DON’T CAREER INTO A NEW CAREER THIS YEAR


Hannah Banfield of ServiceMaster Ltd
Hannah Banfield of ServiceMaster Ltd

New Year is traditionally a time for making life changing decisions, but if your New Year’s resolution is to go it alone with your own business then you could be forgiven for being cautious given the current economy.

As the New Year approaches, one of the UK’s largest franchisors ServiceMaster, a company that has supported over 900 business start ups in the UK over the last fifty years, is on hand with some invaluable credit crunching business start up advice for budding entrepreneurs.

Hannah Banfield Head of Marketing for ServiceMaster says: “Starting up your own business is never easy, if it was everyone would be doing it. It takes hard work and commitment. Having said that {{franchising is a great way of taking some of the stress out of becoming your own boss and can help people avoid many of the risks usually associated with start ups}}.

Franchising has a much higher success rate for new businesses so you do have some peace of mind that your investment is relatively secure. A franchise provides entrepreneurs with the best of both worlds; it offers the security of a proven business model as well as the support and guidance of the franchisor but also gives the business owner the room to run their own business along with all the benefits that has to offer.

As a British Franchise Association (BFA) registered franchise, all the major banks will fund your investment as they are investing in a proven business model. They currently offer up to 70% financing of the initial fee and equipment package plus an overdraft facility to cover the VAT, subject to credit approval.”

ServiceMaster currently operates ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic, TruGreen and Merry Maids franchise networks across the UK. To find out more about owning and operating a ServiceMaster franchise, visit www.servicemaster.co.uk or call Ken Dennis at ServiceMaster on 0116 275 9000.


ServiceMaster’s Guide to Getting into Franchising

To help out any would be entrepreneurs the team at ServiceMaster have pulled together their top tips on how to get into franchising:

1. Most importantly do your research. There are lots of resources out there to help you find out about franchising including exhibitions, magazines and websites. The industry body The British Franchise Association will also provide valuable information.
2. Get as much advice as possible. Talk to your bank manager, solicitor and any friends or family who have experience of owning their own businesses.
3. Check what is on offer from the franchisor. What training and support is provided and how will they continue to support you after start up.?
4. Talk to existing franchisees and ask lots of questions. What problems have they faced, how successful are they?
5. Investigate the franchisor. It is important that the franchisor has the financial resources to support a franchise network and the experience of operating a proven business model.
6. Make sure you are clear about the financial investment and any on-going costs. You may also need working capital depending on the franchise.
7. Check any legal agreements – has the franchise agreement been checked by a franchise specialist solicitor?
8. Take your time – however enthusiastic you are. Make sure any decision you make is right for you.

ServiceMaster – Half a Century in Franchising

ServiceMaster Ltd was one of the founding members of the British Franchise Association. Over the last half a century the company has helped businesses grow and prosper across its family of brands including TruGreen professional lawn care, Merry Maids domestic cleaning services, Furniture Medic furniture repair and restoration services and ServiceMaster Clean business offering both programmed carpet cleaning services and daily office cleaning services.

ServiceMaster provides all of its franchisees with a comprehensive business support package. As well as an initial intensive training academy designed to provide all the relevant training and skills needed to operate within the relevant area of business, each franchisee also receives on-going support from a regional business development manager (RBDM). Each of the RDBM’s spends time both on the phone and in person helping to make a success of each franchise within their area.

Practical help and resources are also readily available, whether it’s for advice about marketing, advertising, IT, personnel, finance, management or on-going training updates.

ServiceMaster also holds regional franchise network meetings. These hands-on sessions provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences with home office staff members and fellow franchisees. These meetings provide a great opportunity for networking and solving common problems as well as talking about products, procedures, marketing, and operations.

To find out more or enquire about franchise opportunities, call Ken Dennis at ServiceMaster on 0116 275 9000, email KenDennis@servicemaster.co.uk or visit www.servicemaster.co.uk.

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For press information please contact Kate Hall at Apples & Pears Marketing on 0115 9255999 or email kate@applespears.co.uk