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The Staple Sectors of Franchising: Home and Building Services

By Kristine Archer

Well-suited to franchisees who enjoy hands-on labour, home and building services represent a growing segment of the franchise industry. Unlike other traditional franchises, these businesses can often be run from your own home, reducing overhead costs and allowing for a more flexible work schedule.

Cleaning
Cleaning franchises fall into two categories: residential, in which franchisees clean homes, and commercial, which target offices and other places of business. Several of these operations can function with a relatively small staff. In addition, some cleaning franchises do not require a storefront, with administrative and scheduling tasks handled in a home office.

Lawncare and landscaping
These franchises offer lawn and landscape maintenance, for residential and commercial properties. These operations can also be home-based, though they will likely require specialty vehicles for employees going out on calls. While these businesses are seasonal, they can be augmented with certain winter-friendly services (e.g. snow removal).

Renovation and improvements
This segment runs the gamut, from plumbing services to home inspections to disaster restoration. Investment levels and location and training requirements will vary greatly, so do your research.

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