Would you consider becoming a mumpreneur, the new buzzword for an entrepreneurial mum? It can be a tough act to juggle both motherhood and a career. With this in mind many women are now choosing to open small businesses for some extra cash and a better work life balance. Running a business from home allows flexibility, financial independence, a sense of purpose and more quality time with baby.
You may be surprised at the sheer variety of franchise businesses. We will have a look at the different types of franchise businesses that can be run from home on a part-time basis with low investment required. The great thing about buying in to a franchise opportunity is that you are using a working business model and you get assistance from the franchisor every step of the way. With a franchise or business opportunity, the business has been proven to work for others, so you can get on with making money instead of trying to find and test out a new idea. With the part-time franchise route you can choose just how much you want to work. Let’s look at how you can benefit doing something that you love!
Love children? Franchises relating to children
Get paid to share magic moments with the little ones - you can indulge a love of children with a child-orientated franchise. These include yoga-based fun and fitness classes for babies and toddlers in children’s centres, nurseries and similar venues throughout the UK. If you are more musical then why not consider an educational music and fun club for children. It is both a social event for parents and pre-schoolers and a programme using music, rhyme and song that enhances development. Killing two birds with one stone we say! Do you enjoy seeing the smile on a child’s face when they receive a gift they love? Then this franchise may be for you. You create personalized story books and audio tapes for children. It is a hugely popular concept that is set to explode.
Franchises for green fingers
If you like to get down and dirty in amongst the flowers and the bushes, then this franchise option is for you – the possibilities are landscaping and garden maintenance. You will get to work outdoors doing tasks like weeding, leaf cleaning and seasonal work while enjoying the fresh air and physical activity. If you have a landscaping qualification or experience then franchising can offer you a fast route into starting a business for yourself. Some franchises will offer you support to obtain distance learning qualification in this field and thus expand your business and others only require you to manage a team of gardeners. The benefit of starting a gardening franchise is that you can earn considerably more than an independent gardener can earn.
If one of your favourite past times is poring over a map of the world, the evocative names conjuring exotic and alluring images, then this franchise may be for you. You will run your own travel business and learn about exotic destinations. You can become a travel broker by choosing a sector that you would like to work in, for example – cruises or tropical destinations. You help generate leads and make commissions on trips that are booked through you and offer advice to holidaymakers – your very own travel agent.
If you have a reputation of setting your hapless single friends up on dates, use your matchmaking skills to run a dating business organising fun events, online dating or both. You would arrange dating events such as speed dating, casino evenings, romantic walks, dinner parties, wine tasting evenings and singles party nights, plus offer online dating and personal introductions services too.
Socially responsible franchises
There are a number of franchises that operate in a socially responsible way – whether they donate a portion of their earnings to charity or they sell locally sourced and fair-trade products they are out there and they are making a difference. This is ideal for someone who wants to make a difference while at the same time earning a tidy profit!
To find out more about franchise opportunities available to women consult our home-based franchise section.