If you’re looking for something new to do with your life and you love animals, you might have considered a career in animal care. But if you don’t want to work for someone else, then starting your own pet franchise might be a great option for you. After all, around 58% of UK households have at least 1 domestic pet, with around 54 million pets kept in the UK at any one time. That’s a huge customer base to tap into! But why should you start your own pet franchise?
You love animals: A love of animals is essential for running an Animals at Home pet care franchise. If you’re passionate about animals and animal care, then it’s the perfect option for you. You get to do what you love, without having to balance a lot of the tasks you don’t enjoy that go with running a business.
A business in a box: Setting up a new business and growing it from the ground up is a huge amount of work and takes a huge investment of time, money, and energy. But with a franchise, you have a successful business ready to go. The model is proven, the marketing works, and the name is already known in the marketplace – you literally have a business in a box ready to go.
Less risk: New businesses face a lot of risks, and this can be daunting if you’re wanting to start a new venture. Investing in a franchise gives you a business with a proven track record, and means you will be much less likely to close after a short time. In fact, only 1% of franchisees fail each year, which is incredible compared to the 60% of non-franchise start-ups that fail within 5.
Low investment, faster profit: Setting up your own Animals at Home pet care franchise does require some investment upfront, but often this is less than it would take to set up the business on your own. And because the brand is already known and the hard work is already done, franchises tend to build to profitability quickly, and even become more profitable than some of their privately owned alternatives!
Learn from a mentor: Buying a franchise does more than buying you some business branding. It also buys you continued support from someone who has done it all before. Animals at Home pet care franchise will provide you with a personal mentor to support you through the opening and running your franchise, giving you a running start to the business.
Complete training: Along with your personal mentor, investing in an Animals at Home pet care franchise gives you access to a wide range of training courses and qualifications to get you started. It’s in the franchisor’s best interest to ensure you’re knowledgeable enough to do the job, and so they invest heavily in training you and providing new skills.
Control over your future: This is the difference between working for a pet care business and being the owner of a pet care franchise. You are your own boss, and you have complete control over your future. You can make decisions about the direction of your business, what you want to do next, and even what your hours look like. It’s the ultimate in flexible working!
More buying power: Any pet-related business needs to invest a lot of capital in equipment, and getting lines of credit to fund this can be difficult on your own. Having an Animals at Home pet care franchise opens up more buying power for you thanks to bulk buying agreements, which means you can buy what you need at much better rates than if you were on your own.
What Does An Animals At Home Franchise Include?
If you think starting a pet franchise is right for you, Animals at Home are here to help! We are a National Pet Care Franchise offering pet care franchises throughout the UK. Services you will offer include Cat and Pet Feeding, Dog Walking, Animal Ambulance and Pet Taxi Transport, Home Boarding, Pet Cremations and House Sitting.
A franchise with us includes:
- Business plan & Financial Projections
- Business set-up
- Bank loan facilities
- Full local training
- Uniforms & protective clothing
- Website and email address
- Marketing collateral & Support
- Branded stationary
- Full instructions & contracts for your customers
- Accredited pet first aid training
- City & guilds qualification in technical competency in dog walking
- Professional dog walking qualification
- Animal ambulance/pet taxi (Purchased/Leased by Franchisee)
- Continuous full support
- Regular Review meetings
If you’d like to know more about starting your own pet franchise, we would love to have a chat! Just click here to contact one of our team today.