So you want to start a biohazard business and might be wondering if a franchise is the answer? I think the first answer to that question is to ask what the benefits are:
If I asked you to name 5 franchises that sell hamburgers, cell phones or tools most people probably could. Names like Burger King, AT&T or Home Depot are easy to remember and have been around for years. You know what you are getting in terms of quality and price. So when a new location open up they are guaranteed a certain level of business. That is what makes the name valuable and their blueprint for success worth following.
Well, how many biohazard cleanup franchises can you name?
None? If so, that is your first reason for not needing to spend tens of thousands of dollars for the right to inherit a name nobody has heard of.
Perhaps you have been told about big national accounts that will guarantee you are busy from day 1?
Yeah right! I'm sure something as obscure as cleaning up a dead body is right there on the vendor list for every apartment complex and police station in the country. They will just call you and pay whatever stupid, exorbitant price you charge them. The reality is most companies will clean it themselves or search online to find a local company. They don't like doing business with big out of state franchises that will rip them off. Those companies large enough to actually have a vendor probably have several. They may still call around to check prices, search online or be required to get several bids before making any decisions. Don't believe me? Well, give it a try like I did and then you can tell me I'm wrong.
How about all that specialized training and equipment you just can't do without?
Take an online course or two, do some research, ask your local janitorial supplier and take your time. Most of what I know came from doing jobs, not listening to some expert teach me common sense. Most of what you are cleaning gets thrown away. Does that require any special skill? Most of the chemicals and equipment are familiar to anyone that works as a janitor in a hospital or apartment complex. Biohazard cleanup is far more about having the balls to actually clean nasty stuff, not access to some high tech solutions or techniques.
Don't know how to build a website or do the marketing?
100% of my business is referrals from people I met in person. I keep busy because I work hard and charge fair prices. All anybody really wants to know is the price anyway. They don't care about your training and experience, the name on your business card or how big and important you claim to be. As for websites, these stupid blogs about how to clean something are just a poorly disguised sales pitch. They give zero good advice and just make it seem too dangerous or difficult to clean yourself. Therefore you must pay them a king's ransom to do it for you. The crime scene cleanup market didn't even exist 50 years ago. Do you think nobody ever died before then? Did they just burn the house down to solve the problem? They got by just fine without some idiot charging $1,000 per hour and so can you. Yes you need to wear some protective gear, be thorough, follow a few simple laws/protocols and perhaps locate a biohazard transport company. Do you really think the EPA is going to throw people in jail for wiping up some blood without a special license?
What should you do instead if you want to get into this industry?
First work for somebody else to see if you actually want to do this for a living. If so, then save up about 10K and start your own business. There are no shortcuts to becoming a millionaire in the biohazard industry. No software, chemicals, equipment, brand name or so-called experts can assure your success. Anyone that tells you different is lying and probably doing something illegal.
Any more questions?
Give me a call and I will help anyone, anywhere at no cost. I cannot discuss specific companies, people or markets (yet). However, I also won't be trying to sell you anything, badmouth anyone or brag either. Good luck finding that level of honesty elsewhere! YOU ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY DO NOT NEED TO BUY A FRANCHISE TO START A BIOHAZARD CLEANUP COMPANY.