Cleaning franchise: a low-cost business opportunity or a really, really bad job?
(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) If you’re considering a cleaning franchise – any cleaning franchise – do your homework and read the many complaints that seem to be common to most of these companies – even the household names.
Entrepreneur magazine continues to promote the controversial janitorial / commercial cleaning franchises in its Entrepreneur 500.
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.
If your franchise isn’t listed here, or for general complaints, go here:
Janitorial / Commercial Cleaning Franchise Information
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
Heits Building Services
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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