Chem-Dry Franchises Are Great Businesses for Couples & Families
Got the entrepreneurial bug and looking for a way to build a business together as a couple, and even involve the kids? Check into what Chem-Dry offers
Talk to someone who’s begun his or her own small business and the “why” is usually very similar. Financial independence and the chance to build something of their own guides them to putting action behind their dreams. Many people also add that they wanted something to own and operate with a husband, wife or partner, and something that they could bring their children into and eventually turn over to that next generation.
That was certainly the case with Tim and Tara Outson, who own and operate their own Chem-Dry upholstery cleaning franchise, TNT Chem-Dry, in Nashville, TN. After more than a decade in business, they have this advice for couples who are thinking about working together and starting a small business:
Not only with each other, but about your business. Make sure that if you’re investing in a business together, it’s something you both fully believe in. Passion fuels success.
Balance each other out
Going into business with your partner works especially well when you are both good at different things. Perhaps one of you excels at logistics and behind-the-scenes duties and the other thrives in front of people and with customer service, which offers a balance level of skills.
Know when to ask for help
There are the days when your partner is not going to have the ability to give 100%. It is necessary to always be honest with each other about how things are going and know when to ask and offer help.
“The Outsons, like many other couples over the years, began a Chem-Dry floor cleaning franchise because it offered the chance to ramp up at their own speed, work from a home office and avoid costly commercial real estate leases, and a flat monthly fee that didn’t punish them for success,” says Doug Smith, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development. “We think of all our Chem-Dry franchise owners as a family, and that mindset carries out into dozens of actual families who own and operate thriving franchises, some in the second or even third generation.”
Chem-Dry is the world’s largest carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise with more than 3,000 franchises in more than 55 countries, serving 11,000 homes and businesses a day. Chem-Dry has been Entrepreneur magazine’s top-rated carpet cleaning franchise for 31 straight years. The Chem-Dry Hot Carbonating Extraction process delivers a faster-drying, deeper and more environmentally friendly clean that appeals to home and business owners. In addition to carpet and area rugs, Chem-Dry provides cleaning and renewal services for tile and stone, granite countertops, leather and upholstery, air ducts and dryer vents.