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Turning A Hobby Into A Franchise
One of the most exciting steps in the franchise process is deciding what type of franchise you want to own. Now, more than ever, choices abound. There are franchises available in just about every industry that you could imagine. So many, in fact, that it might seem a little overwhelming to choose.
One piece of advice that I often give potential franchisees is to think about their hobbies. As you know, hobbies are those things that we spend lots of time and effort on…for free. Hobbies are passions. We lavish them with attention because they make us feel good and because, hopefully, we are good at them.
Wouldn’t it be great to somehow make money off your hobby? With franchising, it might just be possible. For example, if you love rebuilding that 1960 red Chevy you’ve had in the driveway for years, why not open up a car mechanic franchise that specializes in classic cars?
If you are the person in your social circle known for their amazing cupcakes, brownies and pies, consider opening a bakery franchise.
There are pet franchises for all the animal lovers out in the world, electrician franchises for the DIY enthusiasts and all sorts of coaching and tutoring franchises allowing you to share your knowledge with others.
This may sound too good to be true, but you really can incorporate your hobby into a successful and money-generating franchise. Just make sure you have realistic expectations. While you may be able to “incorporate” your hobby into a franchise, you will still be running a business. That means that you’ll be expected to charge for your services, market for customers, hire and train employees, oversee all the accounting, etc… There will likely be aspects of your franchise that you will not enjoy, but that’s how almost all businesses work.
Also, make sure that you are willing to put 100% of your energy behind your franchise. Sometimes hobbies are enjoyable precisely because we can walk away and pick them back up whenever we want to. Franchises don’t work that way. You will need to “go to work” and stay there as long as it takes to keep your business functioning. If you don’t want to turn your hobby into a responsibility, then you might want to consider a different franchise industry.
Overall, however, looking at your hobbies is a great way to help narrow down your franchise options. After all, your hobby is something you’re already knowledgeable and passionate about. You’ve also already proven that you’re willing to commit time to it.
If you want to learn more about the franchises that incorporate your hobbies, take a look at the “Find a Franchise” feature