Why start a franchise?

You’re more likely to be successful as a business owner if you join a franchise than ‘go it alone’

Why? Because you have the backing of an established brand, you can focus your time doing the things you enjoy and that make a difference to the bottom line and you’re likely to be happier, and therefore more productive.

In fact, the British Franchise Association report that 90% of franchisees have reported profitability for over 20 years running.

When you consider that some of the biggest household names and highstreet brands regularly report cuts, redundancies and losses, being a smaller company suddenly doesn’t seem so risky by comparison.

Your Business, Your Way

The beauty of being a franchisee is you can swap the rigid ways of working, frustrations of management and a job you’re tired of for a role where you’re in the driving seat, with the admin, accounts, marketing and other tasks you might not be so keen on taken care of by an expert support team.

Interestingly, more people trade in employment for franchising in order to gain more flexibility, rather than more money. And that’s something we see at Travel Counsellors, with 27% of Academy Travel Counsellors saying ‘Flexibility’ or ‘Be My Own Boss’ were the number one reason they joined us.

That’s not to say you can’t or won’t earn a good wage; with dedication and hard work, our top Academy Travel Counsellors take home, on average, £52,000 pa.

So, why start a franchise with Travel Counsellors?

If you want to work in the exciting and desirable industry that is travel, why not partner with the best?

We are the UK’s Best Travel Retailer, an award our customers voted for, beating travel giants, TUI and Hays. Our customers love us so much, we are consistently rated 5* on Trustpilot.

And it's not just customers who rave about us, the two largest publications in the industry, Travel Weekly and TTG recognise Travel Counsellors as the best option when it comes to travel franchising.

All eyes on you

We don’t have high street shops, call centres or online booking websites, meaning all revenue is generated through our franchisees. This means there is no internal competition for our Travel Counsellors.

We are not owned by a parent company, nor operate any sub-brands, meaning we can always act in our franchisees’ best interests.

We are only profitable if our franchisees are; that’s why we always put them first. And for the previous 17 years, we’ve seen double-digit growth, having our best year ever in 2019 with over £650m in revenue.

This isn’t the case for many travel homeworking franchise organisations, so make sure you ask any company you approach how their business model works.

And, we can't forget the amazing opportunities our franchisees have to travel, that’s why you’re here, right?

Whether its to learn about a destination on a Travel Counsellor-exclusive FAM trip, an invitation from a valued supplier to experience their product first hand or one of our “Gold” reward trips (we hold 3 per year), the opportunities to travel are extensive.

From the Seychelles, to Iceland, to Boston

Check out some of the amazing places our Travel Counsellors have been on recent FAM trips (that means 'familiarisation' trip). Everything you see here has been filmed first-hand by our Travel Counsellors

Being part of a ‘franchise family’ is vital to keep you motivated and on track

Different franchises offer different solutions for work and play, but we combine the two at our Annual Global Conference: 3 days of world famous speakers, celebrity entertainment and over 2000 members of the Travel Counsellors community.