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Episode 23: Tom Shanley (Daigle Cleaning Systems of Westchester)

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp, the podcast!  
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.   

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Tom Shanley, a Daigle Cleaning Systems franchisee from Westchester, New York! They discuss the many benefits of franchising - including streamlined processes, scalable goalsetting, and more! Take a listen and find out how both Derek and Tom made Daigle Cleaning Systems great!

00:15 - Introduction

01:20 - The Blue Collar Timeline: From Side Hustle to Franchise

06:46 - Introducing… Tom Shanley!

09:33 - Only One Full-Time Job and a Side Hustle? LAZY!

11:21 - The Power of a Franchise

13:35 - The DOS

14:55 - Picking a Cleaning Franchise… Daigle Was the Best!

16:25 - Why Franchise?..

19:19 - … To Benefit From the Experience of Others!

21:20 - Switching to Daigle: Low Buy-In, High Scalability!

24:29 - Sales vs. Operations: Which Background is More Important?

27:10 - Goal For Next Year: Double the Revenue!

29:05 - Kitchens are Filthy! Hood Cleaning is Necessary!

30:32 - Daily Routines: Plan Your Time as Efficiently as You Can!

32:00 - Tom’s One Key Piece of Advice: Do a Great Job!

33:40 - Closing Remarks: How to Get in Touch



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Tom Shanley

  • Runtime

    35 Minutes, 35 Seconds

  • Air Date

    January 9th, 2023