Oh well, at least the pay off was good. This bought me some much needed time to think about what I wanted to do with my future. I really d the idea of joining the corporate rat race again and I’d always had a yearning to be my own boss, but had no specific ideas about what type of business to start.
I researched a few business opportunities and franchises and the one area that stood out for me was the cleaning sector.
Believe me I had no intention of doing any cleaning myself – after all why break the habit of a lifetime!
But the more I delved into it the more excited I became. I found out the that the UK domestic cleaning market was booming and growing at a rapid rate, unlike many other business types.
In fact it continues to be buoyant even in the current recession because the service it provides to it’s largely ‘cash rich but time poor’ clients is regarded as essential rather than a luxury.
To find out more I set up meetings with two of the biggest domestic cleaning franchises. My thinking was that it would be far easier to follow in the footsteps of someone who has been successful rather than trying to set up my own business.
After my meetings I was far from impressed, in fact I was disappointed. You see they wanted almost £10,000 as an initial franchise fee and then on top of that they wanted to charge me hundreds of pounds per month as an ongoing management fee.
To add insult to injury they also said that I could only trade in a narrow postcode area. Oh and the nearest areas they had available to sell to me were half an hour’s drive from where I lived – no thanks!
Though my meetings were disappointing I took away some positives because each of these franchises had hundreds of franchisees. It proved to me that the demand for cleaning services was (and still remains) high and the business model worked. More importantly the concept could be copied and implemented without the financial burdens of being part of a franchise.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think how much money can be made from the simple process of introducing cleaners to clients! And don’t forget you don’t have to do any cleaning work yourself.
I’d like to show you how to set up and run a successful UK domestic cleaning agency. If you follow my Cleaning Goldmine ‘blueprint’ you could be earning good money within 2 to 3 weeks and well on the way to building a substantial business within a couple of years.
If you’re less ambitious or want to start things off on a part-time basis that’s fine. This business is really flexible and you set the agenda.