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. 

Money
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!

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Best Parts of Owning a Pet Care Franchise

When you own a pet care franchise, a question you’ll often get from fellow dog lovers is: “Isn’t it the best to be able to work with dogs every day?” We love to hear this, because it’s true! Successful pet care franchisees are united by the fact that they love dogs and love what they do. If you’re considering joining the pet care industry by joining a franchise, know that there some great parts of the job that make it more than worthwhile.

They are as follows:

The Growing Industry
Ten years ago, the American Pet Products Association (APPA) reported that about $45.53 billion was spent on pet care. The APPA now estimates that the same statistic will exceed $75.38 billion! This tells us that pet owners are becoming more and more likely to spend money to care for their pets. In short, the pet industry seems to be where the party is!
As pet care franchises become more prevalent, we encourage you to jump on board the bandwagon as soon as possible. It’s very exciting to be a part of a growing market, because it means that there’s always a chance for growth!

The Guests
Even on the most challenging day, never underestimate the joy that you’ll feel being around animals as part of your day job! From taking the dogs out for playtime to spending some petting time with the cats, working with animals is a gift that you shouldn’t take for granted. The most successful franchisees are those who have a genuine passion and love for animals. 

The System
One of the best parts of being a franchisee is the perks you get by working with a franchisor. When you become a franchisee of All American Pet Resorts, we help manage the design and development of the facility, the website design, the marketing materials, and even the schedules up to opening day! The beauty of working with a franchisor is that you have a solid support system to rely on during your new business venture.  In addition to the support you receive, you also get to jump on board an already recognized brand and have a framework to work within during your day-to-day.

If you were on the fence about becoming a pet care franchisee, we hope these perks were able to make a case for moving forward! If you have any more questions or want to learn more about the perks of the pet care industry, contact All American Pet Resorts today!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Three Things That Are Totally Up to You as a Pet Care Franchisee

We’ve said it a few times before, but it bears repeating: Buying into a pet care franchise is a big decision that isn’t necessarily best for everyone. A good franchisee needs to be comfortable operating in a predetermined framework and needs to be mindful of rules. This latter condition is often what steers entrepreneurs from seeking other opportunities besides owning a franchise.

It’s worth noting that there are things that are fully within your control as a franchisee. At the end of the day, you are responsible for the success of this business, and you are in charge of many of the operations as a franchise owner. The following three things are completely under your control, and they yield the possibility to make or break your pet care franchise:

Your Attitude
There are typically no written requirements to be chipper and ready to work hard as an owner of your own franchise, but you can expect it to be difficult to succeed if you don’t come in to work with the right attitude. Your attitude is a powerful tool that can help or hurt your success, so be sure to think carefully about how you choose to carry yourself as a franchise owner.

It may help to meet other franchise owners who have thrived and try to understand how their attitude contributes to their success. Talk to them about how they push through their day-to-day responsibilities and see if they have any advice.

The great American poet Maya Rudolph once said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Recruiting
Another responsibility that is completely up to you is how you assemble your staff. Whether you choose to use social media, a job fair, a help wanted sign, or more, you get to decide how to reach prospective employees and who gets to join your team. The recruiting process is another key ingredient in a successful franchise, so make sure you hire a team that you can rely on to carry out your company’s mission.

One tip when selecting employees is simple: think about what you may lack as far as strengths are concerned and hire employees that can make up for those weaknesses. If you’re someone who gets stressed easily, it will benefit you to onboard some team members who can remain cool, calm and collected!

The Franchisor You Work For
Lastly, and arguably most importantly, you are in control of the pet care franchise you choose to work for! As a franchisee, it is up to you what business model you buy into. This is where it’s key to read through the details. Do you agree with the franchisor’s values and do you see yourself working well within their framework? It’s important to answer these questions definitively, as any doubts you have in your franchisor can make it difficult to remain comfortable in your decision.

At All American Pet Resorts, we aim to be a partner in your franchise experience that helps you to achieve success in a growing market. If you’re interested in running a successful franchise in the pet care industry, visit our website today!

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.