Pet franchising opportunities are some of the most sought after opportunities in the UK. But with each franchise offering something different to the last, finding the pet franchise that suits your needs and ambitions can be tricky. Here’s what you need to know about choosing a pet franchise that suits you.
If you’re an animal lover and are wondering how you can combine this passion with a new and challenging business opportunity, running your very own pet franchise might just be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.
But with so much diversity out there, how can you choose the franchise that’s right for you? Do you want to work across the industry broadly, or do you have an eye on a specific sub-sector? Whatever you’re looking for, here is how to choose the right option.
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Start a pet grooming franchise
With owners willing to spend more and more on making sure their pets are getting the generous treatment they deserve, the market for pet grooming franchisees is opening up. While it might not seem like it, the pet care sector had a market worth of a whopping £2.9 billion in 2018 [Statista], with grooming services making up a large part of that.
As a pet grooming franchisee, the bulk of your day-to-day business will involve either travelling to your clients or working from a location of your choosing to make sure that your clients’ pets are looking their finest.
As you’ll need to be working with your tools, it might be a good idea to operate via a mobile or van-based franchise. For example, Dial-a-Dog-Wash is a mobile dog washing franchise that is both flexible and popular.
We are the largest mobile dog grooming business in the UK. We are very excited about the growth of Dial-a-Dog-Wash. We hope that you will become excited about your future when we show you how you can become part of our ever expanding family of franchises.
How to choose a pet grooming franchise for you
When it comes to choosing a pet grooming franchise, much of what you’ll need to consider will come down to finances. For all the advantages that come with franchising, you will still need to make a minimum investment to get the ball rolling.
If having mobility and flexibility in where you work is important to you, make sure you pay close attention to whether or not you need to provide a van or transport of your own. Fortunately, with Dial-a-Dog-Wash, a van is included in your minimum investment package of £14,999. On top of this, you’ll also be given a full inventory, equipment and manuals to help you get started.
Start a dog food franchise
The right diet is the key to raising a fit and healthy dog. So as a dog food franchisee, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. As you’ll learn more by looking closer at the propositions offered by dog food franchises like Trophy Pet Foods and Husse, you’ll be working closely to produce, perfect and deliver healthy food to your customers.
Pet food is the largest sub-sector of the pet industry as a whole, contributing £462 million to this sector's billion-pound performance [Statista]. That’s why you’ll find a whole host of exciting franchises to join in this area. But how exactly do you pick the right dog food franchise for you?
How to choose the dog food franchise for you
There are various different franchises that you can work in, so you need to be vigorous when it comes to researching each one. When researching each option, ask yourself some of the following questions:
- How affordable is the franchise?
- Will you be running a single-unit or multi-unit franchise?
- How broad is the franchise’s appeal? Will you be working just with dogs or across the animal food sector broadly?
- Is there third-party financial support to help you get set up?
- How much working capital do you need prior to joining?
There are lots of other issues to take into account, but once you’ve drawn up a shortlist, you will be in a much better place to decide whether you’d be better suited to Trophy Pet Foods, Husse or Oscar.
Start a dog walking franchise
The increasing number of pet ownerships among people, particularly across U.S. and European countries, is driving the need for pet support services, thereby propelling demand for pet sitting services. Over the years, the pet market worldwide has been growing at a significant rate as many countries have witnessed a high rate of pet adoption and animal health spending.
- Grand View Research
To combine a passion for the great outdoors with a love for four-legged friends, dog walking could be an ideal business opportunity. With people heading back into the office and normal working life resuming, owners are once again needing dog walkers and sitters to come and look after their pets.
While working with pets everyday is known to benefit your health and wellbeing, combining that with regular walking and exposure to nature is a one-way ticket to a healthy, fun and profitable business.
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How to choose the right pet franchise for you
It should be no surprise that such an attractive opportunity has some of the biggest franchises in the world of pet work. But before you fully commit to choosing to start your own business with Dogknows or Barking Mad, you should make sure that you’re in the best possible position to hit the ground running when you get set up.
Franchising is a great opportunity, but not everyone who wants to be a franchisee can be, so make sure that you have the following skills in abundance:
- Excellent organisation
- A good customer-facing demeanour
- Confidence to work in any weather
- Good business sense
- A commitment to building a long-term business prospect
Choose the pet franchise that suits you and start a new career
Franchising is the best way to combine profitability, job security and reward. You should now have a better idea of what separates the biggest pet franchises out there and what kinds of people they are looking for. But if you’ve decided you’d be better off elsewhere, have a look at the UK franchise directory.
Elliott Fudge, Point Franchise ©