Janitorial / Commercial Cleaning Franchise Issues
March 9, 2012
Low-cost business ownership or a really, really bad job?
Entrepreneur magazine continues to promote the controversial janitorial / commercial cleaning franchises in its Entrepreneur 500.
In 2012, Entrepreneur included Stratus Building Solutions (#12), Cleannet (#30), System4 (#38), Vanguard Cleaning Systems(#39). ServiceMaster Clean (#40), Anago Cleaning Systems (#67) and BuildingStars (#128) among its highest ranked franchises.
With low cost of entry, (often) guaranteed cleaning accounts and some of the most aggressive franchise advertising in the industry, janitorial franchises will surely continue to recruit many new franchise investors despite (and maybe because of) these tough economic times.
Are you starting a business or buying a job? The Commercial Cleaning segment of franchising has long been a target of criticism as promoting buy-a-job scams that especially target unsophisticated, minority and/or immigrant buyers. In fact, the FTC and Maryland Attorney General issued a guide to commercial cleaning franchises.
A judge in Massachusetts ruled that janitorial franchisor Coverall exerts such control over its franchisees that they should be legally considered employees, not business owners.
Here are some of our recent posts discussing the complaints, allegations and controversies around janitorial and commercial cleaning franchises. Your comments and insights are invited at the bottom of each post
Janitorial / Commercial Cleaning Franchise Information
FTC’s Janitorial Franchise Buyer’s Guide October 14, 2009
FTC Guide to Buying a Janitorial Services Franchise December 22, 2009
Commercial Cleaning Franchises: 10 Reasons to NOT Buy One February 25, 2010
Commercial Cleaning Franchise Complaints February 26, 2010
Janitorial & Cleaning Franchise Scams November 30, 2010
All Pro Cleaning Systems
ALL PRO CLEANING SYSTEMS: Another Janitorial Franchise Lawsuit September 26, 2010
Bonus Building Care
CHAMPION CLEAN Using Bogus Franchise Statistics July 29, 2009
JAN-PRO: Janitorial Franchise Warning October 14, 2009
JAN-PRO Threatens UnhappyFranchisee.com December 27, 2011
JAN-PRO UnhappyFranchisee.com Responds to Jan-Pro Threat December 27, 2011
JAN-PRO: Is JAN-PRO Franchise a Scam? December 29, 2011
The Janitorial Agency Franchise
THE JANITORIAL AGENCY Scam or No Scam? November 11, 2011
Octoclean Janitorial Services Franchise
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