08 July 2016

How to start a business and get your beauty sleep

Many of us have been told ‘not to lose sleep’ over a particular difficulty or challenge, but this is advice business owners can find difficult to follow. This week is Sleep Awareness Week, where we are all reminded of the importance of a good night’s rest. If you’re thinking of starting a business but want to get your beauty sleep, franchising could be a great option.

Many of the key concerns involved with starting a new business are mitigated by a franchising model. According to the Sydney Morning Herald; support, work life balance and stock quality are some of the key things that keep small business owners up at night.

30 June 2016

A look inside the modern bedroom - what's hot and what's not?

Fashion is something that many think of in the context of clothes and shoes, but trends in interior design are equally seasonal; and very important for any good retailer to understand. Bedshed franchisees have their finger on the pulse when it comes to what's hot in the bedroom, and they put this knowledge into practice at the annual buying trips many attend.

Steward Herman, of Bedshed Melville, is one such franchisee, and is experienced at spotting the next trends and ensuring he has the right stock in to meet current demand. Here he shares what's in for autumn.

29 June 2016

The untold benefits of franchising

It’s no secret that franchising offers a lot of perks – many of which you may have heard before. The lifestyle benefits, being your own boss, and having the support of an established, well-known brand are just a few that spring to mind. However, many of our Bedshed franchisees report other benefits outside of what you would expect. Read on to uncover the hidden advantages of being a Bedshed franchisee.

17 June 2016

4 questions your partner should have before you buy a franchise

Franchising can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, with both lifestyle and financial benefits. However, actually purchasing a franchise and starting a new life can be a huge decision, and one that affects the whole family. It’s therefore important you and your partner discuss the tough questions before you make the final commitment. Having the support of your partner in the initial process of getting started is integral, and can make all the difference!

Here are 4 questions your partner should have for you before you make the final decision to invest in a franchise.

01 June 2016

A week in the life of a franchisee

Flexibility is one of the key reasons why many people decide to buy their own franchise and start a new life, but sometimes it’s difficult to get the balance right.

Graham Gibson, of Bedshed Moorabbin, knows a thing or two about managing work and life. A lover of all things health and fitness, and with 35 years of experience in franchising, Graham is a big believer in the importance of not just having a life, but having a lifestyle.

05 May 2016

What I know now: How to make your first 6 months as a franchisee a success

Starting out in any new job can be a challenging and daunting experience, but when it comes to running your own business, unexpected challenges become the norm. Franchising can take much of the risk out of starting a business; however preparation is still vital to make sure your new venture is a success, especially in that critical first six months.

Jennifer and Robert Stewart, of Bedshed Bundall, have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to starting up a new franchise. Having moved from Melbourne to the Gold Coast to open their new store in August last year, Jennifer and Robert are making their store a success.

14 April 2016

Ten things I've learned in ten years

National Merchandise Manager Les Sevel celebrates a decade at Bedshed

Les Sevel, our National Merchandise Manager, recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary with the business. During his time, Les has come to know Bedshed extremely well, and he’s learned a lot since his first day on the job.

07 April 2016

Succession planning for your franchise

Planning ahead for our family’s financial future is something we have all thought about at some stage, and understandably want to get right. Here at Bedshed, we see many examples of a franchise as a sustainable business, but it doesn’t have to stop with you. A franchise can be a great family business that your children or other family members can take part in, and eventually take over.

However, how do you make this transition smooth; ensuring family members are comfortable and able to take over the family business when the time comes?

17 March 2016

Winners of Bedshed's awards for excellence in franchising announced!

Bedshed holds an annual awards night to acknowledge excellence and dedication among our close knit franchise network. We like to give credit where credit’s due, and love the opportunity to get together and celebrate!

There are always numerous awards to present to our wonderful and dedicated franchisees, and this year we were excited to announce a new one. The celebrating success award recognises someone who has consistently demonstrated that hard work and determination pays off, leading not only to a successful career, but success in anything you put your mind to. Russell Fudge of Bedshed Cockburn, O’Connor and Mandurah, our first winner of the celebrating success award, has not only contributed extensively to the business, but has also been studying and will soon graduate with an MBA. We wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Russell on his impressive efforts to manage both his career in franchising, and his passion for study.

02 March 2016

Four types of potential franchisee - are you one of them?

Franchisees are a varied bunch - here at Bedshed, we know that finding a successful franchisee is not a tick box exercise. There’s no simple formula. People from a variety of backgrounds, skills and experience have come into our business and made their franchise a success, and Bedshed is richer for this variety.

However, we do see trends. And from these trends, we’ve had a bit of fun pulling together these four franchisee profiles - which one are you?