Top Tips for Running a Home Based Franchise
While many franchises can involve working from particular premises, such as a restaurant or office, there are also plenty of options to work from home. If you have the right mind set and don’t want to travel into work every day, the chance of running a home-based franchise will seem quite attractive. It’s not for everyone though and you will need to think carefully before you take it on.
Here are some top tips for running your home based franchise as well as some things you might like to consider before you take the plunge.
1. Having a Schedule
It’s easy not to work for some people, particularly when you are doing it from home. You’ll start in a minute, or have a cup of tea first, watch that recorded programme from the TV last night or give the floor a clean. Setting a work schedule where you sit at your desk at a certain time and have breaks at certain times is important to make sure everything stays on track. Of course, it’s not as simple as deciding on a schedule – you need to push yourself to keep to it.
2. Avoiding Distractions
As we’ve just mentioned, one of the biggest enemies of home-based franchise owners is the possibility of distraction. It’s amazing the number of friends, who know that you work from home, who suddenly think you’re available at the drop of a hat. There are little jobs that need to be done around the house, which you can fit in before you start work or while you take a break. Of course, you may have taken on a home franchise because you wanted more flexibility of time. The trouble is that this can often take over if you don’t make sure distractions are kept to a minimum.
3. Designing Your Office Space
A desk in the corner of the living room next to the TV may seem okay but having a dedicated office space is better at eliciting a good work ethic. It becomes a trigger for beginning the day and the more you can design it to meet your franchise perspective the better. That means having the right equipment, enough peace and quiet to do your job properly and the stationary, draws, filing cabinets and other kit that you require day to day.
4. Finding Help When You Need It
All businesses have their busy periods when extra help is needed and home-based franchises are no different. You probably won’t want to employ people in your home but the great news is that there are good alternatives online. You can hire virtual assistants and other staff through freelancing websites, people who can take the pressure off, whether it’s just answering calls or undertaking marketing.
5. Pick the Right Franchise
If you are working from home, picking the right franchise is all-important. There are many different opportunities out there from consultants to designers, in practically every industry. Picking something that closely allies to your skills and, more importantly, your interests helps maintain your enthusiasm when things get tough.
Finally, getting involved in networking events can provide a useful outlet for those franchising from home. It can often be a lonely business and having this kind of friendship, knowledge base and support network to draw on could be the difference between success and failure.