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Back to School and Business is Booming
Posted on Monday, October 14th 2019

Now that fall is in full swing, kids are back in school and many companies are starting to see a spike in business — Fish Window Cleaning included. In fact, back-to-school season is often considered the second-biggest shopping holiday after Christmas. You may be surprised to learn that the spending spike goes beyond retail — it extends to the service industries as well. Families are switching gears from summer to autumn routines, and of course, the holidays are approaching. The key to riding out this business wave as a franchisee is in preparation and insight into your industry.

New Routines

The leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping, and kids are headed back to school. For most families, this transition time means new schedules and new routines. Switching things up from the lazy days of summer to the busier school days can often leave parents with less time to keep the house tidy. It makes sense that Mom and Dad might call in a little help from the professionals for things like tidying around the house, meal-prepping, window cleaning and more. A clean house amidst a chaotic schedule can help ease the transition for families during this busy time.

Holiday Season is Coming

In addition to a new, busier routine, fall means the holidays are coming! Halloween will be here before you know it. In the blink of an eye, Thanksgiving and Christmas will follow. Many families opt to bring in professional cleaning help so they can focus on fun traditions, enjoying the season and spending time with family and friends.

Clean windows can set the tone for the home this holiday season — starting with decorations! Whether you are putting up spooky Halloween window clings or hanging holiday wreaths in the windows, décor will adhere much better to a nice clean window. Not to mention, sparkling clean windows can help welcome friends and family to your home for a festive evening of holiday celebrations.

Clean windows are also important for businesses as well. The holiday season is peak shopping season, so now is the time to shine up your storefront and welcome in busy shoppers. One of the best ways to draw in holiday shoppers is with festive window displays and fun holiday décor. You wouldn’t want dirty, smudged windows to detract from your decorations.

The FISH Insight

While many different industries may see an increase in sales during the autumn season, it’s important to know and understand the trends in your specific industry. For example, Fish Window Cleaning is the window cleaning industry expert. FISH has a team of dedicated professionals monitoring industry trends to help FISH stay ahead of the curve. This wealth of industry knowledge ensures that every franchisee is prepared for an uptick in business come fall — that’s the FISH difference! A reputable franchise, such as Fish Window Cleaning, understands the natural ebb and flow of business and prepares franchisees accordingly. FISH franchisees have access to unparalleled training and resources to make sure the fall busy season goes smoothly.

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Don't Let Halloween Window Decor Leave Scary Scratches Behind
Posted on Friday, October 11th 2019

While Halloween decorations can add a fun, spooky touch to your home, they can sometimes leave behind scary residue – particularly on windows. Between stubborn marks and mysterious goo left behind by window clings, tape or other anchoring devices, windows can be tough to clean when it’s time for the ghosts and ghouls to disappear.

Fortunately, Fish Window Cleaning, the window cleaning experts, have some tips to make cleaning up from Halloween less frightening.

Don’t Scrape!

First things first, don’t scrape your windows! There are countless websites that offer cleaning tips that will recommend scraping away leftover, sticky residue with a razor. That is a very risky cleaning method that is not recommended. Scraping at the window can leave permanent scratches and ultimately may force you to replace your window, which can be very costly.

Be Patient

The key to cleaning off stubborn marks and residue is to be patient, yet persistent. Various methods work more efficiently on different types of residue and windows. Experiment with different cleaning solutions, like goo remover, rubbing alcohol and window cleaners. You can also try out different cleaning methods like using a hair dryer to heat up the residue or soaking the spot by holding a wet cloth over the residue. Regardless of what solutions and methods you try, be sure to always do a small test patch on the corner of the glass before applying the product over a larger area to ensure it will not damage the glass.

Call in the Professionals

Finally, save yourself the time and hassle, and call in the professionals. Fish Window Cleaning®, the nation’s premier window cleaning service, offers top-of-the-line, professional window cleaning services. FISH window cleaners can help you safely remove all traces of Halloween décor. Bringing in the window expert can drastically reduce the likelihood of damaging a window or causing personal injury during the decoration removal process, particularly if second-story windows need to be cleaned.

Fish Window Cleaning leads the industry in professionalism and reliability. With locations in 44 states across the U.S., FISH offers customers an easy, reliable way to get their house back in tip-top shape. For more information, visit

How To Be A Successful Franchisee
Posted on Thursday, September 26th 2019

Many traits can be conducive to becoming a successful franchisee, but self-awareness, diligence and a stellar work ethic are three of the most common traits among thriving entrepreneurs. These core characteristics can help new business owners navigate the challenges that come with any new business venture. The key is to start with proper preparation and be ready to work for your success.

Assess Yourself Before You Invest

Being a small-business owner in any capacity takes a certain kind of personality. Before diving into a new investment as a franchise owner, take a moment to self-assess. Are you a self-starter? Do you enjoy taking on new challenges? Are you able to adapt to difficult situations? If you answered yes to all of those questions, you might just be a good fit for franchising. Remember, you don’t necessarily have to come from a specific type of background in order to succeed in business ownership — instead, it’s more important to ensure sure you are mentally, fiscally and emotionally ready for a new adventure in business.

Choose the Right Franchise

Once you have thought carefully about the decision to pursue franchising, the next step is to select the right franchise for you. This may sound obvious, but there are thousands of franchises from which to choose; selecting the right one for you is crucial. Be sure to do your research and choose your franchise wisely. Consider key factors such as the brand’s reputation, the startup costs, the industry, etc. After all, the key to long-term success is a solid foundation. A reputable franchise, such as Fish Window Cleaning, will have a system in place that is designed to help franchisees excel through continued training, access to helpful resources and unique industry insight.

Put in the Work

Once you have launched your new franchise location, it’s important to dive into your new business and commit! Opening a business of any kind will take hard work and dedication — the same is true of franchising. Though you can breathe a bit easier knowing most franchise business models will give you the added benefit of having a built-in support system.

The beauty of small-business ownership is your hard work and perseverance plays a major role in your overall success. While the franchisor can (and should!) provide you with the tools and resources you will need along the way, it’s up to you to put it together. From there, you can set small, attainable goals that will help you down the path to your bigger, long-term goals. And as a new franchisee, don’t hesitate to ask for help — that’s what your franchisor is there for!

Fish Window Cleaning franchisees come from a wide variety of backgrounds — sales, marketing, arts, business, leadership positions and much, much more. The common trait among FISH’s franchisees is a commitment to the brand and a determination to succeed. With a positive attitude, and the proven Fish Window Cleaning business model, you’ll be amazed at how far you can go.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Franchisee?
Posted on Wednesday, August 28th 2019

Pursuing your entrepreneurial dream is going to be full of important choices to consider. One of the earliest decisions is whether investing in a franchise is right for you. For many first-time business owners, the world of franchising may be completely foreign. You may be wondering, “What exactly is a franchisee?” and “How is that different than being an independent business owner?”

Role of a Franchisee

Many people have heard the term “franchisee” but may not understand what the role entails. Essentially, a franchisee is a small-business owner who has invested in an established franchise brand. A franchisee is typically responsible for day-to-day operations, just like an independent business owner. This may include things like stocking inventory, hiring employees, overseeing their business’s finances and ensuring customers are being served properly, amongst other responsibilities. Additionally, the franchisee is licensed to operate under the franchisor’s trademark, trade name and business model. This investment typically comes with a road map in place for the new business owner to follow. Particularly in the earlier stages of opening a business, the franchisee will almost certainly benefit from the power of their franchise’s brand, proven business model, on-going support, industry insight, training programs and much more. Franchisor support can help new franchisees avoid many of the common mistakes and missteps made by new small-business owners. To put it simply, as a franchisee, you don’t have to go it alone.

Role of the Franchisor

The franchisor is a company that grants a license to franchisees to conduct business under the franchisor’s brand name. The franchisor owns the trademarks and rights to the company but allows franchisees to use them to operate. The franchisor’s main role is to ensure the success of its franchisees — at least that should be the case with a reputable franchisor. Not all franchises are created equal; it’s vitally important to do your research and select a franchise that fits best for you. A strong franchise brand will offer franchisees training and support during both the initial opening phase and once the business is established. Additionally, franchisees can benefit from the franchisor’s experience and industry knowledge, helping to connect new business owners to preferred vendors while providing unique insight. Good franchisors will be there to help franchisees around the hiccups and mistakes that come with business ownership.

Fish Window Cleaning Franchisees

The key to a successful franchising experience is investing in a strong, reputable franchise. Fortunately, Fish Window Cleaning franchisees can rest assured that they have made a sound investment as FISH has an incredible brand reputation, known across the country for top-notch customer service. Not to mention, FISH offers top-of-the-line franchisee training and support right from the very beginning.

In addition to regular check-ins and personalized support, FISH hosts an annual conference where franchisees can connect with one another, attend training courses, learn about the latest brand developments and more. These conferences can provide wonderful insight for franchisees while also driving the brand forward.

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Questions You Should Ask When Considering Purchasing a Franchise
Posted on Wednesday, August 28th 2019

Investing in a franchise is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. It’s important to carefully consider your options and find the franchise that best fits you and your lifestyle. Not all franchises are created equal, so take the time, do your due diligence and be sure to ask the right questions!

The Foundation of the Company

While there are probably dozens of questions bouncing around your head, it’s best to start at the beginning. Ask your corporate contact about their origin story — What principles are at the core of the business? How long have they been in business? When did they start franchising? How widespread is the brand today? What sets them apart from their competitors? These questions will help you learn more about the quality of the brand. Finding a reputable franchise that is built upon solid principles is a good idea and can help ensure long-term success.

You should also take the time to thoroughly review the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the FDD, either!

Getting Started

As with almost all businesses, there are going to be costs associated with opening a new franchise location. It’s only natural to be curious about what the start-up costs are going to be. That information ought to be provided, but if you have any additional questions, you should feel comfortable voicing them. Open communication is important in a franchisee-franchisor relationship. That communication should start early on in the process. If you find the franchisor is not responsive or evades your questions, that could be a red flag.

Once you’ve established what it will cost to open your doors, the next question should be regarding the setup process. What training is provided? Is it ongoing? Are there preferred vendors you would have access to? Does the corporate offer support as far as securing your office space? Will you have a direct contact at corporate with whom you can discuss the necessary steps to open your business? There are a lot of questions that will come up throughout the opening process. Having someone you can turn to for help is one of the biggest advantages that come with franchising. Direct support is key.

Life as a Franchisee

The next step is to think beyond the opening phase. Typically, entrepreneurs are looking for a long-term investment. That’s why it’s important to consider fellow franchisees’ overall happiness. Ideally, your franchisor will have provided you with access to speak to their franchisees. Reach out to them directly and ask them about their experiences — what is a typical day like? Are nights and weekends required? How much travel is involved?

Finally, one of the most important factors to consider is franchisee turnover rate. If franchisees are constantly leaving the brand, it may be a good indicator that there are some flaws in the system.

While that may seem like a lot of questions to dive into, it’s important to be thorough. Investing in a reputable franchise, like Fish Window Cleaning, can be the difference between a wise investment and a hasty decision with lasting consequences.

At Fish Window Cleaning, each potential franchisee has the opportunity to ask as many questions as they would like — questions are encouraged! Entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to talk with other franchisees and walked through the opening process step by step. An investment in FISH is an investment in your future.

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Fish Window Cleaning Celebrates Successful Annual Conference
Posted on Friday, August 16th 2019

One of the inherent benefits of investing in a franchise is the camaraderie found amongst franchisees. There is comfort in knowing you are not alone as a small-business owner. In a reputable franchise, you will be connected to your fellow franchisees and can often “phone a friend” for advice. But first, it’s important to make that initial connection — that’s where an annual conference can come into play.

The Importance of an Annual Conferences in Franchising

Annual conferences are the perfect way for new franchisees to meet and network with other franchisees who they otherwise may never have met. It’s an opportunity for small-business owners to build a sense of community. While that may seem like a nice perk, it’s actually a crucial component to a successful franchise. By forming bonds during an annual convention, franchisees can learn, grow and bounce ideas off of one another in person. Brand conferences can prevent a brand from becoming stagnant.

Additionally, these annual conferences are a great way for corporate offices to check in with franchisees and offer educational and training courses as well.

The FISH 2019 Conference

Fish Window Cleaning is committed to working continually to better the FISH brand during the annual conventions. This year’s conference was no exception. Franchisees who attended the event enjoyed informational presentations, OSHA training sessions, educational workshops, social events, an award presentation ceremony and much more.

FISH Award Winners

One of the most exciting parts of FISH’s annual convention is the presentation of awards. These awards recognize franchisees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to better the Fish Window Cleaning brand.

Winners include:

Fish Window Cleaning Franchisees of the Year 2019 - John & Laurie ReinagelFranchisees of the Year – Winners are selected based on a wide variety of qualifications, including growth by at least 300 new accounts, quality of customer service, ability to maintain a positive attitude, support of preferred vendor program and upholding the Fish Window Cleaning name, brand and overall reputation. Franchisees must have been open for at least five years to be eligible.

John and Laurie Reinagel – New Orleans, Louisiana

Top Producers – Given to the three franchisees who have the highest total revenues from January through December.

Paul Pierce – Boston, Massachusetts

Kevin Brown and Nick Brown – Kalamazoo, Michigan

Randy Cross – Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Rising Star Award – A franchisee from each district, given by their Franchise Support Specialist. Recognizes the achievements of the franchisee in all aspects of their business. Qualifications include growth, profit, compliance with Franchise Agreement and more.

Trent Peneston – Porter, Texas

Tom Sandler – Corona, California

Edward Schafer – Matawan, New Jersey

Bill and Josie Soots – Indianapolis, Indiana

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Fish Window Cleaning Soaring Eagle 2019 - Ray Hewins

Soaring Eagle
– A franchisee who buys an existing business and takes it to a higher level.

Ray Hewins – Riverdale, New Jersey

Star Performer Small – A franchisee within a small market population who has the highest total revenues from January through December.

Jordan and Katie Newton – College Station, Texas
  Fish Window Cleaning Star Performer 2019 - Jordan Newton 
Star Performer Standard – A franchisee within a standard market population who has the highest total revenues from January through December.

John and Sara English – O’Fallon, Missouri
   Fish Window Cleaning Star Performer 2019 - John & Sara English
Star Performer Executive – A franchisee within an executive market population who has the highest total revenues from January through December.

Kevin Brown and Nick Brown – Kalamazoo, Michigan
   Fish Window Cleaning Star Performer 2019 - Kevin Brown and Nick Brown

Fish Window Cleaning Rookie of the Year 2019 - Cole Robinson

Rookie of the Year
– The franchisee who has exhibited exemplary performance during their first 12 months in business. This includes sales, growth, and management. The Rookie of the Year is a franchisee to keep your eye on. He or she is on the way to dominating his or her market.

Cole Robinson – Tampa, Florida

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