Why an Office Pride investment is good for the long haul
Orlando Pitts knew something was special about Office Pride when he started his own independent cleaning company in 2011. As he called on businesses in the Madison, Alabama, area, he was often able to gain accounts when the proprietors were unhappy with their current commercial cleaning service.
But every time he ran into a business that used Office Pride, he encountered the same thing: “They were always happy with the service they had, whether they were using Office Pride in Madison or Huntsville or Decatur – it just did not matter,” Orlando says. “Everybody in this area was just happy with their commercial cleaning services from Office Pride.”
The more he learned about the Office Pride investment, the more he realized the tremendous benefits he had to gain by joining us. In the spring, he made it official and converted his successful commercial cleaning business into an Office Pride franchise.
There are dozens of cleaning franchises to choose from, and when you’re researching a franchise, it’s up to you to do your due diligence. Here are three reasons why we think you’ll find the Office Pride investment always comes out on top:
1. Our record is clean. As a commercial cleaning franchise, Office Pride takes great care to leave every facility we touch in tip-top shape. We also take great care to run our faith-based business the same way. It’s part of our Biblically-based code of values to treat everyone we come across with the same level of respect, and that’s reflected in what people say about us. We urge you to check out our reputation. If you Google “Office Pride” and “complaints,” you’ll find we’re incredibly clean and free of the negativity and franchisee litigation that mars other commercial cleaning franchises. In fact, in 2014 Office Pride ranked No. 43 in Franchise Business Review’s annual Franchisee Satisfaction Survey of franchises with 50 to 250 units.
“If you’re really serious about growing a business and achieving your dreams, the biggest decision you make isn’t the amount of money you invest on the front end. It’s choosing what brand you’re going to associate with for the next 10 to 15 years of your life,” says Todd Hopkins, founder and CEO of Office Pride.
Our initial franchise fee is $29,900, and you only need $15,000 in liquid assets to get in the door. That kind of affordability paves the way for many people to pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship. You may find lower entry fees, but you won’t find another commercial cleaning franchise that has Office Pride’s proven system of franchisee support and our commitment to running every aspect of our business with integrity. Our combination of assets is what helps our franchise owners get a great return on their investment.
2. Great corporate culture. We admit it: We have an incredible culture made up of incredible people who want to honor God with their work. We operate not just like a team, but like a family. We share best practices and help each other grow, and we truly want everyone to succeed. Our franchisees are usually attracted to us in the first place because they like the idea of being in that kind of franchise environment, and when they share our values, they shore up who we are as a business. Orlando Pitts says that was the selling point for him.
Alabama Area Developer Troy Hopkins, the brother of our company’s founder, invited Orlando to an Office Pride training session because he knew the topics would help Orlando – a competitor – in his business. “That’s just unheard of,” Orlando says. “But what really sealed the deal was later that night, when we were hanging out at Troy’s house with my wife and his wife and kids. I don’t look at what people say, I look at how they act with their families. You can tell a lot about a person based on how they act with their families. I was sold.”
3. When you invest in us, we invest in you. From the very beginning, our franchisees are glad they invest in us. As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for – and in the case of the Office Pride investment, you keep getting what you pay for. Just as you look for the right franchise to help you achieve your entrepreneurial goals, we look for candidates who can give us a return on our investment in them. We train our franchisees in all our systems, and we offer continuing support through monthly regional conference calls, mentoring, training for owners and their managers, peer groups and more. You don’t just sign an agreement and walk away. We’re in this together. That’s why our experienced franchising team helps you maximize not just your growth and profitability, but also your time.
When you’re considering the cost of an opportunity, you have to consider what it might cost if you make the wrong decision. Choosing the wrong franchise system could cost you more than just money; it could cost you years of your life. “Franchising is a little like a marriage. You check each other out first and make sure you’ll be a good fit for one another,” says Todd. “And just like with a marriage, in franchising, breaking up is hard to do, so you want to make sure you’re making the right decision before you jump into business together. We want to be in this for the long haul.”
Learn more about Office Pride
Office Pride was founded in 1992 when Todd was working on his MBA at Butler University in Indianapolis. He came up with the idea for a faith-based business with a mission to glorify God and serve man at the same time. At Office Pride, we strive to treat everyone with dignity and respect, from customers to employees alike. And the golden rule is still golden with us: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Our commitment to our Christian principles and our 21-plus years of business savvy have helped us build a profitable franchise company with more than 120 franchisees across the country. We are expanding our reach even farther across the U.S. and Canada. In the $78 billion commercial cleaning industry, there’s still plenty of room to grow.
Would you like to learn more about Office Pride franchising opportunities? Take a look at our website’s research pages and then fill out the form at right to download our free franchise report or call us at 727-491-5125. We’d love to start a conversation!