How I Started a Commercial Cleaning Business
To tell you the truth, welcoming our little one to the world really took a toll on our wallets. Now, we had to track every penny. It was too much of a pressure for me – I felt the need to get back to work, but I needed something new. I wanted a fresh start. I began thinking of the ways I could earn money to give my family and myself the lifestyle we once had. So naturally, the first instinct was to start a business. Many people have turned their hobbies into profits, or they used their talents as a tool for generating money – maybe I can do it, too. But, starting a business on my own would’ve taken a lot of money out of my pocket, not to mention the effort needed to set up the business. Most importantly, it would take me a lot of time, which was non-negotiable. I couldn’t stand the thought of becoming all wrapped up in business as is often the case with solopreneurs. I simply wasn’t willing to pay that price.
And then, one day, I thought to myself – what if there’s another way? What if I didn’t have to take that route? Why wouldn’t I just join an already established business? And then, it came to me. I saw an ad while browsing the internet one day – it said something about low cost franchise opportunities. I was intrigued, so I clicked to find out more. After reading what they’re offering, I realized that this might be the perfect opportunity for me – it would spare me the effort of starting my own business and give me the chance to provide for my family while being offered many perks. That was the moment I decided to join the commercial cleaning industry as a franchisee. Without having to make any business or marketing plans, without doing extensive marketing research, developing a business model or thinking how to improve my business – all of which are necessary steps when starting a business – I didn’t have to do any of that. All the hard labor has already been taken care of by somebody else, and all I had to do is join the company, so I took advantage of that.
The franchisor provided me with training, manuals, and framework around which the business is built. I learned about the business model that’s used and I always had the support of the franchisor in terms of operating the business such as accounting, financing and training the employees. Not to mention how drastically my management skills have improved. Three factors were crucial to me when I was considering joining a franchise business – the money, the status of a business owner, but it was the flexibility that had the biggest influence in the decision-making process.
While it required a certain amount of courage, choosing a franchise business made a lot of sense to me from the start – mainly because of the relatively low risk of failing and numerous benefits it had to offer. It gave me the opportunity to balance my work with my private life, and it provided me with the comfort of operating within an already established company while enabling me to enjoy the status of a business owner – it is certainly the best business decision I’ve made.