Are you a mum looking for a way to fit your career around caring for your children? Have you ever thought about franchising? Lots of women have taken the plunge and become Learn Play Grow business owners, and you could too.
Decades ago, franchising was something that men did, and although it’s still a popular choice for men who want to opt out of the rat race (we have male franchise owners at Learn Play Grow too) recently more women have flocked to buy their own franchises, and this has created a list of high flying female role models. The success rates for women in franchises is high, and with the right support you can be one of the success stories too.
What is franchising?
In a nutshell, it’s a partnership between a franchisor (for example Learn Play Grow) and a franchisee – which could be you. They sell you the rights to operate your business under an established business name, by a set of rules you agree to, and charge you a fee for the support they give you on an ongoing basis. It’s less risky than starting your own business as you have the full support of the franchisor, their resources and their name.
Franchisors like Learn Play Grow should also offer ongoing training and business support like a website along with marketing and recruitment support. Learn Play Grow franchisees even have a dedicated social media manager on hand to guide them through the maze that is Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s like having your very own virtual team, and all you have to do is put in the hard work.
How many women franchisees are there?
The figures from 2015 show that more women are getting involved with franchising. In 2011 28 per cent of single franchisees were women; in 2013 that figure had risen to 30 per cent.
Finding a low-cost franchise that you can run mainly from home and fit around child care and family commitments is high on the list of things that a lot of women are looking for. Some businesses, like Learn Play Grow, have the potential to take up as much or as little of your time as you choose; you could recruit several coaches and run several parties and sessions daily if you want to. The choice is yours and you are the only limit.
Why women like franchises
- You can choose whatever interests you – anything from fashion, beauty and health to working with kids as in Learn Play Grow.
- If you’ve had to leave a full-time job to raise a family, you might feel a bit left out of the world of employment, IT especially. A good franchisor will give you the right training, support and experience, and you’ll learn new skills along the way.
- There’s no chance of being replaced while on maternity leave if you own the business!
- You’ll enjoy a much better work-life balance – work as many hours as suits you and benefit from a flexible working day that you can fit around other commitments.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, why not take a look at Learn Play Grow’s popular franchises?