Absentee-Owner Franchises and Other Franchise Models to Consider
When looking to make an intelligent investment in a franchise, there are many things to consider; how much time you have to dedicate to building your business, the capital to get started, and if you would like to run one or more franchises at a time.
However, it's essential to understand what franchise models are available so you can choose wisely. MassageLuXe prides itself on offering single- and multi-unit franchise options where an owner can be present full-time, part-time, or from afar, as is the case of absentee-owner franchises.
Here are a few questions to consider when deciding which franchise model is best for you.
What is an Absentee-Owner Franchise?
In a nutshell, absentee ownership of a franchise means you are the franchise owner but don't have to work there daily. A management team and staff essentially run your business for you. The franchise owners don't necessarily have to live in the exact location as the business, which opens up the opportunity to run multiple units or areas at a time.
Absentee-owner franchises have the perfect model for investors or those in retirement who prefer to allow someone else to manage the day-to-day operations of the business. The owner manages the business at a high level, ensuring performance and benchmarks, but is not active daily within the business.
In the absentee model, delegating effectively and handing over the reins to managers will make all the difference when trying to expand your franchise or diversify. It’s crucial to get the right management team in place so that the focus is on growth and not on the day-to-day operations of the business.
An important thing to note is if you want to invest in this concept, you must choose wisely. Look at concepts and markets that interest you and have a proven track record of profits like the health and wellness space. Case in point, MassageLuXe.
Is the MassageLuXe Version a Better Fit?
At MassageLuXe, we offer this business approach but with a caveat. We prefer to use the term “semi-absenteeism” for a number of reasons:
- MassageLuXe franchise owners are never “absent.”
- Franchise owners may choose not to be part of day-to-day operations, but they stay connected.
- Franchise owners stay involved with their location in some capacity.
- Franchise owners have direct contact with their single or multi-unit staff.
- This is not just an investment for our franchisees.
- This is an opportunity to be part of the community, providing a much-needed service like the healing properties of massage.
MassageLuXe offers an innovative approach to the massage service industry. Although our massages are luxurious, MassageLuXe also educates clients on the health benefits of massage. Our brand stresses the importance of preventative and active relief treatments to encourage clients to prioritize their health and well-being. Data shows that more people are getting spa treatments now than pre-pandemic. Consumers are starting to recognize the healthcare benefits of massage and self-care, making the massage and spa industry more attractive to investors.
Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider absentee-owner franchises or, better yet, semi-absenteeism with MassageLuXe:
- The opportunity to earn income without working the traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The ability to maintain your current job if necessary until it's profitable enough to leave your current situation.
- Freedom to earn income while you enjoy your life!
Before deciding what role you would like to play in your business, do some self-reflection. Consider why this concept may not be a great fit. For example, it can be challenging if you’re currently working a full-time job and trying to get your new franchise off the ground. Getting your business into full swing takes time and has many moving parts, even with a supportive franchisor. It's important to consider how you would split your time between responsibilities.
Another downside to some would be the handing off daily tasks for others to handle. If you're an entrepreneur who likes to be in charge and oversee your staff and team, this might not be the model for you.
Should I Consider Multi-Unit Franchising?
Owning multiple franchises is your best option if you have your sights on building an empire. A multi-unit franchisee invests in more than one unit at a time, typically in the same geographic area. If franchisees don't hop on the chance of investing in multiple units simultaneously, they can risk losing those locations to someone else.
Multiple locations allow for more significant income potential. Also, many franchisees eventually want to transition into absentee models where they hire a management team and staff. Being able to afford a team to manage your business is possible if you earn higher revenue and income from a multi-unit franchise model.
A multi-unit franchise may not be a good fit if you’re uneasy with putting more capital at risk. Also, owning multiple locations could distract your focus and make it difficult to resolve the problems that need your immediate attention. If these are concerns, owning a single unit may be best for you.
Learn More About Franchising with MassageLuXe
A MassageLuXe location produces more than 20% in profits each year on average, based on our most recent Franchise Disclosure Document. Also, the American Massage Therapy Association estimates the massage therapy industry to be an $18 billion industry and growing.
Startup costs for MassageLuXe range from $387,800 to $732,900, with a franchise fee of $42,500. The initial investment costs vary depending on how much equipment and supplies, insurance, and leasehold improvements are needed. The good news is that putting your money into a franchise with a proven system means you can feel good about your investment.
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