Every year, millions of people start businesses, and it’s an admirable thing to undertake. If you share the same ambition, and your specific focus is on starting a healthcare business, you should know there are two ways to go about that: you can start from scratch and take on all the work and responsibility yourself, or you can partner with a franchisor like American Family Care (AFC). Here, we’ll look at a few good reasons why going the latter route makes a lot of sense.
Pre-Opening Training Prepares You
You might think that starting a healthcare business would require you to have experience in a health field — and you’d be right if you were startingfrom scratch. But opening an urgent care franchise with AFC means you’ll not only enjoy the brand recognition that comes with our industry-leading name but comprehensive pre-opening training that sets you up for success.
You’ll spend two-and-a-half days at our corporate headquarters in Birmingham, AL, where we’ll go over everything you need to know about the AFC culture, mission, and day-to-day operations of your clinic. This initial training will include recruiting, hiring, and staffing procedures, among many other integral topics. After that, you’ll be assigned a dedicated Franchise Business Consultant who will help you stay on track and apply everything you’ve learned during your training.
This kind of preparation and guidance simply isn’t available to you when you start a healthcare business on your own. But it’s a distinction of the AFC brand and one that gives you a competitive advantage as you begin your life as a business owner.
A More Clearly-Defined Financial Commitment
Starting a business from scratch can require a massive and often difficult-to-forecast investment. There can be many unforeseen and sudden expenditures that can leave you in a lurch as you scramble to make budgets work. That’s far less of an issue when opening an urgent care franchise with AFC. Our expertise has allowed us to anticipate necessary expenses more clearly; you can readily find our investment numbers on our website, as well as a description of what resources that investment will entitle you to.
Furthermore, financing is often more accessible when lending institutions see you’re partnering with a brand like AFC. Why try to predict expenses and scramble for financing when you can have a clearer picture and path as an AFC franchisee?
Better Chance for Success
While millions of people may start businesses every year, sadly, a certain percentage of them fail every year. In fact, 20% of small businesses fail in their first year, 30% fail in their second, and 50% of small businesses fail after five years in business. The good news is, you can better your chances of success by partnering with a franchisor like AFC. Because franchisees can rely on franchisor support and experience, franchise businesses tend to have a higher success rate than those started from scratch. Additionally, your chances of success further increase by going into the health field! That’s right — health care and social assistance businesses tend to have the highest business survival rates.
Ready to find out more about opening an urgent care franchise with AFC? We’re here to answer your questions, so reach out today!