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Semi-Absentee Franchises

Investing in a franchise can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking endeavor. Unlike starting a business from scratch, when you buy into a franchise opportunity, you’re partnering with an already established brand, purchasing exclusive rights to use and promote their products and services. It may seem like a no-brainer, but there are several important factors to consider before taking the plunge into the franchising world.

One of the most popular variations of franchising is Semi-Absentee Franchising. Semi-Absentee Franchises offer the opportunity to invest in a business that requires relatively few hours of direct involvement on a day-to-day basis, allowing the Franchisee to focus on higher-level tasks while delegating more operational and/or management roles. Many individuals start a semi-absentee franchise with the intention of making enough money to support a certain lifestyle, but still having the time to spend with family and pursue their personal interests.

If this type of franchising sounds like the perfect balance between work and personal life, then you probably have questions. Keep reading for all the answers to various semi-absentee franchise frequently asked questions to help make your decision smoother.

What is a Semi-Absentee Franchise?

Put simply, a Semi-Absentee Franchise is a business opportunity where the franchisee is not necessarily the one working on the premises every day, but is in charge of the overall operations. Generally, the franchisee oversees the business operations and has a franchise manager and staff, or other qualified consultants, to help oversee the specific tasks and manage the day-to-day operations. This allows the franchisee to concentrate their efforts on achieving business objectives and goals, managing finances and taking a back-seat when it comes to the day-to-day operations.

How Can I Purchase a Semi-Absentee Franchise?

The most practical route to purchasing a semi-absentee franchise is through the help of a franchise broker. Franchise brokers specialize in working with individuals and corporations to assist them in selecting the perfect franchise opportunity. A franchise consultant can significantly mitigate the risk of costly mistakes and help you find the best semi-absentee franchise opportunity for your needs.

What are some Examples of Semi-Absentee Franchises?

There are many successful semi-absentee franchise opportunities available on the market. Some of the most successful semi-absentee franchise businesses that come to mind include, but are not limited to; Anytime Fitness, Burger King, Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinders, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Many Hands Massage, and Planet Fitness.

What’s the Difference between a Traditional Franchise and a Semi-Absentee Franchise?

With a traditional franchise, you are typically expected to be fully immersed in the day-to-day operations of the franchise. You are the franchisee and you are responsible for running every aspect of your business, from customer service to inventory control. This often requires the franchisee to put in long hours on a daily basis.

On the other hand, with a semi-absentee franchise, you are able to take a backseat role and delegate tasks to a franchise manager, providing oversight of the operations while still remaining involved in the business. As a semi-absentee franchisee, you have the freedom to allocate time to focus on strategic business initiatives and spending time with family.

Do I Have to Put in a Lot of Hours?

One of the benefits of Semi-Absentee Franchising is that you don’t need to dedicate a lot of time to the day-to-day operation. This is because you have someone (or a team of people) managing the operations on your behalf.

Most of the time, semi-absentee franchisees should expect to put in 10 – 20 hours per week into their franchise; simply overseeing the operation and ensuring it runs smoothly. This allows you to balance work and personal life by having the control of a business, without telling up worried about long hours or extreme stress levels.


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