A franchise brand doesn’t reach its 25th year without a formula for success. Here at Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions (Filta), we like to think it’s because our clients love the way we treat them and take care of their commercial kitchens. Turns out, clients absolutely LOVE the same things we do – safer and more sustainable restaurant kitchens. We’re invited into their kitchens again and again because of our unique and environmentally sensitive on-site fryer management services, bin-free waste oil collection, fresh oil supplies, humidity control and grease-free drain services. That’s a winning combination that’s hard to beat – for restaurant kitchens around the country to institutional kitchens inside casinos, universities, hospitals, groceries, business facilities, and professional and collegiate sports stadiums.
But a service franchise such as ours can’t grow on just providing a service alone. Sure, it’s the foundation of what we do, but our continued success as a brand can also be attributed to our amazingly committed franchisee network, passionate executive team, and our deep commitment to the environment through the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries we serve across the local communities in which we operate. Since our inception, Filta has recycled nearly 1 billion pounds of used cooking oil into biodiesel, and for every gallon of biodiesel put into use, Filta prevents 16 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. That’s how were changing the world.
Today, Filta is seeking new franchisees who are not only a good fit, but who also believe in these guiding principles of general business growth.
#1: Be Strategic
Successful Filta franchisees have to be willing to take some risk, but we’ve built a system of training, marketing, business coaching and ongoing support to ensure every franchise owner has the tools necessary to achieve success. This mindset of systems and processes is hard-wired into the Filta franchise mentality in order minimize risk while providing franchisees with the materials needed to maximize their investment.
#2: Open Communication
Proven systems and best-in-class training and support are critical to franchisee success at Filta, but equally as important is open communication between franchisees, with their technicians and with corporate staff as well. Through our franchise development model, we’ve built a system that allows new and existing franchisees to engage in open dialogue with each other and with our corporate headquarters both in-person and online. And Filta ensures this exchange is robust, positive and regular by facilitating local, regional and national opportunities to share skills, ideas and information.
#3: Ask Questions
At Filta we truly believe that you are in “business for yourself, but not by yourself.” The most successful Filta franchisees continually look for opportunities to learn from others while capitalizing on the rich information available to them throughout our system. When in doubt, we raise our hands and ask questions in order to progressively move forward at both the regional and national level. Many of the best advice-seekers have gone on to become some of the most successful multi-unit operators at Filta.
#4: Hard work
While Filta will show you the path to successful small business ownership and provide you with the tools to achieve your goals, there is absolutely no alternative to hard work. Ownership of a Filta requires a commitment to hard work and building your local business. Ask any of our Filta franchise owners.
Successful Filta franchisees are committed to building the brand and driving profitability. Otherwise, we wouldn’t service more than 10,000 restaurant and commercial kitchens nationwide every week.
#5: People Skills
Arguably more important than many other business attributes needed to operate a successful service franchise is the ability to deal with people. Filta franchisees understand that their service is only as good as any given technician working in the field at any given time.
To build a successful front-line team a franchisee must have excellent people skills. It’s vital to bring out the best in both employees and customers because loyalty, trust, and brand value are foundational to business success.
To learn more or inquire why Filta is one of the best franchises to buy, visit filtafranchise.com.