06 September 2017

Lifestyle vs career: How to have the best of both worlds

All successful careers require hard work and determination. Franchising is no different. The majority of people want to find a happy medium when it comes to their careers. They want something that’s rewarding and challenging, but most of all something that pays enough to support their family and the lifestyle they want.

There’s a lot of reasons people go into franchising – independence, financial sustainability and a career change are up there as some top examples. But for many, the promise of having flexibility and work/life balance is the biggest appeal.

So, if you’re looking to start your own business, why not consider franchising? Discover how you can have a successful career while maintaining a great lifestyle with a franchise network like Bedshed.

Become your own boss

One of the great things about being a franchisee is that you’re your own boss. This means you can be flexible in determining the hours you work, rather than having this dictated to you.

Most good franchisors will work with franchisees to ensure they’re satisfied with their work/life balance – and this is certainly the case at Bedshed. We offer staff development and training, as well as assistance in building a robust business structure. This helps to make sure that our franchisees are able to work flexibly and are in a position to take time off.

Take out the leg work

One of the great things about franchising is you’re not out on your own. You have a whole network of experienced professionals dedicated to helping make sure you succeed. This will assist you with a whole range of things, from site selection and development to marketing and advertising strategies.

This is something that Bedshed spends a lot of time and energy investing in. Always striving to remain at the forefront of the industry, we’re constantly looking for new ways to improve business and operations. Whether that’s by introducing new suppliers, or revamping our marketing strategy, we always keep the interests of our franchisees top of mind, which in turn saves them a lot of time that they would not get when starting their own business from scratch.

It is all about discipline

Franchising offers a flexible lifestyle, but the first few years will require a substantial investment of time to make it a success. Keep top of mind the fact that you’re building the foundations of your business  for the future, and if you do so successfully you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time.

Taking the time to upskill your employees in the initial stages will also mean you have a capable team to rely on in the future.  Keeping an open and honest relationship with your retail manager is also a good way to help you keep on track, particularly in the early stages. When you’re in a position to take time off, you need to be disciplined to ensure this happens. Planning ahead to take holidays and time off and then sticking to them is very important. Discipline and commitment to work/life balance is the only way you’re going to be able to reap the rewards of a flexible working environment.