Prospect to Franchise
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Working with Animals
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Prospect to Franchise
Franchisee's stories from prospect to reality.
Working with Animals
A day in the life of a Franchisee
Experience of Prospect to becoming an Active Franchisee
Steve Dixon - Animals at Home Mid Kent
I found the AAH web site interesting and informative enough to ensure I added this franchise to my short list. My initial contact with AHH was responded to quickly and in a friendly manner. I received the prospectus in the post within the time stated. (This was not my experience of other pet/animal related franchisors and I am, to this day still waiting for one to come back to me even though I requested details twice.) The prospectus contained enough information for me to make the decision to take this to the next stage which was my meeting with Ann. The meeting with Ann was informal but professional and very informative. Again, this positive experience gave me the confidence to progress the opportunity. At no time was I harassed or put under any pressure by AAH.
My trip overseas (IOW) to meet Denis was a very enjoyable and relaxed day. After this I felt able to discuss the business in detail with my wife, friends and family and this in turn led to me deciding to proceed. The three days spent at the Veterinarian practice was fascinating and informative. It was pleasure to spend time amongst such dedicated professionals. The two day on territory training with Iain was invaluable. Iain has huge amounts of information, enthusiasm and experience to share. The days were well planned and we covered an enormous amount. Having Iain with me to complete my first visits to Vets was a great confidence builder. I have been able to use his style of initial approach and presentation of AAH on subsequent solo visits.
Gillian Milton - Animals at Home West Sussex
My first encounter with Animals At Home was through my local franchisee in East Sussex. I was impressed by the level of care and service I experienced for my own animals which carried on through into my first meeting and subsequent training. Animals At Home is a tried and tested total business package which I’ve had full confidence in right from the beginning. Every step has been well thought through from the initial prospectus pack to the training received at the vets and all the management team are approachable and human! The support network has made my Animals At Home start up easy with the emphasis on taking it at your own pace, this is a marathon not a sprint.
A day in the life of an Animals at Home Franchisee
Many people ask us what is a typical day? The reality is they differ but here is an example from a real day, taken from Katy and Lee who run Animals at Home South Coast Limited.
A day in the life of, Katy and Lee (Animals at Home South Coast)
Thursday 30th April
7am - got up and straight over to my first job, a pair of cats - one of which is diabetic and needing regular insulin injections. We have known them for such a long time they even wait for us at the window!
Between 8 and 10am I am rushing along the coast visiting more of our furry friends, feeding them and having some cuddles with those that are willing!
In the meantime Lee has had a lie in as he had a call out late last night taking a dog who was having problems breathing to the vet, this lie in is short lived as he has another call from one of our regular ladies who wanted to book me to take her cat back to the vet later that afternoon as her ear problem has flared up again! Lee books this in then sets to rearranging our day so everyone can be seen!
Between 11 and 3 we have all our dog walks for people who work full time and can't get home at lunchtime! Everyone is very excited to see us and love having a nice long run!
4pm - I have the call out from this morning, unfortunately the cat is not overly keen on visiting the vets and it takes myself, the vet and a very strong towel to restrain her so the vet could examine her! We are soon done, and armed with her antibiotics I drop the lady and her cat back home!
When I finish I drive home and start doing paperwork while I wait for Lee to finish for the day! When he gets back he tells me about his day - sounds like the phone has been busy with inquiries and we even have one of our favorite house sits booked in again - a small holding with dogs and two new kittens who we haven't met yet!
At last we can sit down and relax ready for tomorrow!