But running a successful cleaning and maintenance franchise takes a lot more than skill with a scrubbing brush.
"A cleaning franchise is not like doing chores," says James Booker, the Maidstone, Kent franchisee with £9,995 f ranchi se Oven Wizards, which provides a mobile oven cleaning service.
“It’s very rewarding. Customers are delighted that you have made their dirty oven sparkle, but to be successful you need to develop your business through marketing,’ says James, 28, who after five years has two employees.
James says: ‘Speak to existing franchises to find out what it’s really like — cleaning franchises are often not what you are expecting.’
Mark Abbott of Oven Wizards says: "Our franchisees include former teachers, civil servants, retail managers and police officers — but they all have a passion for customer service."
First printed in the Daily Mail Thursday, March 29 2012.