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Team Manager

4 tips to help you succeed as a manager

October 3, 2018 8:30 am Published by

Franchise business owners and entrepreneurs alike will understand the struggle of opening a new business. Not only will you need to launch the business, finance it and promote it, but you will also need to recruit and train your staff. Once your up and running, use these tips to help you succeed as a new manager, become a great boss and keep a happy, committed team. Set The Right Example: As a manager or boss, your team will look up to you for guidance, advice and how to get things done. Set the right example at all times; from arriving on time to the office, to managing customer expectations and producing great work. Show them how you want things done... View Article

Word of mouth

Word-of-mouth recommendations are free exposure for your business

September 28, 2018 8:30 am Published by

As a new business or franchise owner, you will know that the best marketing tactics and biggest advertising budgets will only take you so far. Hopefully, a large part of your business will be generated via word-of-mouth recommendations! And why not? Because, if you get it right, it is a fantastic way to grow your business, plus it’s free! According to Neilsen; “92% of consumers believe suggestions from friends and family more than they do advertising”*. With that in mind, all new businesses and franchise owners should do their best to increase their word of mouth recommendations. Use these tips to help: Be Honest We all know that ‘honesty is the best policy’, so be honest with your customers. If... View Article

Nazif Sen

Home Care Preferred: why we do what we do

September 14, 2018 8:00 am Published by

Naz Sen, Business Development Executive talks about Home Care Preferred’s culture and why they do what they do. You will be reading this and probably thinking that I’m about to tell you that Home Care Preferred has a superb culture and is a brilliant franchise offering, because it is my job to tell you that. Whilst it is true that Home Care Preferred has a great culture and is an exceptional franchise offering (and that it is my job to tell you), there is more; as an employee, I have an understanding of our motives as a company, an understanding gained through my own personal journey. I joined Home Care Preferred in the summer of 2015. Fresh out of University,... View Article

Work Challenge

The biggest challenges startups and entrepreneurs face

August 20, 2018 8:00 am Published by

There are many reasons why you should be starting your own business or buying your own franchise. It will give you flexibility, you will earn more money, you will become own boss and you can build and learn new skills. However, there are also some challenges and difficulties that business owners will face (especially at the beginning). You should consider the following challenges when starting your own business and how you can overcome them. Funding a business or franchise Whether you are buying a franchise or starting up a new business, the biggest hurdle you might face early on is funding. Perhaps you can fund it yourself through your savings, but if you cannot then you might need to approach... View Article

Home Care Preferred Team

Behind The Scenes At Home Care Preferred: 10 Fun Facts About The Team

August 3, 2018 8:00 am Published by

We spent the last couple of months interviewing the Home Care Preferred team to hear more about their job roles and give franchise owners insight into what to expect when they open their own business. Whilst conducting our interviews we discovered some surprising and interesting fun facts, so we created this infographic to share our findings. Speak Visually. Create an infographic with Visme  

Solly

Behind The Scenes At Home Care Preferred: Product And Retail Manager

July 27, 2018 8:00 am Published by

This month Home Care Preferred caught up with Solly who has been working on the retail side of the business for four years. Solly, the Product and Retail Manager not only manages product, stock taking and customer enquiries but he is the front-of-house at the head office branch in Winchmore Hill. In his spare time, Solly loves all things music and is a singer-songwriter! What appealed to you about working at Home Care Preferred? SG: I loved the idea of a “one-stop shop” combining both retail and care. How did you get into your job role? SG: I previously worked in the retail sector and had lots of experience there. I actually started working at Home Care Preferred as a... View Article

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14 Inspirational Quotes To Live And Work By

July 16, 2018 7:30 am Published by

As an entrepreneur or franchise business owner, there will be highs and lows for you to work through on a weekly or even daily basis. When things get tough, turn to some of these inspirational quotes to motivate, guide and advise. We have chosen seven of our favourite business quotes from well-known authors and celebrities, plus we asked the Home Care Preferred team for their favourite quotes that they live and work by. Inspiration from the business world: “You don’t build a business, you build people, and then people build the business” – Zig Ziglar “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing” – Denis... View Article

Motivation

How to stay motivated as a new franchise (or business) owner

July 2, 2018 11:20 am Published by

Making the jump from corporate career to business owner can be a difficult one. One of the first things you might notice is the lack of support you have around you, the responsibility to motivate yourself and the requirement to plan your own day, goals and tasks. Afterall, without a boss or manager, you’re left to your own devices to develop the business in your own way. Whilst many entrepreneurs we come across have no a problem with working on (or even in) their own business, we see one of their main challenges is motivation. The business owner may lack the motivation needed to drive their business forward because they are worried about failing, lack the skills needed or perhaps... View Article

Julie

Behind The Scenes At Home Care Preferred: Care Coordinator

July 2, 2018 7:00 am Published by

Since 2015, Julie Philips has worked at Home Care Preferred as a Care Coordinator. Having previously worked in care as a Team Leader, she now manages new clients and a team of Support Assistants. Julie loves to spend time in her garden and hopes to travel to Cape Verde in the future. We caught up with her to hear more about her busy role and how she manages her day. What appealed to you about working at Home Care Preferred? JP: I had been working for another care provider and I attended an exhibition where I met some of the Home Care Preferred team. They were so friendly I decided to move jobs without hesitation. What does your job as... View Article

Business mistakes

The biggest mistakes new business owners (and franchise owners) make

June 18, 2018 7:30 am Published by

Every mistake is an opportunity to learn something new. However, when you are running a small business or new franchise business, every mistake is a potential risk which could be damaging your business. We evaluate some of the most common and biggest mistakes so you can avoid them. Not understanding your customer Rule 1 of any business plan is understanding who your customer is. Avoiding this valuable piece of information will mean you will be trying to sell your products/services to the wrong audience and therefore fail miserably! At Home Care Preferred, we’ve spent years perfecting our niche audience and locating our customers. As a franchise business owner, you will receive this geographical insight, for your chosen location. We also... View Article