JAN-PRO: Is Jan-Pro a Great Franchise Opportunity?
June 7, 2012
Jan-Pro Franchising International offer two distinct franchise opportunities: the Jan-Pro master franchise and the Jan-Pro unit franchise.
The Jan-Pro master franchise opportunity is marketed to sales/marketing and management executives.
The Jan-Pro unit franchise opportunity is marketing to individuals willing to perform cleaning and janitorial duties.
Are you familiar with the Jan-Pro franchise opportunity? Please share a comment below.
The Jan-Pro Master Franchise Opportunity
According to the Jan-Pro website, “each Jan-Pro Master Franchise owner acts as the Regional Franchisor in their exclusive market. Our Master Franchise owners operate in a professional business environment during regular business hours, while their Unit franchisees service the commercial cleaning needs of our clients.”
In short, Jan-Pro Master franchisees market and sell commercial cleaning services to businesses within their territories, and sell unit franchises to the individuals who will perform the janitorial services for those accounts.
According to Franchise.org, the Jan-Pro master franchise has a Start-up Cost of $100,000 to $500,000, and requires a total investment ranging from $125,000 to $1,500,000.
The Jan-Pro Unit Franchise Opportunity
Jan-Pro unit franchisees are promised a guaranteed volume of commercial cleaning work, provided by the master franchisee they are under. The amount of revenue they are promised is determined by the amount they invest upfront, as they are, in essence, paying for a certain volume of commercial cleaning contracts it will be their obligation to fulfill. However, it is important to note that it’s our understanding that neither Jan-Pro not its master franchisees guarantee that those accounts provided will be profitable. Furthermore, we believe that if unit franchisees turn down accounts, the dollar amount of those refused accounts will be deducted from what Jan-Pro is obligated to provide.
According to Franchise.org, the Jan-Pro unit franchise requires a start-up cost of $950 to $36,500, and a total investment ranging between $2,800 to $44,000.
Is the Jan-Pro Master Franchise a Good Opportunity? What About the Jan-Pro Unit Franchise?
Many Jan-Pro unit franchisees have complained that they were deceived and defrauded by Jan-Pro International and/or a JanPro master franchisee. Most of the unit franchise allegations involve franchisees who claim they never received the promised accounts, or that the accounts they received were bid so low they could not profitably perform the work. Many Jan-Pro franchisees allege that they had janitorial accounts wrongfully taken away from them by master franchisees who then assigned them to new franchisees, thereby fulfilling the obligations of multiple franchisees with a single account.
Read or comment about these and other Jan-Pro complaints here:
Most of the complaints have been made by Jan-Pro unit franchisees. Recently, however, we received an unverified report that Jan-Pro some master franchisees are in revolt. On the post STRATUS Franchise: Are Stratus Master Franchisees Jumping Ship?, Reasoned Source wrote:
Jan-Pro is very interested in what is going on at Stratus… So much so, they have had at least two executive level meetings to discuss what to do about the “Stratus Issues”. Also, A group of approx. 30 Masters have decided to Stop Selling Unit Franchises for the time being and quite possibly forever.
Stratus Building Solutions is a similarly structured franchise competitor whose master franchisees have openly stated that the unsavory tactics used by master franchisees have been made necessary by the janitorial franchisor who sold them an otherwise unviable franchise. Reasoned Source and others have said that while master franchisees share blame, they too are victims.
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE JAN-PRO MASTER FRANCHISE AND/OR UNIT FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY? WHAT DO YOU THINK? PLEASE SHARE A COMMENT – POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE – BELOW.