Ronn Cordova has been a part of the franchise industry in one way or another for the better part of two decades. He’s been a franchisee, a broker, an outsourced vice president for several different concepts, and now, he’s the Vice President of Franchise Development for The Maids.
“You can make a lot of money in the franchise business,” he says, “but few afford that slice of heaven [that The Maids does.]”
That slice of heaven Ronn Cordova speaks of is time– time most people, franchisees or otherwise, don’t have to spend with their friends or family because they’re working. It’s the typical trade-off: success and money versus time with your family. Luckily, for those who choose to be a part of The Maids franchise, that’s a choice you’ll never have to make.
The Maids, long before Cordova arrived in May of 2011, has been wrought with success. It’s been ranked number one by the Franchise Business Review for the cleaning services industry. The Maids has also been ranked number 1 in industry and 42 overall by Entrepreneur 2012 Top 500 magazine. (There’s been only one lawsuit between the franchise and a franchisee that occurred over 10 years ago.) The franchise still likes to keep that information on its FDD so prospective franchisees know absolutely everything about the company. In fact, it was that kind of honesty that attracted Cordova to The Maids in the first place.
As a former franchisee, Cordova understands and anticipates the questions someone interested in The Maids might have. His “knowledge of the trenches” comes from personal experience: he used to own a few pizza franchises. While the pizza franchises didn’t work out for Cordova, he took to heart all that he learned as a small business owner. “I’m very careful to [properly] place franchisees,” he says.
When it comes to selecting and placing new franchisees, Ronn and the rest of the franchise development team go over each application case by case. “We evaluate on a per individual basis,” Cordova says. Of course business acumen, sales, marketing and managerial skills are welcome and necessary. Financial fortitude is important too, though the franchise does help with financing via a third party. As a franchisee, you’re given mountains of support: 7-week long online pre-training course, 9 days of training at The Maids headquarters in Omaha, NE, a week of on-site support when you’re up and running, a business coach for the duration of your franchise agreement, and you’re assigned a mentor.
It may surprise you that the cleaning services industry has become a necessity as opposed to a luxury in recent years. “It’s been hard to make the cleaning industry sexy,” admits Cordova, but the Great Recession certainly helped to boost business. Now, in a traditional family unit, both heads of the household work in some capacity. The time that once was used to clean bathrooms and vacuum carpets is now spent at work. “There’s a lot of money to be made in the everyday services [industries],” Cordova says.
“One of the best parts of our business is that it affords a family lifestyle,” asserts Ronn. Customers who use The Maids’ services usually work Monday-through-Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and not on the weekends, which is exactly when they want their homes to be cleaned.
As someone who works for The Maids or owns a franchise, you’re home when your clients are: in time to have dinner with your kids.