Special Feature - Business Solution Franchises - Issue 1#6

By Business Franchise Magazine

This article appeared in Issue 1#6 (Sept/Oct 2007) of Business Franchise Australia & New Zealand

The growing trend in our business world today... BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES 

Since 2001 the number of home based business operators throughout Australia have grown at the rate of 3% per year. As a result there has developed an increasing need for efficient and professional business services to support those small businesses. Ranging from secretarial services through to couriers and finance brokers, there is a daily growth of potential for franchisees.

Signwave is a part of the successful FASTSIGNS franchise system which was established 21 years ago. They offer a dynamic, fun and creative business that allows you to be actively involved in your community providing needed signage solutions to local business customers from all areas. www.signwave.com.au

Secretary.com.au was established 10 years ago and offers a unique, low cost administration business franchise allowing you the chance to work from home in the hours that suit you and your family. Training is thorough and your administration background is taken into account when targeting your market. www.secretary.com.au

Recruitment Vision was established in 2005 and now has 13 franchisees operating across Australia and New Zealand. They offer innovative recruitment solutions and a unique business opportunity to people who have achieved success in their field of employment. Their business model allows for the franchisee to work form home or out of an office. www.recruitmentvision.com.au

Solutions for Success provides programs for businesses wishing to improve their bottom line. Offering franchisees a unique consulting structure with programs designed to support their clients, they have a unique lead generation system tailored for the franchisee’s needs.

First Class Accounts was established in 2000 and is proud to call themselves the largest bookkeeping franchise company in Australia. A ten week training course for new franchisees is provided along with ongoing training and access to their technical help desk. www.firstclassaccounts.com.au 

The Contact Group - Potential franchisees with a genuine passion for helping other businesses grow will gain great satisfaction and reap financial rewards when they take on a franchise with the Contact Group. This business to business enterprise services all industries of all sizes and with a low up front investment and running cost is a winner for those seeking to move into their own business.

Kwik Kopy have just celebrated their 25th anniversary as a franchise. Their longevity can be attributed to many things, one being that the returns a Kwik Kopy franchisee generates are the highest in the print franchise industry. Kwik Kopy operates in the business to business arena, this means that franchisee’s only need operate within standard business hours. Kwik Kopy offer their franchisee’s high quality support, particularly in relation to franchisee profitability. www.kwikkopy.com.au  

The Coaches Consortium is an umbrella organisation for coaches accredited in the Intercept® Coaching System in Australasia. They offer franchisees a tried and tested system supported by their 10 year history. Coach franchises are currently available in Brisbane, Perth & Auckland, and a master franchise is currently available in Melbourne. The Coaches Consortium offer their coach franchisees an income guarantee and as they have their business systems in place Master Franchises are a very attractive option.

Australian Private Realty offers a complete for sale by owner service helping the public to sell properties & businesses privately. An Australian Private Realty franchise offers franchisees lifestyle options (work when YOU want), regular cash flow, low overheads, flexibility, no set hours and the ability to operate from home. In operation as a franchise since 2001 they currently have franchises available nationwide (excluding Tasmania). www.australian-private-realty.com.au

Prosell is at the forefront of providing Corporate and SME Clients with proven objective led business performance improvement solutions. Prosell offer a uniquely different business to business franchise opportunity based on our key franchise strategy specifically designed to provide franchisees with more opportunity, support, a strong relationship and engagement with management and realistic revenue opportunity. Visit the website to find out more about becoming a Prosell Franchisee. www.prosell.com.au

MBE - With nearly 6000 centres worldwide and over 25 years operating experience, MBE represents the “gold Standard” in serious Franchisee opportunity. MBE is constantly rated in the Top 10 Global franchise systems by the Entrepreneur Magazine and #1 in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005.

An MBE Business Service Centre is a professional, business-to-business operation. As an owner you are at the front end of the business dealing with clients and suppliers, managing the business and staff and coordinating your sales and marketing programs.

Every aspect of the MBE Business model has been tried and proven and you can draw on the resources of other franchise owners to help you at any time. For more information check out www.mbe.com.au

City Pacific Finance continues to be one of the fastest growing finance brokers. One of the main differences is that they offer much more than just mortgage products. Franchisees find that City pacific offers an extensive support system which includes exclusive territories, marketing and public relation support and materials. With strong links to the industry bodies and associations City Pacific Finance is a one stop shop for your customers.

Geeks on Call is a franchise that is a little different to your typical franchise. Most of the existing franchisees for example were 30 or younger when they started and Geeks on Call seems to have a great appeal with the younger generation. Geeks on call started Franchising 3 years ago, based in S.A they are currently expanding into the Victoria market. A Geeks on Call franchise is a complete and proven business system as well as a personally and financially rewarding investment. Our systems are a key to success in the IT service industry. We minimise the challenges of self employment and maximise the time you can spend doing what you love. Our franchise start up costs are low and designed not to be a barrier to entry. For a professional services business it represents fantastic value. We work closely with all new franchise owners to develop a client base from day one. We understand you would prefer to be working with computers not cold calling clients to generate work. You don’t need a Business Degree in Advertising to start a Geeks on Call Franchise while you have our marketing expertise supporting your new business. For more information check out www.geeksoncall.com.au

Award Bookkeeping Company provides its franchisees with an intensive training and development program. Couple this with your bookkeeping experience and you are ready to grow and develop your very own business. An Award Bookkeeping Company franchise makes a great home based business and with 3 million businesses in their client demographic there’s no shortage of clients. Franchise opportunities are now available in all areas. www.awardbookkeeping.com.au

Sign-A-Rama is the world’s largest sign franchise, founded in the US in 1986 the success of their first two stores saw Sign-A-Rama expand into franchising the following year. As a franchisee you’ll get the full support of the Sign-A-Rama team – a group that is committed to providing you with the training, consulting, equipment and resources you need to make your Sign-A-Rama store a successful business. To learn more visit www.signarama.com.au

Fastway Couriers Australia was established in 1993. The business was originally founded in New Zealand 10 years earlier, and Australia was seen as the next step in the company’s growth plan. In keeping with the franchise nature of the business, Fastway Couriers Australia was established as a stand alone National Master Franchise. 

Regional Franchises were established throughout the country, and starting with Sydney, quickly spread along the eastern seaboard, and finally throughout Australia. Each Regional Franchisee was set up to operate independently but form part of the overall Fastway network. At each of these depots Courier Franchisees were recruited to carry out the pick up and delivery work within exclusive territories. 

Fastway now has an extensive network throughout Australia, and continues to spread geographically. A full range of local, shorthaul and nationwide services is available. To find out more check out www.fastway.com.au

Computer Troubleshooters is the largest IT Franchise in Australia with 80 outlets within Australian and over 450 worldwide. As a franchisee you have the option of operating a business from a home base handling most of the technical work yourself, or you may wish to start from a service centre, managing technical staff to handle the day to day work. If a Computer Troubleshooters franchise interests you visit www.comptroub.com.au for further information.

Endeavour Connect is a 100% Australian Owned and operated full service communications company that offers a range of products and services to the business community. Their Franchise System was launched in July 2007 and, unlike other Franchise models, their franchisees are fully supported with all the backend functions. Endeavour Connect look after branding, pricing, product development, billing and technical issues.

Pack & Send is a world class franchise and is currently a finalist in the Franchisor of the Year Awards. Established in 1993 Pack & Send offers a complete range of postal, freight, courier, packing and removalist services operating through a national retail network. Pack & Send is a leader in the extremely high growth home based market, they are able to bridge the gap between the buyers and sellers on eBay. 

Pack & Send offer franchisee’s a low initial investment (compared to other retail franchise businesses); high gross profit margin products and services; low staffing levels; low levels of non-perishable stock; business to business trading hours; high value franchisee support services; and a commitment to high profile national consumer and business media advertising and promotion. They have 50 franchise locations to fill in all parts of Australia including metropolitan and regional locations. For further information visit www.packsend.com.au