Fredericksburg Man Finds Window of Opportunity with New Business

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Fredericksburg local Ray Shero follows his gut feeling, will open a Window Genie franchise on August 10th

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I always had it in the back of my mind that one day I'd like to be my own boss.

Window Genie announces the grand opening of its newest location in Fredericksburg on August 10th. Local resident Ray Shero is the owner. Window Genie is a national home service franchise specializing in residential and light commercial window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. Window Genie will serve the greater Fredericksburg communities, down through Spotsylvania.

Before purchasing a Window Genie franchise, Shero worked for many years in retail management and more recently, construction management. Finding the construction industry to be volatile, based on the unstable housing market, Shero began exploring his next move. He said, “I’ve reinvented myself many times throughout my career, but this time I was ready for something different. I always had it in the back of my mind that one day I’d like to be my own boss.”

With the guidance of a franchise coach at Matchpoint, Shero was able to determine which business opportunities best fit his strengths, weaknesses, interests and goals. By the end of 2014, the list was narrowed down to a handyman/repair franchise, a home inspection franchise and Window Genie. Initially, Shero says he was unsure about Window Genie, “Window Genie was my last choice of the three franchises at first. The other options felt more in my comfort zone; I’d spent so many years in construction and had a lot of experience in home repairs, that at first glance it felt they’d be more well suited for me. I’m glad I had a franchise coach to help me keep an open mind, because after some investigation I found Window Genie was exactly what I was looking for.”

What it came down to for Shero was Window Genie’s simple business model that allowed for steady growth alongside a support team he could trust. Shero said he prayed on it and decided to trust his instincts. He said, “There was never a red flag during my time researching and getting to know the business and people behind Window Genie. The culture at corporate is very family-like. The support staff is genuinely invested in the system’s success, and it’s a team I wanted to be a part of. It was one of those gut feelings I had to trust. Also, from a business standpoint it’s a simple concept and I can run the business from home. Offering a few different services means there’s something for every home’s needs and budget, so my business has multiple revenue streams. I’m confident in my relationship building and customer service skills, but I’m not an expert at everything. Having a team at corporate I can trust to assist me in the other aspects of the business I might struggle with means everything. When you buy into a franchise you’re truly going into business for yourself, but never by yourself.”

Window Genie of Fredericksburg opens for business on Monday August 10th. All field technicians are fully trained, insured, bonded and have passed a background check. For more information or to receive a free estimate, contact owner Ray Shero at rshero(at)windowgenie(dot)com or by calling 540-356-5999.


About Window Genie:
Window Genie is a national home service franchise specializing in window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. Started in 1994 in Cincinnati Ohio, Window Genie has since grown to a network of 83 franchise partners operating in over 200 markets in 26 states. Window Genie was recently named to Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List at #196, named a Top 200 Franchise by Franchise Business Review and made Inc. Magazine’s INC 5000 last year as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. Money Magazine listed purchasing a Window Genie franchise in their article entitled, “13 Things to do with $100,000 Now” – Franchise territories available nationwide, for more information please visit our franchise opportunities page.

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