Starting your own business, or even just running an existing business is not for the faint of heart. A 9-to 5 day job may have its pitfalls and restrictions, but it comes with a certain amount of perceived security. Being your own boss on the other hand means that the buck stops with you. There are decisions and stresses to be managed, which you must deal with, but there is great pride that comes with knowing that your high points have been achieved off your own back.
What pain points and challenges have Refresh Franchisees experienced? And what have they done to mitigate these going forward?
Roger & Tracy Kinsman, Brighton and Hove.
“So, the initial one that we had which was really difficult for us was finding ourselves quite overwhelmed and really stuck in the nitty gritty of the actual work itself, so what we did was we stepped back and we got some advice and realised that actually what we needed to do was invest in some resource to help us with our day-to-day activities and at that point, we decided the time was right for us to employ a project manager.”
“Yeah, trying to be more proactive as opposed to reactive, that was one of the things we did at the start be more reactive and needing to get that resource in quite quickly, as Tracy said feeling quite overwhelmed.
One of the other points for me was hearing no’s sometimes, you’ve got to hear some no’s because you know sometimes, we are not for the customer.” Roger
Roger and Tracy, our Brighton and hove Franchise business owners have hit the nail on the head here and quickly identified in their Franchise business journey that scalability is key to keeping your mind free of the "small stuff" and allowing yourself the opportunity to focus on the bigger picture - growing your business.
Outsourcing is key to building your business
Kelley Malcher, Surrey & Woking
“I think one of my main challenges was knowing when to bring somebody on board full time, and the other is sort of more administrating and internal roles umm and knowing when to employ those.
So, Refresh Head office have really helped in helping with the administration part of that because there is a central resource that we can use and that has been really helpful.” Kelley
Many of the professional development books and media focus quite heavily on this concept, the concept that your time is valuable and allowing yourself to get bogged down in the small details means you don't get the freedom in your day to day life to really lif your head up and take stock, make sensible business decisions and approach your business with a calm head.
It is very easy when running your own business, be that an entrepreneurial endeavour or a franchise business to allow yourself to fall into the trap of being busy and poor. In order to scale a business effectively and efficiently, you must outsource the time consuming/ repetitive elements, and make sure you are using experts for the elements which require them.
Thinking about starting your Refresh Franchise Business Journey? Why not get in touch with our Team today to find out more!