On another day you could be working at home either preparing the new packs of cards for your visits, or doing admin tasks. This is where the flexibility comes in as there is no need to do this at any particular time or day.
The biggest challenge of running this business is time. You need to be organised so that you can be as productive as possible. For example, bad journey planning can leave you with unnecessary mileage which wastes time and money. Badly packed cards can mean lots of time wasted at each shop.
Building a good relationship with your customers, and spending time talking to them will help gain more display space and lead to extra sales.
The flexibility enables you to work as well as be at home for family as and when needed. I like the responsibility of having my own business and enjoy the flexibility and independence it’s offers.
The benefit of a franchise is that you can run your own business but have the support of your franchisor as and when needed. They offer the support of new customers through there national account leads, great display materials and promotional product, regular updated and new products to keep displays fresh and enticing.
What makes this business different than the competitors One, of course, is the product which is very carefully tailored to suit the types of customers we have. The other is the service I provide. Not many of our competitors provide a merchandising service which ensures they have the right product at the right time without having to do any ordering themselves. I also make sure I am reliable and friendly, willing to work with them to grow their cards sales.
I think to be a successful franchisee you have to be self-motivated and have good business awareness. You need to get on well with people, have good communication skills and be able to provide a friendly, reliable service where nothing is too much trouble for your customer.
After 6 years of running this business I have to decided to sell and handover to a new owner to look after my existing customers and go on and develop the business even further. It is a very reassuring way of owning your own business.
N.B. 1. INVENTORY / STOCK (SAV) is £48,000 which is treated as an asset for accounting purposes (this is additional to the £18,000 goodwill) and includes all product stock (in store and stockroom), display/marketing equipment.
N.B. 2 BANK FUNDING (High Street) is readily available based on the Franchisor\'s (The Original Poster Company - OPC) accredited membership of the British Franchise Association (BFA)
A new owner will need to take out a new 5 year agreement with the franchisor at a cost of £3,000 (£600 p.annum)This charge covers a comprehensive in house training programme, including a 2 week field support period.
N.B. This franchise is a part of the worlds leading greeting card distribution franchise group, operating in the UK greeting card industry which alone is worth over £1.4billion. Established in 1991, has had complete UK coverage for over 26 years and is a full member of the BFA (British Franchise Association).
Yes, via the franchisor\'s accreditation with Business Franchise Association in association with the major High Street banks.
This business is relocatable but you will need to live with in Hampshire , West Sussex or Surrey.
Is this business relocatable: Yes
Is this business home based: Yes
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