More than one million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will enter the workforce in the next five years. Rather than attempt to elbow their way into the tight job market, some veterans are pursuing franchising because it mimics the rule based system they grew accustomed to in the military.
One such veteran is Matthew Sprague, a U.S. Army veteran who has found success in owning four Bar-B-Clean franchises in California’s Los Angeles area. Before joining the Bar-B-Clean
team, Sprague spent nearly five years in the U.S. Army, earning the rank of field artillery sergeant during his service that included one combat tour in Iraq from 2010 until 2011. In 2013, he was honorably discharged and moved to Pasadena, California with his wife and two small children. But like most veterans these days, he had a difficult time finding a job that would support his family.
“I was working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car making $10 per hour,” recalls Sprague, noting that even the best promotion would have only raised his hourly pay to $13.50. “That simply wasn’t going to cut it.”
It was then that Sprague began exploring his options in franchising and met Bryan Weinstein, founder of grill cleaning franchise Bar-B-Clean.
Bar-B-Clean is on a mission to help military Veterans launch an innovative home service business that capitalizes on a favorite American pastime.
“We offer a significant Veteran discount because we believe the men and women who have served our country make wonderful franchise business owners,” said Bryan Weinstein, owner and founder of Bar-B-Clean.
“Veterans understand and work well as entrepreneurs in our system. We provide a low cost opportunity for them to invest in our business model and pursue the entrepreneurial dream.”
Like Sprague, a number of current franchisees in the Bar-B-Clean system are also military Veterans. Bar-B-Clean offers a 30 percent discount off the franchise fee for Veterans. For around $20,000 as a total initial investment, Veterans can launch a Bar-B-Clean territory covering an area of around 100,000 households. The fee includes travel to training, equipment, insurance and ongoing support. Both multi and single unit territories are currently available.
“The Bar-B-Clean franchise model was the perfect fit for me as a Veteran with limited working capital but a strong desire to launch a business,” said Sprague. “My career path was very uncertain after serving in the military, until I came across Bar-B-Clean.
I’m now doing something I’m passionate about and expanding as an entrepreneur and business owner.”
Multiple Veterans have found their calling as Bar-B-Clean owners, including Phoenix area Owner Bob Potter.
“What’s fantastic about Bar-B-Clean is that franchisees can run it in several ways,” Potter said. “I manage the business primarily and have hired grill service technicians, which allows me to focus on managing, marketing and expanding the business.”
Other franchise owners take a more hands on approach, functioning as both grill technicians and owners managing their business. Bar-B-Clean services includes a deep cleaning of the interior and exterior of the grill, as well as a thorough inspection of the burner and ignition systems. They remove harmful carcinogens and food particles transferred to food and eliminate germs to keep people healthy. Bar-B-Clean deters cockroaches, mice and other pests that live and snack inside grills.
There is a strong demand for barbecue grill cleaning services in the United States, yet little to no regional or national systems are servicing this vast market.
For more information on this low cost military friendly franchise, visit Bar-B-Clean franchise.com or call owner Bryan Weinstein directly at (818) 470-6350.