With time, some things get replaced. But some things are not going away.
“Since the Roman Empire, there’s been cleaning necessary,” said Adam Povlitz, executive vice president of Anago Cleaning Systems. “What’s unique about cleaning is twofold – it’s not gonna be exported to China or India or be replaced by the Internet.”
Anago, a Florida-based commercial cleaning franchise company, is seeking a master franchisee to take over the Virginia Beach corporate office, located at 2697 International Pkwy.
“We know it’s a hot area and are just looking for the right man or woman to run the master franchise,” Povlitz said. “It would be most successful if someone purchases the franchise and lives in the area.”
The master franchise cost is $59,000 and covers all of Hampton Roads, including Williamsburg and Southampton County.
Anago also is looking for unit franchisees – those looking to get into business and do the actual cleaning at doctors’ offices, lawyers’ offices, schools and medical facilities. They do not clean residences.
“There’s not a lot of barriers to entry,” Povlitz said. “You can wake up and say, ‘I want to own a cleaning business.’ But while the master franchisee does sales, marketing, invoicing, collections – the day-to-day aspects, the unit franchisee is free to simply focus on keeping the buildings clean.”
There is a standard list of prices the company recommends master franchises use for unit franchises, starting as low as a $1,000 down payment.
“There are an unlimited number of units a master can sell,” Povlitz said.
There are now six unit franchises in Hampton Roads.
Jesus Medina, 47, purchased one in Virginia Beach for $5,000 and relocated from Dallas seven years ago.
“I’m happy,” said Medina, who makes $6,000 per month cleaning offices and clinics. “I recommended it to some friends, and they bought franchises, too. Like anywhere, you have to work hard. Some of them are happy, too. But if you don’t work hard, you lose money.”
Medina, who pays a commission to Anago salespeople to find him more jobs, said he works 35 to 45 hours per week.
“It all depends how dirty the place is,” he said.
Anago – which was founded in 1989 by David Povlitz, Adam’s father – supports more than 35 master franchises and 2,400 unit franchisees.
The company was ranked the 10th fastest-growing franchise and No. 39 on the Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur magazine in 2013.
Anago offers, through the International Franchise Association, a VetFran discount of 20 percent off the franchise fee for any honorably discharged veteran.
“We’re helping people who buy the unit franchises live the American dream,” Povlitz said. “For someone to have an award-winning, national company and also have a local person in the market who understands the corporate world and understands sales, it’s a recipe for success.”