Four out of five people now own a smartphone - the equivalent of 37 million people in the UK. Mobiles are never far away from our hand either, and in fact, one in three British people admit they can't resist checking their phones in the middle of the night.
For most products, such a saturated marketplace would leave little room for new business, but as people replace their mobile phones regularly there are still abundant sales opportunities. And manufacturers are adroit at adding new functions and features to tempt consumers to upgrade or swap. Every UK high street and shopping centres are now peppered with mobile phone shops. But what you might not realise is that many of those are being run by ambitious entrepreneurs under a franchise agreement.
This provides them with the best of both worlds. They get to be their own boss – opening one or more retail outlet in their chosen geographical area – at the same time as benefiting from lucrative supply deals and technical support from a parent company. Carrying the branding of an established mobile phone supplier can also bring people through the shop door, and franchisees benefit from marketing and training help.
To grab a share of the exciting world of smartphone sales, what sort of companies offer partnerships? Among the phone manufacturers who encourage and support franchising are O2 and Vodafone. One of the biggest retailers to offer franchise deals is EE. Retailer chains Ableworld and Fonehouse are looking for franchisees too. The Phone Service centre – which offers mobile phone repairs – is another major franchise. Or you could work from home with a low-cost start-up such as Cellulike which provides a phone data protection service.
If you're keen on entering the thriving world of mobile phone franchising, the best call you can make is to us, as we can put you in touch with a mobile phone franchise partner that matches your ambitions and any specific interests you have.