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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

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

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

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

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