Franchisor of the year awards

Mum and Working – Flexible Working Awards


We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted in the category ‘Franchisor of the year’ with Mum and Working. The awards have various categories and highlight amazing individuals, inspiring employers and the many advantages of flexible, family-friendly employment.

Our franchise team work hard inspiring women to have the confidence to be successful and set up their own businesses and this nomination is very special.

Tailor Maid Franchisee

A Day In The Life of A Tailor Maid Cleaning Franchisee

6‐7 am
An early start before the children arise, giving you the chance to check your emails while enjoying your morning coffee.

9 am
After the school run, time to touch base with your team leaders to ensure they have enough stock for all their housekeepers, run through the day’s cleaning schedules and pass on any messages from your clients.

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10 am
You like to spend at least an hour every day marketing, checking social media sites,posting any relevant and interesting news. This includes replying to any messages you have received from potential new clients.

11 am
Time to to catch up with administration and accounting duties, file invoices etc and make lot’s of phone calls.

12 pm
Customer care is a big part of your day and you are constantly looking for ways to improve your service and customer care. You like to contact your clients on a regular basis to check that they are happy and receive feedback. Also it is important to go out and meet any new potential clients in their own home.

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2 pm
Check your advert for new housekeepers today and post online.Your business is constantly growing and you need to carry out interviews, making sure you choose the right candidate with all the qualities required for the role.

3 pm
Time to collect the children from school, make their dinner and spend some quality time with them before bed time. Running your own business allows your working day to be flexible and fit in around your family .

7‐8 pm
You usually spend about an hour each evening after the children have gone to bed responding to any emails and planning ahead for the next day, before you put your feet up after another exciting and productive day being your own boss.

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Cleaning Franchise Opportunity

Tailor Maid is a proven recession-proof business opportunity in residential cleaning.  It provides you with all the benefits of a successful brand: an excellent reputation, proven processes and a support system that continues to drive our rapid growth.

We offer you an opportunity to put your proven management and sales skills to work building and managing a successful business of your own. Forget the misconceptions you might have about the residential cleaning business. As a Tailor Maid franchise owner, you will not be doing the actual cleaning. Your success is all about using your proven skill set to succeed with a company and industry that works!

If you have ever thought about starting your own business but just did not know where to begin, you have come to the right place . Tailor maid offers cleaning franchise opportunities for people who yearn to build a business of their own using a proven business model. If you are ready to learn more about one of the best franchise opportunities in today’s market, read on!

Franchising Opportunities with Tailor Maid are perfect businesses for any economic climate. No matter the economy, people still need to have their houses cleaned. A residential cleaning franchise offers a proven track record of stability, a recession-proof business in an increasingly challenging business climate.

Are you ready to learn more about owning your own franchise cleaning business? Contact Tailor Maid today to learn more about this lucrative opportunity!


More Women are Franchising

More Women are Franchising.

There are an estimated 4.7 million small businesses in the UK and around 500,000 new businesses are started every year. However, not so many people are perhaps aware that:

– Over 30% of all new businesses are currently started by women – i.e. over 130 thousand every year.
– Three quarters were started by women aged between 25 and 44.

Over 90% of women and men believe it is now easier for women to start their own business – due to cultural changes, increased opportunities and women in business being taken more seriously.

So what sort of things must you be prepared for before going into business?

– You should be a self starter, able to motivate yourself and operate under your own initiative.
– You will need to get on with other people, and be capable of leading and motivating others.
– You should be able to take responsibility and be a good organiser.
– You should be conscientious and decisive.
– Stamina, and good health is needed, as you will not have work colleagues to cover for you.
– Last, but not least, do you have the support of your family and friends?

Many women who have been running a home and raising a family have many of the attributes needed to run a business successfully – they are decisive, energetic, organise well and are used to doing at least three things at once!

If you have the qualities just mentioned, you may well be suited to running your own business, but perhaps you are not sure what to do? Then franchising could be just the thing.

There is some evidence to suggest that those women in self-employment have differing needs and aspirations than their male counterparts.

One of the problems many women face when going into business is a lack of confidence – a good franchise will address this with training, tried and tested format and support both when starting the business and on an ongoing basis, as your business develops.

Proven business format

Compared to starting your own business from scratch, franchising provides a relatively safe route into self employment. A well established, successful and proven business format franchise will provide all the essential elements for a successful business save one – you, the owner.

These elements will include a proven market for the franchise’s products or services; proven sales, marketing and operational procedures and usually has the benefit of an established business name. In addition, a good franchise will provide training and where appropriate, help in finding, fitting out and furnishing premises, together with ongoing support and help in running the business.

In return, you pay the franchisor an initial franchise fee to ‘buy in’ to the franchise, and on-going management service fees or a mark-up on the goods and materials supplied by the franchisor. You may also be asked to contribute to national advertising costs.

When considering a franchise opportunity you will have to make an assessment of the standing of the franchise. You need to find out exactly what running a franchise involves, before taking the plunge. The main points you need to consider are: advantages and disadvantages; the costs involved; and what to look for when choosing a franchise.

Remember all business involves risk, including franchising. However, there is no doubt that going into business as a franchisee of a well established, proven business format franchise will give you the best possible start.

Finally, we would like to wish you every success with whatever business you decide to go into – and will leave you with this quote: “Women constitute half the world’s population, perform nearly two-thirds of its work hours, receive one tenth of the world’s income, and own less than one-hundredth of the world’s property.”

Let’s try and do something about that!

Working Mums

Successful Women in Business

day in the life of a franchisee 2Have you read those case studies on successful women in business and been green with envy. You could be bored with your 9-5 job or simply wanting to make money on your own terms around your life commitments.

Whatever the reason, more and more females are looking to take charge of their financial future and start a business, that allows them flexibility and potentially the chance to work from home.
So you have made the decision that you want to work for yourself, now what ?

1. Combining Business and Pleasure

Starting with the basics, do not trade in one 9-5 for another job that you do not love. What do you love doing? This is the easiest place to start when looking for a new career. Make a list of all of the hobbies, interests and skills that you have a passion for, without judgement or logic as to its ability to make money.

Once you have your list, now is the time to start researching and planning how to leverage that into making money.

Your passion might be dormant, something that you loved as a child that you have not indulged the time in for years. A college course in photography that is at the back of your mind and you love any excuse to use the camera. If this is the case, find out more about the many photography courses in different genres from animal photography to baby photography.

2. Plan to Succeed!

An idea without a plan, is just a day dream. The number one reason why nearly eight out of ten new businesses fail within the first 18 months is down to poor planning.

If you have decided that franchising is for you but you do not know where to start, franchisee resources and online guides can provide a great free resource.

You might have conducted your franchise research and have a short list of potential franchises, but not sure which to move forward with.

Wherever you are in starting your journey into becoming a woman in business, Female Franchise sites have a variety of options for you.

Cleaning franchise for mums


The success of Tailor Maid is testament to the hard work of the entire team. With franchising we are enabling women to start their own business and actively employ women in their local areas. Our business model attracts women who are looking to be their own boss, earn a good salary, achieve their own career goals and have a good work/life balance that allows them to spend time with their families. We are empowering women to achieve their dreams and in doing so hope to build a highly successful franchise business.

Green Cleaning by Tailor Maid


Tailor Maid are proud to make a commitment to the environment and as such are using Eco friendly cleaning products and equipment.

Our hoovers use HEPA filters which are healthier for people who have allergies or health problems leaving cleaner air.

What is a HEPA filter and do I need one?

HEPA is an acronym for “high efficiency particulate air”. Basically HEPA is a type of filter that can trap a large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners would simply recirculate back into the air of your home. There are a couple of different categories of HEPA filters that can make understanding the abilities of your filter confusing.

Why Buy a HEPA Filter

HEPA filters trap small particles that may cause problems for allergy sufferers and others with health problems. Reducing or eliminating those particles will make cleaner air for the residents of your home. Decide if a true HEPA is necessary for your family, or if capturing a smaller amount of particles is worth the price break on filter costs.

Tailor Maid offers affordable Eco friendly solutions to every day cleaning problems.


Domestic Cleaning. A tailor-made service for you whether you want a regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly clean or a one off spring/deep clean.

  • We bring our own eco friendly products
  • All housekeepers are fully trained and reference checked by Tailor Maid.
  • Prices from £11 per hour*
  • Opportunity to meet your housekeeper before they start.
  • Regular feedback with Tailor Maid to ensure you are happy with the service.
  • Full Liability Insurance.
  • Our service is tailor made to suit you and your lifestyle.
  • We offer a professional and flexible service.
  • We bring our own products we just ask to use your hoover and mop.
  • No agency fees.


Tailor Maid – Green Cleaning




Peace of mind! By sourcing a cleaner through a company like Tailor Maid you are guaranteed peace of mind. We arrange the cleaners, we vett them and train them. We ensure that you continue to be happy with your cleaner and we can do something about it if you are not! We have insurance to protect you, your property and the cleaner .

All  staff are on our payroll system and are trained by ourselves. You do not need to do anything or worry about anything, except sit back and enjoy your clean house!





Mum’s return to work -Tailor Maid

A positive return to work image Children are on their way back to school and the summer holidays are about to become a distant memory. My project during the last week has been creating a scrap book with ticket, photos and memorabilia from the last couple of months; a heart warming reminder of some very special experiences together as a family. It’s not surprising then that many of us go into September with the post-holiday blues. I remember as a child I’d have them going back to school and it’s no different for many adults. Even if we don’t have the blues, it often takes a bit of time to reconnect with what needs to be done at work and remember where we left off.

In the manufacturing industry, many organisations work hard to remind people about health and safety during the first week of September because historically that’s when most accidents have happened. Whether you manage others, or want to better manage yourself to get through the next few weeks, here’s my tips to re-connect and make September the high point of your year: Surround yourself with the energy givers, not zappers Be intentional about spending time with the people that give you energy and make you feel positive. Who are the colleagues and people in your network that inspire you? Fill your diary with meetings and catch-ups with the people and projects that will make you feel good about being back at work – and minimise the time spent with those people that drain you. If you’ve got the post-holiday blues, the chances are you’re not the only one, so make yourself an energy ‘giver’ and not a zapper. Re-clarify priorities Ignore the overflowing inbox and start by re-clarifying the big priorities for September. Be clear about what you’re going to have achieved by the end of the month and what personal growth and value you’ll have gained.

If you manage others, schedule a team meeting as soon as possible. Give enough time on the agenda to look back and celebrate how far you’ve come this year. Then re-state the priorities for the coming three months and be sure everyone remembers ‘why’ each one is so critical – what’s it all adding up to? Do your people have objectives? Take the opportunity to review them and be sure they are still appropriate and top-of-mind. Share reflections from the summer Whether you managed a break, had a summer reading more books or whether you’ve had weeks of juggling childcare, the chances are something was different during the summer. Take time out to reflect; what did you learn, who did you meet that you want to stay connected with, what inspiration did you gather? It’s all too easy to feel inspired as you have a social conversation with someone over the dinner table in the sun, but forget about it once you’re back in the office. Ask your colleagues what reflections they had over the summer and engage in a different level of conversation. If you are a manager, you might be surprised what you learn about what makes the ‘heart beat’ of those around you – insight you can use to best engage and connect with them. Even fiction can give inspiration and insight.

I loved a novel that a friend leant me and at the end, found myself having been reminded of the fact our actions have impact on others beyond just ourselves. Change your environment Give yourself a lift by changing your working environment a little. Add a new plant, paint a wall, turn your chair to face a different direction. Have your meetings with others standing up or walk with colleagues to grab a coffee more often. Make a change that feels good and energising. Give the gift of time We can all help others to re-engage at work by giving each other the most special gift of all; time. This is particularly key if you manage others. Schedule catch-up sessions with every one of your people within the next week. Think about what will remind them that they are valued. Maybe it’s saying thank you for keeping a project going while others were out or simply reminding them that you value their attitude and skills as part of your team. Do that before you get into the task conversations, not as an add-on at the end.

Remind yourself what reward and recognition tools exist. I have a client who has chocolate bars available for colleagues to give each other as a thank you. Some are just chocolate – others also have duvet days and cinema tickets inside. Find out what’s available, but don’t let that be a substitute for the gift of time. Here’s to beating the post holiday blues and re-engaging with passion for a September full of high performance. *Jane Sparrow runs a management and leadership consultancy and is author of The Culture Builders. Check out Jane’s blog here – it has tips and advice for managers and her website has tools, including video footage of leadership role models.