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You’ve given your all for this country and now it’s time to focus on your future. For many, they’ll seek out employment opportunities in the workforce or put their efforts toward a college degree. For others, the appeal of working for themselves and forging their own path in business is their dream. For those entrepreneurs, investing in a franchise is certainly an option worth considering. But what franchise is right for you?

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The “right” franchise can take on many different meanings. Maybe it’s a franchise in a field that you have previous experience? Maybe it’s something that you are passionate about? Or, maybe it’s in an industry that is completely new to you but one that offers stability and endless opportunities.

Jani-King, a leader in the commercial cleaning industry, may just present the perfect solution; an opportunity to be your own boss, have the support of industry experts and get started with a minimum investment along with no previous experience.

1. Is this the right business for me?

Commercial cleaning services are a $100 billion dollar industry projected to grow by more than 5% in the next three years alone. Owning a franchise that is part of a structured franchisor program is a great way to stay profitable in a time of economic uncertainty; with low overhead, consistent demand and high opportunities for growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that a professional cleaning specialist will be the fastest growing occupation in the next ten years, reaffirming the potential expansion of the industry and related professions.

2. Franchise management vs. independent ownership?

Owning an independent business and owning an established franchise are both viable ways to start a cleaning business; however franchise ownership offers considerable advantages that help foster long-term success. Franchise owners benefit from the company’s reputation and reliability, along with their growing base of satisfied customers. Many of the best franchisors support franchisees by offering operational training, business development coaching, marketing support, technical support and industry/technology trend information all without having to take on the high collateral and liability associated with independent ownership.

3. Residential vs. Commercial cleaning services?

When choosing to start a cleaning business, the two most common choices are residential or commercial cleaning services. Both have key advantages; residential cleaning may be easier to start, but commercial cleaning offers a greater opportunity for profit and success. The commercial cleaning sector includes hotels, hospitals, offices, stadiums, restaurants, retail centers, manufacturing facilities and so much more; a much wider range of cleaning services than residential.

4. What about customers?

While the potential benefits of commercial cleaning services are unrivaled, the task of securing customers within this market may seem daunting to those first getting started. Good franchisors will be there to help with a foundation built upon a history of top-level programs. Owning a franchise under an established brand such as Jani-King opens your business to a network of industry partners who trust and rely on the continued professionalism of franchisees. Another benefit of a good franchise system is that they should have a program in place to secure the cleaning contracts and then offer those to their local franchisees. If the franchisee wants to do their own account sales, the franchisor should also have a training program and marketing materials.

5. What services will be provided?

There are a variety of services that commercial cleaning businesses provide and it is important to decide which areas to focus on before getting started. Floor care services, such as carpet cleaning, are exceedingly popular for commercial clients as well as exterior services such as window washing. Many franchisees specialize in scheduled maintenance cleaning for their regular customers as well. Solidifying your area of expertise will allow you to gain greater clout in the Highly Regarded Veteran Franchise Ownerindustry and further establish your brand image as a highly regarded veteran franchise owner.

You don’t have to be an expert - an understanding of these five aspects combined with an entrepreneurial drive and dedication to success are great steps to starting your own commercial cleaning business. To learn more about franchise ownership and how to start a cleaning business with Jani-King, visit their website at


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