Working With a Pets Franchise

Looking for ideas for businesses that you can run from home? If you have loads of energy, love being active and kept on your feet, and have a passion for animals, there is one really fun and dynamic franchise business you can run from home. How about starting a pet sitting business as part of a franchise?

This is a really great career idea for anyone who wants to escape from the corporate nine-to-five desk job to do something that really matters to them instead. Or if you’re already working from home, and find you have extra time on your hands or you’re working part-time, you may even be tempted to fit pet sitting in with your other at-home job.

Making Good Money

Pet sitters and dog walkers are in higher demand than ever before, so you could potentially make really good money, and have fun in the process. When you start working as a pet sitting franchise business, you also take on the good reputation of the franchise name, which establishes instant trust and a good reputation in the minds of your customers.

Pet Sitting Tips

Pets, Homes and Gardens, based in Horsham, Sussex, is a pet sitting franchise business set up by Julie and Peter Maxted over thirteen years ago. Julie and Peter have lots of pets themselves, and originally started their own pet day care business when they realised how difficult it was to find quality pet care to look after their animals when they were away from home or going on holiday.

As they were both looking for a career change in their working lives, they took the plunge and started to provide pet care locally. Their services were welcomed by local pet owners and Peter and Julie quickly became really busy. “We also had a young family at the time, so couldn’t really accommodate all the business that was rapidly coming our way as word of mouth spread about us,” says Julie. “We soon realised that the pet care business was something you could either treat as part-time work or if you had the time, could turn into a full-time career.”

Dream Opportunity

Peter continues, “It was like a dream opportunity to work at something we both loved, and after five successful years, we sat down and began thinking how great it would be to help others out on the path to running a similar fulfilling business. That was when we decided that the best way to do this was to become a franchise.”

Pets, Homes and Gardens offers it franchisees the best start you could hope for to start a professional pet day care and business. This includes expert training, customer service and customer care strategies, comprehensive and detailed documentation on legal, sales, financial, accounting and marketing processes, plus a monitored Google Adwords campaign with regular reports.

Business Support

“We also offer ongoing business support and growth and development advice, plus access to our website forum where all franchisees can swap experiences and advice with each other,” Julie adds. “And of course everyone gets our high-quality shirts and fleece jackets to wear while dog walking!”

What’s even better is the small initial outlay fee that we charge for becoming a franchisee,” Peter says. “Some franchises demand thousands for members to join, but we only ask £495, plus a monthly franchise fee. We want to attract people who will really love what they do, and will welcome the opportunity to go into business as a pet sitter and dog walker. People like this may not have huge amounts of money to join, and we could potentially change their lives by giving them a job they love.”

Working Systems

“In other words,” Julie adds, “people who are like us when we started out all those years ago! By giving our franchisees all our financial, accounting and legal systems, we’re basically offering efficiently functioning processes that it took us years to get right, and to get working effectively.”

Peter chips in, “These instant systems, plus our training, documentation and all-round support will get our franchise businesses up and running right away. And attracting those all-important first customers should be easy because our franchisees has an established national brand so people can be certain that their lovely pets – who of course are members of the family – will be cared for by certified pet sitters with an established reputation.”

Taking a fresh start by starting a business with this franchise sounds like the kind of opportunity that could change your life. How wonderful to earn money doing what you love!

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