Categories for Startup Tips

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

Plan For A Successful 2019

October 22, 2018 8:30 am Published by

Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, “if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. Whilst it might be far too early to start planning your 2020 summer holiday, it is certainly the time to start planning how to make next year a great success! If you’ve been considering a new career, perhaps itching to start a business or launch your very own franchise now is the time to plan. So, where do you start? Let’s look at our own example. Home Care Preferred launched in 2012 and whilst franchising was always a goal, the franchise launched in 2017, a full 5 years after the inception of the company. The reason being that there was a plan. Testing and trialling... View Article

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 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