Opportunities to work from home have proliferated in the internet age.
But van-based franchises, where paperwork is done at home but franchisees are mostly on the road delivering to or visiting customers, remain enormously popular
One of the fastest growing internet marketing and web design franchise companies in a rapidly expanding market, Spoton.net offers a high-income business. All you need is the desire to succeed as a professional web and internet marketing consultant. No web experience is required.
Among the advantages are instant and monthly residual income; additional income streams from related services; earning potential of £50,000 plus by year two; a unique product with no direct competition; and your first five client presentations booked for you.
Over the past decade Spoton.net has developed a unique web-building system called 'it'seeze', which already supports a rapidly growing base of well over a thousand clients. Clients report an intuitive and straightforward interface, no frustrating delays or extortionate fees, and a modest site creation fee and 'easy payments' starting at just over £1 per day.
But there’s more to the concept than this. Through building long-term customer relationships and using your entrepreneurial flair, you will offer a wide range of other website, internet and marketing services to maximise income from every client.
The market is huge. There are more than 2.5 million small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK, fewer than 50% of which have a website. Those that do often have ineffective, outdated sites which are visually unappealing, difficult to navigate and perform poorly on key Google searches. SpotOn has plenty of custom to fight for.
With spending on internet advertising surpassing that of television in 2009, CityLocal can offer aspiring business owners entry into a burgeoning marketplace. Each franchisee is given access to an exclusive territory, to generate income from the comfort of their own home by promoting local businesses online and offline.
Over the past decade Spoton.net has developed a unique web-building system called 'it'seeze', which already supports a rapidly growing base of well over a thousand clients
Franchisees, who can work to their own schedule, exercise control over the look and feel of their site, which covers news and business listings in their assigned territory. And with packages ranging from £2,900 to £15,900, they can also control their level of financial investment.
The CityLocal website, divided into geographical subsections managed by local franchisees, feeds residents and visitors the latest information on news, events, jobs, property, cars, cinema, weather, hotels, and vouchers, while also promoting local businesses. Information is added by the central team so you don’t have to.
Your role is to network in the local area to win new business and manage relationships with existing clients. Content is also generated by users, who can contribute reviews, make recommendations or post their own classified adverts.
As a web company it is vital for CityLocal to be at the forefront of technological innovation. Businesses increasingly promote themselves through audio and video as well as text-based adverts, while there is also full integration between CityLocal and social media such as Facebook.
With a 25 year track record of success, countless awards and more than 65,000 happy (and healthy) customers, Riverford is the UK’s leading organic vegetable box delivery company. The philosophy is simple: bring delicious, organic grub straight from the fields to customers’ kitchens – less than 48 hours from ground to plate.
You’ll be delivering boxes of the very best organic fruit and vegetables, but it’s more than being just a delivery driver – try MD, driver, marketing manager, accountant, PA and customer services manager.
A territory costs £12,500, plus you need a van, office equipment and some working capital (£20,000 at current rates). For a management service fee of 3% you will enjoy unlimited ongoing support.
The package includes: a training week, launch package, exclusive protected territory with market intelligence and consumer profiling, full operations manuals, access to Riverford’s home delivery software, stationery, corporate clothing, marketing materials, sign writing of your first van, vehicle selection and ordering, website access and online ordering, advice banking and insurance advice. A turnover of around £350,000 within three years is feasible.
Founder Guy Watson explains the ethos: “Our idea is to retain the social, environmental and economic advantages of small, local businesses, while sharing the advantages that scale gives. This brings business benefits like sharing IT and finance systems, but even more importantly we can share knowledge.”
Last year WSI has been ranked as the top internet marketing services franchise for 10 years in a row by Entrepreneur Magazine, also making the top 20 home-based franchises and finishing 56th overall in the magazine’s Franchise 500.
Based in Toronto, the world’s largest internet consultancy has been in business since 1995 and franchising since 1996. Often referred to as the ‘white collar franchise’, WSI delivers internet marketing solutions to SMEs worldwide by leveraging its exclusive, patent-pending lifecycle system.
WSI invites aspiring franchisees, whether from a general business or sales and marketing background, to consider its proven, scalable business opportunity and enjoy recurring revenue and unlimited earning potential from multiple revenue streams. Specific business experience or internet expertise is not required; the franchise package includes comprehensive training and custom-tailored, ongoing support from a ‘success coach’ and the rest of the team.
As a master franchisee you’ll enjoy flexible working hours and low overheads. To join a network of more than 1,500 men and women in a multi-billion pound industry you pay an all-inclusive fee of $200,000.
BuzzHomes.co.uk harnesses the internet to undercut the competition. High street agents charge between 1.5% and 2.0% of the selling price, whereas BuzzHomes.co.uk charges only a 0.75% selling fee. As well as lower prices, lower overheads also mean your business will return a profit with a fraction of the turnover of a high street agent.
Required ingoing capital investment is £9,950 plus VAT. A service charge of £225 plus VAT per month covers IT management and the helpdesk, technical assistance and 24/7 head-office support. An office and field-based training programme is tailored around your individual needs.
BuzzHomes says it strikes a balance between fostering entrepreneurial spirit among franchisees and ensuring they work within parameters established in a proven system, complying with legal obligations and meeting customer service standards for which the brand is renowned. Ideal franchisees could be estate agency staff seeking autonomy, or disillusioned mortgage and financial industry staff.
The chore people most dread is cleaning their oven – so here’s a service the UK’s 23 million householders are keen to pay for. Ovenclean is one of the longest established and most successful franchises in a marketplace characterised by rising demand. When you join Ovenclean you are assured of the highest standard of training and ongoing business support, backed by a team with a long and successful history in franchise development.
Advantages include: a huge domestic and commercial marketplace; regular, repeat business; potential to earn more than £1,000 per week; dedicated 24/7 UK-based call centre relaying customer leads; unique cleaning system which uses high quality eco-products; national advertising; potential to expand to a multi-van operation.
Franchisees operate from professionally liveried, fully equipped vans, enjoying low overheads and considerable flexibility. The proven business model is easy to learn, simple to manage and delivers a high earning, independent lifestyle. One new franchisee enthused: “I booked over 70 customers on my first weekend, equating to several weeks’ confirmed work.”
Provide a convenient service delivering OSCAR’s comprehensive range of quality pet foods and accessories, as well as providing the brand’s unique pet-care service. One in two households own a pet and the £4.3 billion industry – of which more than £2 billion is pet food – is still growing.
Recognised and trusted by a growing number of the UK’s 13 million pet owners, OSCAR enjoys plenty of repeat business and strong growth. Its range of specially formulated pet foods meets the requirements of its Honest Label Policy: made in Britain with no artificial flavours, colourings or preservatives.
Franchisees work flexible hours from home, enjoying modest overheads and the backing of a brand with experience spanning nearly two decades. You will gain a respected qualification in pet nutrition, attend a micro-chipping course and have the assistance from Oscar’s team of experts on hand.
There are no ongoing royalty payments – just a simple, fixed monthly fee to cover general support costs. £14,995 plus VAT covers everything you need to start your van-based delivery business, including the vehicle, marketing materials, PR package, starter pack, customer management system and so on.
Sales experience helps but is not essential. Self-motivation, enthusiasm and communication skills are sought in franchisees.
A food vending franchise specialising in supplying healthy snacks to workplaces, Charisnack serves a growing desire for nutritious alternatives to salty, fatty, sugary snacks among the UK’s workforce and its employers.
The brand and has enjoyed strong growth ever since its 2003 launch by adhering to the mission statement: “To provide a successful, profitable and rewarding business for our franchisees, partners and suppliers, whilst at the same time, raising funds for good causes and encouraging people to enjoy a healthier lifestyle”.
The business, which can be operated full-time or part-time, involves delivering snacks, retailing at just £1 each, to offices and other workplaces. Items are displayed in self-service, point-of-sale display boxes, from which staff can buy at any point in the working day – so your ‘shop window’ is always open. Franchisees collect takings, restock boxes and record sales at regular intervals.
There are three packages available to franchisees, bronze, silver and gold A bronze package starts at £4,950 plus VAT, which offers thousands of pounds worth of snacks to launch the business, display boxes for when a franchisee is ready to expand, a comprehensive Businesses Database listing and so forth.