Our business is providing regular cleaning services in commercial buildings. In the process, what we do has either a positive or negative effect on people’s lives. Customers either benefit from a clean work environment or experience stress from poor service. Employees either benefit from good job opportunities or are limited by poor training, a lack of appreciation, or loss of employment.
We understand that our success isn’t based strictly on cleaning . . . it’s about how our business impacts people. At EC . . . It’s About Lives means:
These same values are seen in our commitment to each franchise owner and translates into the day-to-day operation of each local company. Certainly, EC is a business, but just as important, it’s about people and how we treat them.Back to Top
Like many small businesses, Environment Control is a reflection of its founder, Daryl Kraft. His father was a pastor and Daryl planned to follow in his footsteps. However, to support himself and his new bride while attending Biola College (Bible Institute of Los Angeles), he started cleaning office buildings.
This proved to be a wonderfully successful enterprise; so much so that following graduation Daryl decided to pursue it full-time. While he did not go into full-time ministry, he did not leave his faith. As he learned more of what made businesses successful, he discovered that integrating biblical principles into his business development plan proved most effective in sustained growth. More importantly, how he treated customers, employees, and vendors was the best evidence of his faith.
Today, Daryl’s values continue to be the foundation for EC’s relationship with its franchise owners and virtually every aspect of the business. Of course, while specific religious belief is not a requirement to participate in EC ownership, a comfort with this aspect of EC’s culture is recommended. Accordingly, your Christian life experience would be a good fit for EC's foundational culture.Back to Top
Most people buy a franchise believing that the franchisor's experience and business plan will increase their success. In exchange for that program, the franchise owner pays a monthly royalty which is usually a percentage of gross sales. However, it is possible for the franchisor to receive a royalty when the owner doesn't experience a profit.
Our belief is that if you follow the EC program and do not experience a profit, then we have not earned a royalty. That is why we base our royalty on your profits and not revenue.Back to Top
From our experience, an individual should have these minimum qualifications to consider an Environment Control franchise:
* For a "Metropolitan" franchise opportunity.Back to Top
|Here is a summary of the funds required to purchase a new METROPOLITAN FRANCHISE:|
|Franchise Fee = $30,000 (50% financed)||$15,000|
|Initial Development Package
(100% of these funds are invested in your first year of operation for training, supplies, computer system, etc.)
|Initial Operating Capital||$10,000|
A new franchise owner also needs to plan for their personal income needs during the initial development of the business.Back to Top
It does not make sense to start a new business without what you need to succeed. Every item in the Development Package such as training, supplies and equipment, and operating capital are designed to accelerate your growth and profitability. One hundred percent of this investment ($30,000) goes directly toward the first 12 months of your new career. A specific list of what makes up this investment is provided for your review.Back to Top
Several years after EC started, we made a conscious decision regarding future development. The individuals who have committed themselves to the franchise program deserve the same commitment from us.
Starting more than six new franchises a year limits our involvement with existing owners. It also jeopardizes our availability to adequately support the new franchise.
At the heart of our decision to limit franchise sales was this: EC is not defined by how many franchises we sell, but by the growth, success, and stability of those who already own one.Back to Top
The great thing about owning a business is you earn exactly what you are worth. You no longer have to wait for annual performance evaluations or periodic raises; your income is in direct proportion to your efforts.
We cannot predict how much you will earn, but we do know about our current franchise owners. Here is a summary of their annual earnings.*
* These figures are for 12 months ending December 2016 and include all owners with one full year of tenure.Back to Top
From the initial inquiry to the official start date, it generally takes between three to six months. We understand that you are making a significant decision and do not want you rushing through the process. How fast we go depends on you.Back to Top
Everyone approved for franchise ownership immediately qualifies for financing of one half of the Franchise Fee.
If you simply want to find several customers and do the work yourself, a franchise is probably not necessary. The value of EC is our experience and proven program to build a self-sustaining business. Sure, you may be able to create your own program and learn through the “school of hard knocks,” but why invest your energy doing that instead of building a business faster and with less risk? From our perspective, the EC program will result in a larger, more profitable business in less time.Back to Top
Based on the experience of current franchise owners, we have developed a comprehensive business plan for you to follow. The Stages of Development is a step-by-step program that navigates you through each phase of building your business. Specific operating procedures, budgets, job descriptions, and organizational charts are just a few of the components this plan provides to you. Combining your energy and initiative with the Stages of Development is what makes EC such a great opportunity.Back to Top
Any working experience you bring to EC is a plus, but we know most people have never run their own business. During the initial training and follow-up, we focus on those areas you need to learn and develop. In fact, for the first twelve months a start-up specialist guides you each step of the way.Back to Top
Prior to starting the franchise you attend the Company Development Seminar (CDS) at EC’s Corporate Office. This five-day seminar combines classroom instruction with hands-on experience in all phases of company operation.
To supplement this initial training, an EC representative will come to your franchise location three times during the first year. These four-day trips provide real time support in sales, employee recruitment and training, technical skills, and operations.
Finally, you are assigned an Operations contact at the Corporate Office who calls regularly to guide you through each step of development.Back to Top
For most potential owners, sales is their greatest concern. EC has all the marketing materials you will need and teaches you how to implement our systematic sales program. Eventually, you will hire telemarketers and sales people to make sure your company keeps growing.Back to Top
We know the day-to-day demands of being a business owner are significant. That is why Environment Control provides support to free more of every owner’s valuable time for growth and development.
Periodically, existing franchises become available. If there is one in the area(s) you prefer, then it is definitely an option you should consider (see Established Franchise Resales).Back to Top
If you are operating a commercial cleaning service in an available franchise territory, then it is possible to merge it into the EC program. An added benefit is that the value of your current business could offset some or all of the initial franchise costs including the Franchise Fee, Development Package, etc.Back to Top
In recognition of our military’s commitment and sacrifice, we offer a 15% discount of the Franchise Fee. In a Metropolitan Franchise that is a $4,500 savings. This program is available to all veterans who are honorably discharged from their military service. Add this to the financing package offered by EC and an honorably discharged veteran pays $10,500 up front for a "Metropolitan" Franchise and the balance of $15,000 is financed.Back to Top
We believe what our current owners have experienced from being in EC is your most valuable source of information. Once you have a good understanding of the franchise program, we want you to talk with them. Initially, we select three owners that you have something in common with, such as a previous type of career, age, geographic location, etc. We send your profile and a picture to these current owners and you receive the same about them. That way, they are expecting your call and each of you know something about each other. If after having those discussions you want to talk with more owners, we will make those arrangements.Back to Top
Every franchise is defined by specific geographic boundaries such as county lines. Only you have the right to represent Environment Control in this area. That means you never compete with any other EC owner.Back to Top
This system was developed by Intacct and Kronos, and modified for Environment Control's specific needs.
Intacct is a database system primarily designed to manage the local information required to operate the franchise business. In general, the system manages:
Kronos is an electronic timekeeping/payroll program that replaces physical timecards.
This system also electronically forwards information to EC’s Accounting Department so they can prepare your invoices, payrolls, financial reports, etc.Back to Top
Environment Control has proven to be more than a financially rewarding career. It also offers the opportunity for personal growth with the encouragement to positively influence the lives of employees, customers, and vendors.
Industry Focus – Commercial Cleaning Services
Franchising Since 1970
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