We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise network, Mohammad Hossain has started his own business in the Stratford area and he looks forward to helping businesses to get back on their feet in the coming months through help with their bookkeeping requirements.

“I decided on a Rosemary Bookkeeping business because I wanted to do my part in helping local businesses with their bookkeeping during and after the pandemic”

Said Mohammad.

Mohammad has spent most of his professional working time as a Chartered Certified Accountant and also as a Bookkeeper for several accounting and audit firms in London covering various small and medium corporations and in 2020 he decided it was time for a change.

He decided to look into owning his own Bookkeeping Business, because this is the aspect of enthusiasm of his previous roles he most enjoyed. That’s where he came across the Rosemary Bookkeeping and thought it would be a great opportunity to join a national network of bookkeepers to have the help needed from the brand and other business owners.

All of the bookkeepers in the Rosemary Bookkeeping network thrive on helping businesses with their bookkeeping in order to give them more time to grow their business, and Mohammad is no different.

“I’m really pleased to welcome Mohammad to our Rosemary Bookkeeping Network. With all the experience, fantastic attitude and strive to develop his business Mohammad is a great addition to our network of bookkeepers and will be a great support and asset for local Stratford companies. I’m very excited to work with Mohammad and follow his journey to thrive.”,

said Nina Ostasz, Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Manager.

If you are like Mohammad and are looking to go in to business for yourself, not by yourself, why not speak to our friendly franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk for our available territories and future training dates

As part of your due diligence, you’ll need to research the opportunity thoroughly to ensure that it’s right for you. We get asked many questions as part of the due diligence process, here are the most popular ones:

Q. Do you provide the clients? 

A. No, we help you to source your own clients with our support in sales and marketing.

 

Q. Is there a demand for bookkeeping services? 

A. Yes! The demand is huge. There are millions of small businesses in the UK who would benefit from outsourcing their bookkeeping rather than doing it themselves.

 

Q. Is the software included? 

A. We include a 12 month subscription with Sage Accounting, although you may wish to use something you are more familiar with.

 

Q. Do I need any prior experience or qualifications? 

A. No. Although both are beneficial if you have them. We provide full training and support throughout your franchise journey.

 

Q. How big is the territory? 

A. The territory isn’t based on a geographic radius, it’s based on the demographics within it. We ensure that you have a minimum of 10,000 SME to target.

 

These are our most commonly asked questions, but if you have any more, why not contact our friendly franchise recruitment team to ask your own? You can reach us on 0116 275 9005.

We have recently worked with the Chantry Group on a redundancy feature.

Grant Dye of Rosemary Bookkeeping North Kent tells us why he chose to join Rosemary Bookkeeping following taking voluntary redundancy.

You can watch the video as featured by the Chantry Group here.

If you have recently been made redundant, or are facing the possibility of redundancy, there are opportunities out there to do something for yourself, not by yourself.

We have many business owners who have joined us following redundancy and now are the proud owners of their own business, making money for themselves, not by themselves.

Ask to be introduced to our franchise partners who joined us following redundancy for why they chose to partner up with us and how it’s going.

If you’d like to discuss our opportunities in the network, give us a call on 0116 275 9005.

There are so many things to consider before starting a business. But first, you need to research a few different things to ensure that this is the right choice for you and it has an opportunity to succeed.

Lifestyle 

This is a big one. Most franchise agreements are for a duration of 5 years. This is a long commitment and you need to ensure that you can adapt your lifestyle to suit the needs of the business.

Finance 

There are costs associated with starting a business and it’s important to consider how you will finance these. If you don’t have cash to invest, you may be eligible for finance from your bank, another high street bank or from the Government Start Up Loan Scheme.

Premises 

Not all business opportunities require you to have premises. It may be possible to operate the business from home. However, if you do need premises you need to decide whether you will look at renting or purchasing.

Competitors, customers and demand 

You need to ensure that there is demand for the services that you are looking to provide and that there is room for you in the market place to differentiate yourself to stand out to your customers.

Staffing 

If you’re going to need to recruit staff, do you have access to that employee market? It’s important to be able to get the right employees to deliver your services and you need to ensure that you can pay them legally and the going rate for that role.

The above includes some of the operational matters that you’ll need to consider, but don’t forget you’ll also need to consider the use of technology and marketing to get the ‘ball rolling’.

If you’d like to talk through the above, along with the business model and our available territory – get in touch with our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

Joining a franchise with Rosemary Bookkeeping will give you the brand, tools and support to build a great business, but to have the total recipe for success you will need ambition, drive and passion.

Brand

We’ve built the brand up almost 20 years in the UK, with strong ties to professionalism, honesty and integrity, customers are happy to allow us in to their businesses to look at their confidential financials. Up and down the country across all of our franchise outlets, customers expect the same great service from the brand they know and trust.

Tools 

We train you in all of the necessary business disciplines, provide you with the tools needed to get started and give you a fully coordinated marketing launch to draw attention to your new venture. All to ensure that you have the right tools and you know how to use them.

Support 

We fully support you to grow your new investment by providing help in HR, admin, accounts, marketing, operations and sales. This support is on hand when you need it from a team of franchise and sector professionals, but also from a network of other Rosemary Bookkeeping business owners who have been there and done that themselves.

You 

You are who drives the train. The creator of your destiny and to do this, you will need ambition, drive and passion. We harness these qualities of yours and turn them in to success with the remaining ingredients of our recipe –  brand, tools and support.

If you would like to learn more about our recipe for success and how YOU are the special ingredient – contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 

As the government have released a road map in an attempt to exit out from the restrictions put in place to protect us throughout the pandemic, more and more businesses will be looking to open their doors safely.

  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Beauty
  • Retail
  • & more

As such, reopening their doors will be a time consuming exercise, particularly with new measures in place and extra things to consider. Businesses will be looking to outsource what they can to ensure that they are as productive as possible and outsourcing bookkeeping is generally a good place to start.

We anticipate the demand for bookkeeping services will increase as the UK finds its feet again following the pandemic. We are hopeful for a boom in the economy, where businesses will recoup some of their lost revenue over the last 12 months and as such, will have the extra flexibility in income to outsource a job they hate – the bookkeeping.

Choosing a bookkeeper is an important decision for a business, they will look for someone established, trustworthy and experienced. That can be found in using a bookkeeping franchise, such as Rosemary Bookkeeping. 

All of our franchise partners have been trained in the franchise model, in operating a business and all share the same strong brand ethics as each other. We make a great choice for a business who needs a little, or a lot of help in ensuring that their books are present and up to date, as mistakes can be costly!

If you would like to chat about our future training academies, available territories or indeed the demand in this service – contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005. 

As the new tax year is almost upon us on 6th April, could it be time for a new start? 

This could be for joining our franchise, or for using the services that our franchise offers.

Many of us mark the new year as a point for new beginnings, but those in business choose the tax year for the same thing. As such, it’s a good time to make a fresh start and do something for yourself, not by yourself.

Our brand was established in 2002 and since has grown with many franchise outlets across the country, all providing essential bookkeeping services to small businesses and accountants so that they can focus their efforts elsewhere.

Why Rosemary?

Established Brand – As our brand is already established nationally, we work with you at a local level to establish your brand to the customers in your territory who would benefit from your services, we include a marketing launch in your initial franchise fee

Comprehensive Training – We provide comprehensive training to all of our franchise owners in not only bookkeeping, but all of the necessary business disciplines required to operate a first-rate bookkeeping business

Unlimited Support – Not only throughout your training, but throughout your entire journey with us. You won’t just receive it from our team of franchise business professionals, but from our friendly franchise network too

Joining our franchise is a great way to get in to business for yourself, not by yourself.

So if you are looking for a reason to join, make a fresh new tax year be that reason! Contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 to discuss our next available training dates and available territories

This is a question we get asked quite often.

You’ll get out of your business, what you put in to it! 

Your earnings in the franchise are dependent on what you you put in to it, as we do not guarantee your earnings at any point in the franchise.

We do however provide you with our franchise model ahead of you making a decision whether or not to join our franchise. It is a realistic representation of how the business could perform based on some flexible metrics (such as the hours you work and the customers gained). This can help towards making a decision to join our franchise.

For example, our average annual customer value is £2,100, so you would need just 24 customers to turnover £50,000.

We fully support our franchise owners in helping them to achieve their goals in business and we can help you too.

If you’d like to discuss writing a business plan for your new Rosemary Bookkeeping business, you can speak to a member of our franchise sales team today on 0116 275 9005. 

In order to maintain brand integrity, we carefully select the franchise partners who are to join our brand by inviting prospective business owners to an interview with our Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Leader, Nina Ostasz.

We asked Nina, 5 questions to help prospective business owners qualify themselves to join: 

Q. Describe the characteristics of the most successful franchisees in your network.

A. They are self-motivated and proactive. 

Q. What skills/attributes do you look for in a franchise partner?

A. It helps for them to be business-minded.

Q. What personality do you look for in a franchise partner?

A. Positivity. 

Q. What experience is required?

A. None, but a good head for numbers helps. 

Q. What is a ‘red flag’ for joining your brand?

A. For a prospect to expect to gain clients without marketing. 

Do you think you have what it takes to become our next Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise Partner?

If you would look a no-obligation conversation with our Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Leader, contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 who will happily arrange this for you. 

Nothing proves that the future is bright for franchising more than the fact that 2020 was our biggest year for both enquiries and franchise partners joining our brands.

2020 was by far one of the most unexpected and challenging years for everyone. The extent of the effects of Covid-19 could not have been predicted, nor prevented. Our business expected to see the demand for owning a business reduce as individuals may choose to stay in secure employment or stick with something familiar.

In fact, in most cases, we found the complete opposite. We discovered that the pandemic led many people to revaluate their career choice and research other options in to how they could make more money and improve their lifestyle. This was reflected in a 67% increase in enquiries in 2020 compared to 2019.

It was encouraging to see growth in enquiry numbers and whilst we did not expect to see growth in new franchise partners, knowing that there were more individuals exploring a future in franchising, was a result in itself in such uncertain times.

The uncertain times weren’t enough to put aspiring entrepreneurs off from investing in a franchise in 2020 and we also saw a 60% increase in the number of new franchise partners joining in 2020 compared to 2019.

Franchising has proven to be a resilient business model in the testing times brought upon us by Covid-19. Our brands have been able to successfully support our franchise owners through this difficult period by our expertise, experience and also strength in numbers through the established franchise network. We understand this to be one of the main reasons why we welcomed so many franchise partners throughout a period of uncertainty and will continue to invest in supporting our franchisees going forward.

ServiceMaster Brands – Stronger Together.

Enquire today on 0116 275 9005

If you’re considering starting your own business, but have concerns around the wider support available outside of the franchise, this blog is for you.

Your local government can provide specialist help in many areas of business including finance, growth, recruitment, technology, tax and more.

By the government supporting you in your new venture with funding, guidance and advice; they are helping you to succeed in your business, contributing positively to the local economy.

Here are some areas where they can help: (do check your specific local government website)

Finance

You may be eligible for a start-up loan of up to £25,000. Click to view the Government’s start up loan scheme here

If you need to raise money for your business, you may wish to find out more about venture capital schemes here

Growth

Through funding and research, Innovate UK helps to support small businesses to grow. You can view their website here

For support in growing your business locally, you can contact your local growth hub here

The business support helpline is also a great resource if you have any queries and they can be reached here

There may be government contracts in your area that you could pick up. You can check to see if there is here

Technology

For support in technology and FREE online courses to improve digital skills click here

Tax

The making tax digital service has been introduced to make tax returns easier. For further information on this you can visit the website here

Recruitment

Government funding may be available if you were to take on an apprentice within your business. You can find out more here

For franchise support, we’re here! If you’d like to learn more about our franchise opportunity, contact us on 0116 275 9005.

Rosemary Bookkeeping is an established franchise business and we have numerous areas available for resale across the UK. Contact us to find out more about the territories we have available and about how we work alongside you and your local area knowledge to help you with your franchise investment.

Whilst we want you to grow and nurture your Rosemary Bookkeeping business and prosper for many years to come, the time may come where you want to realise your investment and seek to sell your business.

According to the last undertaken British Franchise Association survey in 2018, almost 20% of franchise units are owned by individuals under the age of 30.

This statistic goes to show that that age doesn’t stop entrepreneurs from achieving their dreams. This can be put down to more individuals looking to business ownership rather than employment to achieve their career goals.

It’s refreshing to see younger individuals trusting the franchise model, particularly for their first step in to entrepreneurship.

Here are some reasons why under 30’s have chosen to join our franchise:

  • Support received by franchisor and franchise network
  • Quicker learning experience because it is all set out
  • Less mistakes to be made because it’s a proven model (lower risk)
  • Some of the hard work is removed (brand already established, systems in place)
  • Structure is in place (franchise terms), but the possibilities are endless

Age has no bearing on whether you are awarded a franchise or not. Suitability is assessed on your ability to operate the business effectively. We are looking for motivated, driven individuals who are keen to succeed in business, regardless of their age.

Experience is not necessary to join our franchise so it makes for a great entry level in to business for those with fewer years’ experience in business under their belt.

For an introductory chat, contact our franchise recruitment team today at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Buying a franchise isn’t like buying a loaf of bread. It’s not just a decision for there and then, it is one for not only now, but also the future.

It will therefore be no surprise to you that we have had business owners join our franchise in a timescale as short as one month and as long as almost three years. Both of these are okay!

You need total ‘commitment to the cause’ to join a franchise. It’s a lifestyle choice and at times it can be difficult and you may indeed feel like giving up. The truth is, if you follow the model, put the work in to it and take the rough with the smooth, you can build a substantial investment for the future.

For 2020 we surveyed the timescale taken for each new franchise partner to come on board.

The longest period of time was 2 years and 4 months*

The shortest period of time was just 1 month*

The average period of time was 8 months* 

*it’s important to note that timescales do not include the due diligence taken and the onboarding process.

The fact is that there is no right or wrong amount of time to take in making this kind of decision. We’re here with you every step of the way and are guided by your timescales rather than our own.

We do however recommend that you begin the conversation as early as possible to make the most out of the journey.

To start yours today, contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9

If you are thinking about joining our brand this year, but have concerns over the current situation and the affect that it may have, this blog is for you.

In 2020, the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise became stronger as it adapted to the ‘new normal’ and as such, pushed the business model to new heights. All businesses found their feet to remain open safely following government guidelines to provide bookkeeping services to businesses and accountants.

As we enter in to the third national lockdown, providing bookkeeping services safely, offsite or at a social distance will continue to be permitted, meaning that Rosemary Bookkeeping businesses are indeed, FULLY operational.

At the very beginning of the pandemic, as the franchisor we were able to roll out and franchise owners were able to adapt to new working conditions to ensure the safe delivery of bookkeeping services to not only protect our clients, but our valued employees too.

Bookkeeping services are still certainly very much in demand and are valued amongst all business sectors as it allows them the time to focus on other things – whether lifestyle, or other areas of business consuming more time – such as the pandemic.

In these particularly challenging financial times, a professional bookkeeper can help keep things in order as every penny counts! Rosemary Bookkeeping are a known and trusted brand for bookkeeping services –  a business, businesses can turn to.

This year, like any other year, our support as a franchisor continues. Business owners will receive unlimited support in not only all of the necessary business disciplines required to operate a first-rate Rosemary Bookkeeping business, but also updates and guidance on the current and ongoing situation with regards to the pandemic. A sympathetic ear is also always available from a peer network of existing Rosemary Bookkeeping business owners.

With the added learnings and experiences from 2020 across a wide franchise network, the momentum is already there to build on 2020 and to make 2021 a better year.

If you would like to find out more about our resilience as a brand and our plans for 2021, speak to a member of our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005.

Back in 2019 when we were evaluating our brand and making decisions for 2020, we could never have predicted what was in store for our franchise in 2020.

That said, our brand has developed, our franchise owners have built resilient businesses that have stood the difficult trading conditions that the pandemic has brought upon the globe.

The very early part of the year in January and February, the brand operated as expected, delivering essential bookkeeping services to businesses and accountants.

In early Spring, news on the horizon was of the virus and we were able to communicate to our customers some changes required to ensure the business could operate safely, at distance and with enhanced hygiene measures in place to protect our employees.

As our franchise owners were able to adapt quickly, it meant that many customers were still able to utilise the bookkeeping services that they have come to expect, and franchise owners saved much of their business through delivering services differently, but safely.

As bookkeeping services are provided generally offsite and at a social distance from customers and other Rosemary Bookkeeping employees, the Rosemary Bookkeeping network was largely unaffected, apart from the unfortunate closure of some businesses who were not able to withstand the pressures of the economy.

However, some franchise owners saw new customers as they were spending more time on their business to help it to thrive, so didn’t have the time to undertake their own bookkeeping and chose to outsource it.

In short, whilst 2020 proved to be a difficult year, utilising our support, Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise owners have showed new learnings and developed their businesses to survive in the new normal. As such, our brand has become more unified and much stronger.

All franchise owners are fully supported in all aspects of business not only by the franchise support centre, but also by the peer network of existing Rosemary Bookkeeping business owners.

Stronger together, Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise.

An all-year-round opportunity

There are many great business opportunities out there and it’s important to consider whether you wish to operate to capacity all year round, or in seasons.

Seasonal work is great for those who undertake more than one venture or prefer a little time off to regenerate. However, all year round is great for those who require a constant, regular flow of income to give them their chosen lifestyle.

Whilst most businesses naturally have busier and quieter periods, a Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise, is an all-year-round opportunity.

Bookkeeping is a necessity in business and whilst businesses may have quieter and busier periods, they will always require this service if they do not undertake it themselves.

Although this is a year round opportunity, the nature of the business allows for the work to be undertaken at a time convenient for the business owner. This makes for a great, flexible, full time business opportunity, ideal for those with busy lifestyles and family commitments.

So, if you are looking for an all-year-round opportunity where no two days are the same, a Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise may be exactly what you are looking for. Contact our friendly franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 for more information.  

The importance of a Customer Relationship Management System (CRM)

Whether you store customer data on a spreadsheet or via business cards, both are disorganised and likely a breach in GDPR.

If you are looking to get in to business, it’s a good idea to have thought about how you intend to store customer data to ensure that it is well organised and safe.

A CRM system can do this effectively for you, and also has many other benefits.

  • Data storage in compliance with GDPR
  • Data segmentation so that customers can be grouped
  • Anniversary and milestone tracking so they can be recognised
  • Lifetime and average value calculations so they can be recognised
  • Customer buying patterns so they can be remarketed to
  • Recording of contacts made so there is a contact history

& any, many more…

There are lots of CRM systems to choose from, so it’s important to choose one that most suits the requirements of your business.

If you decide to join our franchise network, our franchise owners can share their knowledge on the CRM systems that they use and have found most beneficial to their business.

For further information, contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 today

The Elite Franchise Top 100 Franchises is all about celebrating successes in British franchising by ranking applicants from 1 to 100. 

Despite the difficult trading conditions in the past year, we are proud to announce that the Rosemary Bookkeeping brand has ranked within the TOP 100 franchises in a solid position of #92! You can view our ranking by clicking on this link. 

It is worth noting that securing a place in the rankings isn’t all about profitability and turnover, it’s also about the value added to the community and the franchise sector.

Our application included a complex write up of how our brand has developed over the year and what affect that this has had on our franchise network, customers and all stake holders alike.

Andrew Brattesani – UK Head of Franchising at HSBC was one of the judging experts and had this to say: 

“This year we have had to assess how business have had to proactively adjusted in response to closures caused by the pandemic. It’s been essential for entrants to demonstrate how they have pivoted their services. Despite the economic difficulties of this year, these franchises have prospered due to their proven business models and determination. 

Brand Leader, Nina Ostasz had the following to say:

“As Rosemary Brand Leader I am incredibly proud that Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise has been ranked as Elite Top 100. It adds a great amount of credibility to the brand and helps us grow through the addition of more franchise partners and clients. At Rosemary, we continue to develop and improve the franchise model to ensure that it remains a profitable and an efficient way of working for our franchise owners and serves the clients perfectly.

We focus on helping franchise owners to build scalable businesses, where they can take a more managerial approach and build a lifestyle that they desire.

We continuously invest in technology to make our brand attractive to franchise partners and clients and to ensure that our franchise offering remains a great place to invest.

Over past few months we embraced new ways of work and delivered support and training remotely to our Franchise Partners. We embrace technology and build a business model that can be run completely remotely from the comfort and safety of a franchise partners own home.

This Elite Top 100 recognition is a great opportunity for our brand and we will keep striving for excellence in years to come.”

We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of a prestigious ranking and will continue to work on our franchise offering over the next 12 months to secure a spot in the 2022 ranking next year.

For further information on our franchise or our spot in the Elite Franchise Top 100, contact a member of our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005. 

As proud affiliate members of the British Franchise Association, we are pleased to share their Prospect Franchise Certificate, a free course designed to help you to feel fully prepared ahead of embarking on your new journey.

The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the source of impartial information on all things franchising. It’s the self-regulatory body for the ethical franchise sector, setting and maintaining standards which are respected around the world. 

The popular business model of ‘self-employment with support’ is favoured by many, and the course shares with you the hints and tips of becoming accepted in to a franchise so that you can start your new business.

Joining a franchise is a huge lifestyle choice, it’s a commitment over a term of 5 years (in the case of our franchise) where you will devote your working hours solely to the business to help it to thrive. There is a lot of hard work involved, so you’ll hear what franchisors look for in franchisees so that you can prepare and are aware.

Click this link to be directed to the Prospect Franchise Certificate

Upon completion, we’d love to hear about your experience studying the Prospect Franchise Certificate and further assist you to continue your journey in becoming a proud franchise owner with our brand.

Contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 for our network availability and next steps  

Businesses have experienced two national lockdowns, local lockdowns and tier restrictions but fortunately for the businesses that are part of our franchise network, they have received support throughout.

Support is one of the main reasons cited by business owners as to why they chose to join our franchise. It’s not just received from our team of franchise support professionals, but also from the peer network too.

It comes in the form of professional advice, but also from relative experience too. The ‘been there done that’ phrase is one that explains this perfectly. It means that mistakes have already been made and learnt from, so that they don’t have to be made again.

A supportive franchisor and franchise network truly do make a difference to the franchise journey because you are never alone. There is always someone at the end of the phone, whether it’s a member of our team or a fellow franchisee.

We are stronger together and that’s why being a part of a franchise network helps you to feel support when times are tough, particularly how they have been for most in 2020.

To discuss our available franchise opportunities, give our friendly franchise recruitment team a call on 0116 275 9005 today.

Having a brand is extremely important if you want to differentiate yourself from others, ensure consistency and build recognition.

A brand isn’t just a logo, it’s the whole business image and everything that it stands for. The idea of a brand is for it to become desirable, that individuals want to be a part of it, get a slice of the action.

The logo and brand styling are of course important. They need to be attractive in a typically crowded market place to grab the attention of the purchaser. It’s much easier to create brand awareness in the modern day because there are so many mediums that it can be shared on.

What brands are you thinking of?

  1. Soft drinks brand where the main colour is red
  2. Low cost airline where the main colour is orange
  3. Supermarket where the main colour is green

It’s likely that we’re all thinking of the same three brands with their distinctive brand styling.

Joining an established brand such as Rosemary Bookkeeping

That’s why joining an established brand such as ours helps you to open doors, particularly in those early days. The brand is established and has gained recognition of almost 20 years so that customers feel that they know and can trust you already.

A head start in starting up is beneficial to entrepreneurs because it helps remove some of the risk associated with start-ups and helps the business to gain customers right from the start.

With clever marketing initiatives proven successful by the franchisor, the brand can be exposed faster and more effectively, to increase market share further.

If you would like to learn more about our brand and how you can become a part of it, speak to a member of our franchise recruitment team today.

According to a source* 88% of consumers search for products and services online before looking via other avenues. As such, a website ensures that you don’t miss out on this captive audience.

The basics

Websites do not need to be state of the art to serve a purpose. They need to include information about the business and the product/service for sale, as well as contact information.

The above should help you to be found via an internet search, and enable a customer to make a call to action should they need to. A great website helps to generate sales.

However, being ‘found’ online can be a much harder process than it seems. Ranking in top search listings depends on many factors decided by the search engine including relevance and the age, history and good-standing of the web domain.

Why a website is important

As well as being a general information source, a website also helps prospective customers to validate your business and your offering ahead of making a buying decision.

A website also helps you to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction by enabling customers to find answers to questions online, and ask them without waiting for office hours to be able to make a call direct to you.

The future is something that we cannot ignore and a website can be integrated with many new technologies, as well as being updated with speed and ease.

Websites and franchising

Most franchisors will give franchise owners their own local page on their branded, managed website.

The key here is that the page will therefore be uniformed with the rest of the brand to protect the brand integrity, whilst also benefitting from the size and age of the brands website domain to improve search rankings.

If you would like to find out more about how our websites can help to generate income for your new franchise, contact a member of the franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005.

It’s a common misconception that buying a franchise is like buying a car. That providing you have the money and a driver’s licence, it’s yours. That is simply not the case with a franchise because it’s a commitment, typically over a minimum of five years to operate the business within the tramlines of the franchise agreement.

For that reason, most franchisors have a franchisor interview as one of the final stages before a franchise is awarded to an individual.

What is to be expected

The purpose of the franchisor interview is to ensure that the candidate is right for the franchise opportunity and has expectations that can be realistically achieved.

Don’t be surprised if you are asked about the following personal areas of your life:

Financial situation

Whilst it is a good indicator that there is a need to succeed, too much debt can become overwhelming, particularly when the franchise opportunity is yet to break even or reaches financial difficulties.

Home life

Some franchise opportunities are quite demanding on your time and a franchisor needs to ensure that the business won’t be negatively affected, nor will your home life, by the typical needs of the business.

Goals and expectations

The franchisor needs to assess that the candidate has sufficient drive and ambition to be able to move the business in the right direction, equally that their expectations can be met, if not exceeded.

Reasons for wanting to join

It’s good to understand the motivations for an individual wanting to join the franchise, whether it was the sector, area, brand or something entirely different. This is also a good opportunity for the franchisor to ask the individual what they intend to bring to the opportunity.

Exit plan

Whilst it’s good to know when an individual hopes to start, it’s also good to know when they want to exit. A franchise is not forever. Knowing this information up front can help to put plans in place for a smooth exit that is beneficial for all parties.

If you’d like to chat with us ahead of this point in your franchise journey, give us a call on 0116 275 9005 today. 

Was your role one of the 695,000 that was made redundant post Covid-19?

According to a piece written by the Guardian, redundancies rise at the fastest rate since 2009. This has meant that almost a half of those on furlough will not be returning to their previous job.

Receiving notice of redundancy can be a difficult time, particularly in these uncertain times where secure jobs can be hard to come by, and when you find them, are snapped up quickly by the best candidates.

What choices do you have?

Hopefully your redundancy package can give you a little breathing space to truly consider your options. You do spend a lot of time at work, so it’s important that you find the right role and company to work for.

If you have decided that working for someone isn’t what you want to do, why not consider going in to business for yourself?

Working for yourself 

You can throw your redundancy package in to your new business venture and hope for the best. Or you can invest it, in a franchise opportunity.

Franchising is a safer route in to business because the business model is proven, brand is established, and support is on hand for when you need it.

You still get all of the great benefits that you do working for yourself, just that you aren’t by yourself and have all of the great benefits of being part of something bigger.

Financing your new start

If you either you didn’t receive much of a redundancy package, none at all or have spent it, there are still options that you can consider so that you don’t have to go back in to employment.

The UK Government have a start-up loan scheme where you could be eligible to finance funds of up to £25,000.

Also, as a British Franchise Association associate member, most major banks and finance providers will lend (subject to personal status), up to 70% of the total franchise fee.

If you’d like to discuss your options following redundancy, give our franchise sales team a call on 0116 275 9005.

Like many others, you may find yourself questioning whether now is the right time to start a business. This is perfectly understandable given the current climate and the uncertainty in the air.

What do the statistics say?

Year to date, we have seen a 70% increase in enquiries from prospective business owners looking to join our franchise opportunities compared to 2019. Interestingly, the increase began just as we entered in to national lockdown. This poses the thought that many individuals were evaluating their options.

What are the common reasons for joining?

At ServiceMaster brands, we have welcomed several new franchise owners over the last nine months and the reasons for joining our franchise brands vary. One thing in common is that entrepreneurs are looking to be in business for themselves, but not by themselves.

Increased financial support

The recent situation has seen a rise in financial aid from the government and the government back start up loan scheme is proving to be popular. Decisions are made and paid out within eight weeks meaning that starting a business could be just around the corner and is much quicker than saving up before purchasing.

Security

Franchising is one of the safest routes in to business because the brand is already established, the business model is proven and support is on hand all of the way through the journey. As such, the risk is much lower in joining a franchise, whenever you may choose to join.

Although there have been many changes and surprises throughout this year, one thing that has remained constant is our level of support to both existing and prospective business owners. Our franchise recruitment department has remained open to those exploring going in to business for themselves and not by themselves, with virtual training academies for those who wish to proceed.

If you would like to discuss our Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise opportunity, speak to a member of our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005.

Alan Trewhitt has secured the Warrington territory for his Rosemary Bookkeeping business and will begin helping business owners with their bookkeeping as early as next week.

Having spent over thirty-four years in accounting roles working for other people, Alan decided in June of this year that he would like to work ‘for himself, but not by himself’ and therefore contacted our Franchise Sales team to see what our franchise had to offer. Whilst our franchise opportunity doesn’t require new owners to have any prior experience or qualifications in finance, Alan had thirty-four years’ experience, and for this reason chose to invest in something that he was comfortable with and went on to explain that;

“There are no other businesses out there like Rosemary Bookkeeping. They leave accountants to do what they need to do.”

Alan spent a little over a month completing his due diligence, before making the decision to join our franchise and secure a place on our September training academy.

It was no surprise that our training academy would be a little different for Alan because of the necessity to social distance due to Covid-19. In an effort to keep Alan and our team as safe as possible, as a business first, we opted to hold the whole academy virtually, so that all parties could attend the academy from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

The academy was held over five days via our Microsoft Teams software which allowed for all members of the team to hold engaging workshops with Alan on all of the business disciplines required to operate his new venture.

Alan decided to go in to his new venture to give him more flexibility to spend time with his family, in particular his treasured Grandson. Rosemary Bookkeeping provides a flexible lifestyle because the business can be operated from anywhere, anytime of the day- or night for that matter! Alan will be able to fit in his business around his family.

His plans aren’t for a steady career though, Alan hopes to scale up his business over the coming years in to a multi-territory operation. This is something that we encourage and fully support Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise owners in doing.

If you would like to join Alan in building your very own scalable Bookkeeping business with a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise, chat to our Franchise Sales team today on 0116 275 9005.

Could you be eligible for up to £25,000 Finance?

So you have decided that a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise is right for you, but have concerns around raising the funding.

Did you know that the government offer a Start Up Loan Scheme?

You could be eligible to receive funding from £500 to £25,000 to start up or build up your business.

Key Facts

  • You need to live in the UK, be 18 or over and have (or a plan to start) a UK-based business that’s been fully trading for less than 24 months
  • Start Up Loans are government-backed and charge a fixed interest rate of 6% per year
  • You can repay the loan over a period of 1 to 5 years. There’s no application fee and no early repayment fee
  • You’ll get free support and guidance to help write your business plan, and successful applicants get up to 12 months of free mentoring

It’s a simple 3-step process to apply

  1. Register & Eligibility

You’ll need to register and complete the initial eligibility checks

  1. Application Forms

Further information, credit checks and business plans will be needed

  1. Finalise Business Documents

Business Advisor will work with you on your final documents before submitting for decision

If approved, you will be sent your personal Loan Agreement online and be invited to take-up 12-months of Post Loan Support.

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Once you have checked your eligibility and available loan amount, it would be a good idea to ensure that your territory is still available and that we have space on the most suitable training academy.

We can also help you with your business plan once securing your territory with a small deposit. Contact the Franchise Sales team on 0116 275 9005 to find out more. 

Writing a business plan

First of all, congratulations for deciding to go in to business. The business plan is one of the first documents that you should complete.

Whether it is to apply for finance, attract a business partner or to give you a clear path to achieving your business dreams, ensure that your business plan achieves what you set out for it to do.

What needs to be covered?

Executive Summary

Think of this as a short paragraph as to what your business is and what it sets out to achieve. The purpose is to make your business proposition understood by others.

Business Description

Similar to the above, but in more detail describing the business purpose, the products/services it will provide and its overall structure to achieve the business goals.

Market Analysis

This section is dedicated to the research that has been undertaken to underpin the decision to go in to business. It includes market research, competitor research and customer research. It is useful to use a SWAT analysis here.

People & Processes

Here it’s useful to outline the people and processes that will be used to run the business effectively. Organisational charts and process maps are good to use here.

Marketing Plan & Sales Strategy

How will you attract customers/clients? In this section it is important to describe the activities that will take place to attract customers to enquire and then to buy.

Financials

Reveal the financial goals and expectations of the business in this section as this proves the financial viability of the business. Profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheets are good models to use.

The above should give you a few pointers when writing your own business plan. This is an exciting time for an entrepreneur and is the starting point for running a successful business.

If you require help with writing your business plan ahead of starting your Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise, speak to a member of the Franchise Sales team today on 0116 275 9005  

Meet the Rosemary Bookkeeping Marketing Manager

Victoria Tayler is the Rosemary Bookkeeping Marketing Manager and has successfully taken care of this role since January 2017.

Vicky has a wealth of experience in marketing, particularly as she successfully ran her own marketing consultancy business for several years. Now taking care of the commercial marketing for the Rosemary Bookkeeping brand, Vicky specialises in B2B marketing initiatives, website building and graphic design – all to attract the attention of other businesses.

The Rosemary Bookkeeping brand is almost 20 years old and Vicky has the exciting role of ensuring that it is recognised as the bookkeeping brand of choice. Vicky implements marketing initiatives in line with her national marketing plan and works with franchise owners on a 1-2-1 basis to assist with their local marketing plans to help franchise owners to grow their businesses.

All in all, Vicky has an extremely valued role within the business as ‘marketing makes the phone ring’ – or so they say!

What is the role of a Marketing Manager?

The role of a Marketing Manager is to ensure that the brand is positioned in the most effective part of the market, to receive the most enquiries to be converted in to customers.

This is done effectively through researching the market, creating a marketing strategy, implementing marketing initiatives and reviewing their effectiveness afterwards. All before starting the whole process again.

Marketing takes such a huge part in business. The importance of a dedicated brand marketing manager is paramount, which is why we have one!

For more information on the Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand from our Brand Leader, Nina Ostasz – call 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to arrange a free, no obligation chat

Meet the Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Manager

Nina Ostasz is the new Brand Manager for Rosemary Bookkeeping. Nina joins us with a wealth of experience in working in operations and leadership roles.

Having owned her own business, Nina knows a thing or two about how to run a successful business because of her knowledge in all of the essential business disciplines.

Nina plans to drive the network forward with her clear thinking and systematic approach to running a business. We look forward to watching the network thrive with Nina’s support.

What is the role of a Brand Manager?

The role of a Brand Manager is vast. Not only is it their responsibility to maintain brand integrity, but it is to also ensure that franchise owners are supported in their business from a technical and operational perspective.

Brand Managers are responsible for innovation, setting the direction of travel and researching and developing new initiatives to take their brand even further.

Above all, it is the Brand Manager’s responsibility to champion the brand.

For more information on the Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand from our Brand Manager, Nina Ostasz – call 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to arrange a free, no obligation chat

It’s a common misconception that you have to be cash rich to buy a franchise business. Entrepreneurs from all walks of life are able to buy a franchise through inheritance, redundancy, savings and of course, through finance.

Getting your ‘house’ in order

Obtaining finance is made easier if you have a good credit history and have your business plan ready.

Your credit history is something that you nurture over time. It’s an opportunity to show the banks and lenders that you are creditworthy. I.e. you will pay them back what you owe them.

A good business plan should be a detailed plan of what the investment (money borrowed from the bank) will be used for and how the return on investment will allow you to pay the borrowed sum back.

Fortunately, lenders like franchise models, like Rosemary Bookkeeping because they tend to be proven and as such, are less of a risk to borrow against. 

How much do you need?

It’s a good idea to consider the amount that you’ll need to borrow. There are many things associated with the cost of the franchise that isn’t included in the ‘start up package’.

These typically include, office equipment, vehicles, premises, registrations and insurances. So, it’s important to factor in these costs so that you ask for enough finance to cover all aspects of the business, but to also leave some ‘afloat’ for unexpected costs and cash flow.

What to ask your lender

You should ask your lender about their credit terms, such as amount, duration, fees, rates, covenants and any payment holidays that you might be eligible for.

Sources of funding

Most major banks, including Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC, NatWest to name just a few, support the financing of franchise businesses. There are also some specialist lenders that will also lend to those with a good credit history and a strong business plan.

Finance can certainly open doors for those individuals who are looking at franchise opportunities without the full investment amount. Speak to your high-street bank or a franchise finance lender for further information.