Categories for Startup Tips

Franchising: the path to becoming a business owner

July 29, 2019 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

Easy ways to promote your new franchise business (plus a marketing planning checklist)

July 17, 2019 8:56 am Published by

If you’re considering a new franchise opportunity and becoming self-employed there are a number of things you need to get in order before opening to the public and inviting in your new clients. Or, perhaps you are still planning and are yet made a decision about which franchise business you would like to invest in- you can find more tips here on choosing the right franchise. Whatever your circumstance, the following checklist should be included in your planning and budgeting. At Home Care Preferred, even if you haven’t signed up for a franchise yet we believe you should understand the full picture before delving into any decision and these marketing tactics should be factored into your decision. Marketing planning checklist... View Article

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

July 2, 2019 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 tools and tips every franchise owner and entrepreneur should use

June 15, 2019 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

What Not To Do When Starting A Business

March 20, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Whether you are considering a franchise business venture, or you’re looking to open a business of your own we collated some of our favourite tips of what not to do when starting out for the first time. Don’t Rush Into Collaboration Partnering with a friend, a colleague or even a family member can have many benefits. From sharing expertise to splitting costs and even skills there will be times when collaboration is a good idea. However, consider whether you could take on the new venture on your own and think about how much control you want over your business. As a partner, you will need to answer to your collaborator and make decisions together (even when you have a difference... View Article

Finding The Perfect Work-Life Balance As A New Business Owner

February 26, 2019 8:30 am Published by

As a new business owner or franchise owner, it can be difficult to find the perfect work-life balance. Often you are pulled in many directions from launching the business, day-to-day tasks, to your home life, social activities, looking after the kids and just seeing friends. It can be a challenge to juggle the two parts of your life and often entrepreneurs feel guilty when they are relaxing as they have huge to-do lists and also feel guilty when they are working as they are not able to spend time with family and friends. Here are our tips for balancing work and life: Find a routine that works Decide whether you’re an early bird or a night owl. Unfortunately, it’s impossible... View Article

What Successful Business People Do Every Day

February 19, 2019 8:30 am Published by

Have you ever wondered why some people manage to become so successful, whilst others seem to struggle? There is no such thing as an ‘overnight successes’ but with a little help, any franchise business owner can turn their business into a profitable company. Keep these simple things in mind every day as you climb the ladder to success: Maintain focus! Business and franchise owners alike will encounter problems, issues and challenges every day, however maintaining your focus will help you to use these as learning opportunities rather than crumbling at the first hurdle. Sustain a positive mindset! We’re sure you’ve heard of many people talk about mindset and how this helps them to stay productive but there is more to be said... View Article

Startup vs. Franchise Business – Which Is Best?

January 24, 2019 8:00 am Published by

So you want to make the jump to self-employment but you’re not sure if you should start your own business or invest in a franchise. We compare the advantages so that you can make a choice and decide which is best for you. Franchise businesses are proven to have higher success rates than starting a business from scratch. Since franchises take a working model or system from another business, franchise business owners will be able to use this to grow effectively. In addition to this, franchise business owners also receive a lot of support from the franchisor including training, software, and systems. The ongoing support a new business owner will receive could be key to helping them succeed in their... View Article

New Year, New You, New Focus!

January 14, 2019 8:00 am Published by

How often have you heard someone say ‘new year, new me’? Or, perhaps you have even made that promise to yourself only to start losing focus by February and perhaps already breaking some of your resolutions? Every year starts with so much promise, but by the end of January, the hope of completing a list of resolutions has been lost. Usually, the reason for this is that we set big goals and fail to plan accordingly in order to achieve them. Say for example; you wanted to run a marathon this year? You wouldn’t just sign up a few weeks before the event without putting in the proper training, working out regularly and eating right! It’s not possible to perform... View Article

Why To Invest In A Franchise Business In 2019

December 10, 2018 8:00 am Published by

This year is the year! Have you always dreamed of becoming self-employed and investing in a franchise business? The dream could be closer than you think as right now is the perfect time to follow your New Year’s resolution, find a new career and start your own business. Hint: Start planning 2019 now using this handy guide. There are always plenty of reasons to start a franchise, but 2019 may be one of the best times yet. We review the facts: The Franchise Facts Franchises contribute to £15.1 billion to the UK economy, so now is the right time to invest in your own franchise with more than 900+ franchise brands operating in the UK. Many people look to franchises... View Article