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Franchise FAQ

Franchise FAQ

What is the next step in getting my Tide Cleaners business started?

Contact us by submitting your information via the form on this website. A member of our franchising team will contact you to answer your questions and explain the application process. You get full access to our investor magazines the moment you complete that form.

Is there a continuing royalty fee?

The continuing royalty fee is 6.5% of net sales, which is paid weekly through electronic funds transfer.

What are the financial requirements associated with this franchise opportunity?

Potential franchise owners must have $1M in liquid capital and a net worth of $2M. Visit our Investment Requirements page for a full breakdown of startup costs.

Is there a continuing advertising fee?

Franchise partners must contribute weekly marketing fees for each Tide Franchise location. Marketing fees are 4% (including a 2% national ad fund and a 2% local fund).

What is franchising? How does it work?

A franchise is a business with a central structure that grows by incorporating new owners and locations. The franchisor, a brand like Tide, operates around a central structure. Franchise owners are entrepreneurs who open franchise locations and incorporate the brand’s structure and operating system into the location. Franchisees essentially pay the franchise for use of the brand name. In return, they benefit from the brand’s popularity and success.

Along with the brand name, the franchisor contributes initial and ongoing support, as well as the business system. Franchisees run their own businesses under the guidance of the franchisor. There is a contract, called the Franchise Agreement, signed by both parties that governs the relationship between the franchisor and the franchisee.

How long does it take to open a Tide Franchise business?

Multiple variables contribute to the length of time it takes to open a Tide business. Usually, it takes four to five months from the beginning of construction to open a new location. However, there are many factors that influence the time from execution of the Franchise Agreement to groundbreaking. This timeline may vary depending on:

  • The Site Selection Process process

  • Lease negotiations

  • Due diligence, zoning, and use approvals

  • Construction timing

  • Arranging financing

  • Training

What qualifications does Tide Services seek in its potential franchisees?

Tide looks for franchise owners who have successful business experience. Potential Tide Franchise owners must also be passionate about the success of the brand and their individual locations. Here are some of the qualifications required to be a Tide franchise owner:

  • $1M in liquid capital

  • $2M net worth

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a strong desire to succeed

  • The ability to motivate and train people

  • The ability to manage finances

The willingness to complete a comprehensive training and evaluation program to become proficient in all aspects of running a cleaning business

Will I receive assistance in finding a location for my Tide Cleaners?

Tide franchise experts will work closely with franchisees and their broker to provide guidance and assistance in the Site Selection Process. It is ultimately the responsibility of the franchise owner to locate and secure an acceptable location.

What is the availability of sites in my area?

The availability of franchise opportunities in specific areas will be discussed during your initial interview. For more information regarding the availability of sites, visit our Read Morepage.

What type of training and support will I receive from Tide Cleaners?

Tide Services offers approximately two weeks of hands-on training in operating a Tide location for new franchisees prior to the opening of a Plant Store and approximately a week for a Drop Store. There is also approximately one week of self-directed computer-based training. We also provide additional training for your management staff. A Tide Services support representative will be on your site during its opening.

The Tide Services team provides guidance regarding standards, specifications, operating procedures, marketing, and purchasing equipment and products. A series of manuals are also provided in a franchise website portal that will assist in the operation of your Tide location.

To learn more about training offered by Tide, visit our Read More page.

Will Tide purchase a piece of property that I own and then sell me the franchise for that location?

Tide Services does not purchase sites for franchisees. We collaborate with our franchisees to locate and secure the best possible site in their market.

Will Tide assist with lease negotiations?

Tide Services does assist in negotiations to secure an acceptable site for your Tide Franchise location by providing tools and support based on our extensive experience. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of our franchisees to lease or purchase an acceptable property.

Can I open more than one store?

Yes. We encourage franchisees who are qualified to open multiple locations.

What is the term of the franchise agreement?

Your franchise agreement will have an initial term of 10 years, plus a 10-year renewal option.

Are there international franchise opportunities available with Tide Cleaners?

At this time, we are focusing our growth and development in the United States. Submit your information via the form on this website if you would like a member of the Tide franchise team to let you know when international opportunities become available.

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