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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

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Behind The Scenes At Home Care Preferred: Team Leader

June 11, 2018 7:30 am Published by

This month we caught up Lisa Persheim, Home Care Preferred’s Team Leader. Having been in the role for two years, Lisa loves to play handball and previously traveled throughout Europe to compete in tournaments. Now, she is loving her role at Home Care Preferred and she shared with us her thoughts on her job. What appealed to you about working at Home Care Preferred? LP: I have a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Mental Health, from an early age I have always been interested in care. I knew of Home Care Preferred in the local community so I started working with them as a carer. I progressed my way up to the team leader role as I was... View Article

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Franchising: the path to becoming a business owner

May 18, 2018 9:12 am Published by

Starting your own business can be terrifying and you may struggle to keep up with everything. As an entrepreneur, it is a risk that you need to take to go it alone. After all, you haven’t been your own boss before and you are still learning the ropes. You need to overcome the initial hardships and sadly make mistakes along the way. It is perhaps why so many don’t survive their first three years in business. With so many new things to learn, entrepreneurs often lack the space they need to push their business forward, make the right decisions and avoid costly mistakes. Enter franchising… a tried and tested path to owning a successful business with much less struggle and... View Article

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Essential Startup Tips To Keep In Mind When Opening A Franchise Business

April 30, 2018 6:00 pm Published by

Starting a business might be something you’ve always wanted to do, and with so many opportunities, right now could be the perfect time to invest in your very own franchise. (Hint: catch up on our tips to selecting the right franchise here). Include these startup tips in your planning checklist:  1. Motivation Understand your own levels of motivation, what makes you tick and what you are willing to give up to reach your own levels of success. Keep your objectives in mind and stretch yourself out of your own comfort zone. Read more: Startup Motivation Tips. 2. Don’t Procrastinate Have you heard of the acronym ‘DUST’? Usually, entrepreneurs procrastinate because the task at hand is either; Difficult, Unclear, they are Scared... View Article

Time Saving

Time-saving tools and tips every franchise owner and entrepreneur should use

March 30, 2018 5:00 pm Published by

When running your own franchise, it can be challenging to manage your time and resources effectively. At Home Care Preferred we recognise the value of software that can maximise your efficiency and keep your day-to-day running smoothly so that you can spend more time dealing with the things that really matter.   Note-taking: While important to operations, back-to-back meetings can be the bane of your day if you already have a lot to keep track of. In these scenarios, an application like Onenote or Evernote can be a lifesaver. These cloud-based note taking applications allow you to seamlessly sync notes and keep them easily organized as well as share actions with your team quickly.   Time management: The Pomodoro technique... View Article

CRM

Behind The Scenes At Home Care Preferred: CRM

March 16, 2018 7:31 pm Published by

In our monthly series, we’re continuing to delve into Home Care Preferred’s core roles to find out what our employees love and find challenging about their jobs (read more in our previous interview here). We’re giving you a unique insight into the business, so you can understand what motivates us and how you could implement a similar passion into your own Home Care Preferred Branch. This month we spoke with mum, wife and Community Relations Manager, Kiah Nicolas (the lovely lady on the left in the picture above). A new starter, Kiah has only been in the business since November 2017. As the new face of Home Care Preferred we were interested to hear more. What appeals to you about... View Article