Franchise or going it alone
I'm laying plans to start a cleaning company up here in the UK. My experience has been in retail so I'm starting from scratch but I love the idea of a new challenge. I know I will find lots of useful information on this wonderful forum and hopefully in the coming months as I gain experience i'll be able to contribute.
In the meantime I would like to ask what you guys think of a cleaning franchise. I see the initial advantage of having someone with experience to guide you, but I also see the draw backs of being restricted and having to pay someone else a cut of your income, I imagine this will grate once you have gained enough experience to run alone.
Do you think it's better to just go it alone and learn by your mistakes or get a franchise? How did you guys start? I'd really appreciate any advice you can offer.