In these troubled days it is so difficult to find employment, and when one does find it the wages are invariably low, the terms exploitative and job security effectively non-existent.
And why indeed should it be any different? When you have gainful employment there are thousands of people out there who would give their limbs to be in your position, a job being a job no matter how poor and shoddy the working environment. If you don’t like it, an interview with the Job Centre and a long, torturous struggle to convince the disinterested customer services person that you might be entitled to £65 each week for the next six months awaits you.
Under the circumstances there is considerably more dignity in self-employment. Being one’s own boss and enjoying exclusively all the fruits of one’s own labour might seem an attractive alternative. But with no finance available to assist you with the cost of starting up, and with your potential clients themselves all struggling just to pay for their essentials week by week you could be onto a hiding to nothing. If you don’t manage to sell anything then there will be no wage for you at the end of the week. You are very much on your own, and you must swim or else you will sink.
So perhaps in these times of hardship it would make better sense to consider the option of operating a franchise. In a good franchise set-up you will enjoy all the benefits of a support network from a professional company that knows how its business works, whilst retaining the independence to go at your own pace and to work in your own way.
Of course franchises themselves are by no means immune to the effects of recession and economic downturn, so when considering in which market you would like to work it is essential that one takes into account the product or service that is on offer and the extent to which it is protected against financial insecurity.
One area in which business can still be conducted is pet shop franchises. Most people who keep pets will treat them as a member of the family, and families don’t cast out their kin even when the going is tough. A business trading in pet supplies will still find new customers even at a time when they are cutting down on essentials such as heating and food.
Although such a franchise would normally operate along the lines of an online pet shop, dropshipping type of operation with goods and supplies centrally stored and processed, there are very often local retail options available as a supplement to your core income. Dog walking, dog food and indeed general food supplies to sell locally, for instance.
Because people will always look after their pets, there will always be an opening for pet shop franchises. They could in fact be one of the most reliable and stable sources of income in today’s jobs market.