You know you have an entrepreneurial spirit but the fear of the unexpected is holding you back. Admittedly, opening a franchise will come with a wave of new experiences, especially if you’ve never been the boss before. While we can’t predict your future, we can tell you a little bit about what to expect from your first year of franchising.

Occasional Overtime

Running your own business can create a lot of scheduling freedom down the line, but don’t expect to work half days or take a month-long vacation in the first year. If you’re coming from a 9-5 environment, you may even need to mentally prepare for evening and weekend shifts and putting in occasional overtime.

When does that scheduling freedom come? Once you have a managerial team you can trust, you can take a step back from day-to-day operations. Until then, you may need to carry some extra weight to ensure the success of your business.

Tight Cash Flow

Depending on your franchise, you’re probably looking at much lower startup costs than entrepreneurs starting a business from scratch. That means you have the potential to start turning a real profit sooner rather than later. However, the cash flow may be tight in the first year.

In addition to paying franchise royalty fees and employee wages, new franchise owners should focus on paying down any loans used to cover upfront costs. As the word gets out about your business and you build a steady client base, it will get easier to meet your financial obligations and pocket a profit.

Client and Employee Turnover

One of the benefits of opening a franchise is that you’re tapping into established branding that your local client pool may recognize already. That recognition creates trust, and that trust gets clients through the door. Still, clients will make their own judgments once they arrive, and it’s important not to get discouraged by one-time shoppers.

It can also take several months to build a reliable team. Some new hires may decide the job isn’t for them, and that’s okay. With experience and time, you’ll learn how to spot a good candidate and staff your franchise with great workers.

A Sense of Pride

Just like with any job, not every day is going to feel like the best day. That first year can be an emotional rollercoaster filled with triumphs, setbacks, and the frustration of trial and error. For those who are called to the world of entrepreneurship, the challenge is worth it, and every success is a source of pride.

At All Dogs Unleashed, we’re there for our franchisees every step of the way. From our low startup costs and royalty fees to our thorough training, we go above and beyond to give every branch the support they need to thrive. If you’re ready to take the plunge, learn more about our franchising opportunities today.