Meet Our Franchisees: Jo Ann Barnes
Jo Ann Barnes decided to begin a new venture with The Cleaning Authority after a longtime career in banking and small business ownership. The Florida native spent 22 years working for HSBC and transitioned to launching a small business with her husband.
"My husband and I currently own a small business called Unwired and provide home security equipment to customers in the Northwest suburbs. We pursued a small business venture about seven years ago after the economic downturn in 2008, and I had been in banking previously and needed to investigate new career options. Since owning a small business with my husband, I have realized the importance of financial security and decided to look for additional opportunities independently," said Barnes.
She spent several years helping with their small business, Unwired, which supplies home security supplies, while simultane
ously raising her two children who are now 12 and 8-years-old. Since her children are growing up, she decided to get involved with a franchise business of her own.
"I worked with a franchise broker and looked at about 10 different franchise industries before selecting The Cleaning Authority. I liked the fact that although house cleaning isn’t sexy, it is something everyone needs. With today’s dual income households, people are running out of time to clean. The Cleaning Authority provides a service that allows people to do something besides clean their house," said Barnes.
Jo Ann worked with a franchise broker during the brand selection process who was helpful, but the corporate team really helped her feel comfortable in her decision.
"The corporate team provided a lot of insight on our visit during Discovery Day. As opposed to my experience with the start-up business where hindsight is always 20/20, in a franchise, you can get advice from those who have learned from past mistakes and start out ahead of the curve because they provide you with proven processes," said Barnes.
We are excited to see what Jo Ann accomplished as a new franchisee!