palm Desert, CA echoes a similar message. “We actually just opened up November 1st of 2012 and within the first few weeks we were already booked up for weeks. From doing the research, I knew I had a great chance of having a successful business through The BBQ Cleaner, but my expectations have already been exceeded in less than two months. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow this in the years to come."
If you’d like more information on how you can launch your own BBQ cleaning enterprise, contact The BBQ Cleaner today.