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Summary
Merry Maids is part of the ServiceMaster group and a leader in the home cleaning service industry, with more than 1,500 Merry Maids already established worldwide.

Merry Maids

  Opportunities:
In the UK
  Business Type:
Franchise
  Minimum Investment:
£5,999
  Training Provided:
Yes
  Home-based:
Yes
  Part time:
Yes
  BFA Membership:
Member - Full

Company Overview

Merry Maids is a domestic cleaning franchise that is part of the multi-brand franchisor ServiceMaster, which has more than 50 years’ franchising experience. Merry Maids clean properties including houses, flats, apartments, rental properties, holiday lets, large country homes and tenancy cleans. Uniformed cleaning teams are trained to provide a customised cleaning service on a regular weekly, fortnightly or four-weekly basis, or a one-off spring clean using Merry Maids’s proven cleaning systems.

Franchise Overview

Merry Maids is a growing global network, with more than 1500 franchisees in the UK, USA, Canada and the Far East. Merry Maids was introduced to the UK from USA in 1988 by ServiceMaster, following a pilot domestic cleaning operation, set up the previous year. In the UK there are currently approximately 90 Merry Maids franchisees. The network is looking to expand with opportunities available in Scotland, Wales, East Anglia, London and the south west.

Training

Initial training is provided through a comprehensive 10-day course that includes both classroom and on the job training. New franchisees will work closely with the Merry Maids franchise development team to cover all the preparation, procedures and systems necessary to build, manage, market and operate a domestic cleaning franchise. Training and support continues in the form of seminars and conferences where franchisees can share ideas and best practice.

Daily Life of a Franchisee

Merry Maids is a management franchise and customer-facing business. Whilst this opportunity lies within the cleaning industry, the franchisee’s role focuses on sales, marketing, customer service and the employment and management of staff. Typically a Monday-to-Friday operation, it may be necessary to fulfil in-home estimates in the evenings or Saturdays, since the majority of your clients will work. This can be operated from home or office.

Full Description

 

Merry Maids – The Domestic Cleaning Franchise

Merry Maids is part of the ServiceMaster group and a leader in the home cleaning service industry which is worth more than £4.7 billion.

A Merry Maids domestic cleaning franchise is a fantastic business opportunity, operating in a multi-billion-pound industry. This market is set to grow, and with more than 26.4 million homes in the UK, there’s a great deal of potential homes that need cleaning!

Who Are We? What Do We Do?

Merry Maids was established almost 40 years ago and operates internationally. In the UK we have almost 100 franchised businesses operating under license and in territory. Merry Maids is part of the ServiceMaster family of brands.

This is a genuine management franchise opportunity with open-ended earning capabilities for an individual who is looking to start a business, using an established brand name in an ever-growing market. With the support of a thriving franchise network and unrivalled back up from franchising experts ServiceMaster, who have nearly 60 years’ UK franchising experience, the Merry Maids model is a proven route to business success.

Employed teams of maids provide regular and one-off, spring cleans and end of tenancy cleans, following the Merry Maids’ cleaning systems, using our unique products to homes within your specially selected and unique territory.

Our franchisees benefit from up to 90% recurring income and up to 35% profit margins.

Why Choose Merry Maids?

Choosing a franchisor to partner up with can be a tough decision, and we understand that. You may have already chosen an industry, a trade or a solution and be looking for a franchisor for a ‘best fit’. Interestingly, many of our franchisees didn’t actually choose domestic cleaning before their franchise journey, they chose us as a franchisor to work with.

Confidence in a franchisor you partner up with is key and for your peace of mind, ServiceMaster have been franchising for almost 60 years and have over 700 franchised units across the UK operating under 5 fantastic brands. We are full bfa members and are proud to follow the code of ethics set by the British Franchise Association.

As a Merry Maids franchisee, you can benefit from the following:

  • No experience is necessary! Full training is provided (read more below)
  • Flexibility – you can work from home, no evenings, weekends or bank holidays
  • Enjoy up to 35% profit margins and up to 90% recurring income
  • Brand Management System – Built by franchisees for franchisees
  • Low set up costs
  • Proven money-making model – Merry Maids unique and methodical process of domestic cleaning
  • Recognised brand (almost 40 years old) and unique Merry Maids territory
  • Support from a team of qualified franchise professionals – Operations, Marketing, HR, IT
  • Established franchise network for advice & support
  • Website, Marketing & PR launch
  • Exclusive Merry Maids/ServiceMaster products & equipment
  • Franchise Support Centre – a team of over 50 individuals dedicated to supporting all of our franchised businesses and national customers

Training

The all new, three-week training academy provides new franchisees with practical and theoretical training for each aspect of managing a Merry Maids franchise. The three-week academy includes two weeks of classroom training, covering business operations and management, marketing and publicity, financial management and support and a further week of on-the-job training with an existing franchisee.

Ongoing training, support and tools are also easy to obtain over the phone, in person and via our online portal where you can access further information, advice & business tools such as business and marketing plan templates, ‘how to’ guides and the operations manual. You are never alone with a ServiceMaster franchise.

What are we looking for in a franchisee?

Merry Maids’ success is built upon our understanding that time is a precious commodity and that domestic cleaning services can take a lot of stress out of our client’s lives, so a cool head and excellent customer service skills are essential.

We deliver in home quotations to our prospective customers so an empathetic, understanding and warming character is certainly a bonus to help convert prospects in to loyal customers.

Experience in the cleaning industry is certainly not necessary, but the interest to learn a new trade and to work with the franchise model is a must! In return you will reap the benefits by following a proven model to turn your initial investment in to a solid money-making domestic cleaning business.

Next Steps

If you are interested in becoming a Merry Maids partner please click ‘REQUEST FREE INFO’ or click ‘DOWNLOAD FORM’ to receive our prospectus (the big button).

The minimum personal investment for this franchise opportunity is £5,995 + VAT which is 30% of the total franchise fee. Up to 70% of the total franchise fee can be financed through most major banks and franchise finance providers subject to status.

For our full franchise cost, fees and conditions, please request free info by clicking the button below.

Get a head start in cracking a multi-billion-pound industry by being part of one of the world’s longest established domestic cleaning franchises. We look forward to receiving your enquiry.

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Full Legal Company Name
Merry Maids
HQ Address

ServiceMaster Ltd, ServiceMaster House, Tigers Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 3WD, UK

Telephone
0116 275 9000
Contact
Catriona Berry
BFA Membership
Member - Full
Company overview

Merry Maids is a domestic cleaning franchise that is part of the multi-brand franchisor ServiceMaster, which has more than 50 years’ franchising experience. Merry Maids clean properties including houses, flats, apartments, rental properties, holiday lets, large country homes and tenancy cleans. Uniformed cleaning teams are trained to provide a customised cleaning service on a regular weekly, fortnightly or four-weekly basis, or a one-off spring clean using Merry Maids’s proven cleaning systems.

Investment Currency
GBP £
Training

Initial training is provided through a comprehensive 10-day course that includes both classroom and on the job training. New franchisees will work closely with the Merry Maids franchise development team to cover all the preparation, procedures and systems necessary to build, manage, market and operate a domestic cleaning franchise. Training and support continues in the form of seminars and conferences where franchisees can share ideas and best practice.

Business Type
Franchise
Franchise Overview

Merry Maids is a growing global network, with more than 1500 franchisees in the UK, USA, Canada and the Far East. Merry Maids was introduced to the UK from USA in 1988 by ServiceMaster, following a pilot domestic cleaning operation, set up the previous year. In the UK there are currently approximately 90 Merry Maids franchisees. The network is looking to expand with opportunities available in Scotland, Wales, East Anglia, London and the south west.

Home Based
Yes
Locations
UK-England
Daily Life of a Franchisee

Merry Maids is a management franchise and customer-facing business. Whilst this opportunity lies within the cleaning industry, the franchisee’s role focuses on sales, marketing, customer service and the employment and management of staff. Typically a Monday-to-Friday operation, it may be necessary to fulfil in-home estimates in the evenings or Saturdays, since the majority of your clients will work. This can be operated from home or office.

Training Provided
Yes
Min Investment
5999
Part Time
Yes
Franchises suitable for Women
Yes
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