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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Ranked #494 last year
- Initial investment
$105K - $188K
- Units as of 2021
125 11.6% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Window Genie franchise.
Window Genie is an award-winning leader in America’s exterior home cleaning industry. Franchise locations typically offer a great service for their customers in over 25 U.S. states through professional window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning, and other related services.
With its commitment to professionalism and customer satisfaction, the company has typically proven itself to homeowners and to a growing list of nationwide franchisees. Operating since 1994 and franchising since 1998, Window Genie has established itself in over 120 markets throughout the United States.
Why You May Want to Start a Window Genie Franchise
If you consider yourself a highly-driven people person with remarkable work ethics, opening a Window Genie franchise might be a good opportunity for you. Window Genie franchisees may also enjoy family-oriented work schedules, a positive, non-ultra competitive culture (franchisees may be geographically well-distributed), ongoing training, direct-to-consumer marketing support, and multi-tier packages for different experience levels.
There may be much to look forward to as a potential Window Genie franchisee.
What Might Make a Window Genie Franchise a Good Choice?
Window Genie has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 many times in the past several decades. This ranking is based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.
Since the franchise is typically mobile and home-based, it may operate without a physical office or expensive equipment. However, you may need the company’s custom-wrapped van, which is where you may store your supplies, that features the distinctive genie mascot and purple lightning for a pop of fun branding.
To be part of the Window Genie team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. You should also prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and renewal fees.
The typical term of agreement for a Window Genie franchisee lasts for 10 years, at which point you may be able to renew your franchise for a sum if both parties wish to remain in business with one another.
How Do You Open a Window Genie Franchise?
To get started, you may submit a franchise request form. If you are seen as a good fit, a Window Genie franchise representative may reach out to you. Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you.
Speak to existing franchisees and ask the Window Genie team any questions you may have. Additionally, research your local area to see how a Window Genie would operate in your desired territory. This research includes looking into relevant competitors. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.
In any case, you might rest assured knowing the company is behind you as you make headway into your bright and shiny future with your own Window Genie franchise.
About Window Genie
- Franchising Since
- 1998 (24 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
- # of Units
- 125 (as of 2021)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Window Genie franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
- $36,500 - $79,000
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $104,900 - $187,500
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Veteran Incentives
- Expanded territory (15,000 additional households)
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- Window Genie has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 27.75 hours
- Classroom Training
- 125.75 hours
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresField OperationsProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
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