Top tips for being a productive franchisee

16/06/2018 08:00 | Start a business

How to be a productive franchisee

Itís the productive franchisees who end up succeeding. Those that are easily distracted, whose hearts arenít in it, or who always find reasons to put things off till tomorrow, arenít going to thrive in the franchise system. Starting a franchise requires hard work and dedication, but it also demands good organisation and an ability to self-motivate and stay on course. Perhaps most importantly, it rewards those who can make every day a productive day.

Tips to be a productive franchisee

1. Give yourself plenty of time
If youíre going to get a lot done in a day, you need to make sure youíve got enough time in the day to do it. This means getting up early. It also means starting work early. No franchisee is going to be productive enough if they donít get out of bed until 11 am. Nor is it good enough to get out of bed at 6 am, but not start working until 11 am. Get up early, get working as soon as possible, and give yourself enough time in the day to be productive.

2. Provide your body with all it needs
Though you may not be a breakfast person if you're going to be a productive franchisee you need to provide your body with all it needs to start the day off well. We all have our own nutritional needs and requirements, but it is true what they say about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. Eat healthily, eat the type of foods that your specific body needs, and eat breakfast every day, without fail.

3. Check your emails
Getting your emails out of the way as early as possible means theyíre not hanging over you for the rest of the day. In the modern workplace, itís easy to receive hundreds of emails every day, so youíre going to have to learn to prioritise, too. If possible, try and use Ďdead time' (e.g. during your commute) to complete this task. No one replies to all the emails they receive, but an effective franchisee needs to learn to respond to the most important ones.

4. Donít forget the social media
These days, social media is just as important as your email, and you should be keeping on top of your various accounts, too. Whether youíre a Facebook fiend, Twitter monster, or Insta addict, it's good to try and get all of your social media out of the way in one go. Not only does this mean that you don't miss out on any critical updates, but it also ensures you aren't always checking your accounts throughout the day.

5. Talk to your staff
Depending on your preferred means of communication, you should try and get a face-to-face or video call update from a key member of staff every day. Don't make this into a big deal. Otherwise, it can inhibit yours and your employee's productivity. Instead, make it a regular, casual, 10-minute thing at the start of the day. There may not be much to discuss but establishing regular communication with your staff means that they wonít put off calling you when there is something wrong.

6. Maintain your professional network
The best franchises are those that ensure that their franchisees feel part of an extended family. But this is only a part of your professional network. The entire network spreads to encompass all of your old colleagues, bosses, and supervisors and needs to maintained if itís to be of any use in the future. These are incredibly useful contacts to have and at least a little part of your working week should be dedicated to ensuring these relationships arenít lost.

7. Take a break
We all know that itís necessary to take regular breaks if weíre to remain productive, yet we rarely do. As a franchisee, it's important to recognise that both you and your staff won't be at their best if you're forced to work above and beyond the call of duty consistently. Profitable franchises are those that understand how to distribute and utilise the resources at their disposal Ė that includes human resources, too.

8. Reassess your targets
Depending on the timescale youíre operating on, you should be reappraising your goals on a regular basis throughout the day and week. Are you on track? Have made your targets too easy? Are they unachievable? Are you going to meet them within the proposed time frame? While it's important to set goals and stick to them, you're not always going to set the target right at the first time of trying. Consequently, a regular reassessment is necessary to keep you motivated.

9. Make time for your family
Though growing the franchise and ensuring the success of your new business requires hard work, determination, and long, long hours, you have to make time for your family, friends, and loved ones, too. If you don't, not only will your personal life suffer, but so will your motivation and ability to do the job well. There's not much point in working hard to succeed in your professional life if there's nothing of your private life to enjoy once you've made it.

10. Relax and unwind
Finally, a productive franchisee is also someone that finds time to relax and unwind at the end of all their hard work. Whether itís listening to music, reading a book, or going out for dinner, you need to be able to relax, unwind, and take it easy if youíre to stay motivated and productive. You need to be ready to step back from it all, take a deep breath, and let it all go till the morning.

Being a productive franchisee requires you to be well organised, communicative, and able to detach from work and relax once in a while. Routine is paramount, and all franchisees should try and stick to their established work pattern, when possible. Also important is the ability to set and meet targets. However, the biggest thing to remember is that you need to find what works for you and stick to it.

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