Have you got your New Year’s resolutions in place?

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Christmas will soon be upon us and before we know it, we’ll be at the start of a new year, which for many, means making New Year’s resolutions. The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on the year past and make plans for the year ahead and January is one of the key points of the year where people think about what they really want to do with their lives.  If you have been thinking about starting your own business then it’s a great time to look at the opportunities open to you and where you want to be in a year’s time.

Whether you’re currently working full-time, taking a career break or are retired, the New Year is a chance for a fresh start. Consider the following steps to help you decide what would work best for you to help you fulfil your entrepreneurial ambitions.

Self-reflection

Do you want more time with your family? Do you want to work from an office or from home? These are all questions you need to ask yourself in order to decide what type of business you should to invest in. If you’re looking for a better work-life balance and would prefer working from home then running a shop isn’t going to be the best option for you. Be honest with yourself about the things you want and the things you don’t.

Research the market

Before you dive into starting a business, you need to make sure there is a real market for what it is that you’re selling. It sounds obvious, but for long-term success, you need to identify a product or service for which there is an ongoing and growing need. You don’t want to invest into a business, only to realise that there’s a lot of competition or that it has limited demand.

This was one of the deciding factors when I chose to go into domestic cleaning management. With busy jobs and hectic social lives, people are finding it increasingly difficult to keep on top of the day to day chores so the domestic cleaning market is constantly growing. In addition, cleaning is a regular requirement so our clients require an ongoing service which means there will always be a need for good value, high quality cleaning services.

Choose a business structure

Choosing a business structure is one of the main things you need to consider when starting a company. You might want to start as a ‘sole trader’ which is perfect for freelancers and consultants. The other options are registering as a limited company or a partnership. A franchise is also an attractive option because you can try something totally new, get a proven model for your investment and you will have a team of support behind you to help you succeed. There are several free resources available online outlining the benefits and drawbacks of each structure. Have a chat with an accountant to decide which one would work best for you.

Calculate start-up costs and funding

Regardless of your business structure, many businesses require an injection of funds to get started. You may need to invest into a franchise, buy equipment or develop your own website. This all adds up and costs money so have a look at the different funding options for your business. This could range from personal savings to bank loans to your pension pot. You should also check whether you’re eligible for any business start-up grants.

Making your dream of becoming your own boss come true may seem daunting but spending some time now to put your business goals into place for the New Year can go a long way. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day! If you’re interested in joining our leading domestic cleaning franchise network contact us today!

A Day in the Life of a Cleanhome Franchisee – Roger Johnson

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Running your own business can be stressful. As you build the business the hours can be long and it can be difficult to take time off and relax. Here at Cleanhome however, we think that your business will run more smoothly if you have a good work/life balance which is why we encourage our cleaning franchisees to find what works best for them and plan their work day around their personal life.

This month we asked Roger Johnson from Cleanhome Haywards Heath to describe a typical day at work.

08:30

Take the dogs out for a walk. It provides me with quality time to focus on the day ahead and think through work issues and the day ahead.

09:00 – 11:00

Each day is different, but I generally start by checking the business account and reconcile income using the rather marvellous, Cleanhome Genesys™ operating system. Genesys™ also flags up client invoices which need to be generated from the system and these are emailed out.

I have several client phone messages from the previous evening that I need to respond to which result in two appointments for later in the week.

12:00 – 15:00

With quite a catchment area, I do need to put the miles in if seeing clients In Brighton. Today for example, I have three appointments and I’m quite tight for timings. I find this part the most satisfying. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to provide a quality service and making a new sale at the same time. By the last appointment, I have two new client agreements to take back to the office. A good afternoon’s work to say the least!

16:00 – 16:30

Back at my home office, I follow up on calls that have come in and deal with anything that needs to be addressed.

16:30 – 17:00

I have a planned call with our marketing agency who has been helping with integrating my marketing campaign for the last couple of weeks. I’m pleased with the results, which should set me in good stead in the days ahead and increase the number of enquiries that come through.

18:00 – 18:30

The number of hours can vary on a day to day basis when running your own business. Today, I’m working a bit later and following up with new clients to make sure that they are satisfied with the service provided.

19:00

Today being no different, I do tend to finish off the day by going for a quick run (more like slow run!). It helps me put the work day to bed and puts me in the best frame of mind for family life.

If you’re looking for a healthier work/life balance, why not consider starting a business with Cleanhome, contact us today to discuss potential opportunities.