Throughout the pandemic, many women and other minorities had to get creative in order to survive. Fortunately, minorities are nothing if not resilient. Many of these people started businesses of their own, whether in the form of small businesses, entering the gig economy, or franchises. In fact, white men now make up the minority of business owners in the United States. We’ve seen fast growth in women- and Latin-owned businesses, a phenomenon that is reshaping the fabric of our society by giving women and other minorities more purchasing power and influence.
A large portion of these minority entrepreneurs is pursuing commercial cleaning or janitorial franchise opportunities in 2022. And it’s easy to see why. Commercial cleaning franchising offers freedom and flexibility, and there’s never been a better time to start.
There Are More Resources Than Ever
In the age of the internet, you can find resources to educate yourself on almost anything. Perhaps an even bigger revelation for women and other minorities is the ability to find someone you can relate to who is educating others and sharing their experiences as a business owner. Representation matters and inspiration to become your own boss is spreading like wildfire.
We are also seeing more support from governmental bodies that recognize the power of minorities. On November 15, 2021, the Minority Business Development Agency was made permanent with the passing of the Minority Business Development Act of 2021. This legislation includes new and broader authorities that will significantly transform the Agency and elevate it within the U.S. Department of Commerce. This means that minorities now have a group in the White House dedicated to illuminating the causes of disparity and advocating for progress.
Of course, initial funding can be a huge challenge. However, there are solutions. Many groups have stepped forward to create grants for women and minorities seeking money to launch a business. Many companies also offer financing options to franchisees. Do some research on grants for women and other minorities before assuming you can’t afford the upfront costs of a franchise.
Freedom and Flexibility
A traditional full-time job doesn’t always align with the competing priorities most of us face. Women in particular are often responsible for many roles inside and outside of the home. Not everyone can afford or access childcare or reliable public transportation. Unexpected emergencies, like a sick child or car troubles, can become even bigger issues when companies are not understanding or flexible. Many people have become frustrated with this lack of compassion from big corporations and decided to go out on their own.
Franchising gives the freedom and flexibility people are increasingly craving (and, in many cases, demanding) in the new normal. Being your own boss is tough, and you’ll probably work more hours than you ever have. However, most people find this work much more rewarding knowing their efforts are fueling their own business and enjoy the additional flexibility. According to Franchise Business Review, 88% of women say they enjoy operating their business and 75% would recommend their franchise to others.
Many commercial cleaning franchisees are able to work from home and make their own hours. The size of your business is up to you. You can start slow and grow as you feel ready. With a franchise, you’re in the driver’s seat.
How to Get Started
Starting your own commercial cleaning franchise is a big decision. It’s important to do your research and partner with a company you can trust. Consider the points below when searching for the right fit…
● What is the upfront cost? Is financing available?
● How much training will they provide?
● Will you be required to sell your services and build your own customer base?
● Will you control your schedule, or are there certain mandatory hours?
● What kind of professional tools will you have access to?
For nearly 40 years, OpenWorks has worked to help franchisees succeed. Whether you want to start your own business or get more support to grow an existing operation, we’re here to help. We offer financing and ongoing training to help you get started and maintain growth so your business can be as big or small as you’d like.
Learn more about our franchising options here and contact us today to get started.
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