Why a pet franchise could be an excellent career choice
There’s an old idiom which states “find something you enjoy doing, and you will never work a day in your life”. If you love animals and would like to transform your passion for pets into an opportunity to earn, one of our pet franchise opportunities could be perfect for you.
Research shows that approximately 59% of households in the UK are home to a pet – the majority of which are dogs (33%), followed by cats (27%). Most pet owners agree that animals help improve their quality of life, and with so many pets in the UK it stands to reason that there’s a large market for feeding, minding, pampering or training our furry friends.
This means that there are almost limitless opportunities for owners of pet franchises to be successful throughout the country. However, before we delve into how to get started with a pet franchise, let’s consider the reasons why it could be an excellent career choice:
There are all different sorts of pet franchises for sale to suit all lifestyles and requirements. From pet food retailers to boarding kennels, every animal lover should be able to find a business model that suits them. Pet franchises can even allow you to combine a love of the outdoors via dog walking or tending to livestock. Whatever your abilities and preferences, there’s a UK pet franchise opportunity for you.
The beauty of being your own boss is that you can choose your own hours, as well as your own location. For example, you may choose to run a boarding kennel from your own home, or perhaps offer door-to-door deliveries on pet food products. Others choose to operate a mobile service. Whatever your choice, you won’t necessarily have to front the expense of renting a premises solely for the purposes of conducting business, which increases the likelihood that you will enjoy a healthy return on investment from the offset.
3) Growth industry
According to the Pet Gazette,UK dog owners spend a total of £57 billion on their pets each year, excluding medical costs and pet food. While some owners will be willing to spend more than others, this figure is encouraging news for anybody thinking of opening their own pet franchise.
The online statistics site Statista also confirms that pet ownership is on the rise. Over the past year, it is estimated that animal ownership increased by approximately 18%. Experts say this growth can be attributed to many people spending increased amounts of time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, with pets bringing solace and comfort to many during the lockdown period.
4) A tried and tested model
One of the most daunting things about starting a new business is the fear that you might not get things quite right on the first attempt, or that you might lack the skills needed to succeed. With a franchise, you gain access to a tried and tested business model which is guaranteed to succeed, provided you are willing to put the work in.
This means you won’t have to worry about trial and error – you’ll simply follow the steps provided to achieve success. In addition to this, you’ll be provided with training, and you’ll also have a network of other franchisees to liaise with. This will help you to ingratiate yourself into the franchise culture and ensure you have a helping hand when you need it.
5) Save on marketing costs
When you buy into a pet franchise, you’re becoming a part of a successful, well-recognised brand. While other start-ups often face expensive marketing and advertising costs to drum up custom during those initial few months, your pet franchise will already be instantly recognisable to millions of pet lovers around the country. This gives you a head-start as your potential customers will already be familiar with your brand. It’s a form of trustworthiness that simply cannot be generated via standalone startup companies.
6) Greater purchasing power
In general, standalone businesses have a greater failure rate than franchises. This is because franchises already operate on a proven concept. However, another reason why franchises are so successful is because of the sheer size and power of the ownership network.
Franchise groups have the opportunity to buy products in bulk at huge discounts, whereas standalone businesses cannot usually take advantage of the discounts offered by manufacturers who sell in bulk. The savings made by the franchise group operator can be passed onto the franchisee, allowing them to benefit from lower supply chain costs.
As the statistics above prove, there’s never been a better time to consider a UK pet franchise. If you’d like to turn your love of animals into a full-time job where you can enjoy being your own boss, why not see what pet franchises we’ve got to offer? Alternatively, feel free to contact us for more information about pet franchises for sale London based, or pet franchises opportunities available around the world.