Lifestyle: find franchise opportunities to improve your lifestyle!
The lifestyle category looks at how positively franchisees perceive the balance between their work and home lives as an indicator of their satisfaction with their choice of franchise as well as how family and friends perceive the success of the business. Franchise companies who cater for a good lifestyle according to their franchisees create an environment and an operating system where a good work life balance is very achievable.
When reviewing franchise opportunities it is important to consider the lifestyle that you want to have and to select a model that fits your expectations. When you are doing your due diligence ask the franchisor and existing franchisees about the time you need to put in to achieve your goals.
When considering franchise opportunities If you are weighing up the number of hours you will need to work also consider your family and friends in your support network and what affect the hours you put in will have upon them and your relationships with them. If you create the right expectations with family and friends from the start they are more likely to be understanding and supportive if you need to put in a few extra hours every now and then.
One of the other elements in lifestyle is how your business will look to family and friends. Consider how the franchise' s business model and branding is presented and how well other franchisees represent the brand, this is an important element as when you step into a franchise and own a business which is highly visible you will quickly want to be proud of your business and happy to tell friends of the career choice you have made.
Our congratulations go to all the franchisors that made the top 10 in the lifestyle category for franchise opportunities and particularly to the top 3 of Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers, Anytime Fitness and Gutter-Vac.
#1 Congratulations Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers franchise
Service based franchisees often have the luxury of scheduling work around life. Many Smartline franchise owners choose to work from home rather than an office and find the time to take kids to school and pick them up again, whilst choosing to work some longer hours in the evening to catch up on administration. That said administration is kept to a minimum required level within the group with the support office mindful of creating systems which are efficient and reduce the number of hours required to keep on top of the business. One such example of a new system implemented in recent times to save time is an automated electronic system to comply with industry regulations that relate to providing customers a statement of advice. The system takes information from the consultation and produces a document which shows the exact advice provided in a consultation.
Smartline' s internal culture involves about making a positive contribution to the community and encourages franchisees to get together and offer their services together to charitable organisations. As well as this Smartline provides forums for franchisees to get together on a quarterly basis for social lunches to share best practice and enjoy each other' s company.
#2 Congratulations Anytime Fitness franchise
Whilst Anytime Fitness is a 24/7 Gym this does not mean franchisees work 24/7. Quite the opposite is true with Anytime Fitness franchisees working 38% fewer hours on average than the franchising Industry as a whole.The Anytime Fitness Franchise model is about being a turnkey franchise business that requires less staff and so less management than a traditional gym. Whilst Anytime Fitness premises are open 24/7, they are manned by security cameras after hours, not staff.
The other element in the Anytime Fitness’ Franchise business model is that it is membership based, giving franchisees certainty in cash flow. With regular income coming in, franchisees can have the confidence to take their foot off the pedal when they need to address their work life balance and spend more time out of the business.
#3 Congratulations Gutter-Vac franchise
Gutter-Vac is a service based franchise system who’s secret to a great lifestyle comes in the use of innovative technology. Most Gutter Cleaners will spend hours on a roof either using their hands or a blower. Not so for Gutter-Vac franchisees who get paid the same as their competitors for less than a quarter of the time spent cleaning. Gutter-Vac’s unique vacuum equipment sucks leaves out of gutters to quickly and effectively clean corporate and domestic gutters, roofs and ceiling spaces. In many instances franchisees can use a piece of equipment to attach the vacuum into gutters without getting on the roof. When it comes to the franchise Industry it also means Gutter-Vac franchisees work 31% fewer hours than the franchise Industry.