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What Franchise Model Is Right For You?

July 5, 2017 12:52 pm Published by

Many years ago, the most common franchise was the traditional brick and mortar location such as fast food restaurants and storefronts. Modern technology has brought a variety of business models to the marketplace that offer several different models to choose from. Home Based Businesses Home based businesses are very popular these days since technology has made it possible to perform many business activities remotely. These businesses include accounting and professional services, consulting, digital and other marketing services and a variety of other models. These franchise models offer owners many benefits including lower operating overhead costs, fast and easy startup and the convenience of working from home. Consider the following when evaluating a home based franchise business: Are you a good time manager? Working from home allows... View Article

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10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Location for Your Business

June 8, 2017 1:11 pm Published by

Before you start shopping for business space, you need to have a clear picture of what you must have, what you’d like to have, what you absolutely won’t tolerate and how much you’re able to pay. Developing that picture can be a time-consuming process that’s both exciting and tedious, but it’s essential you give it the attention it deserves. While many startup mistakes can be corrected later on, a poor choice of location is sometimes impossible to repair. Be systematic and realistic as you consider the following 10 location points. 1. Style of operation. Is your operation going to be formal and elegant? Or kicked-back and casual? Your location should be consistent with your particular style and image. If your... View Article

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A Guide to Preparing a Business Plan

May 31, 2017 11:09 am Published by

Your Business Plan is the ‘sales document’ for you and your business. It’s preparation and presentation should project the image you want for your business. Its content should be clear, concise, to the point and divided into logical sections. As a guideline, your plan should structure broadly as follows: 1. Introduction Describe the purpose of your Business, briefly outline the concept. Include YOUR overall business objectives. Decide on the ‘legal status’ of your business – sole trader, partnership, limited company or co-operative? All have benefits and shortcomings. Find out which is right for your situation. 2. The Product or Service Describe precisely the product or service that your business will offer. Include any relevant history of the product or service... View Article

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Dementia Awareness Film Success

May 22, 2017 11:11 am Published by

To mark Dementia Awareness Week 2017 (15th May-21st May), Home Care Preferred have pledged to raise awareness regarding the condition. With the help of local production house Crooked House Films and two talented school children from Eversley Primary School, we have created a short educational film shedding light on the common misconceptions about dementia and pointing people to where they can find support and more information. The film went live on Monday evening (15th May) and received over 10,000 hits on Facebook in the first 24 hours! Dementia is a condition close to our hearts. Every day we support individuals and families who are living with the condition and many members of the Home Care Preferred team have also been touched... View Article

Advice from the Experts: Ken Waterhouse, Managing Director of Home Care Preferred

May 19, 2017 10:59 am Published by

Ken Waterhouse, MD of Home Care Preferred, provides insight into what the company does best. Can you fill us in on the background of the franchise? When Home Care Preferred was started back in 2012, the plan was always to take the franchising route as we know it is one of the most effective ways to expand a business. However, we wanted to ensure that we have tried and tested our unique model of ‘One Stop Shop for Care’. In the last 5 years, we have done just that and in the process earned commercial success as well as public accolade, therefore in 2015 we decided to start planning for our franchise offering and we launched Home Care Preferred Franchise... View Article

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Franchising in the last year and Brexit

February 14, 2017 10:22 am Published by

For 2015 and 2016, the franchise sector is expected to be valued at more than £15 billion in the UK economy, according to the bfa NatWest Franchise Survey 2015. That is a 10% increase from the 2013 survey and a 46% increase in the past decade. In 2015, 97% of franchisees reported profitability, a statistic expected to hold true for 2016 as well. The continued success and expansion of the franchise sector gives credit to the common claim that using a business’s tested, proven business model increases the likelihood of keeping doors open and reaching profitability quickly. Many franchisees enjoy this sense of stability and camaraderie as they start their business, as it enables them to be in control without... View Article

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Patient Handling Equipment Market Is Expecting Worldwide Growth By 2021

February 3, 2017 6:07 pm Published by

Healthcare organisation are increasing the adoption of patient handling equipment to avoid the injuries often caused by manual handling. Patient handling tasks includes transferring, lifting, and re-positioning (turning patients in bed, giving patients baths on the bed, patient dressings, etc.) Patient handling equipment include stretchers, I.V. poles and accessories, operating table pads, armboard pads, wheelchair, medical beds, and scooters. Stretchers, wheelchairs, and scooters are used for moving patients who require medical care. Medical beds allow patients to change position for comfort and provide a comfortable sleep environment. Patient handling comprises the lifting, lowering, holding, pushing, or pulling of patients. Patient handling equipment are mobility, disability, and rehabilitation equipment specifically designed to provide comfort and quality of sleep to hospitalised patients... View Article

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Why to Franchise in 2017

January 26, 2017 11:39 am Published by

This year is the year. You’ve had it with your obstinate boss or your rigid working hours or watching your efforts line someone else’s pockets. So no more — in 2017, you can follow your New Year’s resolution to find a new career and start your own business. There are always plenty of reasons to start a franchise, but 2017 may be one of the best times yet. The Age of Franchisees One of the biggest deterrents to starting your own business can be age. Many think they’ve ‘passed their prime’ and have missed the chance to be their own boss. That couldn’t be more untrue — especially with a franchise! In 2015, the average age of UK franchise owners... View Article

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10 Reasons to Invest in a Home Care Business

January 19, 2017 6:08 pm Published by

A home care franchise is rewarding in more ways than one If you’re ready for your next big move but don’t want the stress and unknown of starting from scratch, you might consider purchasing an existing business or a franchise. The good news: there are many options to choose from. The almost-as-good news: there are so many options to choose from. Home care may be a great next step in your career. Here’s why: 1. It’s an industry with ‘heart’ Invest in a home care business not just to fill your wallet, but to fill your heart. This is your chance to make a difference in people’s lives, whether you’re working with clients, caregivers, or families. You could own a fast... View Article