Don’t forget, however, that many of these names started small. For example, Hertz started life with a fleet of 12 Model T Fords. Compare that to now, when you can’t leave an airport or even open your in-flight magazine without their logo jumping out at you.
Remember, franchising doesn’t come after success, it helps you gain recognition by helping you scale your business and reach new audiences in less time than it would take you personally to set up shop in each city.
In fact, there are more franchises out there than you think. With 935 franchise systems in the UK currently, it’s unlike what you’ve heard of them all.
In Franchise Direct’s Top 100 Franchises, they’ve listed 12 children’s companies, 4 cleaning companies in the top 20 and a range of other companies you may not think would franchise: internet services, gardening, B2B consulting and jewellery retail such as Pandora and Swarovski.
Lots of small to medium-sized businesses have got what it takes to become a franchise system with a few tweaks, even if you’re just a one-person band.