May 09, 2012 // Franchising.com // WYCKOFF, NJ – STEARCLEAR announced that it has begun selling franchises across the United States for its smartphone enabled designated driver service. STEARCLEAR has developed an innovative, turnkey opportunity in which all business operations are handled through an iPad application. The company is looking for potential franchisees that are interested in generating full or part time income while offering a vital service that will protect and serve their local community. Information on the program can be found at www.stearclear.com/franchise.
Franchise in a Box: STEARCLEAR’s advanced iPad application provides everything a franchisee needs to run their business. The application manages employees, payroll, customers, pickups, drop-offs, fares, drive team locations, financial transactions and payments. Critical information about pickups in progress and locations of drivers and drive teams are shown in real-time. The application also allows franchisees to communicate with their drive teams through its interface and respond to urgent requests or emergency situations.
Territories are exclusive and will encompass a minimum of 75,000 people. Franchisees will manage local drive teams that fulfill pickups requested through STEARCLEAR’s designated driver service. Customers connect with the drive teams through a mobile app on the iPhone and Android platforms. Drive teams respond to a customer pickup request in a reverse auction, bidding by arrival time. The customer can see the drive team and their user ratings before they make their selection. The drive teams take the customer in their own vehicle, making sure they and their cars get home safely.
STEARCLEAR also hired twenty year, franchise industry veteran James Bannahan to head up their business development efforts. “We have used technology and the powerful platforms provided by the new smartphones to create a scalable business model that eliminates most of the overhead and inefficiencies associated with driver services,” said James. “Our goal is to have franchisees up and running within a few days of signing their agreement. Our iPad application and training program put franchisees on a fast track to start earning money.”
STEARCLEAR is offering financing options, allowing potential franchisees to put as little as 20% down and finance the remainder. As part of the package, STEARCLEAR provides franchisees with core operational services including employee onboarding, employment forms, background checks, payroll processing, tax reporting, credit card processing, management reporting and a full operations manual.
Each franchisee goes through a 3-day training academy where they will learn critical skills to run their business. The training covers administrative tasks such as finances, accounting and payroll; operations and management including health and safety, protocols, recruitment, hiring, training and employment policies; and sales and marketing functions for promoting the business as well as customer service and community relations.
Each year there are more than 12,000 DUI-related deaths and 900,000 DUI/DWI arrests in the U.S. STEARCLEAR is dedicated to reducing that number by providing a safe way for customers to get themselves and their vehicles home safely. For more information on STEARCLEAR franchise opportunities please go to www.stearclear.com/franchise.
STEARCLEAR is a technology company dedicated to providing “last mile” services to consumers and businesses using smartphone applications and sophisticated GPS technology. Its flagship designated driver service provides customers with one-touch access to local driver teams that pick them up and get them and their car home safely and responsibly. STEARCLEAR franchise opportunities are available across North America, EMEA, Australia and South Africa. More information can be found at www.stearclear.com