Make news, make money and live the lifestyle you want

If you’re looking for a flexible work from home business with operating models that include the sales being done for you, then localpeople could be right up your street

Localpeople is part of the Daily Mail General Trust, one of the largest media groups in the UK with more than 100 years of history, a wide range of businesses and a track record of success; Its portfolio ranges from traditional newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Metro, to leading websites including Mailonline, the ThisIs network, Jobsite, FindaProperty and PrimeLocation.

As a localpeople franchise owner, you would run your own localpeople website covering the area you live in. A localpeople website provides everything the community needs to know about your local area, and provides an online space where local people can post messages, events, pictures, business reviews and create their own groups.

Your passion for your local area would be the key to your success in creating a vibrant local website for your community, scooping all the local news and prompting lively discussions and debate online. You would be responsible for delivering great local leads to businesses interested in reaching your users, and your passion will result in local advertisers jumping on board.

There are already over 170 localpeople sites running throughout the UK at the heart of many communities. They provide local individuals with an online hub for local news, discussions, groups and local businesses as well as being a one-stop-shop for promoting themselves in their area.

localpeople already has evidence of a huge existing audience – almost a million unique visitors use its sites each month, generating millions of page views. What’s more, localpeople visitor numbers and page views are up substantially year-on-year, demonstrating the huge potential for growth in the business. localpeople is already an established community hub with a huge engaged audience that you can become a part of.

Running a localpeople franchise will be financially rewarding – you could build a monthly income as an individual or, subject to certain criteria, with localpeople managing all or part of the sales process for you. With ambition, hard work and determination, franchise owners can drive to build an income well into five figures.

Localpeople gives you the flexibility to work the hours that you want on your own terms, from wherever you want, giving you unrivalled control over your work-life balance. You also don’t need to worry about the hassle of dealing with stock or securing a property to work from.

More than anything else, franchise owners have to be friendly and personable to be successful. Running a localpeople franchise is about becoming the centre of your community, and championing its interests. You need to get out and speak to people, understand their needs, gain their trust and help them find solutions.

Localpeople will provide extensive support and training to help hone your skills and to help you succeed. It will train you to produce concise, informative articles that will help start debate on a system that, though second-to-none in technology stakes, is also extremely quick and easy to use.

You will also be trained so you can turn a great local site into great revenue by offering local businesses marketing solutions that really work and provide them with a fantastic Return on Investment.

If you are happy surfing the internet and using a basic word processing package, you will find running your own localpeople site no problem at all.

Written by Fraser McKay