If you really want to have it maid, consider purchasing a franchise that's squeaky clean. With 263 franchises in the United States and 559 worldwide, Molly Maid Inc., one of the nation's fastest growing residential cleaning services, can provide you with a full-time, family-friendly business that you can start operating from the comfort of your own home.
With a total franchise fee ranging from $16,900 to $26,900, depending on the number of qualified homes in your exclusive protected territory, the total investment for a Molly Maid franchise can range from $35,000 to $50,000.
An additional $3,000 package fee will also provide you with Molly Maid's customer-care business-management software, cleaning supplies, home-estimate forms and other start-up materials. Royalty fees, which are based on weekly sales, range from three percent to six percent. And Molly Maid Inc.'s Right Start Program will even provide you with the training necessary to get started.
From Molly Maid Inc., Ann Arbor, MI. For more information, call (800) 665-5942.
The Perfect Mousetrap
By Laura Tiffany
Feeling like a cat chasing your mouse around your desktop? Try using the Memorex Trackball, a stationary mouse that takes up only a fraction of the space required by your regular mouse.
The Memorex Trackball remains in one position while the user simply rotates the ball to control the cursor. This frees up much-needed desktop space and eliminates the hassle of tangled mouse cords. The three-button configuration of the Trackball allows easy use in DOS-based applications, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows NT--even CAD. It comes with a DB9/25-pin serial adaptor for easy hookup, as well as a user guide and installation software on both 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch disks. The Memorex Trackball also includes a lifetime, limited warranty and technical support. Suggested retail price: $29.99.
From Memorex, Santa Fe Springs, CA. To order, call (800) 636-8368.