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No one said running a business was easy. Beginning a franchise business is hard work no matter what type of product or service is being sold. Yet with planning, focus, a solid network and the right training and support tools, business owners can position their company for continued growth and success.
Below are five tips from Bart Puett, president and CEO of Maid Brigade, the leading maid service franchise, to help today’s franchisees flourish.
Have a plan and stick to it. Setting goals and having a plan to achieve them is crucial for the development of the business. Make it a priority to meet with key team members on a regular schedule to discuss business objectives, results, new programs, and promotions.
Focus on customer service and satisfaction. Repeat customers and referrals are vitally important to business growth, especially in the beginning when brand awareness within the local community may be weak. Listen to customers when they have suggestions and provide pricing incentives for repeat customers to show appreciation toward the most valued customers.
Use all the of the tools and support offered by franchisors. Utilize all of the resources provided by franchisors such as financing, training, sales, marketing, technology, and web support.
Get involved in the community. Consider donating time and services to help support local charities, schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, veterans and women’s groups to build local awareness and relations within the community.
Network, network, network. Join a local chamber of commerce, industry association(s), professional organization, small business owners, and entrepreneur groups to meet with other business leaders, to share ideas, and to discuss success strategies.
About Maid Brigade Inc. Maid Brigade Inc. is the only Green Clean Certified® cleaning services franchise with more than 400 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Ranked a “Top 100” franchise by Entrepreneur magazine and a “Top 50” Franchise opportunity for both Minorities and Veterans by USA Today, Maid Brigade is a low investment, high return, and recession resistant business opportunity that offers a great lifestyle. For more information visit maidbrigadefranchise.com or call 1-800-722-MAID.