The pet services industry is clearly robust and ripe for the reaping, but why a franchise? Why not simply start your own business from scratch?
A franchise is ideal for people who want to go into business for themselves, but not by themselves. As a franchisee, you’re your own boss, sure, but you’ve managed to steer clear of the pitfalls of perfecting a business model that actually works, and wasting your savings and your sleep in month after month of trying to reinvent the wheel. As a franchisor, the Zoom Room has already invented this particular wheel; now we just want to put you into the driver’s seat so you can zoom off to owning and running a business that will reward you in every sense of the word.
The IFA (International Franchise Association), the most important non-profit association that represents the interests of over 1,300 franchisors as well as over 10,000 franchisees, provides the following summary of the advantages of owning a franchise:
The mutually beneficial relationship that exists between franchisors and franchisees makes franchising unique in the world of business. It provides entrepreneurs with an affordable means of accelerating expansion and achieving development goals more quickly than might otherwise be the case, and with far less risk. Similarly, franchisees have a head start because of the support provided by the franchise system. Franchisors are there to provide “hands on,” one-to-one assistance, while franchisees combine knowledge and resources with entrepreneurial drive and spirit to form a business relationship unique to franchising. Franchising is a field of expanding economic opportunity in which each and every person can play a part based on talent, initiative, and dedication.
Over 500,000 Americans lost their jobs in November of 2008; that represents the single largest one-month drop since 1974. Government statistics indicate that in this last quarter of 2008, 1.9 million American jobs have disappeared; even more startling is the prediction that an additional 2 million more jobs will be eliminated in 2009. (Goldman, David. “Lost: 1.9 Million Jobs” CNNMoney.com. Dec. 5, 2008.)
If you have been affected by this unprecedented downsizing, you may be thinking about looking to run your own business instead of looking for another job. Americans in this situation might benefit tremendously from the advantages of buying a franchise. Here are just some of the many benefits of buying a franchise vs. starting from scratch: