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.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Great Franchise Owner?

Small business owners typically feel more comfortable when opening a franchise rather than opening a business on their own. Besides the brand recognition attached to the business name, a franchise also comes with a set plan for success and procedures to ensure a smooth process. However, despite these advantages, owning a franchise isn’t for everyone. Below are some traits that are necessary when opening up a franchise:

•    Be a team player: You may be the boss, but in order to be successful you must listen to your employees and be ready to pitch in wherever help is needed. Being reliable, willing to learn, and willing to ask for help are skills that are extremely important for success.

•    Be a people person: In order to own and operate a franchise, you need to be able to effectively communicate ideas and directions in a friendly, professional manner. An optimistic outlook and ability to build morale is essential to success and will make your employees happier at their jobs.

•    Passion for the brand: You need to be passionate about what you’re doing. Here at All American Pet Resorts, we love caring for all animals and servicing their parents. If you enjoy interacting with pets and their owners, this may be the way to achieve your entrepreneurial dream.

It’s most important to have realistic expectations when opening up a franchise. The most successful franchisees recognize that the initial start-up phase takes long hours and hard work. Are you ready to embark on your own franchise journey? Click here to visit our website to get started!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Should You Look Into Pet Care Franchise Ownership?

If you’re looking to someday own a franchise business, it’s important to look at the industries that are growing. The pet industry happens to be one of them! The number of pet-owning households is significantly higher than it was 20 years ago, and it’s predicted to continuously grow in the future. 

As an All American Pet Resort franchisee, you’ll spend your days playing with dogs, engaging with pet parents, and creating memorable positive relationships within your local community. If you can see yourself in a business in which you’d be spending most of your time with animals – along with a few humans of course – consider looking into a pet franchise opportunity. Learn all you can about the industry, and talk to a lot of franchisees and owners that are doing what you may want to be doing yourself in the future.

Remember, running a franchise is a serious decision to make so be sure to learn as much about the company you’re buying from as possible. You want to make sure they’re transparent and give you all the information you need to succeed. For more information on franchise ownership, our corporate office is here to help! Click here to visit our website.