Top Tips for Being a Successful Franchisee
One of the key benefits of the franchising system is that allows you to be your own boss, but also provides fantastic structure and support. Managing a commercial cleaning franchise provides the chance to build a fantastic business without having to reinvent the wheel. Of course, being a franchisee also requires a lot of hard work and commitment to the tried and tested business model.
To successfully manage your franchise business, we suggest that you follow these tips:
Stick to the formula
The business model for your cleaning franchise is tried and tested. It has worked for many franchisees before you, so if you follow the systems put in place, you stand a great chance of being successful! Honour the brand you bought into.
Use the support made available to you
One of the advantages of being a franchisee is that your franchisor has your back from the get-go. Be sure to use all training and all aspects of business support, from IT and HR, to sales and marketing. Support is ongoing, as it's in the best interests of your franchisor to help you grow your business, so be receptive to help and mentoring.
Hire a great team and treat them well
As your business grows, your team will also need to expand. To ensure ongoing success, it's important to find the right people – your staff are your most important resource. Once you have the right people in your team, it's important to create an environment where they can thrive and feel valued. Give them the chance to think for themselves and steer clear of micromanaging.
Delegate to your team
Following on from the previous point, you can't do everything, so you should feel confident in delegating certain tasks to your employees. Remember, your cleaning team will be the face of your business, so it's important to create a positive culture for your business and educate your staff on your company philosophy. With a great culture, you can rely on your team to be great mouthpieces for your business and trust them to solve problems when necessary.
Manage your time well
Managing your time well means always paying attention to the bigger picture and long-term goals, as well as addressing daily tasks. Sometimes, certain tasks will take longer than expected, so it's important to know when to move on if this could lead to the bottlenecking of work later on. You can always return to more difficult tasks once urgent tasks are dealt with.
Have a plan for the short and long term
You will no doubt have a long-term goal for where you want your cleaning business to go, but it's important to have an idea of how you will get there. Have a plan for what you need to achieve at different stages, that will help you to achieve your long-term goals.
For more information on what it means to join the MCS franchise, get in touch today by calling 0800 612 0437, or leave us a message online and we will get back to you as soon as possible.