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  1. 5 Benefits of Working from Home

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    work-from-homeMany of our franchisees opt for starting a franchise because they want to leave the corporate world behind and build a business for themselves. They’re tired of commuting, working long hours and not having time spare for the activities they enjoy. Owning a franchise eliminates all of these elements and, an Auditel franchise allows franchisees to build a business from home. 

    For anyone looking to leave employment behind and build a business for themselves, running a franchise from home could be the solution and offer a welcome change away from long years of commuting and not having a desired lifestyle. Starting a franchise from home is an option that many take because it lowers the initial business start-up costs. With no need for staff or office premises, working from home can help you to increase profitability quickly. 

    Here are just a few benefits of working from home: 

    1. No commute 

    The average daily commute for a UK employee is 75 minutes. That’s nearly an extra working week per month! Many franchisees choose to open an Auditel franchise because it can be run from home. Cutting this time out is one of the biggest benefits of working from home. You can then use this time to focus on the activities you enjoy and having a much better lifestyle. 

    “MY main reason for joining Auditel was that I didn’t want to commute anymore! When I started the franchise, my three children were very young and I wanted to be around more for them. I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny!” Chris Bourke, Auditel franchisee. 

    1. Flexible working hours 

    Another huge advantage of working from home is that you are no longer tied to normal working hours. As long as you complete the work, it can be done at any time to suit you. If you need to take an afternoon off, you can work in the evenings to make up the time. 

    Working from home gives you much greater flexibility and, without the time spent commuting, you will find that your productivity levels are increased. 

    Running a home-based Auditel consultancy means you can take back control of your life and set yourself free from long and unpredictable working hours. And because you’re working for yourself, every hour you put into your business will be rewarded. 

    “I enjoy the flexibility of being able to take time off if I need to and being able to take holidays when it’s convenient for me, although I’m always in touch with colleagues and clients,” Gillian Gibbon, Auditel franchisee. 

    1. Low overheads 

    Working from home cuts the costs of office space and the bills that come with it. This means that you are more likely to become profitable sooner than if you were to operate from an office premises. 

    Not only does working from home give you flexibility personally, it will also provide you with flexibility in your business. When operating from an office space, your business capacity is limited to the office. Working from home allows you to hire more or fewer staff or work longer or shorter hours to suit your business operation.

    1. Less risk 

    Running a business from home takes much less investment and once you’re business is up and running, it’s cheaper and easier to maintain than a separate business location. Plus, you can expand and decrease as is required by your workload. 

    You can gradually grow the business from home and build a reputation in your area. Should you decide to expand, you’ll know that you have a large enough customer base to allow you to cover the costs of the premises. 

    1. A better lifestyle 

    You will be able to enjoy a much better lifestyle when these other benefits take effect. With no commute, you’ll have more spare time and, being at home, you can be around your family on a much more regular basis. 

    Many of our franchisees fit their working hours in around the activities they enjoy and visiting children at important school events such as sports day and school plays. 

    Running an Auditel franchise will help you to achieve both business and personal goals. 

    daryndodge02“Giving up a lucrative job when you have a young family is a big decision and I knew I had to get it right. So, I sat down and made a list. It was a list of personal goals, such as wanting a change of lifestyle, wanting to take control of my own destiny, wanting to spend more time with my family and so on. I still look at this list from time to time, just to make sure I don’t lose sight of why I’m doing what I do,” Daryn Dodge, Auditel franchisee

  2. 6 signs you and your business need a little help

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    By Jenny SquireYou’ve taken that leap and started your own business. It’s exciting – your first website, your first meeting, your first confirmed client, the first invoice raised. All of these are champagne-popping moments! 

    Then come the concerns that appear in the middle of the night, the 70-hour weeks, the ability to keep on top of that “list to do”, the inability to take the business to the next level because you’re only just managing to stay afloat of the menial tasks. 

    There comes a time when your business has grown, and you begin to wonder if you need a little help to continue expanding and keep your customers happy. At this stage it may be hard to imagine delegating or outsourcing work – part of the joy so far is that you achieved all this by yourself. But just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.

    6 signs youre ready for an extra pair of hands

     

    WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? 

    Once you’ve recognised that you’re in need of some help, the right assistance will save you time, money, and allow your business to reach great heights. The results will speak for themselves as your to-do list gets shorter and you’re free to embrace that drive and ambition. 

    Outsourcing work does not mean you are detaching yourself from these areas. You are in control. You hold the reigns. You oversee everything. The key is to hire someone that maximizes your business. 

    - Contra: When two parties offer an exchange of service. This means you gain something you need for free, whilst offering your product/service complimentary to the other party. 

    - PA/EA: A dedicated employee just for you. A huge help but a luxury for most SME’s. 

    - Virtual Assistant: A self-employed professional usually with PA skill sets. There are many benefits of a VA – no need for office space, holiday pay, lunch breaks etc, plus you can hire a VA for a one-off task, or long-term assistance. You can start small with an hour or two a week and increase hours as and when you need to.

    What can I outsource

    Depending on the areas you need help with, be sure to research you’re hiring the right person for the job. This can be a lifeline for your business, so you need to get it right. Look at testimonials, ICO registration, LinkedIn profiles and company websites. 

    By delegating or outsourcing everyday tasks to an experienced, proven professional, you are free to make the meaningful decisions to grow your company even more. Embrace this as a positive – your business is booming! So what are you going to do to move it forward? 

    Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/jennysquire 

    Website: jennysquireva.com 

    Email: [email protected] 

    BIOG – Jenny Squire: 

    Jenny has worked with many businesses across the UK from start-ups to global brands and has organised events at prestigious venues such as the Natural History Museum, The Hurlingham Club, The Queen’s Club and Earls Court & Olympia. Now a Virtual Assistant and qualified wedding planner, she has an outstanding track record, with 100% of her clients being happy to recommend her. Constantly busy, she understands the need for a healthy work/life balance! Jenny lives in North Devon with her family and enjoys running, reading and spending time at the beach.