Black Enterprise: Why Chem-Dry is a Great Home-Based Franchise

Ishmael Acquah

Ishmael Acquah owns Chem-Dry of Orlando as well as Magnificent Chem-Dry in Chicago. Acquah, who lives in Florida, expanded into Chicago to create a job opportunity for a longtime technician who moved to the Windy City.

Magazine?s list of great home-based franchises shines light on Chem-Dry

You don?t have to be rich to start a franchise and set off on the potentially lucrative path of business ownership. That?s the message Black Enterprise magazine shared recently with its readers, highlighting 10 home-based franchise opportunities that have low investment costs and great track records. We have more than 1,000 franchise owners in North America who are living proof that you can start a business with modest resources and grow it into something special. One of the things that sets Chem-Dry apart is that while you can start the business with just $9,995 down, you can scale up operations over time to build a large enterprise.


We are proud that the success of our franchise owners has attracted the attention of Black Enterprise. Here?s an excerpt from their article:

If you want a fast track to entrepreneurship and like the idea of setting up shop out your apartment or house, home-based franchises have a lot to offer. While you may miss the daily interaction with co-workers, that will be quickly replaced with the relationships you establish with clients and vendors.

There are hundreds of franchise business concepts that don?t require high overhead costs or massive build out?such as a fast food spot?and can be run from a home office. The only time you have to leave the office is to service customers.

Instead of the huge risk of starting a business from scratch, franchises provide financial stability and opportunities to succeed. Franchised businesses come with a proven business plan, brand recognition, training, and guidelines for success.

One of the major benefits is that it is relatively easy to get started. Most offer turnkey solutions, which includes offering a training program, marketing materials, customer databases and a low startup cost. If you go with a well-known name and choose a business that truly interests you, a home-based franchise can be quite lucrative.

Here are 10 of the most popular home-based franchises that are among the easiest to get started.

aboutus1. Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Total investment: $33,950 to $131,500
At a time when small business loans are still hard to come by, you can buy a Chem-Dry franchise for as little as $9,995 down and secure in-house financing ? a rarity in the franchise industry. Chem-Dry backs up its best-in-class products and services with training and support that prepares new franchise owners not just on cleaning but on successful business ownership, with marketing and operations guidance.

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It?s not just Black Enterprise singing our praises. Entrepreneur magazine has named Chem-Dry a top franchise opportunity for 26 years in a row, and has ranked it as the top carpet cleaning franchise and one of the best low-investment franchises available.

As nice as outside accolades are, though, the options we value the most are those of our franchisees. We invite you to read their stories on our blog. To learn much, much more about our business model, startup costs, and training and support, fill out this form to download our free franchise report and start a conversation. We look forward to talking with you!

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