The day you sign your franchise agreement is a huge day. This is the day that everything changes for you as a franchisee. Before this you are just a regular person and then suddenly you own your own business! While this is exciting, most people don’t realize how hard getting their pet franchise business ready to open will really be. Here are a few tips that can help you to keep your sanity and have a successful opening with your store.
Keep Yourself Organized
This may sound silly but the truth is you need to be dedicated to organization. Keep a detailed calendar of when things need to be done. Make sure this is everything in the construction process, getting the licensing you need, ordering products and more. Doing this will help to save you time and frustration. The nice thing about setting this up with an app like Google Calendar is that you can set reminders so you don’t forget that deadlines are approaching.
Along with this, you also need to have an organization to your shipments with your pet franchise business. As you start getting in products and furniture for your store boxes pile up fast. It is easy to just start stacking them wherever they fit or just combining boxes to make more space. You need to make sure the boxes are organized and clearly marked so you don’t lose something important.
Be Diligent About Communication
Another thing you need to remember when you are in the process of opening your pet franchise business is to keep up on communication. You need to be open with communicating with your contractor to ensure you are on schedule. There are many other people you will need to be in communication with throughout this process. Don’t just let this fall to email which is easily overlooked and not replied to. Take a more direct route and pick up the phone. You also need to communicate the progress and any concerns you may have to your franchisor so they can help you with the process.
Make Time for Yourself
This is something you should always do, but it is especially important during this time. Getting your whole store built and ready to go can be very stressful. This is only made worse when you don’t have time to do the things you love. Maybe you need an hour of meditation in the morning. Or you could just need a regular spa appointment. It could even be as simple as having Friday night with your friends. Whatever it is, make sure you find what you love and take some time for yourself. This is what will help keep you going throughout the process of opening your pet franchise business.