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Jani King Franchise

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get out of a Jani-King franchise? Can u sell your franchise?
    My 60+ year old mother bought the franchise thinking that she could work and grow the business herself for a few years then supervise her accounts to fund her retirement. After 9 mo. of working (with my assistance) her business has not grown and she is basically working for minimum wage, so hiring help is not a possibility. The home office is very short staffed and they don't help a franchise owner grow their business. I need to get her out of this franchise!

    • ANSWER:
      Why do you think they sell those franchises so cheap? HUGE turnover. Sorry to say that your mom didnt buy a business, she bought a mininum wage job. Jani-king underbids jobs and promises clients the world which means you work for 5 bucks an hour.

      I dont know if you can sell your franchise or not. I'm guessing not though.

  2. QUESTION:
    has anyone looked into Jani-king franchise?
    Jani-King is a corporate Cleaning franchise - has anyone looked into opening a franchise or have they used their service?

    • ANSWER:
      nope never have

  3. QUESTION:
    Anything I can do to get paid by the Jani-king franchise owner who didn't pay me?
    A co-worker and I worked for the owner of a Jani-King Franchise in Baton Rouge, La, for 3 weeks and never got paid. Myself, a co-worker and the franchise owner himself work at a car dealership together. We see him 11 hours, 5 days a week. In total we worked about 50 hours, about 3-4 hours a night after 11 hours at the dealership.

    I called and talked to Jani-King and they told me flat out, "It's really not OUR problem" and were totally one sided the entire time. They told me they wouldn't be able to do anything and that since he is the franchise owner, He runs everything.

    The building we were cleaning is a fortune 500 company, and I have left a message for the guy in charge there with no response back yet.

    He wanted to pay us total for 50 hours of work, which equals to about .60 an hour. In total he owes my co-worker and I about 0 worth of work. I haven't given back the Jani-King shirt yet due to the fact, I believe that shirt is worth my 5 im owed.

    If anybody has been in this situation, has dealt with this type of situation in their line of work or can give me any information on how to seek justice.

    I'm not to awfully worried about the money, but more concerned on the next person who becomes his "Slave" so to speak, because if he will get over on 2 men he sees everyday, he will get over anyone, and they might rely on that money for their families well being versus myself who lives alone.

    Thanks,
    Un-paid janitor.

    • ANSWER:
      Take him to small claims court. It is not expensive, but be sure to have all your evidence with you.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is Jani King a good franchise to go with? What is the good and the bad?
    Former or current owners input would help.

    • ANSWER:
      No franchise is good

      Jani king is simply put, a scam.

      *** coment from one owner
      Cleaned out is so right. Please do not touch a JK Franchise. It will ruin your life completely. I am also based outside the US and I am now facing huge financial loss.

      The way they go about getting your money and your eventual treatment is nothing short of SCAM Artists. They also underbid contracts so that you can never really make a profit.

      Like Cleaned out, I have to be very careful and remain incognito for fear of reprisal from these people especially as I still own a Franchise. It is only now after speaking to other Franchisees and those who have been able to get out that I now know the true extent of their deceit.

      **** Another owner comment
      RealJohnBoy.... A couple working off their own initiative earn all the money for themselves after expected expenses. With a JaniKing Franchise the franchisee needs to purchase the contract from JaniKing for 3.3 times the monthly billing before the contract is serviced (in this case the contract would be 5) . Then each month we would need to pay 14% of the monthly contract to JaniKing to cover royalties and administration costs. Doesn't paint a very profitable picture for someone who is trying to make a living does it? Coupled with a regional office that is seriously under cutting competitiors to gain the contracts....I rest my case!

      If you are serous about getting into the cleaning business, visit the property managers of several building in your area and ask them what it would take to get their business.

      Not a one of them will say “A franchise”

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      Get to know them. If oyu have been in the community a while, have roots and credibility they will show an interest. Offer a discounted rate to one to get your first customer and buy the minimum equipment you need to get started. Do NOT Take out a big loan - - Do not Franchise committing to thousands of dollars of payments in return for a small loan on equipment and some bad marketing leads that you can generate better your self.
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      Jani-King International Agrees To Pay 0,000 Civil Penalty To Settle FTC Charges Over Franchise Operations
      Dallas, Texas-based Jani-King International, Inc. has agreed to pay a 0,000 civil penalty as part of a settlement of Federal Trade Commission charges that it failed to provide poten- tial purchasers of its commercial cleaning services franchises with key information. The FTC alleged that Jani-King did not provide documentation to support its contract-based earnings claims, or information about the franchise's litigation history and current franchisees. These would be violations of the FTC's Franchise Rule, and the settlement also would require Jani-King to comply with the rule.

      The FTC's Franchise Rule requires franchise sellers to give potential buyers a detailed disclosure document containing 20 categories of key information at least 10 days before the buyer legally commits to the purchase. The document includes informa- tion about the terms and conditions under which the franchise operates, audited financial information, the litigation history of the franchisor and its principals, and information about existing franchisees and the circumstances surrounding the termination of any franchisees. Further, if a franchisor makes earnings claims, it must provide franchisees with a disclosure document containing the substantiation for those claims.

      Jani-King sells its commercial cleaning franchises through- out the United States, advertising in general circulation news- papers and distributing promotional material at franchise and business opportunity shows, according to the FTC complaint detailing the charges in this case. The fees for Jani-King's franchises range from ,500 to ,750, and Jani-King promises potential franchisees significant assistance in operating their businesses, including providing them with cleaning contracts that have specified levels of initial gross monthly billings.

      The complaint alleges that Jani-King made earning claims but failed to provide the required substantiation for those claims. In addition, the FTC alleged that in numerous instances, Jani- King failed to provide prospective franchisees with information required by the Franchise Rule, including:

      a complete and accurate disclosure of the franchisor's litigation history including any violations of franchise law, fraud or misrepresentation during the previous seven fiscal years; and

      a disclosure of the names, addresses and telephone numbers of other existing franchisees.
      The proposed consent judgment to settle these charges would require Jani-King to pay the 0,000 civil penalty within 10 days after the court enters the judgment. The settlement also would permanently prohibit the defendant from violating the Franchise Rule, and contains various reporting provisions designed to assist the FTC in monitoring Jani-King's compliance.

      At the request of the FTC, the Department of Justice filed the complaint and proposed consent judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, in Dallas, on July 20. The Commission vote to authorize filing was 5-0.

      NOTE: This consent judgment is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by the defendant of a law violation. Consent judgments have the force of law when signed by a judge. The FTC has developed a free fact sheet for anyone interested in purchasing a franchise. The fact sheet, titled "Franchise and Business Opportunities," describes the requirements of the Franchise Rule and suggests questions to ask before deciding to invest

      Copies of the fact sheet, the complaint and the proposed consent judgment are available from the FTC's Public Reference Branch, Room 130, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; 202-326-2222; TTY for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. To find out the latest FTC news as it happens, call the FTCþs NewsPhone at 202-326-2710. FTC news releases, fact sheets and other information also are on the Internet at the FTCþs World Wide Web site at http://www.ftc.gov

      (FTC File No. 932 3067)
      (Civil Action No. 3-95-CV-1492-G)

      The list of criminal charges against this company go on and on. no room to post them all.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have ,000. I am thinking about buying a Jani-King franchise. But I am also open to other suggestions.?
    So, any suggestions? What is the best business/franchise to go with a little over ,000...?

    • ANSWER:
      There are better ways to lose ,000. Try buying lottery tickets.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is a Jani-King franchise a good opportunity?
    The good, bad and the ugly...please...

    • ANSWER:
      My personal reaction to the cleaning service group is that do not have the market share to command a significant franchise fee, as would a McDonald's in the food group. I would consider buying the best brand cleaning equipment and go without a franchise partner.

  7. QUESTION:
    what do you think about the jani king janitorial franchise, is it a good investment?

    • ANSWER:
      I think so. I've worked at a few places where they've used Jani King and we've never had any problems.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is Jani King a good franchise?
    Ive been looking into several cleaning franchises and wanted to know if anyone has had success with Jani King?

    • ANSWER:
      Kevin, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on a cleaning franchise, you can start your own office cleaning business inexpensively and make a lot more money. Franchises want you to do everything their way, use their products and forms, then continue to have you pay them monthly. With a little work to get your first one or two clients, you could be making around ,000 a month. Start small and grow!
      I have tons of tips, information and great resources for you on my Squidoo lens and blog. The links are in by Profile.

  9. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had success in starting a Jani-King business?
    Has anyone had success in starting a Jani-King business?
    I am wanting to start my own business, or buy a franchise, and I can borrow about ,000. I'm looking for some advice. Is there anyone who have been successful in starting a Jani-King franchise. I have heard a lot of negative information about Jani-King. I am looking for positive information.
    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      I know several people who have done this, has not been a good business

  10. QUESTION:
    I want to buy a franchise of jani king?

    Advise please

    • ANSWER:
      And????? is there a question you need answered, or is this a statement.

  11. QUESTION:
    how is this beneficial to buy a cleaning franchise?SPECIALLY JANI KING?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, franchises often are a "goldfish bowl" of competitors. It depends on how familiar you are with the business and how much effort and money you are willing to put into it.

      With anything you want to get in to, you need to analyze the competition and the market. The yellow pages is one place to look for that category, then decide if you really want to get into it. Some people might actually do a good business in spite of all of the competition! But you need to know what you're doing!

      One suggestion, and I do not know how much you know about the cleaning business, is to become employed in a business doing just that (AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT ABOUT WANTING TO START A BUSINESS OF YOUR OWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) You might find out that it is more work than you had wanted, or, it may be just what you want to do. With a year or two experience with your employer, you can then go out on your own with the wisdom and ability to make it be a business.

      HOWEVER... some (in fact in that line of business probably MOST) employers have contract clauses for employment, that forbid you from going into that same business and/or in that area for a certain amount of time AFTER you quit... one of these contracts specified that I cannot start my own business in his area for five years after I leave his employment!

      And the last consideration is... how much do you know about running a business? It can be very enjoyable! It may be very successful and then you get zonked by competition or technology changes! There are a lot of things that disrupt or destroy a business that becomes successful in the long run. And on the other hand, like running a "Bed and Breakfast Inn", sometimes they last until the owner wants to retire!

  12. QUESTION:
    Is Jani-king a good franchise ?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how good a salesman you are. Buying a franchise does not guarantee you work. You still need to go out and get clients. Then you have to find employees you can trust that do the work.

      Basically, you charge a company say 100 dollars to clean an office once a week. You have to find somebody to do the cleaning for less than 100 dollars and the difference is your pay, minus expenses for supplies, insurance, uniforms, and taxes.

      Not a good deal unless you can talk a lot of people into contracting your business and hope your employees don't undercut you.

  13. QUESTION:
    Jani-King: A commercial cleaning franchise?
    Has any one delt with this company before and are they worth working with?
    I want to here from those of you who have delt with them personaly please.

    • ANSWER:
      Check with the Federal Trade Commission.

      All franchises, of any type, are regulated and controlled and oversight by the FTC. If there are any outstanding lawsuits or legal actions against this franchise it will be listed on the FTC website.

      Also, do more internet research regarding franchises. Visit janitorial or commercial cleaning forum boards and ask other owners how they are doing and what is working well for them.

  14. QUESTION:
    Jani King or Stratus Building Solutions?
    I am starting a franchise with my 15 year olf brotger. I aam 23. Which franchise would be better and bring in the most profits?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I actually work for Stratus and would like to give you a few general tips when evaluating franchises. Obviously, I think you should go with #1 Fastest Growing Stratus :) (thank you, Entrepreneur Magazine), but it's important for you to make your own informed decision. Hopefully, this info can help you out.

      First, just as mentioned above, evaluate the experience. Stratus principals have over 30 years experience in the commercial cleaning franchise industry, and Stratus has over 7.

      In that 7 years there have been many accomplishments made that some other competitors have not even achieved in their longer terms. In 2010 alone, Stratus was ranked in the Inc. 5000 list; Franchise Time's Fast 55 (Fastest Growing Franchises); Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 #1 Top New Franchise, #4 Home Based Franchise, #13 Overall, #11 Globally, #6 Low Cost Franchise, and the #3 Fastest Growing Franchise; USA Today's Top 50 Franchises for Minorities; Black Enterprise's Top 40 Franchises for African Americans; Poder 360 Top 25 Franchises for Hispanics... the list goes on. Check out www.stratusclean.com or www.stratusfranchise.com to learn more about the particular Stratus program.

      Back to the evaluation tips: look at a company's litigation. This is where any lawsuits involving the company will be. It will be in the FDD and is definitely worth checking into. (PS - Stratus has zero litigation.)

      And lastly, I think it's important to talk to other franchise owners about their experiences. Check out some franchisee-info sharing sites like www.complaintsboard.com/?search=franchisee. See how each measure up to each other. You can also do this by checking out the company culture. Stratus is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and also have a couple of blogs: www.stratusclean.com/blog and www.stratuscommercialcleaning.blogspot.com.

      I hope I didn't overwhelm you with too much info, but this is a decision that will change your life, and I hope you have enough resources to make an informed decision about what will be best for you and your family.

      Best of luck,
      Marisa

      PS - Always feel free to email me for more info, too! m.lather@stratusclean.com

  15. QUESTION:
    Do you think buying franchise of a janitorial service is a good idea?
    Have you ever heard of Jani-king? Is it a good idea to go into business with them. I need the extra cash but dont want to get beat out of my money. I plan on putting a sufficant amount down so I can build capital for my future. Has anyone done business like this before?

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard of them and they have been around for a while. I ran a cleaning business for nine years and had good success in it. I am not sure how much investment they require, but be sure and check others to ensure you get into the right business. good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    What all do you need to start an office cleaning service?
    I was looking at Jani-King and other franchise options and they frankly looked like rip offs. I was wondering what all you would need to start a business like this on your own. How much money? What supplies? How do you get customers? etc...

    • ANSWER:
      I clean small offices. Going with a franchise is not the way to go...you pay them to start, pay monthly (share your profits), they have the control over you.
      It's much easier and financially rewarding to do it yourself, though there is hard work in the beginning. You need a plan. you need to find out if a business license or permit is needed (call your city or county clerk's office). Get liability insurance-call around to insurance agencies as the price varies. Your supplies won't cost much.
      Small offices will go with an independent cleaner over a franchise because you can offer them superior service and a lower rate.
      I have so much more information, tips and resources for you on my Squidoo lens and blog about starting a cleaning business. The links are in my Profile.

  17. QUESTION:
    buyin a cleaning franchise?
    anyone know or have anything good or bad about buying a cleaning franchise like bonus building, jani king or jan pro?....which is the best if any??

    • ANSWER:
      A cleaning business-whether residential or office-is a terrific way to have a stable income. And you're smart to investigate before you try and get clients! But there's no need to go through the expense and frustration to buy a franchise! A franchise will limit you and take a share of your profits.
      Here's some beginning steps for going it alone:
      1. Check with your city or county clerk's office to see if you need a business license of fictitious name license. These are inexpensive (-) and usually last 3 or more years;
      2. Then, call around to insurance companies and compare prices for liability insurance (sometimes called bond). This protects you if something breaks or gets damaged while you're on the job. And, yes, sometimes you didn't so it, but with this you can keep a client! AND, when you can say to potential clients, "I have liability insurance" it not only makes you professional, but adds confidence. It shouldn't cost more than around 0/yr for 0K coverage (you don't need more than that for now);
      3. Call existing cleaning companies, pretend to be a potential customer, to find out the going rates and services provided;
      4. NOW, make a nice flyer and/or introductory letter about your service and start knockin' on doors, so to speak!

      This is a general start. There is lots of information available for you below......

  18. QUESTION:
    Independent Contractor?
    A good friend of mine owns a Jani-King cleaning franchise and my wife has been employed by him for a couple of years. Starting last year my wife started doing it full-time. I have a couple of questions...

    1. We have received about ,000.00 in income during 2007 and have not paid any taxes on that income. What kind of percentage of that income can we expect to pay?

    2. Her boss provides all of the supplies, however we use one of our personal vehicle to go from job site to job site. I know she drives approximately 250 miles each week. Can we deduct the mileage as business expense as long as we know what the daily amount is (we have kept track).

    3. Should I look at any other deductions?

    I know there will be people that will say that we need to speak to an accountant, and we intend to. I am just looking for a little education before we meet with one.

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
    I should have clarified the section about my income. I work for an employer (city government) and our total household income was about 53K including the 12K we made as a contractor.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like your wife will receive a 1099MISC instead of a W2. Her income will be reported on SCH C-EZ . She can take miles between jobs at 48.5 cents per mile( or she may choose actual) This sounds like her only expense. The profit will be carried to line 12 of 1040 and to the Sch SE where the social security equivalent tax at a rate of 15.3% is calcualted. Estimated taxes should have been paid throughout the year. You might have an underpayment penalty if you owe more than 00 with the return.

  19. QUESTION:
    Need 1099-misc for 2000 2001 2002?
    Can I get my 1099-misc from past franchisor for the years 2000 2001 and 2002 or can the irs provide them? I had a franchise called Jani-King which is a cleaning business during those years. Any help is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      These would have been filed with the IRS. I would contact them 1-800-829-1040 and ask how to get a copy of what was reported.

      I hope that helps.

  20. QUESTION:
    IRS tax lien from past taxes what now?
    I received a certified letter from the irs stating i owe ,000 from tax owe in 2000,20001,2002. I had a very small business (franchise) making around 0 a month for 2 of those years the last year I wasn't even in business anymore. I did not file taxes because I didn't think I was making enough I guess I was wrong. Anyway they audited me and now say I owe them ,000 I didn't make no where near that. How can I correct this to prove I didn't make enough to have to owe this much? I'm sure I'll have to pay something but not this much right?
    The franchise I was with is called Jani-King They are a janitorial cleaning service. I only had 2 contracts the whole time. So I gave up both buildings because they weren't bringing in enough, So I went back to a regular 9-5 job in 2002. I no longer have records on my yearly gross income. Would the franchisor still have my records? Any help is appreciated
    The 0 a month was actually gross.
    I am now receiving social security will they attack that while i am appealling this case?

    • ANSWER:
      Whatever you do don't ignore the notice. What you probably got is a CP504 you have 10 days to respond. Your next notice will be an L1058 letter that gives you 30 days to respond. If you ignore that notice, the IRS can and will levy your wages an can clean out your bank account(up to the amount you owe). What you need to do is to provide the IRS with original 1040 forms with a schedule C. Contact them or an Enrolled Agent who can represent you before the IRS. You need to get your wage and income transcripts to see what income was reported. You will need to complete a Schedule C that shows your income and any expenses you had. Filing an original return may well lower or completely eliminate your liability. You may have penalties and interest for a failure to file and pay taxes due. These really add up, so file your returns and if you still have a balance due, ask for an installment agreement. Note-- act quickly to try to prevent the lien from being filed as this will hurt your credit.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is a Jani-King franchise a good opportunity?
    The good, bad and the ugly...please...

    • ANSWER:
      I can't imagine spending 10's of thousands of dollars to buy a cleaning franchise that will tell you what you can and can't do and want a percentage of your earnings, when you can inexpensively start and own your own cleaning business. It's not that hard, once you get the tips and resources that will guide you in the right direction from the start.

      You'll start the same as Jan-King, needing a business license from the city or county (get and file it at the city or county clerk's office), liability insurance or a bond-call every insurance agent listed to get the best quote (and ask them about their cleaning service-could be your first client).

      You'll need contracts, estimate charts, bid forms, etc, but you can find resources for those on my Squidoo lens below...
      Go for it!!!!

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