Balancing Work and Family Through Franchising

Family and Franchising

An Ideal Work-Life Balance is Possible through Franchising

Enjoying more time with the family is a pipe dream for many who want a successful career. Often, success means many days and nights away from your loved ones to reach the top. For some, the sacrifice is made for monetary reasons. For others, it can be to obtain a superior job title. But over the years, there has been a shift in what’s important as younger individuals began taking leadership positions. There is a stronger desire for a work-life balance.

It’s becoming rarer for individuals to sacrifice years of watching their children grow up for the sake of higher pay or a larger role. Because of this, many people have opted to set out on their own in hopes of obtaining a work-life balance. For entrepreneurs, that leads many to the life of owning a franchise. Franchises are known for their flexibility, thanks to the overall franchise model. As a franchisee, you’re, in many ways, your own boss.

Depending on the business model, a franchise owner can design their work schedule around family events, extracurricular activities, and other important gatherings. Of course, signing an agreement to own a franchise doesn’t guarantee success or ensure a balanced family life. It’s not that simple. Even though you are joining a franchise and have access to all the support, you still must work hard and be willing to sacrifice, especially in the beginning. As a franchisee, you must understand the business and build your franchise to take advantage of the flexibility of being a franchise owner. If you commit and execute, then it becomes easier to successfully utilize the franchise model to create that work-life balance.

Finding Work-Life Balance

Joining the right franchise is the key to work-life balance. One of the many appeals of owning a franchise is having access to systems that make operating the business more efficient. If you join the right franchise, you can leverage the technology platforms needed to successfully operate your business. In addition, operational support, helpdesk, and call centers provided by the franchisor can contribute to an efficiently-run business. Franchisors also provide additional marketing materials that will benefit brand awareness. Whether it’s marketing or technology support, these systems help franchise owners maximize their time to allow for more family and personal activities.

Determination pays off in the franchise world, and that payoff can include spending more time with family.

A Plan for Balancing Work and Family

While franchisor support can help set the foundation for a successful work-life balance, it is up to the franchisee to put in the work that will ultimately allow for more time outside the office. That means developing a plan that benefits both the business and family life. Franchisees who have the best work-life balance have a plan in place for each week. They will review that plan daily and develop a plan for the next day. If you plan appropriately, then it helps contribute to a balanced family life and, eventually, a solid retirement.

The Best of Both Worlds

Most people who own a business would love to have a work-life balance that enables them to spend an ample amount of time at home. While hard work, dedication and execution are still required, a franchise business can offer a unique opportunity to have a work-life balance. Thanks to the flexibility and the franchise business model, franchise owners can participate in family activities while also ensuring the business is operating efficiently. Determination pays off in the franchise world, and that payoff can include spending more time with family.

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Bill McPherson is the vice president of franchise development for, a global leader in high-quality printing and shipping solutions, and AlphaGraphics, a leading franchisor of printing and marketing solutions. With over 29 years of franchise leadership, he has led franchise development and real estate for B2B, B2C, retail, and in-home senior care concepts.
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