Franchise Owner Stories
Franchise owners reveal what it is like to really own a franchise business
Look Local franchise owners Ray Bessell and his son Greg have been able to expand their business after transferring to the new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Accountancy system which was launched by the advertising directory network last summer.
After a career in the sports retail sector, Paul Torrent was getting frustrated at the long hours, high mileage lifestyle his work was giving him, and wanted to work for himself. After studying the franchise sector of business, Paul decided that he wanted a business that dealt in repeat order, consumable products in a secure and stable market sector.
Having worked for many years and still not achieved something tangible of my own I decided to start my own business. I had plenty of choice but the safest option available to me was to buy a franchise.
Thanks to the economy, the last few years have been a bit of a rollercoaster for all kinds of businesses. When faced with challenging times, franchise owners frequently find the relevance of the old adage; 'being in business for yourself but not by yourself' becomes ever more apparent.
First of all, you need to assess your own strengths and weaknesses, in particular the former, as it will be crucial in determining the kind of work you can realistically hope to do. Secondly, you should think about the skills & competencies you have acquired in past and present employment, including those you have gained through formal education.
When Kevin Jarvis saw the opportunity for change with a Cleaning Doctor franchise, he grabbed it firmly with both hands. Now, after just a few months of operation, he speaks to The Franchise Magazine about his impressive work/life satisfaction and cash flow figures as he begins to establish a name for himself in the Norfolk area.
Pizza Hut Delivery is a thriving business during the harsh winter months. As Britain foresakes the cold outdoors, opting for warm, home-delivered pizza, The Franchise Magazine caught up with Lee Humphries, franchise owner for four stores in the Nottinghamshire area, to talk about how he spends a typical working day.
Recent research figures have brought to light the astounding future prospects of the domestic heating and cooling market, as planned government measures, such as the Green Deal, make the sector a hot topic with investors.