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post #1 of Old 07-04-2008, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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New to the business, need advice.

Hi all, I am new to the franchise cleaning business and have heard real horror stories.

Before I or my company flake out any money I would like to hear your opinions,

Exterior or interior cleaning the best and most profitable? Trailer is enough to start?

How much can you charge on a normal SFR cleaning and how much commercial per square feet?

Appreciate any help and I have been in real estate for the longest time in Los Angeles, CA. Got a website if any of you want to participate.

Thank you. Isitel
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post #2 of Old 07-04-2008, 02:59 PM
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I am a little confused by your question

If you are new to the "franchise" cleaning business, then they "the franchise" will tell or set you up what you need, including your supplies list and your pricing structure. That is the primary reason why they collect their franchising fees.

If you are asking if you should purchase a franchise? Then my answer would be a resounding "NO"
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Thank you for the reply. So you don't think any cleaning franchise works? Do you suggest I just buy the equipment and do it on my own? I would appreciate and do appreciate you comments. I am based in L.A., CA.
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post #4 of Old 07-04-2008, 03:19 PM
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I did not say that franchises don't work, what I will say it that with a little bit more effort you can easily start your own business that will -

1) be your own, you set your pricing based on your costs and you projected profit margin. plus no one can limit/ split or re-zone your district thus cutting your profits which is rather common once territories become built up.

2) because you set your own pricing and you will not have to honor "franchising" coupons that undercut your business (google cold stone creamery and see that lately many of them are going out of business since the corporate offices sent out massive campaigns of buy one get one free. Yes this happens in the cleaning franchises as well)

3) when you do make a profit you will not have to pay a franchising fee. (which by the way you will have to pay even if you don't make a profit)

4) you will not have your "franchise" taken away dispite your investments of both time and cash because someone in corporate determined that you were not running your branch in the most profitable way possible (ie- they found someone else that they could again sell the franchise to thus making them more money. Oh and forget getting your money back, that won't happen)

I could go on and on, but I think that you get my drift

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post #5 of Old 07-05-2008, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you for the very sound advice. What type of equipment do you recommend to start outside cleaning, driveways, roofs, walls, etc. and where should I advertise to get quick results? Thanks.
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I was an executive for a franchisee company... stay far away
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post #7 of Old 07-08-2008, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you for the advice Dig, any particular reason? Are they all a scam?
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post #8 of Old 07-10-2008, 09:31 PM
 
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You will have a fee for anything and everything you can think of till they end up with about 40% of your revenue. Commercial cleaning is a simple low cost and very profitable business, go get insurance and supplies and cold call companies for business. Call them and ask if you can come by and give them a bid, invest in making your proposal look as professional as possible and you will be amazed how easy it is to pull an account. That is all you are paying 40% of your hard earned money to some other guy to do for you.
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post #9 of Old 07-11-2008, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you thank you thank you. In return for your sound advice we at ISITEL would be willing to advertise your website for free. Send us a link. Best wishes, ISITEL.
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post #10 of Old 07-21-2008, 03:03 AM
 
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hello
here are some e book which will help you in your business.
http://www.house-cleaning-services.c...-to-ebooks.htm
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