It’s no secret – the swimming pool industry is brimming with potential for ambitious entrepreneurs. Whether it is in a public pool, at a hotel, or in the privacy of their own backyards, Americans love to swim. That means that on just about every street and around every corner, there is another potential client for a pool cleaning business owner. With opportunity knocking, there is no better time than now to get started on such a rewarding and lucrative career path. But how do you know where to begin? The road to being your own boss can be tough, but with the right support, you can find success. Opening a franchise is a great way to get your feet wet in the swimming pool service industry. The right franchise company can provide all the education, training, resources, and support you need to make your new venture a profitable one. ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company is the most respected swimming pool franchise in the nation, and its proven business model has helped many entrepreneurs succeed. ASP makes sure that all of its franchise owners are equipped to not only start their operations off strong, but to continue to grow and expand year after year. If you are ready to dive into the $15 billion pool industry, check out ASP’s top 10 tips for starting a pool service business of your own.
1. Swim Laps Around the Competition
The pool industry has a reputation for its many hit or miss service providers. ASP stands out as a well-established brand that customers have come to associate with professional, reliable service and superior quality. When you sport the ASP logo, your clients will know they can count on you because you have the knowledge and skills to meet their needs. ASP provides you with all the necessary training and resources to give you the confidence you need to stay laps ahead of others in the industry.
2. Diving Skills are Required
Don’t let a fear of heights keep you from achieving your dreams of owning a successful business. America’s Swimming Pool Company is looking for men and women who are ready to dive into an opportunity that can turn into a satisfying and profitable career. With ASP at your side, you get to skip much of the worry and hassle of starting a company on your own. Knowing you have the constant, ongoing support of ASP’s pool service experts makes it easier to start your franchise. ASP would never leave you to fend for yourself in the deep end!
3. Belly Flops are Overrated
ASP doesn’t want its franchisees to feel as if they’ve done a belly flop after they make the decision to open a pool service business. ASP offers franchise owners unrivaled support, expert training, and all the tools they need to gracefully swan dive into the industry instead. Many new small businesses struggle to get off the ground, but with the help of the nation’s top pool service franchisor, your company will be ready to beat the competition from day one. Click here to learn more about what sets ASP apart from all the other pool guys.
4. Life's a Beach. Ball.
Have fun with your new business! With America’s Swimming Pool Company, you will have the opportunity to work in a career that makes each day different from the rest. Your days of feeling cooped up indoors and being stuck behind a desk are over. Now, when you go to work each day, you will be outside enjoying the fresh air and warm sunshine while bringing people the joy of swimming in a clean and well maintained pool. Some may even refer to you as the summertime Santa. When you enjoy what you do for a living, you will never have to work a day in your life.
5. It’s OK to Start with Wading Pools
Don’t get overwhelmed by trying to chase the huge clients right out of the gate! First, keep your focus on building a customer base in your neighborhood. Next you can work on spreading business throughout the community, and you can eventually expand from there. The ASP name has national credibility and a strong reputation for quality, affordable service. As a franchise owner, you will get to reap the benefits of the brand’s strength. In addition, America’s Swimming Pool Company has implemented marketing strategies that empower your pool service franchise and attract new clientele, such as:
ASP trademark-protected name and logo
ASP promotional materials
ASP service vehicle decals
Strong online presence with professional website design
Marketing training and ongoing support
National media and co-marketing campaigns
ASP also provides its franchisees with helpful data about potential clients in their area. For more information on ASP’s effective and unique marketing tools, click here.
6. Make a Splash
Customer service skills are a big part of what will differentiate you from the competition. Leaving a good impression on new customers can be just as important as any other aspect of the job. You will have the opportunity to build rapport with clients as you meet their pool care needs on a regular basis. ASP owners and technicians are known for their trustworthiness, reliability, and professionalism. America’s Swimming Pool Company franchisees know that focusing on excellent customer service is what will earn you the loyalty of clients, along with their positive reviews and recommendations. It can be as simple as a follow-up phone call, or taking the time to tailor a maintenance plan just for them – but going the extra mile for a customer can make all the difference.
7. Floatation Devices are Recommended
Figuring out how to start a new business all on your own can be a hazardous and risky endeavor. Partnering with a national franchisor will increase your likelihood of success and growth. When you join the ASP franchise family, you can rest assured that the company’s experts are ready to answer your questions and resolve any concerns you may have. When you feel like you need a lifeline, there is always help available from another franchisee or from staff members at ASP’s headquarters. America’s Swimming Pool Company is fully invested in its franchise owners, because the success of each member of the team is important for the success of the company as a whole.
8. Continue Your Education
Customers appreciate a pool service professional who can diagnose and treat problems in a pinch. If you see your knowledge as an investment in your business, it will help motivate you to continue learning about everything pool-related. For everything from equipment repair to water chemistry, ASP provides its franchisees with ongoing training and support.
9. Don’t Just Take Our Word for It
It is crucial to find out all you can about a company before buying a franchise. One way to take your research to the next level is to learn from other entrepreneurs about their personal experiences. They can fill you in on all the details of what it’s really like to start a pool service business with America’s Swimming Pool Company. Consider the following testimonials of two of ASP’s valued franchise owners:
"ASP has prepared the foundation to start my own business. The education I received at Pool School gave me the confidence I needed since I began knowing nothing about swimming pools. I am now an expert at swimming pool maintenance and repair.” - Brad Cole, Owner, ASP Montgomery, AL
“I’ve been a swimming coach for several years, so being around water is what I love. ASP understands the pool business. I was looking for a franchise and the conversation I had with them was fantastic. They are always only a phone call away when I need help. Being an ASP franchise owner is an enjoyable way to work every day." - Bob Ringer, Owner, ASP North Raleigh, NC
Click here to see more ASP franchisee testimonials.
10. Make Waves with America’s Swimming Pool Company
ASP has paved the way for you to become your community’s number one source for all its pool care needs. When you combine your hard work and dedication with ASP’s strong reputation, proven business model, and franchisee support, your new pool service business will be equipped to conquer every swimming season going forward.
Get Started Today
If you are tired of sitting behind a desk or working for someone else and you are ready to pursue a career doing something you enjoy, now is the time to consider buying a franchise from ASP. With more than 100 franchise owners in over 400 cities, ASP has expanded to become a national powerhouse in the swimming pool industry. No other pool service franchisor offers the tools and resources that ASP’s franchise owners have access to. ASP is currently looking for qualified entrepreneurs to join its team of successful franchisees across the U.S. Call ASP today to speak with pool service franchise experts and to learn more about how you could become the proud owner of a profitable swimming pool service operation.