What does the franchise fee cover?
The franchise fee is $35,000, which includes both initial training in our training center in Palm Harbor and follow on training and support in your geography. It also includes marketing collateral, comprehensive educational materials for sales, personnel management and operations, initial telemarketing lead development, Public Relations support, HR support, your own micro website and more.
How long does it take to get started?
Typically, it takes 30 – 90 days to get an Office Pride franchise up and running. However once you return home from initial franchise training and with the in your area support over the next few weeks from Office Pride support personnel and Certified Trainers, you should be building your customer base by the end of your first month.
Do you offer a discount for veterans?
Yes. We are a participant in the IFA’s VetFran program, and we offer a 25% discount on our franchise fee to those who have served in our nation’s armed forces and been honorably discharged.
How much is the royalty fee?
The standard royalty fee is 9% of all gross revenue sales collected plus 1% of all gross revenue sales collected for the National Ad Fund that goes toward our national marketing efforts on your behalf.
Do I have to do the cleaning myself?
Our business model trains you to train others to do the cleaning. Many franchisees will tell you they still do some cleaning on rare occasions – when a worker calls out sick or quits on short notice for instance – but 100% of the cleaning should be done by your cleaning personnel.
How will I find employees?
Office Pride franchisees find a lot of workers through their church, through newspaper and Craigslist ads and referrals from their employees. Perhaps our ideal worker might already have a full-time job and is looking for a way to supplement their income or is a student looking to earn while they learn. Many are retirees looking to earn and keep active. Office Pride offers these employees a flexible schedule, part-time job.
Do I have to be a Christian?
No. While many of our franchisees are Christians, we only require that every franchisee embrace our core values that include treating everyone with respect, operating a business based on Biblical principles and an uncompromising commitment to honesty, integrity and hard work.
Office Pride is a business that was founded as a way to help our franchisees while honoring God, and we run our business based on Biblical principles. After all there is no such thing as a Christian Business, they are just businesses run on Christian values and principles. We are more interested in the character of our franchisee candidates than in their personal beliefs or faith.
How hard is it to get customers?
Potential customers are everywhere – every commercial business. At Office Pride, we work with our franchisees and train and equip them to make sales calls, market their business locally, submit an effective bid and close a sale. Since 80% of your “competition” will likely be “Mon & Pop” cleaning businesses and with the industry customer turnover rate due to inconsistent, unsatisfactory and poor quality service is according to BSCAI around 35% per year (1 in 3 switch services -ours is under 10%), it is not that challenging to gain new customers with our brand reputation and quality service.
Where are the growth markets?
The great thing about a commercial cleaning business is that it is a service that is needed everywhere – all the time. Large cities, suburban markets, small or rural towns. Whatever the economy, employers for the sake of their employees and customers need their work spaces cleaned. That is why commercial cleaning is virtually recession resistant and grows constantly with thousands of new commercial businesses opening each year.
How does Office Pride define its territories?
We don’t saturate a market or pit franchisees against one another. The fact is, there’s enough room in every market, large or small, for everyone. We give franchisees room to sell their own accounts and room to grow their business without geographical boundaries of territories. With 77 billion square feet of commercial space in this country, there are plenty of customers to choose from.
How much money can I make?
The answer to that question is entirely up to you. The financials in our FDD – Section 19 are on a separate page on this site. While the potential is there, only your hard work and effort will determine your revenue and income potentials.
What will it cost to get started?
We work with you to achieve your 2 short term goals:
(1) launch your business and achieve a break-even cash flow that includes an owners salary
(2) grow beyond that to achieve your personal equity growth goals.
In addition to the $35,000 Franchise fee, you should have around $21,500 – 72,200 in available liquid capital to carry you to goal 1 plus whatever your monthly personal living/family expenses are for 6 to 9 months to get you to that first goal.