What Do Common Franchise Agreements Look Like?

Franchise-agreementsIn order to formally become a Franchisee of any franchise system, you will need to sign a franchise agreement. Franchise agreements are designed to build a stable foundation for your business and provide a framework through which it is possible to conduct business. While franchise agreements vary from company to company, each will contain some standard provisions that must be adhered to throughout the duration of the agreement, and as such they should be examined thoroughly before signing on the dotted line. Continue reading “What Do Common Franchise Agreements Look Like?”

How Does the Franchise Owner Operator Model Work?

36347294 - smiling delivery man driving his van outside the warehouseThe journey in becoming a franchise owner operator is an exciting venture. You are about to embark on a road that may lead you towards financial opportunity and a rewarding career. If you have never been an owner of a franchise, you might find yourself unsure about how the owner operator model actually works when creating your business plan. Continue reading “How Does the Franchise Owner Operator Model Work?”

How to Work Successfully with a Franchise Business Partner

Franchise Business PartnerA second pair of hands can go a long way in any business, which is why owning and operating a franchise alongside one or more franchise business partners can work so well. But with those benefits comes challenges. Fortunately, we are here to help! Here are some ways you can keep your relationship with a franchise business partner productive, happy and long-lasting. Continue reading “How to Work Successfully with a Franchise Business Partner”

What Does ‘Delivering The Friendly’ Mean?

Have you heard? Bin There Dump That recently became the sponsor for Team Glenn Howard, the renowned curling institution. It just fits: Proper sweeping is critical to a successful curling team, and it is equally important to a successful residential dumpster bin service.Howard_2

It’s also reflective of Bin There Dump That’s stated objective to “deliver the friendly.”

Delivering the friendly is more than just a slogan. At Bin There Dump That, it’s a credo, a mantra, a way of life.

 Practicing What We Preach

“Delivering the friendly” is part of the Bin There Dump That business model. The concept weaves its way through many aspects of the business.

Delivering the friendly starts with customers connecting directly with their local franchise operator, not some automated system that offers a menu of options (and little satisfaction). Our franchise operators invest time in their customers to teach them the nuances of renting a dumpster and assuring the rental information is correct.

For all Bin There Dump That franchise operators, it means providing mini bins that are clean, attractive and comply with most homeowner association rules. Bins are compact and can fit into driveways, alleys and tight spaces. Bins are easy to load from the rear, with double door access. Bins do not rest directly on or damage driveways.

When customers order a Bin There Dump That bin they will NOT get a traditional dumpster; they will get a Residential Friendly Dumpster.

Residential Friendly means helpful, professional drivers arrive at customers’ doors on time, always respecting their properties — delivery drivers lay down boards that protect the driveway — and when the dumpster is picked up, the franchise operator ALWAYS sweep up any left over debris from the rental.

Earning Customers For Life

What Does ‘Delivering The Friendly’ Mean?As Howard says, our commitment is simple: to give you a residential-friendly dumpster service that is so good that you will refer us to family, friends or business associates.

We answer the phone promptly, listen respectfully and suggest solutions professionally.

We show up when promised … saving you time and stress. Our vehicles, bins and drivers are clean. It’s all a part of delivering the friendly.

The bin fits into the driveway — saves labor and time and usually allows you to park your vehicle inside your garage. Once the bin is full, simply call us and we will return at a pre-arranged time to remove the bin. The driveway area is swept before we leave, showing respect for your property.

Delivering the friendly is about providing customers with more than what they need. It also means giving back to the communities in which our customers live. For example delivering the friendly also means that we are community members first, often contributing to community efforts like Habitat for Humanity.

Bin There Dump That’s Commitment

No matter where you live, Bin There Dump That’s franchise operators’ commitment to you is simple: We want to give our customers service so good that you’ll will refer us to your family, friends and business associates.

Here’s how:

  1. We answer the phone promptly, listen respectfully and suggest solutions professionally.

2. We show up when promised … saving you time and stress.

3. Our vehicles, bins and drivers are clean.

4. The bin fits into the driveway, saving labor and time — and usually allowing you to park your vehicle inside your garage.

5. Once the bin is full, simply call us and we will return at a pre-arranged time to remove the bin.

6. We sweep the driveway area before we leave, showing respect for your property.

Experience The Friendly

To see how we can Deliver the Friendly to you, visit the Bin There Dump That website to find your local Bin There Dump That franchise operator.

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Teaming Up: Bin There Dump That Is Proud To Be a Title Sponsor of Team Glenn Howard Curling

Glenn Howard is one of the most successful and celebrated curlers of all time. Throughout his storied career, which spans four decades, he has won four world championships, four Briers and 15 Ontario provincial championships.

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Of course, curling is a team sport, and Howard hasn’t done it alone. He has played alongside and served as skip to some unbelievable teammates. This year, he is welcoming a new team member to his squad: Bin There Dump That.

New Beginnings In Curling and In Canada

Bin There Dump That couldn’t be more excited to sponsor Team Glenn Howard. That’s because we know that Howard is a Canadian institution, a name that inspires trust and instantly conveys winning results.

After a decade of establishing ourselves as a partner to homeowners and builders throughout both Canada and the United States, we strive to inspire the same thoughts in our customers. This sponsorship echoes our desire and signifies the start of the next stage of our company.

“We feel lucky for the opportunity to partner with somebody who people know and respect already and who has a proven track record of success,” said John Ferracuti, vice president and general manager of Bin There Dump That.

The upcoming season will be the start of something new for Howard as well. Not only will his team have a new sponsor; it will also have a new roster and a new look. Former third Richard Hart – himself a world champion, Brier champion and Olympic silver medalist – is coming out of retirement to rejoin the team.

Another new addition is two-time Brier winner and world champion Jonathan Mead. The lone holdover from last year is Craig Savill, who has served as the team’s lead since 2004.

With new names appearing on the back of the jersey, Howard felt that this would be the perfect chance to change the look on the front. “We’re super excited to have Bin There Dump That as our title sponsor this year,” Howard said. “[This is a] new beginning.”

A Fit Right On The Button

Teaming Up: Bin There Dump That Is Proud To Be a Title Sponsor of Team Glenn Howard CurlingWhether you are going for the bonspiel or the Brier, winning takes the right skills, the right equipment and the right strategy. However, it also takes great camaraderie. Teammates need to work together, complement each other’s personalities and fit in with one another. Bin There Dump That and Glenn Howard do just that.

“[Howard’s] enthusiasm is contagious,” explained Ferracuti, “and we feel like we’re a company that has that same culture about it and, you know, it is just a perfect fit for us.”

Howard was equally enthusiastic about the partnership. “It’s just so much fun to be a part of a fresh new company that just really likes to have a really family-oriented [environment] and they want to be [as much] a part of the landscape of Canada as Team Howard [is], so we can’t wait to show our stuff and wear Bin There Dump That colors all year long,” he said.

Want to Join The Team?

Bin There Dump That is pumped for our partnership and we’re looking forward to cheering on Team Glenn Howard in the upcoming season. We know that great things will happen on the sheet.

There are great things happening off the sheet as well. Throughout Canada and the United States, we continue to expand our footprint by winning over new customers through a model of distinguished customer service and by welcoming in new franchise operators seeking a model of operational success.

If you are looking for the best dumpster rental service for your next project, or the best franchise opportunity for your next career, contact us today.

Life As A Franchise Operator: How Does It Compare To Independent Business?

The free enterprise system is perhaps the ultimate meritocracy. Every business owner succeeds or fails on his or her skills, personality and business acumen. Find a better way to do something than a competitor, figure out how to offer a better value, run an operation more efficiently — and a business owner will likely find success.

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That said, how business owners approach their businesses is as varied as their personalities. There’s a business style to match every personality.

We’ve explored the differences between franchises and independent business owners. Now we’ll take a more in-depth look at the differences between the two when it comes to three key aspects of running a business: autonomy, hiring and support.

Autonomy

The Franchise Operator

A franchise operator follows a company’s proven business model. The Bin There Dump That model, for example, has been tested in a variety of markets and economic conditions. Our franchise operators expected to follow a business model, though we don’t ask for blind allegiance.

We explain our reasons and processes, and you’ll know long before you open your doors if a franchise is a good fit for you. But just because you follow a model doesn’t mean you have no control over most aspect of the business. There is still a great deal of autonomy.

For example, in terms of hiring, firing and the day-to-day operation of a Bin There Dump That franchise, the autonomy is very much there.

The Independent Business Owner

It’s all about the business owner. If you’re the pioneering sort, you’ll love the total freedom your own independent business offers. If the excitement and risk of independence is part of the draw, then an independent business is likely the right choice.

Of course, there’s a greater risk of failure if you get it wrong: An independent business owner has no model to follow and no track record of success.

Employee Training

The Franchise Operator

Living the Life of a Franchise OperatorOne of the most important things any business owner (and really any employee) can do is continue learning. There are always new approaches and new strategies. At Bin There Dump That, continuing education is one of the more important aspects of our approach.

As a franchise operator, you’ll likely attend a corporate training session, but it’ll be up to you to train your staff on what you’ve learned.

The home office will support you with training materials and continuing education.

The Independent Business Owner

Though there’s a good chance you’ll be doing the work of many employees in the first couple of years, at some point you will likely hire some help. Employee training is crucial as your business begins to grow. You’ll need to develop training processes and materials to bring new hires up to speed.

You’ll certainly learn along the way, but that education often comes by figuring out what went wrong and learning not to do it again.

That’s not to say franchise operators don’t make mistakes. They do. But franchise operators have the advantage of learning what others have done wrong and avoiding those mistakes in the first place.

Corporate Support

The Franchise Operator

With a strong franchise business, the home office will be there to support your efforts as long as you’re doing your part, too.

Bin There Dump That makes sure that our franchise operators receive the support they need from the very beginning. That includes training in all aspects of running a franchise operation.

The Independent Business Owner

There’s no corporate support when you’re starting from scratch — for better or worse, you’re on your own. You can seek advice from others, but you won’t find anyone else who is as vested in your operation’s success as you are.

Which New Business Opportunity Is Right For You?

Whether you choose a franchise or go off on your own isn’t a matter of right or wrong. Both approaches have a their advantages. It’s more a matter of what’s right for your personality and management style.

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Who Is Responsible For Training A Franchise’s New Staff?

One of the most common issues facing business owners is finding talented employees. Reliable, hardworking, experienced employees are often worth their weight in gold.

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On the flip side, every so often you come across an entrepreneur who would rather their employees come to them as blank slates. They still want the reliable and hardworking, but these business owners believe “experience” often comes with baggage — bad habits and preconceived notions.

Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages.

Whether Bin There Dump That franchise operators hire experienced employees or blank slates, there is one key necessary for success: training. How employees are trained is an important factor in the future success of the operation.

According to Dale Carnegie, “Training is essential to the achievements of a business. Perhaps its most positive benefit is better employees. Often, good training is just as important as a good benefits package for an employee.”

Bin There Dump That’s Training Process

Bin There Dump That agrees with that notion. Our corporate office is dedicated to helping franchise operators build their businesses while protecting the company brand. Before any Bin There Dump That franchise opens its doors, every franchise operator is required to spend several days at the head office receiving training, or as we like to call it: Bin Learnin’ University.

That training includes the business model, planning, branding, sales (inside and out), commercial sales, marketing and other areas that franchise operators need to successfully run their companies. Training even includes some of the more intangible aspects of success, like having the right attitude.

Who Attends Training?

Of course, any business is only as strong as its poorest employee. Franchise operators often bring a business partner (wife, family member or another individual) to the training. Franchise operators often choose to train their employees, providing them with exactly how they want to deal with customers and other aspects of running the business.

In fact, Bin There Dump That believes training is so key even established franchises that have recently hired staff, are able to send those workers to training sessions.

Learning Beyond Training

Training, of course, is never just a three- or four-day process. Each market has unique needs, idiosyncrasies that can’t be learned at a central location. In addition to the “book learning” franchise operators receive at Bin There Dump That headquarters, it is essential they learn their markets. Every customer, job and relationship is an opportunity to learn.

After all, Bin There Dump That aspires to be the name recognized as the premier disposal company in our market, as we deliver top quality service, customer value and satisfaction. We can’t accomplish that if our franchise operators and their employees don’t understand how to do things the right way. At the risk of sounding repetitive, that comes with training.

We’re Committed To You

That belief is so strong it is infused into our vision and purpose: Our company will earn a profit, enabling our team members, franchises and business partners to prosper.

Bin There Dump That is committed to the highest ethical principles and will work to develop long term, mutually beneficial relationships. We recognize that we are only as strong as our people are, so we will foster a positive work environment that encourages creativity, open mindedness, personal growth and community spirit.

For more information on owning a Bin There Dump That franchise, read more of our blog.

We want to know about your training plans for your employees. How valuable is a well-trained staff to you? Would you want your staff to receive training at a corporate headquarters, or do you prefer to do it yourself?

Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

The Road To Becoming A Franchise Operator — In 6 Steps

Business can be tough. And while there are never guarantees of success, there are certainly a number of ways to minimize the risks. Becoming the owner of a franchise is one great way to get a jump-start on success.

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Bin There Dump That has helped turn many savvy business-minded individuals into profitable and thriving business owners. But a keen business sense is only one important factor we look for in Bin There Dump That franchise operators. In fact, one of the most important steps takes place long before the business cards are printed and the bank accounts are opened.

The road to a franchise agreement is a process between partners. That process is carefully designed make sure that not only are the potential franchise operators a good fit for Bin There Dump That, but also that Bin There Dump That is a good fit for prospective franchise operators.

Our process is an exploration through which both sides decide whether the future will involve a partnership. The awarding process begins as potential business owners perform a structured investigation into Bin There Dump That called “due diligence.”

The process starts by exploring our website, followed by downloading the Franchise Information Kit. The rest flows from there.

By the end of this exploratory process, you will know whether Bin There Dump That is the right franchise for you. And we will know whether you’re a good fit for a franchise.

Step 1: Initial Phone Call

We begin with an exploratory phone call. We’ll get some background on you and explain our thinking and what we’re looking for in franchise owners. Based on the conversation, we’ll both determine if you’re ready and qualified to move forward.

Step 2: Brand Overview Webinar

The next step involves a 60- to 75-minute online presentation, scheduled at your convenience. During the presentation you’ll learn more about our organization. The presentation helps set expectations.

Step 3: Request for Consideration

If both sides are still interested in moving forward, the potential franchise operators are ask to complete Request for Consideration (RFC). At that point we will conduct a comprehensive and detailed BTDT Marketing Discussion.

Step 4: Validation

The owners of Bin There Dump That know we have a great franchise. You’re certainly not going to hear an unbiased opinion from us. The validation process involves calling existing franchisees to evaluate their level of satisfaction and success.

This step allows you to learn for yourself that the Bin There Dump That business model works and makes money.

Step 5: Franchise Disclosure Document

In this step you receive the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). That document begins outlining your exclusive territory, demographics and ZIP codes.

Step 6: Fork In The Road

All the particulars are pretty much in place, but there are a few things to cover. And those things need to be done in person. For this, the prospective franchise operator schedules a discussion with someone from Bin There Dump That who travels to them for discussions.

The future franchise operator may also travel to Toronto for a formal Discovery Day.

After those six steps are complete, it’s time for a choice to be made! And that’s when the real magic begins.

Ready to start the process of becoming a Bin There Dump That franchise operator? Download our FREE Franchise Kit to learn more.

Work/Life Balance As A Franchise Operator: It Can Be Done!

Startup business owners know their responsibilities: they do everything.

Entrepreneurs split time between serving as CEO, sales rep, secretary, accountant, payroll clerk, janitor — the list work-life balancegoes on. It might not be easy, but at least the responsibilities are clear. If something needs to get done, it’s pretty obvious whose shoulders that responsibility will fall on.

Because they’re always in the office, many new franchise operators often think they don’t have the ability to take time away from their businesses. We appreciate the hard work they put into their operations, but a proper work/life balance is key to success. People who spend all their time at work burn brightly and quickly. They’re more likely to have trouble at home and that often leads to trouble in the workplace. We encourage our franchise operators to take time away from their businesses. It helps them gain perspective and develop positive mental health habits.

Use Your Resources

A franchise operator in a good franchise system admittedly does have an easier time than independent new business owners. Our franchise operators don’t need to re-invent the wheel. However, while they can tap the vast collected wisdom of the company’s experience and our available guides and tools, the day-to-day operations do fall back on the owner.

Adding employees to the payroll allows the owners to shed some responsibilities, but it may add others. Now he or she is a supervisor.

It might seem like there is never an opportunity for a franchise owner to take time away from a business. You can almost see the thought process. “I can get away for a doctor’s appointment or slip out to watch my child’s presentation at school, but a vacation? A week away from the business, that’s not going to happen.”

Learn To Let Go!

Simply put, too many franchise owners believe if they were to walk away from the business, for even a week, there might not be a business to return to. While there are many words you can use to describe a franchise owner — important, valuable, reliable, versatile — indispensable isn’t (or shouldn’t) be among them.

One of the biggest challenges every business owner faces is to know when to let go. Any small business owner, whether it’s a Bin There Dump That franchise operator or one in another industry, likes to think he or she is indispensable. That’s simply not the case.

There’s no question that the owner is important — a franchise operator sets the tone of the business and makes decisions that decide how successful the business will become — but those key decisions aren’t the kind that are made on a daily or weekly basis.

Build A Solid Team

As the owner of the business you have control over the hours you spend at your franchise. It’s imperative to have someone you can trust to run the operation (and sometimes make key decisions) while you’re away.

Ask any business owner what his or her most important asset is and the answer is so predictable it’s practically a cliché: “my people.” But just because it’s a cliché doesn’t mean it’s not true. As the franchise owner, you’ll need to find the people you can trust to make decisions in your absence. Good people translate into happy, well-rested and well-adjusted owners. And that translates into successful businesses.

The 7 Traits Of An Exceptional & Successful Entrepreneur

How often have you either referred to or considered the expression, “Success is a journey and not a destination?” Probably many times, yet often being in a hurry to get there, we forget that success is not an end unto itself, but is instead an ongoing process.

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Consequently, whether you’re an established entrepreneur or just starting out on your journey, there are 7 particular traits you’ll discover deeply embedded within the exceptional and successful businessperson.

Successful Entrepreneurs Gain the Respect of their Peers

One of the first and most obvious characteristics you’ll see operating in an exceptional entrepreneur is an equitable and unbiased disposition. With an attitude of respect for others, the successful entrepreneur gains the respect from everyone they encounter. No matter how effective or beneficial your expertise, becoming a successful entrepreneur requires building up of your character muscles, traits and habits, which correspondingly make your dreams a reality.

Successful Entrepreneurs Believe and Trust in Themselves

The savvy entrepreneur is good at trusting his or her own ideas and instincts. Starting out as an entrepreneur requires persistence, determination and a high level of self-discipline. Continuing as a successful entrepreneur requires even more persistence, determination and self-discipline. Having the desire and passion are the first steps on your journey; getting there requires believing in yourself.

Successful Entrepreneurs Follow a Plan

The successful entrepreneur follows a plan. Haphazard or trial and error have no place for the triumphant entrepreneur, for no one gets to his or her destination without a map or a guide to follow. That doesn’t mean you won’t go off course if another road seems better, but it’s still more effective to have a plan in place.

Most successful entrepreneurs start out by writing a basic business plan that acts as the impetus and guide for their endeavors. A business plan should be reviewed and updated periodically for each new idea stirs and inspires other ideas

Successful Entrepreneurs Think Creatively

Successful entrepreneurs are not afraid of thinking creatively. The successful entrepreneur is willing to think outside or the proverbial box, which means using imagination, trying new things and expanding on a vision. The savvy entrepreneur pays careful attention as to whether a particular strategy is working. If after giving it his or her best shot the entrepreneur realizes the particular strategy isn’t working, they know there’s no point in continuing to invest energy, time and effort in the strategy. They move on to another approach and idea.

Successful Entrepreneurs Explore Their Exceptional Skills

Successful entrepreneurs realize that we each have our strengths and weaknesses as well as a multitude of skills and talents. Successful people ask themselves often what skills they have that no one shares in quite the same way. An exceptional and successful entrepreneur explores their particular skills until they find the ones that match most closely with their ideal. The successful entrepreneur stays open to change for they recognize that as they move forward, doors open in unexpected places that carry them to their next level of success.

Successful Entrepreneurs Envision Their Success

The successful entrepreneur gives time to envisioning how they want their business to look and how they want it to be. Intention is a powerful and dynamic tool. For those who are not inclined towards intention and visualization, talk to a successful athlete and you’ll discover that before each sporting event, the successful athlete envisions exactly how he or she wants things to turn out.

Imagine what it will feel like when you’ve reached a particular set of goals. The successful entrepreneur knows they have the power to live life the way they want, but to make it a reality, they know it has to be seen first.

Successful Entrepreneurs Never Give Up

Giving up is never in the vocabulary of the successful entrepreneur. Of course there may be days when a successful entrepreneur feels discouraged or disappointed, but giving up is not an option. Having faith, trust, confidence and determination are the qualities needed for the successful entrepreneur. The smart and successful entrepreneur realizes that there will be good days and not so good days. Being a successful entrepreneur requires accepting the ebbs and flows of business for it is in fact what separates the exceptional and successful entrepreneur from the one who gives up far too soon.

How many of these traits do you feel you have? Which ones would you like to acquire? What are other important traits to an exceptional entrepreneur? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Do you think a Bin There Dump That franchise might be the opportunity you or someone close to you has been looking for? Discover your possibilities on our website.

Robert Moment is a sought-after innovative small business and marketing coach and the author of Invisible Profits: The Power of Exceptional Customer Service and It Only Takes a Moment to Score.