Window Genie Announces Grand Opening in San Francisco

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Window Genie welcomes Ismo Karhiaho, new franchise owner of Window Genie of Peninsula. Window Genie now has three locations in the San Francisco area.

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Window Genie was the only franchise system where all the existing owners I spoke with were happy and successful.

Window Genie is a nationally ranked franchise of home services known to, "Clean Windows and a Whole Lot More!" Other services include gutter cleaning, pressure washing of decks, siding and driveways and more. Window Genie is proud to announce the grand opening of their newest location in Belmont, CA this week. Ismo Karhiaho is the owner/operator.

Before joining the Window Genie team, Karhiaho managed cloud services projects for operator customers and did software development when he joined Nokia about 30 years ago. His career took him from Finland, to France, to both coasts of the United States. About five years ago Ismo and his wife discussed starting their own business to escape the corporate world which they felt did not guarantee long-term success or stability. "Other opportunities and jobs kept us from acting on this dream for a while. I have a friend in Boston who owns a successful franchise and is happy with his business. This past spring we came to realize we had enough capital and it finally felt like the right time to start looking at franchise opportunities. That friend suggested I reach out to Nancy Wright at the YOU Network for guidance," Karhiaho said.

The YOU Network is a team of franchise consultants who work to pair prospective business owners with a franchise that best fits their skills and interests. "I always thought I wanted to do something technical, something I was comfortable with from my past. Nancy helped me really understand that as a franchise owner I'm managing a business, not necessarily doing the work in the field. We then came to the conclusion that my background in customer relations meant a service business would work best since I love customer interaction and building relationships."

Window Genie was among a list of franchises Karhiaho decided to look into a bit deeper. "It meant a lot that Window Genie was the only franchise system where all the existing owners I spoke with were happy and successful. Other franchise systems did not seem to have ample support and many of their owners weren't making money or were just unhappy. Window Genie really stood out in that aspect and validated my expectations for what a good system should look like."

Karhiaho and his team open this week for business. He said, "I'm excited to be my own boss and build something that can last into the future. Coming from the corporate world, in an industry with a high turnover rate, it just feels great to know I can build a future that will last as long as I'm able and willing to make it. I wasn't feeling fulfilled and am glad I decided to take the leap into business ownership and be completely responsible for decisions that will impact my success."

For a free estimate or to learn more about Window Genie, call Ismo Karhiaho at (650) 779-5177 or email him at ikarhiaho(at)windowgenie(dot)com.

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