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Whether you have lost your job recently, or you fancy being your own boss at last, you could well be looking for franchising opportunities with a strong chance of success. The global pandemic has created a challenging economic landscape, with even top brands and major companies battling to stay in business. So, how can you find a COVID-proof franchise, in a
potential growth sector? There are certainly strong contenders. Even during the most arduous coronavirus lockdown restrictions, some enterprises have prospered. It’s important to add this is not necessarily businesses that have cashed in on the situation! It’s companies that operate franchises providing essential services and products.
So, what sort of franchises are "COVID-ready"?
COVID-Ready Van based franchises
The most obvious answer is home delivery services and courier companies. We have been forced to buy far more goods online during the COVID crisis, from basics food when isolating, to the sort of items we couldn’t purchase in person as non-essential shops were closed.
There’s a good chance this trend won’t be completely reversed post-pandemic. The public has grown to enjoy the convenience of shopping online for groceries and all sorts of other household items. Making van-based franchises that deliver goods a resilient enterprise! However, you could widen that out to other types of mobile franchises, such as home and vehicle repair businesses. The pandemic didn’t stop us from needing tradespeople and car mechanics, for example. If you represent a trusted brand, that operates within strict COVID-safety criteria, then your van pulling up outside could receive a warm welcome!
Franchising that specialises in cleaning services
As the British public and businesses are likely to be extremely hygiene conscious for some time, another example of a COVID-proof franchise is one offering cleaning services. This could be a specialist venture, such as Health & Safety compliant cleanups in healthcare buildings, care homes or food preparation companies. Or, it could be an enterprise offering commercial cleaning services for local companies, which now fully appreciate the need for high standards of infection control. With more people working from home - during and after the pandemic – you could well be much in demand if you offer domestic cleaning services to keep homes pleasant 24/7.
Care sector franchises
Another resilient franchise category, that increased in value during the coronavirus crisis, is care sector services. The pandemic put considerable strain on the care industry in the UK. Residents of homes and elderly people living independently were isolated from their nearest and dearest; the visitors who provided essential care. This increased demand for domiciliary care franchises and also agencies that recruit or train care home staff.
This is another COVID-proof franchise opportunity that could still be much in demand post-pandemic. Homeschooling meant parents often relied on online tutors and other education services to keep their children on track. Even now schools are back open, there’s a lot of concern about how far behind youngsters are. This strongly suggests parents will be seeking help from education franchise operations for some time to come!
Food service franchises
This is certainly a COVID-ready business idea! The British love their food, especially when they don’t have to cook it themselves. Restaurants had to shut their doors for long periods, but that just meant more orders for local takeaways. Plus, many business-minded restaurants rose to the challenge and started their own home delivery service, often using local van franchises to get food to their customers.
The value of the food franchises, food delivery and takeaway sector was an eyewatering £8.5 billion in 2019. Imagine how much that figure rose during the long periods we needed a food pick-me-up in 2020!
Clearly, if you want a ‘slice’ of a COVID-proof business, a takeaway franchise is a hot prospect!
From high demand for food delivery and takeaway services, we go to the nation’s increased devotion to getting fit. While gyms, pools and other leisure facilities were closed – and while school PE lessons were unavailable – the British burnt off energy and tackled boredom with online exercise classes. There was also an upsurge in orders for home gym equipment, and fitness accessories such as resistance bands, gym balls and push-up bars and boards.
If you find a fitness franchise, you will be in good shape for the future!
Also, as we are all more health-conscious as a result of COVID-19, it’s likely that fitness nutrition franchises will also do well, as will franchises supplying health supplements.
The best franchise deals
The list of COVID-proof franchises is actually extensive – and includes accountancy franchises to help manage the financial fall-out, pet services for pampered pooches and felines, and even gardening services to optimise our ‘staycations’. Choosing a start-up that’s likely to be successful post-pandemic is important. However, to enjoy all the benefits of franchising, you also need an option that suits your skills, experience and preferences. Plus, a franchise deal that gives you access to a proven business model and an excellent level of ongoing support.
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