by Simon Lord

last updated 27/03/2024


Live Your Best Life

by Simon Lord

last updated 27/03/2024


Buying a franchise can help you enjoy both work and play. How do you make the change to being your own boss?

At least half of your waking hours are spent working for someone else. If that is what you want, and you find your work fulfilling, that’s great. But for many people, the nature of work has changed since the pandemic and they’re not feeling the sense of connection they used to. If you’re one of them, then you might have thought about owning your own business.

Being the boss isn’t an instant route to happiness and riches, of course, but it does enable you to make some important choices: 

  • Where you work
  • When you work
  • What sort of work you do
  • Whether you work from home
  • Who you work with

That’s not to say that you won’t work hard. You’ll probably find that, at first, you’ll work harder and longer than you ever have in your life. But you’ll be doing it for yourself and, if you’ve chosen well, not just doing something you enjoy or have a passion for – you’ll be building an asset for the future that will give you both the lifestyle and financial returns you want.

And while starting a new business on your own is hard, buying a franchise means you’ll get the training, systems, marketing, help and support you need to have the best possible chance of success. A franchise enables you to take your experience and abilities and channel them into something new.

No experience needed

Many people are surprised to learn that over 75 percent of franchisors say ‘No experience needed’ when they are looking for franchisees – and they mean it. Over the past 32 years, we’ve talked to thousands of Kiwis who have changed careers through buying a franchise. In the following pages, you can find teachers who have become property managers, journalists doing safety testing, dairy workers turned lawnmowing guys and execs who own laundromats. Some new franchisees have gone from knowing almost nothing about the industry to winning awards for their performance.

How is this possible? Well, franchisors select franchisees based on ability rather than experience, then train them in exactly what they need to know to run their own business. For example ...

This article appears in full in Franchise New Zealand magazine (Year 33 Issue 1). You can read the whole article for free in the digital magazine here or request a free print copy here.

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