Why Janitorial?

Benefits of Investing in a Janitorial Franchise

Commercial cleaning has always been as much about maintaining a healthy work environment as keeping things looking shiny and clean, but the health and safety of the workforce took centerstage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As janitors became celebrated front-line workers and took a much more visible role in the workplace, janitorial franchises became better investments than ever before.

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The State of the Industry

The commercial cleaning industry was charged with keeping things sanitized and disinfected to help the rest of the world stay safe at work. That’s why Franchise Business Review embraced cleaning franchises in its Best Recession-Proof Businesses To Start lists in 2020 (the inaugural year) and 2021. Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services made the list both years.

Office Pride and other commercial cleaning companies historically have performed well during economic downturns because the need for cleaning does not ebb and flow with the economy. Further, the low startup costs, low overhead costs, ability to launch a business out of an owner’s home, flexible hours and the fact that experience is not required help janitorial franchises stand out during a sluggish economy.

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Who’s in this Industry?

According to a Marketdata study, the $117 billion U.S. cleaning industry is composed of janitorial companies, pest control companies, building maintenance companies and more. This sector is composed largely of small- and medium-sized businesses, 36,000 of which are franchises. Janitorial services own most of the business in this sector, which is worth more than $50 billion annually.

The commercial cleaning industry is massive because of the number of businesses that require their services.

The industry’s largest organization is the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), which has prided itself on being the Business Resource for Contractors™ for more than 50 years. BSCAI represents a worldwide network of more than 500 member companies that provide cleaning, facility maintenance, security, landscaping and related services to building owners and managers. BSCAI provides educational programs, certifications, industry data and networking opportunities for industry leaders.

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services Founder and CEO Todd Hopkins, CBSE, is an active member, board member and past president of BSCAI.

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What are the Differentiators of the Industry?

Of course, there is more to the commercial cleaning industry than how it performed during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the factors that differentiate the sector:

  • Commercial Cleaning Is an Established, Stable Industry. Commercial cleaning has been around a long time and shows steady growth. It is typically a service that businesses start and keep because it is recognized as being important and not a luxury.
  • Commercial Cleaning Is Not Geographically Dependent. Commercial cleaning businesses and janitorial franchises are viable in any market area,regardless of size, population or demographics.
  • Commercial Cleaning Provides a Predictable Income. Office Pride franchisees enjoy predictable, recurring monthly income based on their number of accounts. They are able to grow their business by adding new accounts, special services and periodic floor care jobs.
  • Commercial Cleaning Offers Scalable Growth. Franchise owners can control the pace at which they grow, adding new customers on their own timetable.
84 Billion Square Feet Commercial Floor Space in the U.S.
$117 Billion U.S. Cleaning Industry Value
31% of all Commercial Cleaning Jobs Are Office Buildings