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Franchisor: Don’t Wait for Green Lights to Go

By Columns FOXBusiness

Small business spotlight: Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning, @OxiFresh

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Who: Jonathan Barnett

What: Carpet cleaning franchise company

When: 2006

Where: Denver, Colorado

How: Founder Jonathan Barnett says he caught the entrepreneurship bug from his grandfather and got the idea for his franchise company cleaning carpets in college.

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“I studied franchising in college and knew I wanted to start a franchise company. Carpet cleaning was easy for me to start, because I was young and in college and it was a lower overhead model,” says Barnett. Today, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning has 250 franchise locations in 45 states.

Biggest challenge: Barnett started his company at 26 and says his inexperience was at times challenging.

“It’s both the greatest strength and weakness, but I was able to adapt quickly to technology,” says Barnett.

One moment in time: “I would have to say being recognized as one of the fastest-growing franchise companies by Inc. magazine, and helping franchisees achieve dreams and goals [are my proudest moments],” says Barnett.

Best business advice:  “A lot of people operate like there’s a red light and they don’t move forward until they get green lights. I take steps others normally wouldn’t have, because I didn’t wait until everything was perfect,” says Barnett.

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