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How to Get Started with a Home-Based Franchise
A home-based franchise may appear to be an easy-peasy way of starting a business. It can cost as small as $5,000 initially for a minimum-investment franchise, as against the massive amount you’ll need for a storefront. Being a franchisee, you can be an entrepreneur in almost any area that interests you,from cleaning to IT consulting and more. You can take advantage of all the brand recognition and proven marketing strategies of a known business without leaving your own home.
Sound easy? Not really. In reality, a home-based franchise can leave you in the middle of a convoluted corporate contract and liable for a lot more than you asked for. This is, after all, is an investment, and to ensure that investment pays off, you need to research carefully and buy smart, particularly if you’re bringing business into your home.
Whatever the case, this is probably a life-changing decision for you. It makes no sense to start a business that you’re halfhearted about simply because it’s home-based. The good news is that franchising is made for success. You only have to find the brand that suits you and your home perfectly.
The most vital consideration to make here – before you even search for potential ventures – is whether or not you will be effective while working from home. Remember that working from home is still a job, and it won’t automatically give you the freedom you might be looking for.
Franchisees usually say it’s worth it, though it is quite a lot of hard work. If you get sidetracked so easily – kids, Facebook, and other home distractions – then a home office may not be your best option.
Bear in mind that this is full-time, and you probably need to work long hours. Don’t expect your home-based business to expand if you consider it as no more than a side project. In fact, you can’t expect any type of business to grow with that kind of mindset.
So before you get started, ask yourself if the long hours are fine for you. Are you even being realistic? Are you happy to work in a solitary environment? Do you have space for an office at home? Do you have the resources needed for your start-up costs?
If you’re all set for these things, then by all means, begin checking out franchise opportunities. You have to do something you love, but do check with your local government whether or not your home is zoned for the type of business you have in mind. Besides, you can only succeed in something that has your whole heart in it. After that, there are lots of well-known websites where you can look for opportunities in your chosen industry.