Service Industry News

For more than 29 years, Service Industry News has served as the voice of the pool and spa service professional. A twice monthly newspaper, the staff covers featured stories on equipment installation, trouble-shooting and repair; water chemistry and business issues facing the industry; and news pertaining to the interests of the pool and spa technician.

In addition to the newspaper, we have produced three technical books used throughout the industry as training and reference guides. The Professional Pool Technicians' Guide to ChlorineGuide to Alternative Sanitizers and the Guide to pH, Alkalinity, Water Testing and Water Balance are compiled from articles that originally appeared in our newspaper.

We've also updated and republished an industry classic on pool care, Charlie Taylor's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Pool Care. This light, easy-to understand and illustrated book has long been a part of any complete library on pool care. Now, it's also available in Spanish!

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Hey Service Pros: Is a franchise right for you?

By Marcelle Dibrell

Why did you decide to work for yourself? You wanted to make your own hours, right? Take Friday off and play golf? Sleep in occasionally?

So, how’s that working out for you?

You may have heard the phrase: an entrepreneur is someone who works 80 hours a week so they don’t have to work 40 for someone else.

Swimming pool service business owners face overwhelming challenges, from the day-to-day business of
accounting, scheduling, and inventory management, to the longer concerns of business planning, marketing, and generating leads. 

Determining pricing, branding, a successful market position for the geographic area the business is located in — these are make or break decisions that each small business owner must make for the company to prosper. 

Not to mention the ostensible “job” itself of servicing and repairing customers’ pools, spa, and equipment. 

For the newly initiated small business owner, it can be exhausting and the workload a little unexpected. 

But there is a middle ground between  working for someone and building a business from scratch. 

You could also buy a franchise, a turnkey business that is ready and waiting for you to start. The advantages of owning a franchise are many. 

They lie in joining a brand name with an established reputation and track record with consumer confidence from the outset. 

Business kinks have been worked out. The hard work of market testing and developing procedures and processes has been done. 

Business development strategies are in place. Training is provided.

And the costs of purchasing a franchise are sometimes cheaper than the start-up costs of launching and maintaining an independent business. 

It’s like the bed-in-a-bag for businesses.

In this edition of Service Industry News, we’ll explore some benefits of joining the largest pool and spa franchise companies in the country.

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