Carpet cleaning is a profitable sector, with many exciting franchises available to help you take the next step. So, what’s the catch? If you’re looking to make a career change with a carpet cleaning franchise, there is no catch. The property cleaning sector is booming, and there’s plenty of room for more keen franchisees that want to take the leap into the industry.
Starting a new business in any industry can be daunting and comes with no shortage of challenges. With franchising though, you’re not on your own; you’ll be joining a well-established business that offers all manner of support, and it’s also far easier to secure a loan when you’re opening a franchise than with a brand new business.
Making a career change with a carpet cleaning franchise has never been easier - nor more appealing. Carpet cleaning holds a substantial share of the UK’s £6bn property cleaning sector, and with well-established franchises on hand to offer the leg-up you need, starting your own carpet cleaning business is a winner for those looking to make a profitable career change on their own terms.
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Why start a carpet cleaning franchise?
Franchising is on the up. Franchises collectively contribute over £15 billion to the UK economy - up 46% in the past 10 years [Franchise Supermarket], and as a cost-effective way to grow a business, you’re a shoe-in for success if you tick all the boxes.
And why carpet cleaning? Being on-hand to carry out many people’s cleaning needs, you can always look forward to reaping the rewards of a high-demand sector. The UK’s growing awareness of just what can lurk in flooring, along with health concerns surrounding asthma and other allergies, have encouraged more and more people to take good care of their carpets.
Whilst many sectors are declining, the residential cleaning market is very robust. Our ageing population need help to keep their homes clean and tidy whilst young professionals are increasingly working longer hours and want to maximise their leisure time by using cleaners to take care of the mundane household tasks.
And what is a business without healthy margins? Over 70% of cleaning firms employ 10 or less staff, and with less need for premises than other industries, you could be looking at some healthy gains once you’ve established your own carpet cleaning franchise.
How to make a career change with a carpet cleaning franchise
Of course, it’s no mean feat to take the leap and start a new business - even if it’s with a successful franchise in a profitable industry. But with the right guidance, a successful career with a carpet cleaning franchise is well within reach. Below, we list the three steps you should take before you invest to make sure your career change with a carpet cleaning franchise gets off to the best possible start.
1. Research, research, research
Before taking the plunge, you’ll need to look into which carpet cleaning franchises are the right ones for you. It’s time to develop an understanding of what is required of you as a franchisor, what the competition in your area is like currently, and exactly what a carpet cleaning franchisee does on an average day.
You should also look into which carpet cleaning franchises you would like to be a part of, how much it costs to get involved with them, and what you can expect for your investment. For example:
- Homeclean is a domestic cleaning agency that provides experienced, reliable and trustworthy cleaners to households around the world. Established in London in 1985, HOMECLEAN is now an international brand with franchise owners benefiting from a strong residual income. To become a franchisee with Homeclean, you’ll need to make a minimum investment of £12,000, with a total expected investment of £18,000. For that investment, you can expect a comprehensive initial training package, a special custom built CRM system and a dedicated support team.
- Zero Dry Time, which dry cleans carpets and upholstery without water, was founded in the north east of England in the late noughties, and has since grown its fleet of UK vans to more than 30. To become a franchisee with Zero Dry Time, you should expect to make a minimum investment of £24,950. For your money, you can expect to receive back office support, a wealth of marketing materials to get your franchise off the ground, and access to the latest cleaning machines, cleaning products and tools.
2. Prepare a business plan
A business plan is key to showing you mean business - both to yourself, and your chosen franchise. You’ll need to spend time outlining the key details of your franchising plan, as this will be integral to your ongoing success.
Make sure you think of everything: equipment, business scale, vehicle inventory. Everything that will contribute to the success of your business is worth including. Once complete, it can be used as your bible for taking the business forward - and before that, proving to your franchise that you’re a right fit for them.
3. Assess your skills
Like in any industry, starting a carpet cleaning franchise will require a specific set of skills. Not only do you need to be ambitious, you also need to be ready to work hard - particularly in the first few months of the business.
While you don’t necessarily need to have experience in the industry, it will certainly help to have the following skills:
- Will to succeed
- Good business acumen
- Organisational skills
- Great communicator
If you have passion and drive in abundance, you can be sure that there are franchises out there that will help give you the tools to succeed. But being fully committed is an absolute essential.
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Make a career change with a carpet cleaning franchise today
Hopefully, you’re now keener than ever to get cracking and find the best carpet cleaning franchise for you, so you can make that career change and take the next steps on your journey.
If you want to learn more about carpet cleaning franchises, there are plenty of interesting resources on Point Franchise, such as what the key advantages of a carpet cleaning franchise are and what you need to know to become a carpet cleaner.
Charlie Cottrell, Point Franchise ©