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How Do I Open a Maid Franchise?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 08 September 2014
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The steps to opening a maid franchise include deciding which company you’d like to purchase a franchise from, securing funds for getting started, and developing a business plan for your new venture. Although the parent company will probably have tools you can use to ensure success, the work of marketing and managing your business is up to you. Start by researching various maid franchise companies and reviewing their business practices and other information so you can choose the right one.

There are several franchise listing websites available for you to use when searching for the best maid franchise. Just be sure that the companies you are considering offer franchises in your area. Even those that do may have limits to the number of allowable franchises within a certain location. This helps to prevent oversaturation, so that all franchise owners have the same chances at profit. If the company you want doesn’t have this type of restriction, do your own research to make sure that there are few, if any, franchises with the same company within several miles of where you intend to do business.

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You will also need to secure funds for your new maid franchise. This can include an office or place to do business, supplies, trademarks, and marketing expenses. There are also usually franchise fees required in order for you to obtain a franchise license. The fees, which may be an up-front cost, a monthly or yearly cost, or both, cover the use of the company name and all business models, trademarks, and other things necessary for running the business.

Once you have found a company with the business model and income potential you desire, you can email or call a representative of the business to discuss opening a maid franchise. You will likely sign paperwork, get your funding, and figure out a contract which will include any fees you will owe, rules for running your new business, and buyer/seller obligations. Your initial marketing efforts may be helped along by the parent company, and even when you have gone solo, you should check with one of the owners before engaging in your own marketing efforts to get them approved.

Your maid franchise may also require employees, especially once you have incoming business. While you may decide to do some of the physical cleaning yourself, you can serve more customers by hiring experienced maids. You may also decide to hire a manager or assistant to help you with the hiring and management process. These things may be optional until your business grows, but you should always be sure to check with the parent company to be sure that your business is operating properly.

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