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Vehicle-based franchises have incredible earning potential while giving you full control of your work- life balance. So, ditch the humdrum nine-to-five and rev up your engines, writes Flora Neighbour


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id you know that there are more than three and a half million vans used for business across the UK?* What with a large convoy of these


being franchised firms, mobile franchises are thriving on the UK roads. Whether it’s working your own hours, being your own boss or simply getting out of the office, there are a number of reasons people have the drive to head down the vehicle-based route (pun intended).


Most franchisees start as a single-van operator, which consists of the franchisee, their skillset and their territory. It’s not


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restricted, however, to a just a ‘man-in-a- van’; a franchisee can become a multiple- van operator, building the business and managing a fleet of vehicles while on the road. This is the chance for an ambitious entrepreneur to own a business they are skilled in as well as train and support members of staff to grow their territory. A van-based franchise is usually more hands-on than other franchises, and it is advised that the franchisee has experience of the trade, but this generally means they come with a lower investment level. The financial advantages continue throughout the life of the business, as the absence of


premises reduces overheads significantly. Flexibility is another benefit to running a mobile franchise. You control your working hours, which is a huge advantage for a modern-day lifestyle. Your work-life balance is in your hands and you can adapt your schedule to fit around other commitments outside of work, for example school runs, holidays and social events.


Emily Price, British Franchise Association (bfa) operations manager, said: “With a wealth of mobile services offering convenience and competitive prices to consumers and businesses alike, it’s no wonder that van-based franchising is in


*According to www.gov.uk


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