Friday, April 5, 2019

The Time to Adopt Your Pet Care Franchise is Now!

This week, the American Pet Products Association (a nonprofit pet industry association) announced a staggering statistic: Americans are spending more on pets than ever before! They found that pet care spending across the country had risen to a whopping $72 billion in 2018 from the considerable $69 billion in 2017. The millennial generation continues to increase the pet-owning demographic – and there doesn’t seem there are any signs of stopping.

If you’re unsure of the potential of working in the pet care industry, let the above fact clarify things for you. Pet care franchises are where many entrepreneurs are finding success, and now is the time to jump on the wagon! Pets are growing in popularity, and so is the concept that pets deserve the same level of quality in health and well-being as the rest of the family (as they should!).

Owning a pet boarding franchise is the best way to capitalize on this growing demand for quality pet service. At All American Pet Resorts, we have two primary goals:

1.    Provide pet owners and their pets with the highest quality care and service
2.    Assist our franchisees achieve the highest return on investment from their entrepreneurial dream

The requirements for operating your own pet care franchise are simple: you have to be willing to work hard, have a passion to work with animals, and be willing to work with your franchisor to achieve the common goal of business success! The franchise experience is definitely more complex once you’re fully on board, but those guiding principles make up the foundation for you to build upon!

Owning a pet care franchise isn’t for everyone, unfortunately. If you’re someone who doesn’t take kindly to a defined process and prefers to make snap decisions on your own, you may struggle to find success as a franchisee. The structured system of an established franchise is there for a reason. Your franchise development team are people that have done what you’ll be doing many times before, and they know what it takes to successfully get a pet care business up and running.

If you’re ready to join a continually growing market, the pet care industry is a great place to start. If you’re looking to latch on to an established franchise and grow a business using their strategy, All American Pet Resorts may be the partner you’re looking for!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

4 Key Strategies for Pet Care Franchise Success

Nobody wants to run an unsuccessful business… This is why so many entrepreneurs seek franchise opportunities! For pet care companies especially, the ability to jump onto an established brand’s identity and business infrastructure offers an excellent opportunity for success. Be warned, however, this it does NOT guarantee success.

If you’re interested in owning your own pet care franchise, don’t make the same mistake that many have before by assuming the franchising opportunities are a guaranteed success. Making a business reach its full potential takes talent, dedication, and passion. At All American Pet Resorts, we love working with individuals that are as passionate about caring for pets as they are ready to work hard to grow the business.

In addition to having the drive necessary, there are strategies that we believe are key to obtaining franchise success. As franchisors, we love to see our franchisees achieve success, which is why we’re sharing the following strategies for your success:

Know Your Strengths, And How to Overcome Your Weaknesses

Besides the wealth of information and experience that your franchisor should have to offer you, your skills are your primary asset for running your franchise. It’s important to know where your strengths lie and where your shortcomings begin. If time management is typically an issue with you, be aware of this and develop a strategy to mitigate this. At AAPR, we help come up with a comprehensive schedule for the whole development process.

Keep your weaknesses in mind when hiring your staff, too! Hiring friendly, social team members will be a great strategy for franchise owners that are more introverted.

Follow the System 

This is a tip that we can’t stress enough. Many franchisees don’t have a problem with following the franchise’s procedures during the development process of the company. Once things are up and running, however, new franchisees often try to make their own decisions and “wing it,” for a lack of a better phrase.

One of the first items that should be discussed before owning a franchise is the franchise agreement. This agreement establishes the expectation that the franchisee will adhere to the system, which is in place to preserve the brand and protect your investment. A good tip is to not jeopardize this by going off script or making decisions that go against the franchisor’s system. Franchises are often sold as a “tried-and-true” business model, but this goes out the window when you don’t abide by the system.

Recruit an Awesome Team 

Part of the joys of working in the pet care industry is coming into contact with people who are just as passionate about pets as you are! When putting a team together for your franchise, make sure you recruit people who love pets and are willing to work hard to care for them. Putting together a great team can be the difference between a good franchise and a great one!

Once you have your great team together, make sure you work hard to keep them. Treat everybody with respect and equality and be sure to rotate undesirable tasks. Train your employees well and keep them updated with any promotions or events.

Get On the Same Page With Family/Friends 

While we don’t want to scare you by any stretch, it is important to note how much time you will spend running your pet care facility. The decision to run a franchise will definitely impact your friends and family, so make sure that you make this decision with them in mind. Be sure to organize your time so you can secure family time while also maintaining your new franchise.

Success in the business world is never guaranteed, but we believe these four strategies will serve any new franchisee well in their new investment. For more information about how to join a growing market and run a successful pet care industry, visit the All American Pet Resorts website!

Friday, January 25, 2019

How to Properly Evaluate a Pet Care Franchise Opportunity

If you’ve read our past blogs, you know that we at All American Pet Resorts strive to provide franchisees with the information they need to succeed. A common thread through a few posts has highlighted the fact that you need to do your homework before jumping into something as time-consuming as owning a franchise. Considering just how big this decision is, it should be a no-brainer that you should carefully consider the opportunity at hand before coming to a conclusion.

Figuring out if owning a pet care franchise is right for you is much easier said than done. With so many different factors at play, it can be hard to know what a future pet facility owner should be looking for. That’s we’ve produced this blog – to answer the question: How does one properly evaluate a franchise opportunity? 

Below are a series of questions that you should ask (and have an answer for) before jumping into a pet care franchise:

How much training and support is available, and will it be enough?

Clearly you have experience with or, at least, an appreciation of animals if you’re interested in owning your own pet care franchise. But it takes a lot more than knowing how to care for cats and dogs to properly run a pet care facility. You need to know that you have a support system to draw from in case you run into issues that you aren’t equipped to handle.

Most franchisors will offer training before letting you free into the wild, but make sure that you’re working with franchisors that will provide extensive training that will prepare you for all aspects of running a pet care business. At All American Pet Resorts, we help oversee all schedules from the start of development all the way to the opening day, decreasing as many surprises for the franchisee as possible!

Will I be happy and content over the long term?


Sure, pet care is a growing market and an excellent financial investment. But financial success alone shouldn’t be the primary motivator in your decision to operate a pet care company. You need to be prepared for the day-to-day responsibilities of the new job, as well as understand the overall challenges that are posed to franchise owners. Will this line of work be something that you can see doing for a long time? Successful franchises take years to grow and flourish, so make sure that you aren’t letting your short term aspirations fog your long-term thinking.

Do I believe in the service that the franchise network delivers?

The work of a franchisee is already difficult and challenging; don’t make it more challenging by choosing to work with a franchisor that you don’t believe in.  In life, you have to do things that you believe in, and this includes work, too. Make sure that you agree with the franchisor on what they do, and how they do it. It can be aggravating if you disagree, as franchisees are required to work within the framework that they invested into. Save yourself the stress by confirming that you agree with your franchisor’s mission and identity.

What can/will I do if I have to stop?

Life is unpredictable, and there may come a time where you will no longer be able to operate your pet care facility. Whether it’s because of a personal crisis or illness, it’s important to think a few steps ahead. Do you have someone to transfer or sell the business to in the event that you have to step down? Having an idea of that now will save you tons of headaches later.

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Clearly there is a lot at play when jumping on board of a franchise, but the situation becomes far less daunting the more that you prepare. At AAPR, we’re grateful to have helped several pet care professionals establish their own pet care facility. We continue to see growth in our franchisees across the country, and look forward to continuing this growth in the New Year!

For more information about a successful franchise and franchisee opportunities, visit our website.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Most Common Mistakes That New Franchisees Make

In the business world, the phrase “fail to win” is often used to put newbies at ease when they make mistakes. While getting things wrong makes for valuable learning experiences, it’s understandable to want to get it right the first time when purchasing your own pet care franchise. Considering the time commitment and costs associated with starting up your very own franchise, learning the most commonly encountered mistakes that new franchisees make is an excellent way to avoid unnecessary stress and headaches. As an experienced franchisor with several pet care facility locations across the country, here are the most common mistakes new franchisees make:

They Underestimate the Time Commitment

While we wouldn’t accuse franchisees of not knowing how tough a job it can be to own and operate your own business, new franchisees often underestimate just how much time goes into it. While your franchisor will supply you with the tools that you need to get started successfully, there still remains a learning curve when it comes to learning the business. Before owning a franchise, it would help you tremendously to spend a day with an established franchisee to observe the business and truly experience the time commitment involved. Understanding what goes into the regular day-to-day as well as overall management of a new business can be a great source of preparation for your new business venture.

They Stray Away From the System

While there will come a time for franchisees to make their own calls when it comes to business decisions, straying away from the procedures and policies of your franchisor’s system is a mistake that many franchisees make. Franchisors come up with their system after spending tons of time and money building their business. Franchisors know what works and what doesn’t, so do yourself a favor and trust that they may know best. Part of the appeal of working with a franchisor is the experience and knowledge that they’ll be able to bestow upon you as you grow the business. More often than not, a franchisor will likely advise you against a decision because they made the same decision in the past with less than perfect results!

They Expect That Success Will Be Guaranteed 

The biggest misconception in the franchise world is that franchises are guaranteed to be successful no matter what. Sure, the pet care market is still growing, and other franchisees are having great success with their facilities, but this doesn’t mean that your franchise’s success is assured. Franchisees are successful when they work hard, follow the system in place, and think before they act. Just because you paid your fees and followed some directions, that doesn’t guarantee success will fall into your lap. An average franchisee will follow the plan, while a great franchisee works hard to implement the plan as well possible.

- Remember, making mistakes is a great way to learn – but so is learning from other people’s mistakes! Business is all about risks and hard work, so don’t get discouraged when something doesn’t exactly go as planned. Take whatever lessons you can and put them back into your business to make it better!

If you’re ready to learn how to develop your own business in a growing market, visit our website to find out how you can join the All American Pet Resort brand!

Monday, November 19, 2018

3 Things to Do Before Purchasing a Pet Care Franchise!

So you’re passionate about pet care and understand the appeal of owning a franchise… This is great! But have you considered everything that goes into owning a franchise? Lots of na├»ve franchisees believe that franchises are just a “business in a box,” meaning that a successful business will materialize once someone assembles all of the pieces. While franchises are indeed an excellent opportunity for business-minded go-getters who don’t wish to build a business from scratch, the process of getting a business up and running is laborious and complex. To maximize your chance of success, it’s important to be as prepared as possible before writing a check to a franchisor.

If becoming a pet care franchisee is your goal, check out the following checklist to prepare yourself and see if this is a goal within your reach:

Personality Quiz Yourself

It takes a special kind of person to be able to thrive in a franchise environment. People who tend to make snap decisions and “wing it” aren’t usually the best at owning a franchise. When you work with a franchisor, there will be plenty of policies and procedures to follow. While there are surely some decisions that you’ll make on your own, franchisees are expected to follow the rules and operate in a well-maintained system. Make sure that you and/or your team is prepared to work like this, as owning a franchise is not just a hobby.

Speak With Other Franchisees

In life, seasoned veterans are an indispensable resource to learning something new. Reach out to some franchisees, especially those in the pet care industry, to gain insight about what to expect. While franchisors work their hardest to prepare their franchisees, it’s likely that some experiences will still come as a surprise. Getting in contact with other passionate pet care professionals can hopefully allow you to avoid some of the mistakes they have made before. If you get a chance to speak to another franchisee, consider asking the following:

• How long have you owned a franchise?
• What qualities do you think are the most important to running a pet care business?
• What has been the biggest surprise for you?
• Have your expectations been met? What was unexpected?

Perform Cost/Benefit Analysis

Another evaluation tool worth exploring is a classic cost benefit analysis. Write down all of the benefits that you’ll get from owning a franchise and record the costs associated with each benefit. Benefits can include well-known branding, training, and an opportunity in a growing market (all things that All American Pet Resorts offers to franchisees). Costs can include any startup fees as well as merchandising mark-ups.

Organizing this opportunity into the costs and benefits, along with the other two prep strategies, will be an excellent opportunity for you to really ask yourself: Am I ready for this? Purchasing a franchise is a huge decision, and not one to be taken lightly. You will be in a position where you’ll want as few surprise in your day-to-day business as possible, so be sure to do as much research as you can. You’ll probably never look back with the knowledge that your research supported a solid business investment decision.

If you think you have what it takes to run your own successful franchise in the pet care industry, visit our website to see if AAPR would be a good fit for you!

Monday, October 29, 2018

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Owning a Pet Care Franchise

It might be the high track record of success or even the ongoing operational support, but every franchisee has some great reasons for working with franchisors. This collaborative approach to owning a business of your own has worked wonders for entrepreneurs across the country! At All American Pet Resorts, we give our franchisee’s all of what they need to be successful, including our brand recognition and tried-and-true procedures to get your franchise up, running, and strong.

We could go on and on about why franchising is an excellent opportunity (we mean it - call us and we’ll walk you through the whole process!), but we’d like interested franchisee’s to evaluate their personal aspirations, goals & objectives.  Surely you understand how much responsibility it is to care for not one, but dozens of pets on a day-to-day basis. But perhaps you’re not entirely sure about what it takes to run the business as a whole as a franchisee. Before you get your plans together to own a pet care franchise, try answering the following questions and let that factor into your decision-making process.

Do I agree with the company’s culture and am I ready to adopt it for myself?

A positive aspect of owning a franchise is that you don’t have to go through all of the work of creating a brand and all of the attributes that make up that brand.  Successful franchisees adopt a company’s ethos and become a part of that company’s culture.

If you wish to own a franchise, it’s essential that the company you plan on working with shares your ideas and values when it comes to business. At All American Pet Resorts, we only work with people who are as passionate about caring for animals and servicing their parents as we are!

Am I ready to grow a business?

All too often there are “entrepreneurs” who buy a franchise expecting a shortcut to success. They believe that all of the hard work has been done by the franchisor, and they can just step in to reap the benefits.

This couldn’t be further from the truth, as being a franchisee is a demanding position. Although you will have valuable tools and expertise to pull from, it’s up to you – and only you – to grow the business and make it work.  The good news is that you will get back what you put in, which is great for people who don’t mind working hard for success!

Will the franchisors have my back?

Sure there are some bad franchisees out there, but it’s definitely a two-way street sometimes, too! Average franchisors are ones that ensure that their franchisees have all of what they need to succeed. Good franchisor’s are happy to answer questions, aren’t afraid to be hands-on, and have plans and procedures in place to guide their team to success.

If you’re considering owning a pet care franchise, make sure you won’t be working with franchisor’s that will just hang you out to dry. At all American Pet Resorts, we share a common goal to plan and develop a successful pet care business. We help manage the entire design and development process, as well as website design and marketing materials. We even help oversee all schedules from the start of development all the way to the opening day!

Hopefully these questions have refined your search for franchisors and helped you to craft your future business goals! Owning a pet care franchise is an excellent way to take advantage of a growing market, without all of the risks associated with starting a business from scratch. For more information about a successful franchise and franchisee opportunities, visit our website.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Secret to a Successful Franchise? A 'Community'-Based Business

In order to run a successful franchise, you need to build and foster a sense of community at your facility. Your clients frequently visit your business several times a week, making it almost second nature to foster a community which makes them feel like they’re visiting a “second home.” Once you understand the value of community, you can commit to creating and preserving your own business's unique culture, following these three steps:
  • Get on a first-name basis with your clients. When your clientele visits your business, make it a priority to either introduce yourself, or memorize their names for the next time they come around. The simple act of mentioning their name during the next interaction you have will build your relationships and can lead to genuine friendships.
  • Make the experience personal: A lot of businesses are notoriously bad at remembering details about their customers or clients. However, when members of your team care enough to remember those details about your clients, your business can make a meaningful impact in their lives, and it can make you more memorable.
  • Practice what you preach: Set an example for your staff that embodies your franchise’s values. Be a leader, and create meaningful relationships with your team members. If you care about them, they’ll care about your business, which will positively impact customer interactions. Building a community into your franchise will help you see more business. You’ll also see more customer referrals and better customer retention numbers, allowing your business to have stronger roots in the area.
If you’re interested in running a successful franchise in the pet care industry, visit our website for more details.