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New Year’s means resolutions for people. Resolutions are essentially goals, so that means that businesses can and should have resolutions, too. If you set your business some goals, you will have something to aim for in the new year, which will help you measure your success.  

Your franchisor will likely assist you with setting annual goals to reach, but you can also have your own personal business goals, which will help you maintain and grow your franchise location.

Why You Should Set Goals

To use an archery analogy, setting goals is like having a target. You could just shoot arrows off into the distance and that might be fun, but you won’t be able to tell if your archery skills are improving or not. If you set up a target to shoot at, you can then measure how well you’re doing and make adjustments to get better.

Similarly, when you don’t have goals for your business, any marketing or promotional campaigns are going to be difficult to measure because you’re just shooting arrows at nothing. With goals, you’ve set your target and if you run a marketing campaign and it doesn’t bring in any new customers or increase revenue (or whatever the goal for that campaign happens to be), then you’ll know you need to make adjustments in who you’re targeting or what you’re saying with your messaging.

To be able to recalibrate your efforts, you need to make sure your goals are measurable, which means using numbers. Increasing your website visitors by 10 percent over the next six months, increasing walk-in traffic by 20% over the next year, being ranked at the No. 1 position in Google for your industry in your city, etc. All of these have easily measurable numbers, which will help you make the necessary adjustments to your marketing and promotions to be able to get the most out of them.

How to Set Goals

You should have different kinds of goals to try and reach, which can broadly be broken down into three groups:

  • Short-term
  • Long-Term
  • Almost Unreachable

Once you have your goals set, you can then work backwards and figure out how to reach those goals with the tools you have at your disposal. For example, if your goal is to increase website visits by 10 percent over six months, you can decide what tools you will need to use to accomplish this. To reach this goal, you could use a blog, your social media profiles, email, content and video marketing, whatever tool you feel would be useful in getting more people to your website.

Short-Term Goals

These goals are for the coming months and up to a year or so away. They should be fairly reachable so you can gain momentum and motivation as you reach them. It’s always a good feeling when you set a goal and are able to attain what you set out to do and these goals will help you maintain that good feeling and keep pushing you forward to reach more of them.

An example of a short-term goal that should be fairly easy to reach would be the aforementioned increase of website traffic by 10 percent over six months.

Long-Term Goals

These goals look years into the future. Ask yourself where you want your franchise business to be in five to 10 years. More than just increasing website visitors or revenue, these goals speak more to expansion and growth. They should be reachable, but they should also require a lot of effort to reach.

An example of a long-term goal is opening another franchise location in five years.

Almost Unreachable Goals

These are your pie-in-the-sky goals that might seem a little ridiculous when you say them out loud, but you should say them anyway. They are audacious and should be a little unrealistic and be reachable in a best-case-scenario kind of way. They are a far off target that you can aim for and hit if you do everything perfectly. Don’t just have them and dismiss them, though. Have them and strive to reach them.

An example of an almost unreachable goal might be opening five new locations within the next decade or bringing in $5 or $10 million in revenue in one year. What is almost unreachable will depend on your business situation.

The important thing to remember about goals is that while you want to reach them, even not reaching them is useful. If you fall short of a goal, look at what you can adjust and if you reach a goal too easily, set more difficult ones to challenge your business.

If your goal is to become a franchise business owner, FranNet can help you reach that goal easily. Sign up for a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today and we’ll find one for you.

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The new year is almost here and that means people are going to be reinventing themselves by getting into shape, eating healthier and living more active lifestyles. For fans of winter, that means doing one of the many fun winter activities that Canadians enjoy. But, for those who don’t like to skate, ski, snowboard, snowshoe or play in the snow in general, there are always fitness centres.

If you are looking to reinvent your life in the new year from a business perspective, might we suggest opening a fitness franchise to take advantage of all those New Year’s resolutions that people will be furiously trying to live up to?

A $3 billion industry in Canada, according to IBISWorld, the gym, health and fitness club industry in Canada has almost 7,000 businesses employing over 54,200 people. It grew by 2.3% annually from 2013-18 and increasingly sedentary lifestyles are increasing demand for fitness and health services throughout the country.

To draw in more customers, gyms are increasingly offering more incentives for people to sign up. A growing population and the changing demographics that go along with that are also stimulating revenue in the industry, the IBISWorld report says.

Niches

Some franchises target specific segments of the population for fitness. You can open a children’s only fitness centre to help get sedentary kids moving or you can open a women’s only fitness centre for ladies who don’t feel comfortable working out in a co-ed gym. There are also senior fitness centres to help keep the elderly active.

Themes

While many gyms have standard fitness equipment that you will see in pretty much all gyms, some gyms have specialized, exclusive equipment that is meant to be used in a particular order to workout the entire body. These gyms can have the added advantage of giving their members that feeling of exclusivity.

Other gyms have affiliations with major sports brands and still others play up a military theme, being run by veterans and having an overall military training feel to their workouts. These gyms can emphasize their affiliations to help draw people in.

Locations

Obviously, opening a gym means having a commercial space and probably quite a large one at that. You’ll need space for lots of exercise machines and equipment, change rooms and showers, plus a front desk area and probably at least one office.

Your location should be easy to access and preferably be in an area that doesn’t have a gym already. Be wary of neighbourhoods that have recreation centres, public pools and universities, as these are places that often have gyms that are much cheaper for the public to use than the average commercial gym.

Leases

With so much equipment required to set up shop, you’ll need to sign a leasing agreement for all of it. Your franchisor will be able to help you with that, along with helping you to negotiate your lease for your building. Many fitness franchises have special deals with equipment suppliers to get the best deal on their equipment leases.

Employees

One big advantage that commercial gyms have over the aforementioned rec centre and university gyms is personal trainers. To be competitive in the fitness and gym industry, you’ll need to hire licenced trainers who can help people get into the shape they want to be in and help attract new members.

As a business owner, you probably won’t need to be a licenced personal trainer yourself, but being in the fitness industry, this never hurts. Mostly, you’ll need to have business acumen as you will need to market your gym, hire qualified people and keep membership strong.

If you are looking for the perfect fitness franchise to join, sign up for a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today and we’ll make the whole process much smoother by finding you the right franchising fit.

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Okay, everybody sing along now!

On the first day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • One amazing grand opening

On the second day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the third day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the fourth day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Four regional advisors,
  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the fifth day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Fiiiiiiiiive franchising agreements
  • Four regional advisors,
  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the sixth day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Six lawyers signing
  • Fiiiiiiiiive franchising agreements
  • Four regional advisors,
  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the seventh day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Seven national ads
  • Six lawyers signing
  • Fiiiiiiiiive franchising agreements
  • Four regional advisors,
  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the eighth day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Eight branding initiatives
  • Seven national ads
  • Six lawyers signing
  • Fiiiiiiiiive franchising agreements
  • Four regional advisors,
  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the ninth day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Nine lease negotiations
  • Eight branding initiatives
  • Seven national ads
  • Six lawyers signing
  • Fiiiiiiiiive franchising agreements
  • Four regional advisors,
  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the tenth day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Ten new territories
  • Nine lease negotiations
  • Eight branding initiatives
  • Seven national ads
  • Six lawyers signing
  • Fiiiiiiiiive franchising agreements
  • Four regional advisors,
  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the Eleventh day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Eleven early retirements
  • Ten new territories
  • Nine lease negotiations
  • Eight branding initiatives
  • Seven national ads
  • Six lawyers signing
  • Fiiiiiiiiive franchising agreements
  • Four regional advisors,
  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my franchisor gave to me …

  • Twelve business models
  • Eleven early retirements
  • Ten new territories
  • Nine lease negotiations
  • Eight branding initiatives
  • Seven national ads
  • Six lawyers signing
  • Fiiiiiiiiive franchising agreements
  • Four regional advisors,
  • Three annual conventions,
  • Two training sessions and
  • One amazing grand opening

Thank you so much for singing along! Have a wonderful holiday season and best of luck in the new year! If you want to give a great Christmas gift to yourself and start a new life in the new year, contact us for a FranNet franchise search and consultation today and let us help you find the perfect franchising fit.

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Everyone likes to receive gifts at Christmas and franchisees are no different. When you are a franchise owner, there are certain gifts that you can expect to get from your franchisor and the best part is that you get them throughout the year.

Let’s take a look at some of these gifts.

Annual Convention

Nearly every franchise hosts some kind of annual get together for its franchisees where you can meet your fellow brand representatives, swap ideas, revel in the past year’s accomplishments, find out what is in store for the coming year and maybe even relax a little and let loose.

Many franchises will hold these annual conventions in nice, warm climates that allow franchisees to have a little fun so the conventions are like little mini-vacations.

Training

Franchisors are only as successful as their franchisees, so it is in their best interests to make sure those franchisees are properly trained. Some franchises that are in industries that involve specialized training have even taken the step of building their own training centres that act like mini-universities, teaching you both classroom elements like business administration and practical field work in mock ups of houses or stores.

In the interests of ongoing training, franchisors will usually have some kind of system to help you train your employees -- such as online videos and training modules -- and they will often augment your training when necessary to make sure it is always up-to-date.

Increased Buying Power

Everyone knows it is best to buy in bulk if you want to save money. Often, franchisors will arrange for several of their franchisees to buy supplies in a larger order than if they were to order those supplies on their own. This gives franchisees increased buying power and increased savings.

Sometimes, rather than bulk buying power, franchisors will have arrangements with specific suppliers to give franchisees special deals regardless of whether they are buying in bulk or just buying for themselves. Either way, it is the gift of savings passed from franchisor to franchisee.

Location Selection

While it is ultimately up to the franchisee where to set up shop, franchisors will always be happy to lend a hand in the selection process. They will usually have some insight into what type of neighbourhood works best for their particular brand. Some will even have detailed demographic data of neighbourhoods throughout your community so you can pick your location with pinpoint accuracy and give yourself the best chance of success.

Leasing Leverage

Once you have a location, a franchisor will help you with your lease agreement. They often have professionals who can negotiate the best lease option on behalf of their franchisees. And locations are not the only thing you will get help with leasing. If your franchise business requires you to get a vehicle or requires you to get specialized equipment, your franchisor will work with you to get the best possible leasing deal for those. They’ve helped many other franchisees get started this same way so they know what works.

Christmas is the time of giving and franchisors are more than willing to share their expertise and resources with their franchisees to help with the overall success of the entire franchising brand. We here at FranNet also love to give the gift of our expertise, which is why we are offering our FranNet franchise search and consultation to you free exclusively for this month! (Just kidding, it’s always free.) We love getting entrepreneurs connected to the perfect franchising fit for them so they can realize their dreams of Canadian small business ownership.

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Most businesses will see an uptick in traffic around the holidays as people get ready for parties, travelling, gift giving and all the rest of the fun and fabulous activities that go along with the holidays.

So, with that in mind, the question becomes: how do you get ready for the holiday surge in business? FranNet has some pointers for you.

1. Find Out When it Is

The first and most obvious thing you should do is to find out when the busy period starts for your specific franchise and the best source for that information is your franchisor. They should be able to tell you approximately when the busy season starts and how long it lasts for and what kind of uptick in traffic you should expect.

2. Order Enough Supplies and Stock

When you’re dealing with an influx in customers, you need to have more supplies and more stock and you should get your orders in well ahead of time to make sure you are fully prepared for the wave of customers and the revenue they bring.

You should also have a backup plan for the potential situation of running out of stock. You could set up a rain check system or offer discounts to people who miss out. Alternately, you could make it clear in your advertising that supplies are limited to help create some urgency.

3. Hire Extra Staff

Many businesses hire extra staff during the holidays, so you’ll want to start early enough and offer enough compensation to get the candidates you need for your business. If you leave it too long, you’ll be scrambling for the scraps while everyone else is all staffed up for the holidays.

4. Encourage Staff to Book Time Off Well in Advance

A lot of people are likely going to want to take time off for the holidays and as long as you have enough staff during the break, it should be no problem to accommodate them. You might not be able to accommodate everybody, though. You should encourage your staff to tell you well in advance if they want time off around the holidays to avoid any problems.

And, if someone has booked time off around Christmas the year before, maybe let others have the opportunity to book time off before you agree to give it to that person again. This will help balance things out and prevent one person from hogging all the Christmas holiday availability.

5. Keep it Safe

Increased foot traffic means more people crowding into your place of business, which means more potential for accidents to occur. Spills need to be cleaned up extra quick, mats need to be put down so people can dry their boots and stomp the snow off them and walking corridors need to be kept free of cords and debris. If you’re putting up Christmas decorations, make sure they don’t interfere with people’s movement.

Safety and security are also more of a concern for employees at this time of year. Make sure you always know where customers are, keep tight control over employee only areas and avoid counting large sums of money in front of customers.

6. Get Insured

Consider getting “peak season” insurance for your business, as busier times of the year are when your business will face increased risk and liability. Getting peak season insurance can help you with any unexpected losses you might experience during this period and give you some peace of mind during the stressful holiday season. Your franchisor may be able to help you out with peak season insurance.

The holidays are usually a boon to franchise businesses, but they also bring with them added pressures on resources and staff. If you are prepared, you can face them head on and reap the rewards of this annual uptick in activity. Sign up for a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today and let us help you find the perfect franchising fit so you can have a busy season of your own.

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Holiday parties are going on everywhere right now and that means people wanting to look their best for them. That all starts at the top, namely people’s manes. You can help partygoers and holiday revellers look their best by opening up a hair salon franchise.

According to ISIBWorld, the hair and nail salon industry in Canada is worth $4 billion and grew by 2.3% annually from 2013-18. It employs 71,300 people over 36,000 businesses and has benefited from a rise in disposable income and consumer confidence in the country recently.

Attracted by rising profit margins and low barriers to entry, more and more companies continue to pop up all over the place. Demand for services like hair cutting, hair styling, hair tinting along with manicures and pedicures is expected to keep rising over the next five years to 2023.

Find Your Niche

While a standard hair styling franchise can be quite successful, sometimes it helps to have a specific niche. You could open a children’s hairstyling franchise or opt for a modern take on the barber shop and specialize in only men’s hair styling. If you open in a neighbourhood that is mostly made up of older people, you could specialize in hairstyles that older people tend to like and if your neighbourhood is younger, perhaps you skew toward more contemporary styles. Sometimes having a niche is a good idea and can be the difference between succeeding and not succeeding.

Add Services

Salons often have multiple services and if you want to expand beyond hair, it’s generally not that difficult to do, providing your franchise offers that particular business model. Aside from offering all the usual hair styling services, including cutting, styling, colouring, perming, extensions and more, you can also set up some manicure and pedicure stations and you might also be able to expand into other services like waxing and massaging. Again, it all depends on what your franchise allows, but hair salons are easily expandable into other beauty service areas.

Be Recession Proof

Somewhat counterintuitively, the beauty industry has proven to be rather recession proof. You can find countless articles about the industry’s knack for staying profitable during even the worst economic downturns and the reasons cited usually boil down to people wanting to look good despite how the economy is doing. Even if everything else in their lives are feeling the pinch, people still seem willing to spend some disposable income on making sure they look -- and feel -- good.

Attract the Men

Traditionally, the beauty industry has been seen as catering more to women than men, but that is changing. Now, more than ever, men are pampering themselves in salons by getting waxed or having their nails done. Those aforementioned modern barber shops? They are also offering up more than just haircuts, with many going back to offering the traditional straight razor shave for men complete with a hot towel. As more men get serious about things like skin care, they offer salon franchisees another customer base to attract.

Trust the Brand

As we’ve mentioned before, one of the best things about joining a franchise is being able to use the already established brand name to attract customers. People like sticking with brands they trust, so you can utilize a brand’s reputation for your gain. Your franchisor will have national or regional advertising campaigns and will give you material to use in your own marketing. If you have any ideas for marketing campaigns, most franchisors will be more than happy to listen.

If you want to help people look good and feel good about themselves so they can rock their holiday parties, a hair salon franchise is a fabulous way to do just that. Take control of your own future by signing up for a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today and letting us help you on your way to business ownership and wealth building.

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Some businesses this year have decided to opt out of having a holiday party for employees because they are leery about potential misconduct shining the worst kind of spotlight on them.

However, holiday parties are a good way for employees to bond with each other and get to know each other better outside of the confines of their jobs. Plus, they are a great way for employers to show appreciation for all the hard work employees do throughout the year. So, employers shouldn’t avoid having them, but they should take some precautions to make sure they go smoothly and without incident, like these four things:

1. Eschew the Bar

The majority of problems that occur during staff parties (or any other type of party for that matter) can be traced back to alcohol. So, you should try to limit the amount of alcohol involved in your party or eschew it altogether by opting for a fun outing where you do an activity instead.

When planning your party, rule out holding it in a bar. Opt for a restaurant instead or you could do an activity like go-kart racing or something else that doesn’t involve alcohol. This way it becomes a more family friendly affair, which may be appreciated by your employees.

If you opt to hold it at your place of work, definitely avoid having an open bar. This is the proverbial recipe for disaster. It’s also a good idea to encourage employees not to overindulge. And if you’re going to be having alcohol, make sure you encourage people to be safe and not drink and drive.

2. Wrap it Up Early

It’s no secret that many employees only go to their company staff parties grudgingly. So, wrapping things up early is actually beneficial to most employees. Those who didn’t want to be there in the first place get to escape quickly and anyone else who wants to keep the party going can do so of their own volition, meaning you as a business won’t be responsible for whatever happens after the employee party officially ends.

Having a simple dinner or doing an activity with a definitive end point will give you the opportunity to have a good time and let people go relatively early, which means less chance of employees getting inebriated at an official business event.

3. Keep Your Gift Exchange Reasonable and Tasteful

Employees have their own social circle and family to buy gifts for, so the last thing they need is pressure to buy an expensive gift for a workmate that they might not even like. Keep your secret Santa/gift exchange dollar limit low. Nobody expects anything besides a candle or some lotto scratch tickets. You shouldn’t inadvertently pressure people to spend a lot by having a high dollar limit on your gift exchange.

Most people will keep their gifts tasteful, but if you have employees with a particularly raunchy sense of humour, you may want to remind them to keep gifts family friendly. Raunchy gifts might have been funny in the past, but in today’s climate, you never know how someone is going to react. Better to stick with the scented candles and scratch tickets.

4. Consider a Day Time Party

One way that you could have your time limit, wrap it up early and eschew alcohol and the potential problems that come with it is to have your party during your lunch hour. This doesn’t work in all types of franchise businesses, mind you. If you are a restaurant, for example, you might be at your busiest during lunch hour. Not all of your staff might work at the same time, which means some of them might have to come in on a day off.

If you have a nine to five business in an office, though, you might consider just hosting a small holiday party in your lunch room. Bring in some catering, gather everyone together and show your appreciation to them during the day.

To keep your office holiday party free from any behaviour that might bring disrepute on your franchise location, your franchisor or any individual employee, try keeping alcohol consumption in check and creating a welcoming environment for everyone. To have a staff party for your franchise, you have to find a franchise to join first. Sign up for a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today and let us help you on your way to Canadian business ownership.

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People love their homes and they are always looking for ways to improve them. From upgrading certain rooms like kitchens or bathrooms to fixing foundations and taking care of leaks, home improvement is an excellent business to get into.

True, most people probably tend to do their home improvements in summer, but sometimes in winter it’s an emergency and it has to be fixed right now. That’s where winter home improvement has the advantage. Often it’s a need rather than a want.

Home improvement franchises cover a vast array of work, from painting, crack sealing, foundation fixing, deck building, bathroom and/or kitchen renovating, general renovating, roofing, landscaping, flooring and much much more.

The home improvement industry also includes retail stores that sell tools and materials for fixing homes to both professionals and do-it-yourselfers. Home improvement retailers have been doing particularly well recently, with an IBISWorld report noting that the market is worth $27 billion and grew by 6% annually from 2013-2018.

Altus Group Ltd. says renovation spending reached $72.7 billion in 2017, which was up from $71.2 billion in 2016. It climbed to $74 billion in 2018. This was driven by Canadians’ love of home renovating. Rather than buying new homes, many Canadians have opted to just give their current abodes facelifts to match their changing tastes and needs.

This is good news for business owners in the home improvement field because many people will opt to hire professionals rather than undertaking major renovations themselves, especially if it’s an emergency and requires highly technical work.

You may be interested in home improvement and owning a business that performs one of these services even though you don’t have a background in it. That’s no problem when you join a franchise. You can easily hire and train technicians while you concentrate on managing the business, drumming up sales and growing your revenue.

Picking the Right Niche

With so many different businesses you could open in the home improvement market, how do you know which one would be good to open in your region?

Often, the best type of business to open in a given region is the one that isn’t there already. So, if your region has a painting service and a roofing service, but no window installation service, you should consider leaning toward the window installation service. The lack of competition will already be a head start for you.

Any franchise you consider joining will likely have some research numbers you can use to help you determine if that franchise would be a good fit for that particular region.

Something else you need to consider is how much money you can gather to invest in the business. Surprisingly, for the amount of work they do, a lot of home improvement businesses don’t actually require a lot of overhead and can be run out of a home, at least to start. As long as you have room to store materials and a vehicle to get to jobs, you can run most home improvement franchises from home.

These franchises can also usually be run as an owner/operator business with maybe one or two other employees. Then, as your business grows, you can take a step back from the actual technical work and concentrate on growing it and procuring a business location if you need it.

If you want to open a home improvement store, that’s obviously another matter. A store will take a lot of overhead and a large building to get started. If you can do it, though, it may turn out to be lucrative for you.

For those interested in opening a home improvement franchise, sign up for a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today and we’ll find one for you.

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Get ready to start hearing more coughing, sneezing, moaning and groaning. It’s cold and flu season again and that means more germs in the air. Don’t despair, though. Something else in the air is the scent of pumpkin spice (of course) and opportunity.

That’s because other people’s sickness and health concerns can mean a business opportunity for you (as long as you don’t let them sneeze on you). By joining a medical franchise, you can help people get better, but also help your bank account grow.

Medical franchises cover an array of services that all relate to the healthcare industry. If any of these strike your fancy, you may have a lucrative future in the healthcare franchising field.

Staffing

The healthcare field is always looking for medical professionals and healthcare-specific staffing agencies can play an important role in filling those positions. By operating in a niche, medical staffing agencies ensure competition is low while being able to share specific expertise with clients. This is an invaluable service to the medical industry and one that has a lot of upside to it.

Chiropractics

Chiropractors help people move better and feel more comfortable. But, people can be leery about private practices if they don’t recognize the name on the front. That’s why joining a franchise can be an excellent business decision for chiropractors. Brand recognition is huge in the medical field because it’s an industry where trust is especially important. Even if you’re not a chiropractor yourself, you can still own and run a chiropractic franchise. As long as you hire smart and you run your practice soundly, you can have a lucrative business helping others.

Laboratory

From drug to DNA testing, laboratories offer crucial services in the medical field and a franchise laboratory can give you that extra little bit of presence you need in this competitive market. You don’t require a medical background to own and operate a franchised laboratory business, as it’s business management and leadership that is most important for running it.

Home Care

Elderly people and others who have mobility issues require care and many of them don’t want to leave their homes and move into a facility. This opens things up for entrepreneurs who want to run a mobile home care franchise. Not only can you be running a lucrative business, you can be helping people stay in their homes and age gracefully.

Yoga, Acupuncture, Massage, Physiotherapy

Healthcare often means pain management and general wellness. Many people like to live healthy lifestyles with the help of preventative measures like yoga, physiotherapy and massage or by using holistic practices like acupuncture. If you are keen to help people in this way, there are many different franchises you can join.

Hearing & Dental Care

Unfortunately, many people have problems with their hearing and require some kind of hearing aid to help them in their daily lives. A hearing aid franchise can have you listening to the sound of cash flowing in.

You may also find success with a dental franchise like one that caters to children or a denture clinic. Again, you don’t necessarily have to have a medical or dental background to run one of these franchises. Business management is the key.

If getting into the medical field -- even if you don’t necessarily have a medical background -- interests you, a franchise can be an excellent way to follow your calling. FranNet would love to help you out with finding the perfect fit for you. If you need help finding a franchising opportunity for yourself, contact FranNet. Sign up for a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today.

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Hiring employees is one of the most difficult things a business owner has to do. The wrong hire early in a business’ tenure can spell disaster for that business, even causing it to fail completely. Clearly, you have to put a lot of consideration into the employees you hire.

There is one group of people who tend to stand above all others when it comes to being employees because they’ve already proven to be trustworthy and committed to excellence. That group is honourably discharged veterans. Between 4,000 - 5,000 military members leave the military each year and many of them are looking for jobs in the private sector.

Franchise business owners are in a great position to help military veterans transition to civilian life by offering them gainful employment where they can use their skills and training. This is why you should hire honourably discharged veterans for your franchise business:

They’ve already given so much to you with their service.

Every Canadian owes our military members past and present so much. They choose to serve a greater good by taking their talents to the military and serving our country both within its borders and overseas. By giving a veteran a job, you are showing appreciation for their service. That’s not so say you should hire just anyone who has served in the military. Obviously they have to fit what you’re looking for and have the requisite skills to perform the duties asked of them, but if you’re considering two resumes that are extremely close, if one of the applicants is a former military member, that’s a good reason for leaning toward hiring that person.

There’s nothing that you can give them to do that will be as hard as what they’ve already been through.

No matter how hard the work is in your business, someone who has gone through military training has likely already done things that are more demanding physically and mentally than what you can throw at them.

This is great news if the work is physically or mentally demanding. Having someone who is prepared for challenging tasks and who won’t be intimidated by hard work is a bonus to a small business owner.

They bring leadership.

Veterans have gone through training and experiences that give them leadership skills and they can bring those to your business. Having strong leaders in your business is valuable because they can help you steer your team and take some of the onus off of you in the leadership department.

You already know they’re reliable and capable. All they need is the right training and they can be an extremely valuable asset for your business, as they bring planning, teamwork, communication and management skills to the table.  

Your community will support you.

Supporting veterans is universally lauded and if your community members know that you support veterans by giving them jobs, they will, in turn, show their appreciation by patronizing your business.

Other ways you can support veterans include offering discounts to military members and donating a portion of sales or tips to organizations that help veterans. Doing good for them will bring you a lot of business.

Before you hire a veteran, you have to have a franchise business and before you have a franchise business, you have to find the perfect one for you. Sign up for a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today. We would be delighted to help you take that first step toward a new, brighter future so you can hire a veteran and give them a brighter future, too.

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