There are many people who not only have the ambition to be their own boss but who also have what it takes to run a successful business, especially with the support of an established franchise brand behind them.
A franchise provides a business-in-a-box: a well-known and trusted brand name, market-tested products, and an ongoing support system.
Yet, even with this efficient model available and the personal ambition and skills in place, not everyone is able nor perhaps wants to commit all their time to a new business.
The good news is, that with around 1,000 different business formats available through franchising, there is a great selection of franchises which provide total flexibility in work schedules.
A work-life balance
Leeds-based Katy Bickerdyke had enjoyed a career in sales, but with the arrival of her second child in the summer of 2018 she decided it was time to pursue work that would better fit around family routines.
Katy attended The National Franchise Exhibition, where she discovered Boogie Beat Music & Movement. She chatted with Nicky Attwood and Lisa Langford, the company’s founders, and learned all about the brand’s dance and story-telling classes. Katy comments:
“Nicky and Lisa clearly understood the importance of work-life balance for parents like me and it was also extremely useful being able to chat with two of their existing franchisees who were there – I got a real feel for the business and what it was like being a franchisee with them.”
On completing her maternity leave, Katy became a franchisee with Boogie Beat in June 2019. She has been able to manage the launch of her business on her own terms, choosing to run just a couple of pop-up classes in the busy school summer holidays before rolling out regular classes in her local area. Katy comments:
“A franchise with Boogie Beat has provided just what I need. I can set up my work to suit my family life, and I’ve had my hand held enough but I’m not being stifled.
“I look forward to building up my business at my own pace and to seeing what the future holds!”
Chin and Rachael Tan were also seeking a business that could be run around family life when they attended The National Franchise Exhibition in the autumn of 2017. Chin comments:
“We went to the exhibition with an open mind as to what sort of business we’d consider, though we knew we wanted something locally based that offered recurring revenue, and a business that was flexible enough to fit around the life of our young family.”
Chin and Rachael chose to open a franchise with home education brand Tutor Doctor. As a management franchise, the couple run the business but do not deliver the tutoring itself, which puts them firmly in control of when they complete their work tasks. Chin comments:
“It’s very different from a traditional 9 to 5 office job, we can schedule our appointments around our family life. We love the flexibility it affords us.”
“Owning and running a Tutor Doctor franchise has given us the freedom to drive our own destiny.”
Becoming master of your own time
For some aspiring business owners, having the autonomy to schedule work around leisure time and other activities is what appeals.
After retiring from a 30-year career with the police, Phil Hewish was looking for a means to supplement his pension income and to occupy his time. The idea of running his own business was attractive, as he explains:
“Having been told what to do every working day of my life for over 30 years, it was time to be my own boss.”
Phil visited The National Franchise Exhibition in February 2018 to research the brands and business types on offer. He comments:
“By the time I attended the exhibition, I knew that I wanted a van-based franchise,” Phil comments. “I wanted a business that allowed me complete control over my work schedule.”
Phil took out a franchise with van-based operator, Zerodrytime. He says:
“I am really enjoying being in charge of my own work schedule after all those years of having every shift-pattern dictated!”
“I’m now in a position where I can take a day off or book a holiday exactly when I want and choose to, and I can go out at short notice or even spontaneously. I don’t have a set pattern and I can work exactly when it suits me.”
“Time with my family has expanded and my social life has really benefitted since becoming a Zerodrytime franchisee.”
Find out more
If you are ready to become your own boss but like the franchisees above need a business which can be run on a schedule to suit you, then come to The National Franchise Exhibition on 13 & 14 March at Birmingham’s NEC.
You’ll be able to meet Boogie Beat Music & Movement, Tutor Doctor, and Zerodrytime, plus many more brands offering exciting franchise businesses which could fit you and your life perfectly.
 Source: bfa NatWest Survey: 2018 Franchise landscape