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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Strong Corporate Support

When buying and starting your franchise business, you want to make sure that the corporate office is behind you and guiding you through the process. When deciding which franchise to go with, make sure to look for a franchise company with an excellent corporate structure. Make sure that their support system will be there every step of the way. Before committing to a company, make sure expectations are clear and speak with their staff multiple times to get a sense of their company culture and if it would be a good fit for you.

Here at All American Pet Resorts, we emphasize overall relationship management. We'll help manage the entire design and development process, assist with your Website design and marketing collateral, and oversee all schedules from development through opening.

We share a common objective with you, to plan and develop a successful pet care business. If you are interested in joining our team by licensing a pet boarding franchise, contact our corporate office today.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Best of Both Worlds

If you’ve been looking for the perfect business to become the center of the dog-loving community in your town, or if you just love dogs and want a chance to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families, consider opening up a pet boarding franchise!

Buying into an already successful franchise, like All American Pet Resorts, can reduce stress and offers a jump-start towards business ownership. We’ll walk you through every step, with training programs to teach you the most successful methods to running a business and a proven marketing strategy for bringing in new clients. We’ll help with overall facility development & design, relationship management, site selection, and much more! One of the biggest advantages of opening up a pet franchise with All American Pet Resorts is that your business will already come with a trusted brand name. That means value is already added in for customers the moment they open your doors.

If you’re interested in a franchise opportunity in the pet care industry, visit our website for more details.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

When to Buy a Franchise - Part 2

Determining the best time to invest in a franchise can be a complicated decision with many factors to consider. Don’t forget to read our first post on this topic!

Having an idea of when you want your company to be up and running can help to determine the best time to buy. Consider timing that would work for an opening event and plan your investment and any construction plans with that in mind. Is there a certain time of year that would make the most sense? Or maybe a holiday you could aim for?

Keep in mind that the most important thing when investing in a franchise is selecting a company that you feel passionate about and whose business process, ethics and values align with your goals & objectives.  Take your time when planning your investment, and choose one that you feel confident leading. It is often less about finding the right time and more about finding the right franchise.

Interested in investing in a franchise opportunity? Click here to visit our website for more information.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

When to Buy a Franchise - Part 1

An important aspect to consider when looking into franchise opportunities is when is the best time to buy. There is no simple answer to this question, but there are a few things that should factor into this decision. First and foremost, your franchise research and brand evaluation are extremely important prior to your selection and purchase. If you’re leaving a job or business before opting into a new franchise opportunity, this is also something that will affect your buying timeline. Consideration of site selection and construction timing should be evaluated. If you’ll require training before opening your franchise, you should think about obtaining necessary certificates or classes before purchasing for your franchise.

For more information on the right time to buy a franchise, stay tuned for our next blog post or visit our website.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Comparative Research

When considering buying a franchise, you may be open to all different kinds of franchises and fields, but more often than not, prospective buyers have one particular franchise in mind that they have their mind set on. While you may feel good about a particular franchise company, it is important to do comparative research. Find several franchises that are in your field of interest and compare how they stack up to one another. While you may be attracted to a particular company based on your personal experience, there are many financial, marketing, and other business factors to be considered when deciding on the franchise opportunity that is going to be the best and most lucrative for you in the long run.

If you’re interested in a franchise opportunity in the pet care industry, visit our website for more details.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Speak with Franchise Owners

Before embarking on the journey of buying and owning a franchise, it is essential to conduct research. Due diligence is an extremely important part of your evaluation, and several aspects should be considered before making the investment. One of the most important aspects of your evaluation is communicating with existing franchise owners. Many franchises will have a list of recommended franchisees that they suggest you get in touch with, but all corporate franchises can provide you with a full list of current owners for you to talk to. Ask these owners the important questions that only they can provide true insight for. As it pertains to getting a full picture of what it will be like to be a franchise owner of a specific company, current owners are your best and most valuable resource in creating that visual.

For more information on franchise ownership and our current franchise locations, click here to visit our website.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Training to Run Your Successful Franchise

One of the most common questions we encounter when it comes to owning a pet resort franchise is: “What kind (if any) training will I receive as a franchise owner?” It’s an important question, especially given that varied skills are required to run a successful pet resort business. All American Pet Resorts is proud to be able to offer 4 phases of training for our franchisees - basic resort management and pet care, advanced resort management and pet care, profitability and risk management, and grooming, basic pet hygiene and other revenue generating services. We also hold an annual training meeting to go over new information and the latest in our industry.

No matter what type of franchise opportunity you choose to invest in, it’s important to know that your parent company will be there for you every step of the way, and a huge part of that is through offering thorough training that will set you up for initial and long term success.

For more information on franchise training, visit our website.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Honor Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is all about making a fresh start and sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Now that it is officially 2018, it’s time to make your goals for the New Year a reality. If you’ve always dreamed about owning your own business, investing in a franchise opportunity could be the perfect move for you this year. Owning your own franchise allows you to be an integral part of an already-established company in whatever field you feel passionate about. You’ll be provided with the best chance at business success with your parent company and other franchise owners at your disposal for advice and guidance.

Are you ready to own your own business in 2018? Get started today by visiting our website!