Fresh Air and Franchising: 5 ‘Out Of The Office’ Franchises

07/03/2018 08:00 | Start a business

Outdoor based franchises

There’s a common misconception that business owners need to be based in an office staring at a computer screen all day to be a success. But this isn’t the case and shouldn’t put you off starting your own business.

Working outside can have many advantages, including reduced stress and increased productivity. It's easy to understand why having a working environment that provides fresh air, and a dose of vitamin D would be more beneficial than being stifled by the four walls of an office.

In fact, if you have a passion for the outdoors, there are plenty of franchises to start that will allow you to combine entrepreneurship and fresh air at the same time. Check out these five ways you can step out from behind the desk and enjoy the great outdoors while building your future.

Gardening franchises

When most people think of working outside, they think of gardeners, landscapers and lawn specialists. This is because it’s perhaps the ultimate way to make money from doing something you love.

So, if you’re green fingered, now is a great time to consider a gardening franchise. Brits place a beautiful, well-kept garden at the top of their wish list, but lack the knowledge and time to make it happen. This has led to people hiring gardeners to help them achieve their vision, rather than doing it themselves.

Changes in attitudes towards gardening coupled with a growing market make a gardening franchise one of the best routes for entrepreneurs who want to be their own boss. According to the Horticultural Trades Association, £10.4bn is spent in the UK on garden products each year, and the industry employs a massive 300,000 people; so, it’s a lucrative market too.

There are many franchises to start if this sounds like the perfect business opportunity for you. From traditional gardening franchises like Ed’s Garden Maintenance to more niche services like those offered by Inleaf and Colourfence. There’s something for everyone.

Mobile franchise

Achieving a healthy work/life balance is a dream for many entrepreneurs, which is why many are attracted to the idea of running a van-based franchise. The flexibility and freedom of working when and where you want to enable you to run the business around any personal commitments. No need to sacrifice your career or family time; with a van-based franchise you can have both.

And if you already have a van and enjoy driving, then it makes perfect business sense to make a living from it. There are many franchises to start that require no specialist equipment or prior experience, other than a vehicle and a driving licence.

So, whether you choose to be a mobile tyre technician with Wheel Wizard or like the idea of offering a mobile coffee service with Cafe2U, there is bound to be a van-based franchise that suits your interests and budget.

Children’s franchise

Working with children is the best job in the world for many, and the good news is, that lots of different types of franchises involve working with the younger generation. From learning through music with Jo Jingles to teaching children to swim with Waterbabies, the pleasure that comes from this sector goes above and beyond regular job satisfaction.

The benefits of owning a children’s franchise are more than making a profit. Not only does it keep you young, but it develops your communication skills. The ability to explain things in a clear, concise and patient way is a skill that not everyone possesses. Working with children can also encourage you to take a different perspective on life and often gives you the chance to spend more time with your own family.

One thing is for sure - for many people, helping children to learn, develop and grow knocks the socks off sitting in a stuffy board room.

Dog walking franchise

Brits are a nation of pet lovers, and this reputation is confirmed by the fact that half of UK households own a pet. Of these, a whopping 8.5 million are dogs. It’s no wonder that the demand for dog walking businesses is on the rise, with more than £1.5 billion being spent on this service each year.

So, if you have a love for animals, enjoy getting out in the fresh air and have the dedication to own a business, a dog walking franchise may be for you. Dog Knows offers a professional dog walking service, or you could even set your sights on a more significant challenge.

Franchises such as Wagging Tails and Barking Mad offer an alternative to kennels when dog owners go on holiday. This way, not only do the humans get a break, but the dogs enjoy a little holiday of their own too.

Window cleaning franchise

Keeping our windows clean is a task that many of us dread and are happy to pay someone else to do it for us. This means that a window cleaning business provides an excellent and steady source of income. If you want to combine flexible working patterns with lots of fresh air (and you've got a head for heights), this could be one of the best franchises to start.

You’ll be able to choose whether to service residential areas or take on a more substantial challenge with commercial premises of all sizes. Whichever route you go down you can be sure that your services will be required throughout the year, meaning that you'll enjoy the changing British weather on a daily basis.

You can also decide whether you want to take a hands-on approach to your new business with an opportunity such as Nationwide Cleaners, or take a step back and manage a team of cleaners, with companies like Maid2Clean and Minster Cleaning.

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