Do What You Love – Make Money
Peter and Julie Maxted run Pets, Homes and Gardens and Pet Sitting Franchise Business. Here we look at some insights into their world and how and why they got started…helping people to start a business that coincides with their passion for domestic animals.
Love pets? How we turned our passions into a regular payday
It’s becoming more and more common these days for people to ditch unfulfilling 9 to 5 jobs and focus on what makes them happy. There are plenty of books, seminars and courses that show you how to make your dreams come true.
However, what they don’t give you is a support network – and that’s the difference between earning a few quid now and again or establishing a successful business.
The ‘find your passion’ business model isn’t an easy one to sustain, so how did we establish ours – and continue to grow?
Back to the beginning: why pets?
Even as owners ourselves, we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how important pets are to people. Research figures put around 50% of the UK population as pet owners, and pet sitting services are on the rise.
The associated costs are considered part of the holiday budget; pet insurer PetPlan’s research revealed that a quarter of pet owners factored their furry, feathered or scaly loved ones into their holiday plans.
Pet owners are happy to pay for quality services, and peace of mind is priceless. Both of those things together can be hard to find, however, and good pet carers even more so.
We saw this and realised there was a market; after 13 years of trading we saw that PHG could become a byword for caring, professional pet care services across the UK.
How franchising works for you
You get to focus on running your business without the stress and guesswork, plus you can hop onto a trusted and established brand. There’s still hard work involved, such as keeping up with regulations and legislation, plus the day-to-day running of your business – but the heavy lifting of building a brand has already been done.
How to make it work
You can be as flexible as you like. Our franchisees turn over between £15,000 to £70,000 a year, which isn’t a bad return on investment for less than £2,000. Whether you scale the business up or down, be prepared to deliver exceptional service as standard.
A franchisee doesn’t need to be an Apprentice-style power entrepreneur either; a car, computer and basic IT skills are the basic requirements. We’ll teach you the rest, such as marketing and advertising skills.
A business in a box: the gift that keeps on giving
There are lots of people who would love to do what we do, but face a few obstacles. Most of the reservations we come across from new franchisees, like this, are fear-based: lack of business expertise to support their ambitions, worrying that being their own boss will be harder than their current day job. All barriers to starting a pet business that we can breal down for you.
Taking on a pet sitting franchise is more reassuring than starting from scratch; it means you get a successful template for running a business, and plenty of guidance.
And…here’s a video from one happy customer!