Kansas has a lot going for it, indeed, it is an excellent market for many types of businesses – and it is a very business friendly state from all my experiences. If you were to compare California to Kansas – Kansas gets and A and California gets a D- in my professional opinion. Not long ago, someone contacted me about the prospect of putting in a window washing franchise in that great flat state.
No, I am not really a franchise consultant looking for clients, but after being a franchisor for a couple of decades, I am able to help any franchisor or franchisee that needs me. I make myself available, mostly at no charge, just helping out. Occasionally, franchisors need my help, and need an abundance of strategic planning and marketing assistance so, I can only do so much for free, then I work something out. This time I was talking to a potential franchise buyer shopping around for window cleaning opportunities in the franchising sector.
They wanted to know if I was familiar with Wichita, and the Kansas City area suburbs. Yes, very familiar with Olathe, Overland Park, and Kansas City too. Since the prospective franchisee was only 30 miles from Olathe, that looks like a good market to me! Especially for commercial window cleaning, lots of glass buildings and office parks, corporate centers, but the current state of commercial real estate, vacancies, and tough times for property management companies is problematic, and for I assume the next 1-2 and maybe even three years. I noticed that Lynn Valley has some high-end residential areas worthy of note for window cleaning and that is due South of Kansas City.
Indeed, I made it clear that if they were considering franchising, I could be of assistance and the best time to sell low-cost franchises is at the bottom of turning point of an economic down turn, so, if they did decide to go for it, becoming a Franchisee, they certainly wouldn’t be the only people looking at purchasing a window cleaning franchise in one of the major markets in the state.
Over the years, I’ve been to every city in the US over 10,000 in population, and I am a pilot and Wichita is a one of the larger city in KS, I suppose I know all cities in the US that size very well, Wichita perhaps a little better since my original background and family are into Aviation Sector. Wichita would be a great place to run a window washing franchised business.
In my visits to Wichita, I enjoyed their aviation museum and have talked with the economic development association, chamber of commerce, city hall, etc. Looked at the master plan, redevelopment district, river walk plans, old brick factory area now turned into retail. I’ve toured Cessna, Raytheon, Hawker-Beechcraft, Boeing, etc – and I’ve talked with agricultural folks, trucking, etc. All in all, I’d say I like that market.
Still, I’ve followed the area closely, including after the President trashed on corporate jets, essentially re-crashing a recovering sector during a turbulent touch and go. That hurt our corporate jet aviation manufacturers like those in Wichita, and in South Carolina; Gulfstream. So, although Wichita is having a rough ride, it’s temporary, things will return.
A window washing franchise there which used female appeal to promote the window washing business, I think it could do well by blitzing the area with flyers and then follow up with property managers, HOAs with professional business appointments, and set rates at reasonably low prices to start, and offset pricing for frequency of service, as everyone is trying to save money right now there. There is competition, not necessarily from franchise companies, as the real competition is the guys who’ve been there 20-years with loyalty in their clientele. There is also a Hispanic element of new businesses in most of the major cities in the state, which are tied to the home-cleaning sector, and they do participate in low-cost services. Still, I wouldn’t be too afraid of the competition.
If a window washing company wanted to become franchisor, Wichita would make a good home base, as they set up their strategic plan to franchise. They could simply divide the Wichita area into 4-zones, then use those for training, sell two and keep the other two for training and they’d have an excellent base of operations to expand, plus, KS is not a registrations state like Missouri. Neither is OK, NM, CO, WY, NE, AR, TX (notification state). So, such a window washing company could regionally dominate and grow without too much challenge. Just thinking out loud here, so, I hope this information is worthy to you?
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