A rise in Entrepreneur rankings shows Office Pride commercial cleaning franchise’s ongoing commitment to industry leadership.
Excellence is easier bragged about than achieved. That’s probably why so many companies do it. So it’s really nice when someone else gives your business a shout-out, especially a franchise industry expert like Entrepreneur magazine. Among the magazine’s annual listings, Office Pride commercial cleaning franchise managed to jump 11 spots on the prestigious Franchise 500 list.
Entrepreneur has been producing the ranking for 35 years, and it provides an objective listing of the industry’s best and most stable franchise systems. Here’s what Entrepreneur has to say on its website about how it compiles the rankings: “All companies, regardless of size, are judged by the same criteria: objective, quantifiable measures of the franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. We also consider the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it has been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing.”
It’s easy to see how Office Pride would get high scores in a number of those areas. We’ve been stable and growing since 1992, and we are a leader in the $78 billion commercial cleaning industry. Founder and CEO Todd Hopkins created a faith-based business with a mission to glorify God and serve man at the same time. At Office Pride, we believe everyone deserves respect, from customers and vendors to franchisees and employees. Our core values have never strayed from honesty, integrity and hard work, and our 100-plus franchisees embrace those same values.
Todd has earned a reputation over the years as a leader in this industry. He has published three books, “The Janitor: How an Unexpected Friendship Transformed a CEO and his Company” (with Ray Hilbert, 2007), “The Carrot Chaser: A Business Fable” (with Ray Hilbert, 2008) and “Five Wisdoms for Entrepreneur Survival” (2003). He’s learned a thing or two about navigating the business world and running a top-notch company, and Office Pride franchisees definitely benefit from that expertise. Here are a few reasons why Office Pride is a better performer than some of the other cleaning franchises:
Low overhead. Typically, starting your own business is an expensive venture. The cost of rent, marketing and more can cause the costs to skyrocket. At Office Pride, your overhead starts low and stays that way because you can easily work out of your home. If there’s a corner in your apartment or a spare closet in your home where you can set up a laptop and a cell phone, you’ve already got what it takes to start your own business. A home-based business allows a franchise owner a great deal of flexibility to grow as large as they want while keeping expenses at bay.
Vendor relationships. Office Pride continues to become a more recognizable and respected brand in the industry, and one of the reasons we’ve been able to do that is because we’ve established some great vendor relationships. Our ongoing ties with leading suppliers gives us incredible purchasing power in ways that solo entrepreneurs can’t access.
Office Pride franchisee and Area Developer Todd Jones, whose business is in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk area, owned an independent commercial cleaning business with his wife, Valerie, for 20 years before joining Office Pride. Even though the Joneses had joined with other commercial cleaning companies to gain buying power, it didn’t compare to what Office Pride was immediately able to offer him. “We definitely saw very good pricing that we could never get when we were on our own. It was immediate. The same products we had bought two weeks before dropped 20%, 30% or even 40%, depending on the product,” Todd Jones said.
“One caveat is that supplies and equipment are not a huge percentage of our costs – the overwhelming cost is labor – but if you can go from an overall percentage of 5% or 4% for supplies to 2% or below, if you’re talking thousands of dollars in revenue, that could be some real money.”
Self-directed growth. Office Pride has put a lot of systems in place to help franchisees grow a significant business. This is not the right franchise system for someone looking to own a part-time business on the side; this is the right system for someone who has a passion for growing their own business, whether they want to oversee a large operation or keep things small. Office Pride franchisees are committed to customer satisfaction, and they’re committed to representing the Office Pride brand.
Office Pride’s 20-plus years of commercial cleaning franchise experience and our ongoing commitment to Biblical principles have helped us build a profitable company that is a leader in the industry. We are actively seeking franchisees who share our vision for building a worthy business. If you would like to learn more about Office Pride franchising opportunities, please take a look at our website’s research pages and then fill out the form at right to download our free franchise report or give us a call at 727-491-5125. We’d love to start a conversation!