Setting up your own business can be a daunting prospect – especially if you haven’t done anything like it before. You are bound to have mixed emotions – excitement at being your own boss, along with having lots of questions on your mind, including:
- Am I doing the right thing?
- Will my business be profitable?
- How do I promote myself?
We fully appreciate that starting out on your own can be tough and a constant battle to stay ahead of the competition– after all, we’ve done it ourselves!
By investing in a Digs for Dogs franchise, you’ll save the time and costs associated with establishing a business from scratch. Even better, from day one you will have unrivaled support to help as you embark on your new adventure.
Off to a flying start
To get you started in your first year, we’ve put together a Business Package which includes everything you need to promote and manage your new business.
You’ll have an initial in-depth training programme with our Managing Director which covers:
- Our bespoke Digs for Dogs management system: it doesn’t take an IT genius to run it!
- Customer service excellence training – how to maintain our outstanding reputation
- Safety – for you and the dogs in your care
- Professionalism & expected standards
- Vehicle care
- Business administration and planning
- Local marketing activities
- Field training
What sets us apart is that we work extremely closely with you from the moment you set up your business – and throughout your new career. Long after your initial training is complete, Head Office keeps in regular contact with all of our franchisees, offering support, advice and sometimes simply a friendly ear.
One thing’s for sure – you’ll never feel like you are going it alone.
Digs for Dogs has developed and established a strong, recognisable brand since our launch. In our home town, we’re often told that people can’t pop to the shop with out seeing one of our vans!
This presence and visibility is great for your new business and continues as Digs for Digs moves in to new areas across the UK. We have a strong background in sales and marketing and fully understand its importance to any business – so we include a marketing pack containing all the materials our new franchisees need to get started:
- Full vehicle livery
- 10,000 personalised leaflets
- 500 business cards
- 50 welcome folders
- Advertising in local publications
- First year’s public liability insurance
- Digs for Dogs branded business wear
- Business stationary pack
- 12 months Microsoft license
- Host recruitment drive
- Google optimised web pages
With the right tools and support in place from the start, you can be confident you’ll be operating a profitable business in no time at all and have a sound investment for the future
Read all about it!
The best way to get your new business noticed it to shout about it from the rooftops – and the local papers are a great place to start. Our PR Manager will give you the support you need and we’ll provide pre-written press releases which you can tailor yourself as part of your package. We’ll even give you some tips of how to approach journalists with your stories.
We also run a full social media programme to promote our franchisees businesses, packed with great, engaging content and fantastic photos.
One of the family
When you join Digs for Dogs, you’re joining a “family”. Our franchisees are connected and in regular contact through our two Whatsapp groups that enable quick, frequent communication between everyone. In these chats we have lots of banter and franchisees are always offering one another help and support. For example, if someone is struggling to house a dog, if they are having difficulty getting out and about in the snow, or if they need to borrow a van, they just pop it in the chat and help is soon provided.
We’re a sociable bunch and do lots together. This includes regular nights out, our annual conference and of course, our legendary Christmas do. Everything we do together is genuinely good fun, and it’s so rewarding to see franchisees develop a close relationship with each other.
If running your own business has always been your dream, but you’ve never quite taken the plunge, Digs for Dogs will offer you the perfect opportunity of a successful, ready-made business, with outstanding, ongoing support.
So come on …. What are you waiting for?