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The Maids

2014 Franchise 500
#39
At a Glance

Products & Services: Residential cleaning

Number of Locations: 1,149

Total Investment: $97.1K - $123.9K

Founded: 1979

Began Franchising: 1981

About The Maids

After founding Bishop Building Services, a janitorial company, Daniel J. Bishop brought his cleaning business experience to the residential arena with The Maids in 1979. Four-person cleaning teams arrive at clients' homes in the company's distinctive yellow cars to dust, vacuum and clean kitchens and bathrooms using the company's 22-Step Healthy Touch Deep Cleaning System.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 1,082 32 0 35
2013 1,053 32 0 33
2012 1,026 25 0 29
2011 1,058 32 0 26
2010 1,048 32 0 26
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $97,145 - $123,895
Franchise Fee: $12,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6.9-3.9%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: $4,000 off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $60,000
Operations
68% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 20. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (99% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 10 days. At franchisee's location: 5 days. Phone consultation (before & after corporate training) : 7-10 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Intranet, PR support, customized collateral pieces, proprietary software, business coach

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #39 (2014), #46 (2013), #43 (2012), #37 (2011), #41 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #85 (2014), #39 (2010),
America's Top Global: #60 (2013), #40 (2012), #35 (2011), #35 (2010),

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