Rebecca wanted to expand her franchise portfolio having successfully run a cleaning franchise for years. Now she’s taking on a We Love Pets franchise on the fringes of the glorious Peak District countryside to spend more time with the animals she loves.
Why did you choose a franchise over setting up your own business?
I chose a franchise because I am very familiar with how franchises work, having run my own successful domestic cleaning franchise for the past 14 years. I created my own logo and branding for a business idea I had several years ago and I therefore understand the time and energy that goes into starting a business from scratch, not to mention the contracts and paperwork that goes into creating a secure and professional business. I would much rather that part be done for me! Also I’m aware of the very high success rates of franchised businesses compared with start-ups.
What did the word ‘franchise’ mean to you before you came across We Love Pets?
A proven model which is replicated and followed by people in different locations across the country.
How have We Love Pets made sure you’re the right person to carry the award-winning brand forward?
I met with Ryan over a Zoom call and we had a lengthy chat about the business, my dog Teddy and my existing franchise business which I have run successfully for 14 years. We had a rapport immediately and I believe we both felt like we were a good match.
Do you have any pets of your own?
Yes Teddy, a two year-old German Shorthaired Pointer.
What do you love most about Derby?
The Peak District and countryside, which is on our doorstep, makes for some excellent walking trips and days out with Teddy and the kids.
What have you done in the past that you think will help you in your new venture?
Running a successful cleaning business for 14 years has given me a great insight into how to manage and operate a successful business and what it takes to sustain it and get through difficult times like the 2008/2009 recession and now Covid-19. Having the self-motivation and determination to achieve your goals despite any setbacks or difficulties is what ultimately sets you apart from businesses which do not succeed.
What does running a business like this mean to you?
Dogs and animals are what I am passionate about. I would love one day to live on a farm surrounded by animals! When we re-homed Teddy in April this year I had forgotten how much love and joy owning a dog brings and that’s when I started to think about doing something related to dogs and animals – what could be better than to make a living from something you enjoy? Having the flexibility to run this business around my other business and my family is an amazing opportunity for me and I cannot wait to start taking on my first customers and dogs and other furry friends!