|Local franchise opportunities:
||Kid’s Education and Craft Franchises – These franchises usually require low investment amounts and are fairly easy to set up. Products such as bedding, clothing, educational toys and books are usually sold either online, from a store or from space in your home. Educational lessons such as Maths and English are also common offerings of these types of franchises. Popular examples include Babies Online and Computers 4 Kids. Both are easy to set up and franchisees are provided with all the training materials and business plans. Babies’ Online franchisees are even sent on a business course at SA College at the expense of the head office.
||Kid’s Party and Entertainment Franchises – These are typically inexpensive to invest in and set up. This is a popular business opportunity for mums who would like to work from home or have a little fun while they are at work. Kid’s party franchises are usually successful as many parents simply don’t have the time to organise a special party or treat for their children. Popular franchise opportunities include Party Animals Jumping Castles and Monkey Magic Kiddies Parties.
||Au Pair and Family Care Franchises – Franchises that offer professional child care, elderly care and cleaning services to families in South Africa are growing in popularity. A fantastic example to consider would be Handy Helpers. Buying into this particular franchise is a safe investment as you will be buying into an existing brand that is already stable and well supported. Marketing strategies and techniques are already in place so all you need to do in order to succeed is to be a dedicated and hard working business owner. This type of franchise can be run from the comfort of your own home.
||Food and Restaurant Franchises – South Africa has a wide variety of franchise restaurants and fast food outlets for you to choose from. The investment amounts are reasonable ranging from R800 000 to R1 100 000 (these rates published in Dec 2009). Great examples include Scooters Pizza, Bimbos, Dulce Café, Keg Pub & Restaurants and Stones. All of these are well known brands that have grown from strength to strength during their years in South Africa. Buying into franchised restaurants are seen as far less risky then trying to start up a new business from scratch. Make sure that you know exactly what type of work is involved before you sign up.
||Coffee Shop Franchises - Coffee shop franchises are extremely popular in South Africa. They can usually be found at busy locations such as local shopping malls and centres and are very well supported by the South African shopper and even businessmen and women who need a suitable place to meet clients. Coffee shop franchises such as Mugg and Bean and House of Coffees are great to invest in as they are both well known brands. They provide training to all their franchisees and ensure that they are provided with effective and relevant marketing material. With a well recognised brand, you are guaranteed to attract repeat customers.
|International Franchise Opportunities:
||Life Coaching & Business Coaching Franchises – While the areas of life coaching and business coaching still have a long way to go in South Africa, they are steadily gaining momentum. Chata Romano and The Growth Coach are franchises that offer image consultancy, life coaching, make over’s and even courses on how to become a qualified and effective image consultant or life coach. A lot can be learnt and achieved from this type of franchise as it is a service that is required and sought after by many local businessmen and women, as well as small businesses.
Art Education Franchises – Art classes for children could go a long way in South Africa. Take for example Abrakadoodle. This particular franchise was ranked the largest art franchise in 2006, 2007 and 2008 in the USA. The franchise offering offers art classes, art camps and art parties for children ages 20 months to 12 years old. Art programs are offered at schools and other community locations. In Abrakadoodle children:
- Learn about artists and artist styles
- Develop new skills
- Learn about Artists of Distinction
- Demonstrate art techniques
- Explore creative art materials
- Design original artwork!
||Child Identification Franchises – South Africa has seen nothing quite like it! Child identification businesses offer to keep a record of your child much like an adult ID book does. A popular example is that of McGruff Safe Kids Total Identification Systems. As children aren’t granted ID books, the McGruff System captures your child’s digital finger prints and a high quality photo. The program even includes a short course for the enrolled children to attend on how to be safe and secure at all times. Guard-A-Kid is also a great option to consider and works on a very similar concept to the McGruff System. This business concept could go a very long way in countries such as South Africa. These franchises can be run from your own home or from your chosen business premises.
|| Restaurants with a difference – South Africa is full of restaurants to offer the average diner, but all the restaurants seem to follow suit. Steak houses, Italian restaurants, Thai food restaurants can be found at every turn. By investing in a restaurant franchise that has a difference you can bring something new and exciting to the market. A popular example is that of The Melting Pot. This USA based franchise is a fondue restaurant that allows for the patrons to enjoy a social environment while cooking their own food.