Franchise Spotlight: Cleaning
Franchising offers a robust business model in the growing and competitive Cleaning sector.
The household cleaners sector generated a revenue of over CA$600million in 2021 and the market is predicted to continue growing annually by 1.26% (Statista), making the cleaning industry a potentially profitable sector to invest in. Cleaning is a robust industry with a growing number of consumers choosing to spend money on outsourcing their cleaning requirements.
Whether you are interested in managing a residential cleaning franchise, or a business aimed at the commercial sector (including education and healthcare settings as well as hospitality and offices), there are franchise options available. Some cleaning companies offer niche services such as a focus on only using environmentally friendly products, or offering specific product cleaning for items such as ovens or carpets.
There will always be things that need to be cleaned, as well as busy people who want to spend money on this service, making a cleaning franchise a reliable business in a sector where there is ongoing demand.
Life Maid Easy is a successfully franchised business that ensures their cleaners use non-hazardous, non-toxic products which are safe to be used around children and pets. Chem-Dry is a company who have created their niche in carpet and upholstery cleaning. Franchisees can look to manage teams of cleaning professionals and in this way scale up their business over time.
Cleaning Industry Analysis
The cleaning sector is a well-franchised industry and franchisees will benefit from the support of an established company in a competitive market. Initial investment costs can be relatively low in this sector as separate premises are rarely required. Cleaning franchises are often mobile or home-based, rather than needing an office or a shop.
Cleaning experience is rarely required by franchisors and if you are interested in managing a team of cleaners (rather than providing the services yourself) then the key skills required will be with regards to organization, people management and good communication skills. Cleaning franchises often appeal to those looking for a more flexible approach to business as work can be arranged around other commitments.
There will always be a demand for cleaning services but franchisees would be wise to consider whether they will be offering a USP or a niche within this crowded market. For people-focused, enthusiastic entrepreneurs looking to run a scalable business, the cleaning sector is an exciting prospect.