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Roofing Franchise for Recently Retired Businesspeople

The post-career transition is one of the most exciting moments of life. Whether you’re winding down a long-term career or simply seeking a change in lifestyle, the shift away from standard employment can feel liberating – but on the other hand, it can also feel intimidating and nerve-wracking. If you’re turning away from the corporate world and seeking a renewed sense of purpose and direction, franchising is an ideal option. By investing in a roofing franchise program, you can put your past experience to the test and create a successful, sustainable business while undertaking a personally engaging activity.

This guide is intended to answer some of your most pressing questions about the roofing franchise experience. Becoming a roofing franchisee can be a thrilling, fulfilling experience, but the basics of the process should be understood and addressed before any decisions are made. So without further ado, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about popular roofing franchise programs – and some helpful answers.

What Benefits Come from Investing in a Roofing Franchise?

Investing in a roofing franchise program can provide you with a number of distinct advantages. When you join a well-known franchise, you’re gaining access to a proven business model, along with all the marketing support, resources, training, and other services you need to get up and running. Additionally, you don’t need to spend precious time and energy reinventing the wheel; all the important components that were once involved in the creation of a successful business have already been conceived and assembled.

Another advantage of franchising is that you don’t need to purchase your own brick and mortar premises – or even bear the full cost of running a business. Typically, the franchisor will own and maintain the local premises, meaning that most of the expenses that go along with physical overhead are covered for you. In general, this type of set-up can help keep franchisees afloat in difficult financial times, supporting the long-term stability of the business.

What Level of Investment is Required?

When it comes to the cost of investing in a roofing franchise, it ultimately depends on the franchisor you’re working with, as well as the specific franchise you’re interested in. Currently, most franchise opportunities come with an entry-level investment of $50,000 – with some more expensive options entering the $150,000+ range. On top of this, there may be an ongoing royalty fee you have to pay, and other regular expenses that accrue from month to month.

It’s important to remember, however, that these upfront and ongoing charges are rarely permanent – in fact, most successful franchises are able to recoup the cost of investment over the course of their first year of operation. Furthermore, at the IFPG, we can guide you through any specific costs associated with individual franchise programs.

Is It Necessary to Have Experience in the Industry?

Most franchisors are looking for entry-level franchisees who don’t necessarily have a great deal of experience in the concept industry – but you will often need some element of construction experience or roofing expertise before you can apply. Some franchisors are willing to provide training for new franchisees on the specific techniques and processes associated with the business, allowing you to build your understanding and expertise in the industry from the ground up.

Can I Turn a Profit Quickly?

The answer to this question depends largely on the franchise you’ve chosen to invest in. Many franchisors are looking to grow quickly, and investments in roofing franchises tend to produce high returns over time, depending on a multitude of factors. Generally speaking, businesses that are part of a well-known franchise have a greater advantage than new entities with no brand recognition, as it’s much easier to market yourself and provide essential services when people trust your brand.

As a rule of thumb, most successful roofing franchises require a few years to establish and begin to yield profits. Friction between start-up costs and potential profits typically exists; however, as a business owner, you’ll generally be able to use your successful corporate background to ‘speed up’ the growth of your business and reach profitability faster.


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