These types of franchises are usually referred to as semi-absentee opportunities. The franchisee role is designed to be part-time, usually involving night or weekend activities. The businesses may be retail in nature with a manager running the day-to-day operations. This model is quite common in certain franchise segments like the hair care industry.
Van-based businesses might be another area of opportunity. These types of businesses typically have a single employee running the van operation. Examples could be franchises offering services such as plumbing, interior decorating and even dog grooming.
The secret is that the franchisee role in all of these is designed to be limited and to involve tasks that can easily be done outside of normal business hours. This is what allows you to keep your job while also building a franchise business at the same time.
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Jeff Elgin has almost 20 years of experience franchising, both as a franchisee and a senior franchise company executive. He's currently the CEO of FranChoice Inc., a company that provides free consulting to consumers looking for a franchise that best meets their needs.