As a leading parcel delivery and courier service, World Options provides efficient shipping services through advanced online software. Now, this renowned courier franchise is looking for ambitious franchisees to deliver a first-class service and take the multi-billion-pound brand forward in the UK.
About World Options franchise
World Options has been in operation since 2003 and franchising since 2012. It’s based on a tried and tested US business model that dates to the 1980s, which includes excellent carrier relationships and no geographical restrictions. This gives franchisees the freedom to enjoy untapped growth and income opportunities, all from home.
Although the domestic parcel industry is already worth well over £4 billion, it is still growing, as the demand for these types of delivery services increases year after year. Therefore, there’s never been a better time to become your own boss by joining a home-based franchise in the courier sector.
World Options enables companies to weigh, measure and book their shipments as quickly as possible and benefit from discounted rates with a reliable courier. For global exports, the network provides automatic export documentation and enables its clients to compare costs, delivery times and services in just seconds. With no contracts, clients are free to leave at any time, although many have continued to use World Options year after year, as a result of its outstanding customer service.
Why choose World Options for your next franchise?
If you're looking for enormous earnings potential with a flexible working environment and excellent ongoing support and training, starting a franchise with World Options could be just for you. That’s because all of this network's franchise units can be operated from home, so you don't have to worry about rent, utilities or property insurance.
Another advantage of choosing a home-based franchise is that you don’t have to deal with the stress of commuting to and from work every day, which can be very costly and time-consuming.
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The business model
World Options' business model couldn't be simpler; the more parcels your clients ship through your online portal, the more income you earn. In fact, with no stock or warehousing to pay for, your income opportunities are limitless. All you need is a telephone, a computer with internet access, a desk and a chair.
Your role as a World Options franchisee
Your job will be to build customer relationships by providing impeccable service. You’ll help new customers familiarise themselves with World Options' excellent services and tools, and answer any questions they might have. To maintain the brand’s reputation, you’ll regularly evaluate clients’ shipping requirements so you can create a tailored proposal for their courier.
Mike Lowe from Warrington used to work for a large courier company before starting his own World Options franchise in 2012. He decided to move to this sector because he believed he could enjoy greater income potential by working for himself.
He was one of the brand's first franchisees, but had been impressed with World Options’ online shipping services as a customer beforehand. That’s why he selected World Options as his franchise of choice. After speaking with the head office and finding out more about the franchise network, he invested everything he had in the set-up of his new business.
Proving a successful business owner, he earned his first £5,000 after just one month of operation. Mike enjoys the comfort of being able to work from home without having to employ any staff and says the freedom and financial rewards of becoming a franchisee are life-changing. When asked if he would do it again, Mike answered: “Definitely”. In fact, he said wild horses couldn't drag him back to his old life of working for someone else.
Mike is just one of many success stories at World Options. Perhaps you could be the next one?
Joining World Options
When you start your own home-based franchise at World Options, you'll receive everything you need to get your new business up and running. This will include comprehensive training and ongoing support throughout your franchise contract term.
World Options online portal
To help you build one of the most profitable franchise units in the sector, World Options will provide you with access to an online portal. This will enable you to build relationships with new customers as they place their first orders online. That means that, for the duration of your franchise contract, you’ll provide outstanding delivery services from one of the world's best couriers.
Training and support
By owning your own World Options courier franchise, you’ll be part of a support network with coaches and fellow franchisees. That means you’ll have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about World Options' business model and how to reach out to new customers in your area. You'll also receive customer service support, a simple and efficient invoice system, and a dedicated mentor to help you get up and running.
Once your business is set up, you'll manage your clients' shipping needs, whether they're placing orders in the UK or across the world, on land, air or water.
A World Options franchise costs £32,500 +VAT to set up. If you don't have enough money to start a franchise and cover the franchise fee, you may be able to get a World Options finance package. Depending on your financial history, major banks with expertise in franchising may also be willing to lend up to 70 percent of the amount.
It’s recommended that you have enough money to cover the following costs when starting a franchise with World Options:
- Business set-up
- Legal advice from a franchise solicitor, surveyor and accountant
Other courier franchise opportunities
If you're passionate about the logistics sector and have the ambition and determination to run and grow your own thriving franchise business, World Options is a great choice investment opportunity. But, if it’s not quite right for you, there are plenty of other franchises in the sector that are also looking for savvy entrepreneurs to take their business to new heights. Here are just two of the options:
Speedy Freight offers quick, reliable and affordable delivery services to domestic and commercial customers across the UK and Europe. Specialising in same-day and express deliveries, it is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure packages reach their destinations as quickly as possible. In fact, in some cases, it can guarantee your parcel will be in your hands within an hour of you ordering it.
This franchise has 85 UK sites and over 2,500 delivery vehicles, accommodating shipments of any size. Speedy Freight employs everything from cars and small vans to 7.5 tonne lorries with up to 80 square metres of storage space.
To ensure all its shipments reach their destination as soon as possible, Speedy Freight has developed a partnership with Eddie Stobart. You can benefit from this alliance, along with the franchise’s tried and tested business model, by becoming a franchisee. You’ll need to make a minimum investment of £38,500, but you may be able to source funding from banks with a franchise department.
Rather than focusing on timeframes, this franchise appeals to customers by shipping any item, from business documents to pallets and crates. InXpress also markets itself as a courier service for those with regular shipping requirements, like commercial suppliers and online retailers. The franchise claims that by using its services throughout the year, customers can save 25 percent on their annual shipping costs. They’ll still receive their orders in record time, however, as the courier business offers an overnight delivery service.
InXpress has an international reach, delivering to destinations across France, Spain, Germany, Poland, India, China, Australia and the US. This is partially facilitated by alliances with leading courier firms that perform the collections and deliveries.
There’s great news for entrepreneurs who are interested in becoming an InXpress franchisee: you don’t need any industry experience to get started. This is because the franchise strives to give its franchisees all the know-how to build a thriving business, so you’ll get a dedicated business coach and access to online start-up courses. You can even take refresher courses as you go along to make sure you stay ahead of the competition.
Your total investment will vary depending on the country, location and size of the branch you set up, but you should expect it to cost around £30,000. Equipped with all the tools to develop a successful business, you should be able to reach profitability fairly quickly. In fact, many of the business’ franchisees see a return on their investment in just 18 months. The business has previously won the British Franchise Association-HSBC Brand Innovation Award, so it’s a great opportunity for prospective franchisees.
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