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Franchising vs. Independent Ownership
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th 2019

The entrepreneurial path is one full of freedom, adventure and hard work. Owning a small business can be a long-lasting, fulfilling career, but starting out can be challenging at times. There are two main ways to launch a small business – invest in a franchise or pursue independent ownership. This crucial decision can ultimately impact your long-term success, so it’s important to understand the similarities and differences between the business models.

Freedom

One of the main reasons many businessmen and women choose to become small business owners is because they crave freedom – financially, professionally and even socially. As a small-business owner, you have control over your environment, employees and work hours. However, there are some differences when it comes to franchise versus independent ownership.

With independent ownership, you may have more freedom to try new products and business methods; however, with experimentation comes costly risks. When starting a new business, there is typically little room for error. One misstep could serve as a devastating setback to your new business.

Franchisees are able to enjoy the new adventure of business ownership but have the added benefit of many resources and support from their franchisor. Should trouble arise, a franchisee can reach out for advice and assistance from the franchisor or from fellow franchisees. Having access to that wealth of first-hand experience can be tremendously valuable. While you will have guidance for best practices, and must adhere to brand standards, the business is ultimately still in your hands. A strong, reputable franchise will be open to franchisee feedback and work with you to help your business blossom.

Support

Independent owners have to dive into the world of business alone or with limited support. While friends and family members may be available to offer some advice, they are likely not knowledgeable in launching a new business. Having an expert on your side can help you avoid costly mistakes.

Support is another major difference between investing in a franchise or operating independently. A reputable franchise can help ease the inevitable stress that accompanies entrepreneurship. A franchisor can help new business owners successfully navigate challenges such as negotiating leases, connecting with reputable vendors, acquiring necessary permits, establishing training protocols and building a long-term business plan.

Branding

Finally, never underestimate the power of effective branding. Through franchising, your business comes with a built-in reputation – another important reason to choose your franchise wisely! A good brand reputation will draw customers in from the second you open your doors. Independent owners have to start from scratch and build their own brand slowly over time. This can make starting out far more difficult, as customers are often skeptical of unfamiliar brands.

Fish Window Cleaning has spent more than 40 years supporting franchisees and establishing an incredible reputation for quality window cleanings. Today, there are 275 FISH franchise locations across the country, living out their entrepreneurial dream. For more information on how you can enjoy a thrilling new career in franchising, visit FWCFranchise.com.
 

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution for a Clean Home
Posted on Friday, January 4th 2019

With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions. Determined Americans across the country are resolving to be more fit, financially-responsible and tidier in the new year. Unfortunately, according to U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February! This epidemic failure rate most often stems from unrealistic goals or lack of planning. Fortunately, we’ve got some tips on how you can keep your resolution to maintain a nice, clean home.

It’s a Lifestyle Change

The first step in succeeding with any New Year’s resolution is to get in the proper mindset. Regardless of your goal, it’s important to think of the necessary changes as a new lifestyle. This is much easier to do if the change is realistic. In terms of maintaining a clean house, it’s impractical to set the goal of cleaning every inch of your home on a daily basis. Instead, think of it as turning over a new leaf. Incorporate regular cleanings into your daily life, but do so at a reasonable rate.

Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Game Plan

Next, develop a plan to maintain your clean house. You’ll find regular maintenance is much easier than letting your home get overwhelmingly dirty and then attempting to do periodic deep cleans. Instead, set aside time every week in your schedule to do maintenance tasks. Depending on the size of your home and your lifestyle, it may be a good idea to set aside an additional one weekend per month to tackle and deep-clean different sections of your house. Sectioning off your home can make the process of maintaining order seem much less overwhelming.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Finally, you may realize your lifestyle and busy schedule do not leave time for you to clean regularly. Don’t worry - all is not lost! Sometimes, it’s best to call in the professionals for help. In addition to hiring a maid or employing a gardener, you can also schedule a window cleaner.

Clean windows are visible from the inside and outside of your home – meaning it impacts both you and your neighbors. You will be amazed at the difference clean windows can make in your daily life. No more fingerprints, dirt or grime blocking sunshine and your view of the outside world. Unfortunately, cleaning windows properly can be a difficult and time-consuming task if you are inexperienced or lack the proper tools. It can even be dangerous if you attempt to clean exterior second-story windows. The most efficient way to maintain clean windows is with the help of the professionals at Fish Window Cleaning.

FISH can help you keep your New Year’s resolution of a clean house with regularly scheduled cleanings. FISH window cleaners will work with your schedule and come at a time that is convenient for you. It’s simple, affordable and a great way to stay on track with your goals.

For more information, visit FishWindowCleaning.com.
 

Make a Resolution to Take Control of Your Career
Posted on Tuesday, January 1st 2019

The new year is upon us, which means thousands of Americans are making New Year’s resolutions to better their lives. Every year, the most-popular resolutions tend to be geared towards improving health and finances – both of which can be bettered by a strategic shift away from an unsatisfying career.

Break Away from an Unfulfilling Job

Forbes recently reported that employee unhappiness is a prominent problem in workplaces across the country. In fact, nearly 70 percent of employees felt disengaged and unsatisfied at work. 79 percent of people who quit their job cited “lack of appreciation” as their main reason for leaving.

Unhappiness in the workplace is not just a minor inconvenience – it can negatively affect your health. Weight gain, tiredness and irritability may all stem from workplace dissatisfaction. Work-related stress can even spill over into your personal life, negatively impacting your relationships. If you count yourself among those who are dissatisfied with their career, now is the time to make a change for the better.

Pursue Your Passion

This year, take control of your career and chase your entrepreneurial dream. According to a study conducted by The Society of Behavioral Medicine, pursuing your passion can lead to lower stress levels and greater overall happiness. Why wait to start down the path of success? If you’ve always wanted to be a small-business owner, start fresh this new year and resolve to break away from the mundane, corporate job that is holding you back from reaching your full potential. As you search for the right self-employment opportunity, bear in mind that you don’t always need a passion for a specific industry to succeed; rather, it’s important to keep an open mind when selecting the type of business in which to invest. A passion for business ownership and an entrepreneurial mindset will go a long way.

Consider Franchising

Entrepreneurship can often seem overwhelming at first. There are countless details to consider. Fortunately, franchising offers the freedom of small-business ownership combined with the support of industry experts. You are in control of your work hours, office environment and ultimately your success. Your work ethic, resolve and commitment to the brand determine your success. Just be sure to do your research and invest in a reputable franchise, like Fish Window Cleaning. A strong franchise brand can lend credibility to your business and help manage the startup details such as negotiating contracts, connecting you with reliable vendors and generally providing support.

Fish Window Cleaning has more than 40 years of experience helping driven entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality. The business experts at Fish Window Cleaning can help guide you to a satisfying and fulfilling new career. For more information, visit FWCFranchise.com.
 

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