Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Skip Common Hassles by Joining a National Franchise

It wouldn’t be honest to say that joining a franchise can be made hassle-free. No matter how you play your cards, you’ll be taking on a lot of work to start your own business and support the growth of a pet care franchise. Statistics indicate that by the end of their fifth year, roughly 50 percent of small businesses fail. However, there are ways to improve your chances of success and minimize the growing pains of a new franchise, and that’s by joining an established, national pet care franchise!  

Starting a business from scratch is a tall order, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in the industry – or even in business. This is why more and more people decide to take on the unique opportunity that franchises provide. Any new business will run into unpredictable challenges, but franchises can help eliminate a lot of the guesswork that comes with the startup process.  

The following are some of the common hassles that you can avoid by joining a national franchise like All American Pet Resorts

Establishing name recognition:
A big part of running a business is representing a brand and working to maintain a certain reputation. Customers tend to be skeptical of things that are unfamiliar, so new businesses have the added burden of having to boost their brand and introduce themselves to the public. When you join a national franchise, you immediately benefit from instant name recognition. This can make a big difference when it comes to getting customers to notice you once your location is up and running. 

Research, development and startup:
If you’re new to owning a business, we’ll keep this simple: starting a new business is very difficult! Fresh businesses often require extensive research and development in order to put all of your ducks in a row, so to speak. Crafting a plan for an entire operation and establishing a model are not things that come naturally to most people. This is why joining a franchise is a worthy investment. By joining a business that has established a model that works, you get to skip the unnecessary leg work. Plus, you enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a business plan that has been tested and proven to be successful. 

Making big decisions alone:
If you aren’t secure in your business acumen, making the inevitable big decisions for your company can be an exhausting task. Whether you’re doing extensive research before each decision or just taking a shot in the dark, the uncertainty of making your own choices can start to weigh on you. As a franchisee, you’re never alone in the business process. Franchisees at All American Pet Resorts receive reliable support from a franchise staff that knows exactly what position you’re in. Like other franchisors, we aim to be partner to your operation; this includes helping you manage the design and development of your facility, the design of your business Website & marketing materials, and even the organization of your schedules up to opening day!

We know what it takes to run a successful pet care franchise, which is why we’re always excited to meet with driven, motivated entrepreneurs who want to join the business. If this is you, give us call today to learn more about how joining a franchise can be your next step to business success!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Common Issues That New Pet Care Franchisees Must Face

The frequent success that pet care franchises achieve can make it easy to want to join in on the fun. We agree that working with a pet boarding franchisor is a worthwhile investment and great opportunity, but this line of work is not without its challenges. As any good franchisor should, we want to prepare the people we support for the good and the bad parts of owning a pet care franchise.
This is why we want to explain the most common issues that pet care franchisees will face in the early stages of establishing a franchise. Surely there are more challenges down the line, but if you can make it past the following hurdles, you should be able to tackle the rest with ease!

Facing Doubt
While this may not feel like a very tangible challenge, the insecurity you feel as a new business owner can be a very real struggle during startup. Not having confidence can make it hard to make decisions or reach success. In order to rise above the stressors of establishing a pet care franchise, it’s important to be sure of oneself and the decision to join the industry in the first place. 

A great way to minimize doubt is to carefully select the franchisor you work with. If you choose a company that has values you stand by, leadership you trust, and support you can rely on, you’ll find that it’s easy to silence that voice of doubt in your head. Always remember that your franchisor is there to help you be as successful as possible; use all of the tools that they offer and ask questions when you have them!

Assembling Your Dream Team
Recruiting a team is a tall task for any operation; recruiting a quality pet care team is even taller! Unlike other industries, pet care employees have to be able to please both pets and their owners. Customer service is an essential part of your franchise’s success, so it’s very important to get your hiring process right the first time. 

Be sure to find recruits that are as passionate about pet care as you are. You’ll also want to assemble a team that is well-rounded, where one worker’s weaknesses can easily be balanced out by another’s strengths. Most importantly, make sure you are training your employees well and keeping them happy enough to stick around. Quality franchisors will likely have robust training procedures and materials for you to work with, so you can put your primary focus on finding the right people. 

Cash flow, a common issue for just about every new business, can be a huge source of stress. What makes joining a franchise so great is all of the things that come along with it, like brand recognition, a system that works, and plenty of resources to support your operation. In order to unlock all of these goodies, you’ll need to establish enough funding to get your franchise off the ground and running for the first few months (until you start making profits). To make it through the challenge of cash flow, make sure you have full comprehension of your budget and how you plan to use it. Franchisors have a detailed and structured process for you to work with when you get started – so be sure to understand how your operation’s funds will be affected as the process moves along. 

If running a successful franchise were easy, everyone would be doing it! Joining a pet care franchise is a fulfilling and exciting way to earn a living, but it’s important to understand the challenges that come along with it. We hope not to scare you from stepping into the industry, but rather to give you an honest look into what it takes to be a professional pet care entrepreneur. For more information about a successful franchise and franchisee opportunities, call All American Pet Resorts!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Franchising as a Lone Wolf vs. With a Pack

You don’t have to read our blog to know that the pet care industry is continuing to see growth in recent years. Pet owners are looking for the best for their furry friends, which means nicer foods and more upscale boarding facilities. It’s no wonder why more entrepreneurs are looking to cash in on the pet industry with a franchise. 

There’s plenty to consider before joining a pet care franchise, however. First, you have to understand the amount of time and work that goes into it. Then you have to find a franchisor that you can feel at home with and ready to take on as a partner. Once you’ve narrowed down that search, you may also be asking yourself this: do I want to do this on my own?

Choosing to bring in a partner to your franchise venture can be an excellent idea for some. Franchises are a lot of work, so having a battle buddy can be a great way to keep your head above water with someone that gets it. A partner can help bring some things to the table that you can’t, too. Choose your partner wisely, and you may end up assembling a dream team that is ready to take on the challenge of a franchise!

Partners are also helpful for the early stages of getting a franchise started. The initial investment may take a while to get together on your own but putting two heads together can speed up the process. If you are a collaborative person by nature that enjoys to bounce ideas off of someone else, a partner can be a recipe for success. 

Business partners aren’t necessary – or a good fit – for all franchisees, however. When you share responsibilities with another person, there’s bound to be moments of disagreement. When the time comes to make a hiring decision, for example, you’ll have to be okay with splitting each vote with someone else. Speaking of splitting, will you be willing to share in the profits with a partner. Sharing startup costs sounds nice, the compromise being that you’ll also be sharing in the returns. 

Whatever decision you decide to make regarding your pet care business, we do hope you’ll call All American Pet Resorts for more information about franchising opportunities. We will be a partner to you and your operation, and will help manage the design and development of the facility, the website design, the marketing materials, and even the schedules up to opening day. Whether you’re a lone wolf or part of a small pack, we have the tools for you to reach pet care success!