There are many reasons for wanting a business opportunity based from your home. You may wish to escape the pressures of working in a city environment. You may wish for the independence of working alone, without supervision. You might want to be your own boss and working from home is the best route to achieving this. It might even be the case that you need to look after your children but also need to earn an income in between the feeding and cleaning!

The reason for wanting your home working to be a home based business franchise could be that you are looking for the added certainty that a franchise gives of providing a business that will work. Franchises are one way of going into business for yourself with the added back up of the franchiser to provide a tried and tested business plan, training and a wide range of support.

A home based business franchise is not going to be the type of business you normally associate with a franchise operation – such as Macdonalds, Pizza Hut or Prontaprint. However, many substantial franchises can be run from a home base so long as you have an office area from which to manage the business.

Consider a cleaning franchise? There are two ways that you can start this type of business, either leading a cleaning team that goes around your clients’ premises or as a manager of several teams. In both cases the critical point is that the work takes place at clients’ premises! You do not need a factory or staff facilities. Because the operation is a franchise you are supplied with materials and other consumables on a regular basis and do not have to locate bulk purchases of cleaning fluids for example yourself. Therefore stock storage is not a problem.

What about buying an accountancy franchise? You can work at home on your clients’ books and records, visiting their offices when necessary.

Many other franchises can be packaged into a van – vehicle valeting, wall tie fixing, window replacement and many more trades type businesses. These can be administered from your home computer and the tools and materials kept in you van.

To be truly home based so that you can keep an eye on a sleeping baby perhaps you may want to consider a business that can be managed from your kitchen table. As these types of businesses are getting smaller they become less attractive for the franchiser to develop into a package to sell. Therefore, one word of warning, if the business is not regulated by a recognised trade body such as the the British or American Franchise Association or similar Рview any business opportunity with a certain amount of caution. Do your due diligence properly and be aware that the smaller the business, the less likely it will succeed as a franchise chain. Home based business franchise opportunities usually mean that you are based at home but still have to take the services to the customer.

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