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The Maids Inter-national Inc. recently revved up its residential cleaning service program by offering multiple-territory "Mega Markets" to interested franchisees. A single territory is defined as 10,000 homes with incomes over $50,000; a Mega Market multiplies that by four.

In July 1999, Terri Stull-Higgins, 43, and Lee Higgins, 47, decided to not only join the company but to take it a step further and start a Mega-5, a group of five markets, north of Dallas. If their franchise stopped taking new clients today, it would still make $312,000 per year, but the couple won't be slowing down any time soon. "We just started," Lee points out. "This business has the potential to be high-dollar and high-volume in a short amount of time."

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