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Robin Harrison who is the MD of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Robin Harrison who is the MD of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of a dying breed of franchisors who can still be found actively work on their own business. Robin Harrison

Robin believes that continuing to manage his own territory/business enables him to keep ahead of his competitors by allowing him to focus on trialing and testing new marketing techniques, business ideas.  Those ideas that prove to be successful he then shares throughout his franchise network.

Robin goes on to say that being hands on  he can “spot any problems a mile off and offer the remedy at a much earlier stage a really great benefit to my franchisees”.

A small sample of what his franchisees have said about him:

“The support and training I have received from Dolly Char has been second to none and nothing seems to be too much trouble.”

“That must have taken you lots of time to do last night. I am truly grateful for your continuous, unequivocal and relentless support.”

“Just like to say a big thank you for coming over and pointing me in the right direction with the computer.”

Robin also spends frequent days working with his franchisees in their territories offering them his personal help and providing them with his unequivocal and ongoing relentless support.

The Dolly Char owner says that he works tirelessly day and night for the benefit of his franchisees and will not accept second best.

He says that he is often up into the early hours working on updates for his franchisees’ websites and “tinkering with the SEO as well as advertising their businesses to bring more work their way”. He says nothing is ever  too much trouble for him.

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Franchise arrangements are often called chain stores

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Franchise arrangements are often called chain stores.

Franchising (from the French for honesty or freedom) is a method of doing business wherein a franchisor licenses trademarks and tried and provenFranchise business methods of doing business to a franchisee in exchange for a recurring payment, and usually a percentage piece of gross sales or gross profits as well as the annual fees. Various tangibles and intangibles such as national or international advertising, training, and other support services are commonly made available by the franchisor, and may indeed be required by the franchisor, which generally requires audited books, and may subject the franchisee or the outlet to periodic and surprise spot checks. Failure of such tests typically involve non-renewal or cancellation of franchise rights.

A business operated under a franchise arrangement is often called a chain store, franchise outlet, or simply franchise

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Starting your own domestic cleaning business

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Starting your own domestic cleaning business requires a lot of research and plenty of courage.

I firstly began by researching my local area looking through newspapers and phone books to determine what competition there was around, and what they charged for their services, if they were a company or an agency? In general an agency can operate with less overheads than a company so potentially they can operate more economically and Starting a domestic cleaning businessoffer a first class service at a cost effective price for their clientele.  Also I had to determine if I were to enter into that market place then how and where would I start? What would I charge? Where would I find clients? What about cleaners?  Whichever way I turned I seemed to be putting a barrier in the way of myself with further questions and concerns.  A problem I have always had is that I am not really a gambling type of person, I had always been used to going out doing a days/weeks work and then getting paid for it, I had to change my attitude and for once take what I thought at the time was a massive gamble, in hindsight I don’t believe that it was a gamble and I still feel that I’m not the gambling type.

I decided in the end to set myself a start date and to channel my energies towards achieving that goal. I set about creating some advertising material ready for the day that I had chosen; also I decided upon a small local market town to use as a guinea pig to learn my new trade in. I got myself insured had some contract books printed and when the day finally arrived I began walking the streets spreading the word from house to house and has they say the rest is history, I have never looked back its proved to be the best decision that I ever made for myself and my family.

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Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

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Franchise business opportunities

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Franchise business opportunities give budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to start up a business in a field of their own choosing without the usual risks that can be associated with new business start ups. 

 

Franchise business opportunities offer the budding entrepreneur a domestic cleaning franchise management teamgreater degree of confidence and security when setting up in business by presenting  them with a business model and recognised brand that has already been tested out and proven to be successful, unless it is a brand new franchise it will have been marketed successfully in various locations nationally already.   Often the newer franchise businesses will often offer certain extra incentives to the budding entrepreneur such as a cheaper initial franchise package fee and larger franchise territories in which to operate. 

 

Franchise business opportunities will usually offer the entrepreneur an exclusive area in which to market and trade their business, indepth initial training, ongoing regular support and stationary and business templates that they will require to operate, build, maintain and grow their business. 

 

Entrepreneurs although usually have a personal requirement to be self motivated, dedicated, regimented and above all else have an overwhelming desire and will to succeed with their new business venture.  A franchisor can only help to motivate their franchisees to a certain extent.

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Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

 

 

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Resource levelling within Critical Path Analysis (CPA)

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Resource levelling is a benefit of CPA in that you find the sequence of jobs that are critical to the continuity and completion of the job on time. For example you cannot start your roof construction until your walls are built.

 

Certain jobs take certain time spans and you cannot start the next stage of construction until each critical stage is complete. You can although plan the none critical jobs around the critical ones allowing complete utilization of the workforce and hence keep all the staff busy working towards the final goal!

 

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Choosing the status of your new business

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

When you start your new business its status will be that either of a SOLE TRADER, PARTNERSHIP or a LIMITED COMPANY.

A sole trader is the simplest type of business from the point of view of formalities and restrictions for an individual. If you are operating the business on a partnership basis then I would recommend that you have a partnership agreement drawn up by a solicitor.   

Your accountant, solicitor or bank manager will advise you on the advantages and disadvantages to you personally and to your individual business, with regards to the status of your business.

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Dolly Char arrives in Cleveland

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Philip Todd and his wife Gill  live in the Redcar area of Cleveland.  Whilst Gill has lived in Cleveland all of her life, Phil moved into the area in 1990.  Gill and Phil have been married for over sixteen years and have one Son. Gill is retired after working as a Senior Legal Secretary, Phil has spent most of his life in Engineering work, he has also studied Business and Law through Teesside University.

Gill lists music and playing the Keyboard as her main hobby, while Phil loves to read history in his spare time. Both Gill and Phil enjoy Camping and Caravanning and the Countryside and Nature in general.

Phil wanted to move into semi retirement and was looking for an ideal business venture, when in his own words he happened to come across Robin Harrison, founder of “Dolly Char”.

Robin has been very helpful, and I recently became a new franchisee, representing the northeast. Dolly Char, has given me exactly what I am looking for, and I would recommend anyone seeking an alternative lifestyle, to visit the Dolly Char Franchise Website.

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Commitment and Attitude required to manage your own Business

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Commitment and Attitude required to manage your own Business

The enourmous thrill involved in owning your own business can, for a short space of time, put a gloss over the mental and physical pressures that you will eventually encounter.

You will almost certainly require a change of attitude to cope with the many new situations that will arise. You must quickly become self disciplined and motivated to a very high level to help you deal with these new situations. This will involve planning and forecasting your activities weeks in advance with a list of tasks to be done, organising and managing your time to the best advantage. Remember, this will include delegating tasks (where appropriate) and ensuring that good administrative procedures are in place etc.

If you plan your day and fill it with purposeful activity, you will find the motivation to work hard and enjoy developing your business. More importantly, financial rewards will follow.

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Work from home business disadvantages

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Work from home business disadvantages

If like me you are the boss of your own work from home business then I am sure that you will agree that there are a few disadvantages in doing so, below I have noted a few disadvantages that come to my mind, maybe you can add some more, please feel free to do so.

It can be a nightmare trying to get away from your work because living on the job you feel an urge to keep working!

If you do not regulate your daily working life then this can be detrimental to your personal or family life.

Friends who know you work from home can become regular visitors and so get in the way of your work schedule.

When starting up your work from home business it might put an heavy financial strain on your family budget.

Family members but mainly children can become an hindrance coming in and out of your office messing about and making a noise which doesn’t make phone calls sound very professional also it can and will upset your concentration!

It can be a job in itself to keep yourself motivated, as you do not have a boss to worry about!

Personally I would not change a thing as i believe that working from home is really great, but what I am trying to convey is that there are often disadvantages in many things that we do.

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Considering franchising your business then do your home work first!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Considering franchising your business then do your home work first!

If you are considering franchising your business model I would recommend that you first research and make yourself well aware of any potential threats that lay out there waiting for you that could cause you and your business severe problems particularly during the early stages of trying to get your franchise business established in the franchise market place.

Some of the main threats as I see them that could cause your new franchise business to stutter or totally collapse around your feet before it as even got off the ground are as follows: -

Have you priced your franchise model at a cost effective but competitive rate?

Continuing growth of existing franchise business competitors.

As well as your business there may well also be a continuing stream of other new franchise business competitors entering into your chosen market place.

A large quantity of independent small companies already trading in your market place might well make your franchise less appealing to potential franchisees.

Low rates of unemployment could mean a limited amount of new entrepreneurs looking for franchise business opportunities.

There are many other potential threats that exist those that I have outlined above are only the tip of the iceberg, please feel free to contribute to my list with any potential threats that you might be aware of that may threaten someone trying to get their new franchise business model off the ground.

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