MaidPro announced today that MSN Money’s Kiplinger.com has named it among seven fast-growing franchises worthy of attention among entrepreneurs in the current economy. All of the franchises named in the article “have demonstrated solid growth despite the harsh business climate – and none of them require exorbitant startup fees,” writes the article’s author Neema P. Roshania of Kiplinger.com.
MSN Money’s criteria for selecting its top franchise picks included:
Growth of 70% or greater since 2006 (or 10%-plus since 2010 for new franchises) and
Franchise fees of $50,000 or less.
The publication also interviewed franchise experts and consultants and narrowed its list of top picks to: “Franchises that are doing well and are expecting continued growth, according to experts.” Among the seven franchises named in the article, MaidPro has the lowest franchise startup costs and was highlighted for having proprietary software that “helps franchisees better manage their clientele by cutting down on costs and time spent commuting to jobs.”
“Lots of people want to start a cleaning business,” remarks MaidPro founder and CEO Mark Kushinsky. “But many underestimate the diverse business knowledge, time and energy needed to make a business a success. Even something as simple-sounding as a home cleaning business has a tremendous number of moving parts: hiring, training, quality control, scheduling, customer interactions, procurement, marketing, branding, sales, security, insurance, PR, online reputation management, social media and so forth. Investing in a franchise gives you immediate brand recognition plus access to a tremendous amount of specific business know-how, support and market leverage.”
Franchising also primes a business for long-term growth, Kushinsky adds. “If you want to start a small business, work hard in the business and stay small,” he says, “then going it alone may be the better choice. But, if you see yourself as the owner of a business that is not limited by your personal capacity for work – a business that scales and expands easily over time – then you’re the kind of entrepreneur that MaidPro would like to meet.”
As the MSN Money article notes, a key differentiator for MaidPro is its proprietary operating software designed specifically for running a home cleaning business from end to end and perfected over the more than 20 years that MaidPro has been in business as a cleaning franchise. “At MaidPro we see ourselves as business partners to our franchisees. We are fully vested in seeing each and every one succeed and grow and we never stop looking for ways to improve,” Kushinsky says.