I read this the other day, but didn't know which angle of the cleaning business
you might be interested in.
Some areas of the business are very hard to break into unless you join a
franchise company, which is actually your safest way to go.
I would imagine that your surely not talking about residential home cleaning
services, but more along the lines of something in the commercial field.
Too much competition and too low fees in residential cleaning.
The commercial field is much more broad, but unfortunately mostly tied up
by the franchises with long term contracts.
My cousin was cleaning commercial offices, one of the offices she had been
doing for over 7 years, when they finally agreed to a contract with a franchise
company that was handling other offices of theirs. Her fee was less than
they agreed upon with the franchise outfit, but the franchise outfit tossed
in some extras, like bulb changing, minor maintenance, etc. in order to get
the contract signed.
In any case, my cousin decided to join a small franchise group that handled
public rest rooms. Sounds yucky for sure. But she says its the most cushy
job she ever had and it pays almost double of the drugery of cleaning office
buildings. And she did not have to provide her own liablity insurance, it
was part of the franchise deal.
With franchise routes, seniority plays a big role of WHERE your route will
be. But fortunately for her, the most unwanted route was the route second
nearest to where she lived. Eventually she got the route that radiated around
her own neighborhood.
The franchise handles all the billing and supplies all the materials and
trains on the methods they use.
She is still free to use some of her own cleaning aids if she desires, but
what the company supplies is usually better than anything she can obtain.
They don't use their hands, even gloved for hardly anything. Tongs and long
handles are on everything, and in some establishments, even hoses and mini
power washers can be utilized.
She loves it! And it takes a whole lot less of her time.
Lot of driving though from place to place. But most places have at least
2 cleaning jobs, many have 4 and a few have 6 to 8 at one location.
Just food for thought!