When doing your research to buy a home care franchise, you’ll probably come across many of the same messages around franchising. Common points include “enjoy a great support system” and “get access to an established brand.”
Those points are important (we’ve shared them on our blog too, after all), but we have a feeling you’re looking for some lesser-known insights on what it means to own a home care franchise business.
Here are five things you probably didn’t know about joining a home care franchise system:
You don’t need to be a health professional to buy a home care franchise
You read it right. At Nurse Next Door, many of our Franchise Partners aren’t medical professionals. Some do come from medical backgrounds, but some are accountants and business people. What’s important is that you’re highly motivated, prefer structure and systems, and that you’re passionate about the industry. You can always hire experts later.
You’ll receive months of training and onboarding
No good franchisor will ever ‘throw you to the wolves’! Once the deal has gone through, new Nurse Next Door Franchise Partners get access to a business coach and several weeks’ worth of training materials to prepare you for a full week of training at HeartQuarters (our Melbourne-based head office). In-person training includes a day spent with a local Nurse Next Door home care franchise partner, role-playing, Q&As, social events and more. After you go home, you’ll have regular calls with your business coach and a world of resources to help you get off to a strong start.
You’ll pay franchise and royalty fees, and they’ll help you grow your business
Franchise fees and royalties come with the territory – for good reason. They get you access to the brand, name, and trademarks; coaching and training; in-house marketing support; peer networking opportunities and proven formula. At Nurse Next Door, our Franchise Partners also get access to the Care Services Centre – an incredible resource of customer service staff who will schedule appointments and help clients for you.
When you start your own business from scratch, you have to finance your brand name, a website, marketing campaigns, conferences and more. When you own a franchise, an upfront investment and a small percentage of monthly revenues grants you admission into established programs and opportunities you’d spend years developing on your own. Nurse Next Door’s support gives Franchise Partners time to build the brand in their community, establish professional relationships and focus on providing WOW customer experience.
You’ll attend an annual conference
Like an educational, inspiring, and fun family reunion, many major franchise brands host an annual conference. During your initial training week, you’ll learn everything about the home care franchise and meet other Partners and staff. Once a year, you’ll join up with the same people and many more for a few days of speakers, workshops and social events. Nurse Next Door Franchise Partners enjoy coming to the annual conference because it helps them learn how to better serve their communities and run better businesses. Check out 2016’s annual conference.
You’ll make a difference in people’s lives
We hear all the time about the sense of fulfilment Franchise Partners get from seeing caregivers connect with clients. Some end up finding a second family in their team, or becoming an extension of a client’s family. You’ll have a positive impact in your community and make a difference in people’s lives.
With a core purpose of Making Lives Better®, Nurse Next Door, under the leadership of Melbourne based Master Franchisors Matt Fitton and Amber Biesse, provides in-home aged care and disability support services built on our philosophy of Happier Ageing® focusing on possibility rather than disability.