July 21, 2009 // Franchising.com // Lakewood, CO - What's the best way to start a new business when the economy has tanked? According to Jonathan Barnett, President of Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning®, a home-based franchise can provide a low-cost business with the benefits of a national brand and a proven system.
With this in mind, Entrepreneur Magazine, the industry's leading resource for news about small business management and business opportunities, provided a list of the "101 Best Franchises to run from home," in their June 2009 issue.
"Oxi Fresh was recognized by Entrepreneur as one of the top home-based franchises," said Barnett, "because we offer an opportunity to own a business with an affordable cost of entry and also a low operating cost." Oxi Fresh, which began franchising in 2006, already has over 100 franchise units in the U.S.
Because this business is home-based, the franchisee will save both the expense and the time involved in finding and buying or leasing prime real estate. In addition, the Oxi Fresh cleaning system is portable, meaning there is no expensive van to buy. "The less money you need to invest in a business," says Barnett, "the less time it will take to make a profit. The total investment for an Oxi Fresh franchise is $27.9K and that includes our cleaning system, initial training, ongoing support and even a scheduling center to handle your appointments."
The Oxi Fresh cleaning system is also eco-friendly. Instead of harsh chemicals, Oxi Fresh franchisees use a powerful oxygen-based cleaner that is safe for children and pets and better for the environment. Because no soap is involved, it leaves no sticky residue and the carpet dries quickly. But while it is gentle on your carpet, the Oxi Fresh cleaning system is tough on stains, leaving the carpet fresh, clean and looking like new.
"Even in a sluggish economy people need to have their carpets cleaned," adds Barnett. "It rids the home of dust mites and allergens and extends the life of the carpet. Our 'green' cleaning system is the best choice for anyone concerned with home air quality. Our efficient, low-energy technology respects the environment."
Additional services that can be offered by Oxi Fresh include cleaning of upholstery, tile, stone, grout, and grout sealing. Franchisees are awarded large, protected territories and powerful marketing tools so they can grow their business exponentially.
Oxi Fresh was established in 2006 and currently has over 100 units in the United States. Using innovative products and technology, Oxi Fresh franchisees are able to offer oxygen powered cleaning which cleans all the way down to the bottom of the carpet pile, transforming the carpet right before a customer's eyes. Oxi Fresh is committed to being an environmentally friendly business by using efficient and low energy solutions. The non-toxic cleaning agents are applied with a low moisture process and are safe for children and pets.