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Starting An Oven Cleaning Business

Nov 12, 2007
Sounds simple enough doesn't it ?... couple of buckets, handful of old rags and some aerosol spray. Get a few flyers photocopied and away you go!

Statistically in the UK 85% of new businesses fail in their first year so starting an oven cleaning business, as any other business, needs careful thought, planning and number crunching.

There are two basic ways of starting an oven cleaning business. You could start your oven cleaning business on your own with help perhaps from your family and your local friendly bank manager or you may consider investing into an existing oven cleaning or, even better, an oven valeting franchise. We'll look at the franchised route to business in a moment but let's first investigate starting on your own.

There are many aspects to starting your own oven cleaning business. The first thing to take into account as this is a mobile service is which vehicle will be appropriate. Will this be a car or a van ? Will whichever you choose look right in the eyes of your potential customers?

You'll then need to investigate what equipment will be required to actually do the job.

Then there are things like insurances in case something goes wrong... Not just third party liability insurance but also cover in case the oven you're working on (that may cost hundreds of pounds to replace) gets broken!

Of course you're going to need a name to 'trade as' and this name will need some thought and investigation so it doesn't infringe any existing oven cleaning business' trademarks or registered marks.

A massive consideration when thinking about starting an oven cleaning business is who is going to teach you what can and can't be done ? Will this person have the right qualifications to teach other people what to do? Has the person or company got ISO accreditation for example? All very important questions to ask.

Then you'll need to look at continuity of materials and supplies. With the rapidly changing rules and regulations regarding oven cleaning business trade waste, you'll need to find out if it's possible to dispose of waste legally and, if so, where and at what cost. There's maybe a bit more to starting your own oven cleaning business than might have been immediately apparent.

All of the steps above should be carried out diligently and this is before you've even considered getting customers to use your oven cleaning service!!

You may be aware that advertising doesn't come cheap and mistakes can be very costly indeed. An enormous amount of time, effort and money may be required to even get a couple of inquiries in to your new and unheard of oven cleaning business.

At this point it all looks doom and gloom but, there is an alternative way of owning an oven cleaning business with significantly less risk... invest in an oven cleaning or oven valeting franchise.

Investing in an oven cleaning and oven valeting franchised business may well give you what you are looking for. An oven cleaning business that you own but a business that operates under a far larger corporate image. There are over 700 franchised brands in the UK alone operating in many different sectors of business. Some you may have heard of any many that you haven't.

An oven valeting franchise 'ticks all the boxes' as the majority, (if not all), of the potential problems of struggling to set up on your own have been overcome by the holding company. The company is known as the franchisor.

The franchiser will have many years experience in establishing oven valeting businesses in the UK and possibly abroad as well. The franchiser will know all of the tried and tested methods and systems required for an oven cleaning and oven valeting business to be successful. The franchiser will have a strong brand image that will have been built over many years utilizing various local and national marketing initiatives to ensure franchisees get off to a flying start and quickly establish a profitable oven valeting business. Quality initial training and on-going help and support will be readily available especially if the franchiser is a full member of the British Franchise Association (BFA).

An oven valeting business operated under a franchise license is therefore an excellent route to market with massively reduced risk.

There are many information portals relating to starting in business generally and many relating to operating franchises.

A site to check for sure on investing in an established and market leading oven valeting franchised business is http://www.ovenu.com. Simply click the flag of the country where you are to find out more.
About the Author
Rik Hellewell is the Managing Director of Ovenu, the specialist oven cleaning business. They have over 100 professional oven valeters operating across Britain.
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