In the current economic climate, local businesses are working harder than ever to attract new customers, tradesmen are needing to source more work independently, and a growing number of people are using redundancy payments to start up on their own - and they all need to advertise.
That's why Look Local franchise owners are bucking the current trend and enjoying a healthy upturn in business.
Look Local offers an effective blend of low-budget advertising with large-scale distribution - it's a perfect mix for anyone looking for more customers and more business.
Furthermore, with the franchise package remaining such excellent value for money, there's never been a better time to Look Local.
10 reasons to Look Local
1/ Full training and support
2/ Exclusive territories with opportunity to purchase more
3/ Look Local operating manual
4/ Your own Look Local website
5/ Your own domain name and hosting
6/ Web Directory listings for your customers
7/ Automatic invoicing and bookkeeping
8/ Fully integrated sales database system
9/ No previous experience in sales or business management required
10/ £500 of printing costs discounted from initial book
No other franchise company offers this level of support and management for an initial investment of under £5,000
- An opportunity proven to return a profit after three months.
In year two, you can expect to return between £20k-£30k per territory.
"My aim is to have two directories up and running by the end of my first year generating a combined monthly turnover of £3,000."
Josh Carter Look Local (Leeds North)
For former student Josh Carter, investing in the Look Local franchise has enabled him to pursue his ambition of becoming his own boss without any previous experience. Josh explains: "When I finished full-time education I wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps and run my own business. As I had no previous experience, franchising was the logical solution because I would have access to ongoing training and support.
"My dad recommended I consider the Look Local franchise because it has a low initial investment fee, minimal ongoing overheads and would enable me to use and develop my sales skills. I liked the thought of earning my own money operating a business from home, selling advertising space for the Look Local directories while having the back up and support of a franchisor, so decided to invest.
"I launched my franchise in October 2009 and business is going well. My aim is to have two directories up and running by the end of my first year generating a combined monthly income of £3,000. From there, my plan is to start employing people to work for me, so that I can focus on growing the business.
"The great thing about Look Local's training and support package is that it is tailored to suit the individual franchise owner's needs. All franchise owners have a one-day initial training session which covers how to use the Look Local system. After this, further training is available on request. I decided to have extra training because I went away for a month between the training and launch so I wanted to refresh my memory.
"Establishing my franchise is hard work but it is also a very exciting time, knowing I have complete control of my destiny. I enjoy running my own business because I can work at a time that suits me. I love the fact I do not have to work nine-to-five Monday to Friday and if I like, I can take a day off mid-week and catch up with my work later on that evening."
"The new CRM system was created in response to our franchise network's request for help in finding a way to minimise the burden of administration and accounting. The system holds and monitors all of the franchise owners' customer data allowing easy access to manage their sales activity and campaigns. This, together with an invoicing and integrated accounting package, relieves the individual franchise owner from creating and recording sales invoices, and automatically updates the bookkeeping."
Clive Wheeldon, Look Local Director (pictured with fellow Director Matt Shaw)