Buying a franchise for sale could be a shrewd move in the still-treacherous economic climate.
Many brands have survived previous recessions, and a franchise’s time-honed, proven systems are more capable of surviving in any economic climate. No surprise then that FranchiseSales.co.uk has witnessed no decline in interest in franchises opportunities. If anything, it’s a safer option than remaining in an uncertain job market.
However, the credit crunch is still keenly felt. If you’re struggling to convince the banks to part with cash, if your redundancy package is paltry, if, like much of Britain, your savings are insubstantial, if you’ve a young family and you’d rather avoid a huge financial risk – then read on. We’ve generated a list of affordable franchises which cost less than £10,000.
“Ah,” you might say, “surely, like anything, you get what you pay for? You probably don’t get much support with these budget franchises.” Not necessarily. A large franchise fee might simply mean the franchisor can’t control costs or is simply fleecing you – either way, they’ll be a poor partner in business.
You’ll notice a lot of work-from-home franchises in the list. There’s been an explosion of online franchises, which don’t require a physical shop front, meaning you don’t need to buy premises, fit them out and pay ongoing costs such as staff wages or utility bills.
There’s been an explosion of online franchises, which don’t require a physical shop front, meaning you don’t need to buy premises, fit them out and pay ongoing costs such as staff wages or utility bills
Be mindful that all reputable franchises offer initial and ongoing training, starter packs and manuals, marketing and public relations support and an exclusive territory, so we didn’t feel the need to restate this in every précis. Instead we’ve outlined each franchise’s unique selling points and the demands it places on the franchisee.
Residential sales, lettings and property management specialists HomeXperts offer this work-from-home, internet-based opportunity. The recent downturn in the housing market has prompted a wave of closures among traditional property agents, but the rise of the virtual agent has remained unchecked.
Harnessing new technology to lower overheads and sharpen customer service, HomeXperts is in the latter category. Today’s buyers search for properties online in their own time and at their own convenience. Recently, Rightmove found that “85% of initial enquiries for sale or rental properties were made online” so the business model is in tune with how the internet has changed franchising and commerce.
Start-up fees begin from just £500, with ongoing monthly fees from £499. HomeXperts consultants generate recurring income each month as lettings commission grows with every property added. Additional income can be generated from property sales and bolt-on services like insurance, utilities and maintenance works. Successful consultants should recoup their investment in less than 12 months of trading.
HomeXperts gives you a business plan and financial planning model, your own website, free property listings on Rightmove and other online property portals, membership of trade associations, and access to sales and lettings software packages as well as specially negotiated business services.
While you market properties in the same way as traditional high street agents through canvassing, boards, websites and local media advertising, you’ll also network within the local community, developing lasting relationships and amassing in-depth knowledge of the area.
HomeXperts consultants are hardworking, self-motivated individuals who enjoy meeting people, possess good attention to detail and are, above all, passionate about delivering excellent customer service. Industry experience isn’t necessary because comprehensive training is provided.
With CareGREEN you will distribute UK-certified solar panels and renewable-energy solutions called Photovoltaics (or PV). The manufacture of solar cells and photovoltaic arrays has doubled every two years since 2002, making it the world’s fastest-growing energy technology. The passing of the Climate Change Act means the UK is under pressure to lower its carbon emissions by 42% by 2020. And with up to £75 billion of government money earmarked for related grants and funding schemes, this is the perfect time to invest in renewable energy.
As a distributor, you need no pre-existing knowledge or technical know-how on photovoltaics or renewable energy. CareGreen’s methods are simple, and you’re supplied with the necessary knowledge and hardware to get started. CareGREEN compares prices on a weekly basis to ensure you are offering the most competitively priced quality products. It’s an easy product to sell given demand and the fact it’s the only company in the UK selling DIY solar solutions. Also, customers often get grants, meaning they won’t even have to pay for it.
CareGREEN offers you two types of franchise package. Package one is commission-based, requires and investment level of £2,600, entitles you to 8.5% commission, and has an estimated salary of £8-9,000. Package two, products-based selling, has an investment level of £7,500, and comes with a 30% discount on trade rates, two complete solar package systems with all necessary cabling and wires and manuals, a 24-hour support line, and no royalties are payable. Estimated salary is £45,000. You can upgrade from package one to package two for £6,400.
Providing sports coaching to 125,000 children every week, Premier Sport leads its sector and has a rapidly growing franchise network. As a Premier Sport franchisee you will have the opportunity to work with the existing 80 franchisees doing a job you love while making a real difference to children’s health and wellbeing, not to mention enjoying considerable financial rewards.
Franchisees enjoy backing and support from, among others, Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE, Former Great Britain rugby league captain Paul Sculthorpe, Olympic Silver Medallist Wendy Sly, olympic badminton player Donna Kellogg MBE
Former England captain and rugby union World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, another of Premier Sport's illustrious sports ambassadors, says: “As a father of three children under the age of 10 I know only too well the void that exists for qualified coaching for youngsters growing up today. It’s only through the provision of well organised, dedicated coaches throughout the country that we’ll see our children enjoy playing sport and reach their full potential, regardless of their level, which is why I’m 110% behind Premier Sport and its aims.”
A passion for sports coaching is a plus, but more important is a drive to run your own successful business under our protective umbrella, where you can reap rewards by managing a team of highly qualified and motivated coaches.
Your team of coaches will be at the forefront of delivering a variety of sports in both curricular and extra-curricular time in primary schools nationwide, successfully helping each of your schools to achieve PE and sporting objectives set out by the Government.
One franchisee turned over in excess of £750,000 last year, operating with a team of over 40 coaches working in 100 schools every week - alone eclipsing Premier Sport's nearest competitors. Over 2,000 schools in the UK currently use Premier Sport.
A work-from-home opportunity in a huge growth area with mass-market appeal. Low initial investment and quick, sizeable returns are likely – you can even work out how much money you will make on their online profit calculator.
SAS Freedom, a response to the issue of confusing and untrustworthy sources of information and income generation online, will set you up to run your own website. No experience is required. Not one, not two – but three income streams: retail sales, referral fees and advertising fees. SAS Freedom has sourced UK wholesalers to secure you prices typically 20-40% lower than the retail prices you will sell at. You can keep all the profit, and yet never have to touch or stock any products; they’re delivered directly to the customer for you. Simple.
You will also make £350 whenever someone joins SAS Freedom Solutions through your website and marketing. Millions of people are looking for work-from-home opportunities, and we help you with where and how to attract them.
Advertising and affiliate revenue is one of the fastest growing areas on the internet. We have partnered with AOL buy.at, one of the largest affiliate networks in the world, so you can select household brand names to advertise and earn money by driving traffic to your website.
Investment is only £1,150, with discounts available for more than one website purchase.
Just Your Home
Just Your Home offers house buyers and sellers the opportunity to avoid huge estate-agent fees, paying only £199 instead. The innovative estate agency, which offers effectively the same service as traditional agents, is transforming the industry by harnessing web and other technologies, to the benefit of both vendors and landlords.
An average customer saves approximately £2,500 through Just Your Home, which passionately believes that the bargain £199 fee should be available to everyone in the UK.
Two payment options are available to customers: a £199 fee and a £39.99 per month pay-as-you-go plan. They also offer Home Information Packs and conveyance services, so you’ll have more than one income stream as a Just Your Home franchise owner. The £199 service is advertised through 14 internet property portals so you don’t have to.
Clients are also offered the opportunity to sell their property through a national auction house free of charge. This is a unique selling tool and a great way to increase revenue, thanks to commission earned from the auction house on successful sales.
Landlords also only pay £199 for the lettings service. For an extra monthly fee Just Your Home can fully manage a property for a landlord, complete tenancy agreement forms and complete reference checks on prospective tenants.
The franchise package costs from £1,500 and includes 20 ‘For Sale’ boards, 0 ‘To Let’ boards, 2,000 leaflets, 250 business cards, 250 letterheads and full access to the unique website.
So, if you are passionate about estate agency, have a drive and determination to succeed, and want to be part of nothing short of a revolution in the industry, then get in touch.
Four out of five of the UK's top advertisers use door drops, according to the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). The UK government, as well as local, district and regional councils, regularly do so too, likewise most businesses. The UK's largest network of locally-based offices of door-to-door distribution centres, the DOR-2-DOR franchise is well placed to capitalise on this huge demand – and it does, resulting in 300% profit margins.
Research from the DMA also suggests that 75% of householders look at or keep door drops and 30% have made a purchase as a result of receiving leaflets or free samples. Door drops are a highly visible and intrusive medium, and as other media channels fragment, can deliver targeted audiences, mass or niche, with the minimum of wastage.
DOR-2-DOR has been established since 1987 and is a full member of the Direct Marketing Association. Jeff Frankling, its founder, is an elected member of the DMA Door to Door Council, which also includes TNT Mail, The Leaflet Company and the Royal Mail.
To be a DOR-2-DOR franchisee you need to be a good organiser of people and be willing to communicate regularly with your local clients.
DOR-2-DOR offers a full turnkey franchise with a proven business format system. The business can be operated from home or a small office, using your own car or van. Overheads are low, cash-flow positive and profits rapid. Fully inclusive franchises cost only £4,995 + VAT.
Western Provident Association (WPA) is an award-winning health insurer with roots going back over 100 years. The company, which sells health insurance to individuals and small and large companies, has won Health Insurer of the Year, Best UK Insurer for Customer Care twice, and Most Innovative UK Health Insurer three times.
As a franchisee you will assist your local community, mostly small businesses and individuals, to source and fund the very best healthcare available in the UK. In return, you’ll be rewarded with commission, including on all policies that renew – and due to WPA’s world-class service standards you’ll enjoy one of the highest renewal rates in the industry.
You would work from home or your own office, working as much or as little as you want, with a direct relationship between effort and reward. To begin with, you’d build your customer portfolio by visiting individuals and small businesses in your local area, but in time you might employ staff so you can concentrate on servicing your portfolio and building new relationships.
A not-for-profit business, WPA is almost unique among franchises. You can be sure the franchise price of £7,500 (inc. VAT) accurately reflects the cost of training and support and the start-up pack. Initial and ongoing training and support includes regular bi-monthly meetings with other franchisees within your region, where you can exchange ideas and support one another.
Maid2Clean® offers a unique franchise at the forefront of the recession-proof domestic cleaning sector. The demand for domestic cleaners is forecast to grow as more couples work to pay for the lifestyles they want. Maid2Clean has provided high quality domestic cleaning and ironing services thousands of private residential homes for over 15 years.
There are no plans to launch Maid2Mow®, Maid4Ovens®, Maid2Valet® – the company does not want to be a ‘jack of all trades’, preferring to be ‘master of one’. Franchisees need have no fear of a fluctuating stock market index or shareholders.
If you have the right attitude and tenacity to run your own business then you can enjoy the following benefits, among others, as a Maid2Clean franchisee: work smarter not harder than the competition; a management business rather than a cleaning job; small initial investment under £10,000; rapid return on investment; minimal risk, high margins; low-interest financial assistance; work from home; call centre facility available; 90% repeat business; automated residual income; only BFA- and BICS-affiliated franchise of its type.
With a Maid2Clean franchise you don’t need to spend money on staff, cleaner overalls, expensive equipment, transporting cleaners between jobs, purchasing/hiring vans or invoicing or cash collections. There are no cash-flow problems as clients pay in advance. Finally, there is no need to ever meet a client, and no dependency on highly skilled staff.
The cost of a Maid2Clean franchise, including launch, is £9,999 plus VAT.
Maid2Clean franchises should be ambitious, tenacious, confident, self-motivated, capable of planning and executing their daily workloads, and hard-working people with a positive ‘can do’ attitude.
Aid to Freedom
Aid to freedom finds cleaners for domestic clients. This turnkey start-up package promises low overheads, a fixed rather than percentage-based fee, and a quick, sizeable income. There’s no stock to buy nor expensive machinery, meaning your franchise is not only cheap to buy – it’s cheap to run too.
Aid to Freedom believes that ethical business practices are fundamental to a successful business; it strives to keep the company rooted in its basic beliefs of good customer service and a friendly personal service.
Aid to Freedom territories have been carefully selected, and demographically divided, so each franchisee has the same availability of clients and opportunity wherever they are. As a franchisee you will be autonomous, working with a proven system. This franchise offers the flexibility of working from home, full- or part-time depending on your circumstances, so it can comfortably dovetail with family life or even your existing job. This business suits individuals as well as couples, as long as you have motivation, drive and a desire to work with people. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme, however, and will take dedication and effort if you’re to grow you business.
The Aid to Freedom Group has to be selective with franchises to maintain a strong brand. Successful applicants will undergo a friendly three-stage selection process, where they will be expected to demonstrate confidence and good people skills.
Now in its 25th year, Autosheen is the longest established and most experienced mobile valeting brand in a huge, under-serviced marketplace. Operating from a smartly liveried, purpose-designed vehicle, using top quality, exclusive products, franchisees benefit from Autosheen’s pedigree, high-profile brand and growing customer base.
A first-class valeting service is supplied through the use of a full range of high quality, exclusive cleaning and valeting products. Franchisees quickly build a regular, repeat-order customer base, enhancing the value of their original investment. And they benefit from direct access to Autosheen’s sister franchise network, ChipsAway, generating additional revenue.
You should be ambitious, tenacious and hardworking, with a strong personal commitment and determination to succeed. Typically, you would expect to provide valet services to: corporate organisations, high-value private vehicle owners, national accounts such as BSkyB, MORE TH>N and Virgin Media, hotels, sports clubs, boat owners and marinas, and the motor trade.
The Franchise package is only £9,995 plus VAT and franchisees simply pay a fixed licence fee of £200 per month, plus a minimal payment of 10 percent on the value of national account work referred from head office.
Benefits include access to a growing customer base, two-day, in-field launch support and pre-booked demonstration valets for local businesses, exclusively developed premium valeting products, a personalised marketing package and support from a 24/7 UK call centre. Autosheen is also the only UK valeting business to enjoy the prestigious IMI accreditation for its training centre.
* Note: this article was originally published in December 2012. Prices listed may since have changed.