It's wonderful to see my dream of a cooperative network of HR professionals come true and I'm very proud that we're now the market leading HR franchise."
Sue Tumelty – Founder

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Starting an HR Franchise

If you’ve ever felt like a hamster on a never ending corporate wheel, you’re not alone. My own motivation for becoming a licensee was, like many others’, born from a desire for a lifestyle quite different from the one my corporate role was offering me at the time.

Discovering your own motivation for going it alone, such as flexibility, freedom, ownership over your work, or more time with your family, is often much simpler than actually taking that first step towards launching your own business. 

This is where The HR Dept came in.

Joining a franchise allows you all that desired flexibility, freedom, and ownership whilst giving you the support needed to successfully get the business off the ground. Because, let’s face it, starting a business after years of working for an employer, can be very daunting. 

The backing of an established, proven system provides your business with the support that solo consultants don’t have, immediately giving you an advantage over the competition and making you more likely to see long-term success.

The first few months of a new business tend to be the hardest. There’s not just HR to think about – you’ve got finance, marketing, branding, and networking, which all need your attention at once. The support network of a franchise allows some of those hats to be taken off you, so you can focus on building up your client base straightaway. 

Network Support

Internal Support

From the get-go, The HR Dept offers coaching with an experienced mentor who helps with business targets and objectives. The advice you’ll receive during the initial few months continues as you expand, allowing you access to a wealth of knowledge that extends to the entirety of the network of other licensees.

Not only do licensees receive support from qualified coaches and The HR Dept central office, but existing licensees also offer support to each other. Anyone in the franchise is willing to help out other franchisees, if they are able to and they need the support. There’s a real team spirit, just like you’d find in a large corporate. Everyone’s got a different set of skills that they bring to the table, and having access to that experience is really invaluable, especially when you’re just starting out.

Business Support

One of the most crucial aspects of starting a business is marketing and branding. Setting up as a licensee streamlines this entire process, as it’s essentially already been done for you. The brand is there, existing as an established and successful business, with a website and contact number readily supplied to you on your first day.

As a licensee, you’ll also receive marketing support including business cards, a business banner, logo, name, and help with written content such as blogs for your website, which you can bespoke for your individual business needs.

Legislative Support

At The HR Dept, we have solicitors offering support, so if there’s a change in legislation The HR Dept’s franchisee network is kept up to date and provided with on-hand learning. Having that infrastructure is so powerful when you’re operating a business on your own.

As well as offering guidance, The HR Dept sets up licensees’ insurance relationships; licensees are able to compete at every level with other consultants, as they can offer and provide customers with tribunal insurance. For example, this means that it’s not just me, “Sarah Bradley, HR Director” – I can provide all the same offerings that a large consultancy organisation can, because the franchise has put those systems into place. That’s incredibly difficult to replicate operating on your own.

How to Get Started

The next steps are simple. You can get in contact via the website, phone, or email, where you’ll then be booked into a discovery day with one of our central team. You’ll also get the chance to speak with existing licensees about their experiences with getting started, and all of the benefits and challenges they found along the way.

I would never have set up a consultancy if it wasn’t for The HR Dept. Prior to joining, I was well aware how exceptional the level of infrastructure is necessary in order to run a successful consultancy. When I found The HR Dept, it was as if I discovered the infrastructure I’d been dreaming of, while still getting to be my own boss.

Whenever I speak to prospective licensees, I always push The HR Dept as a model of working. If you follow it, it works and can deliver you great success. Get in touch today to learn more about how becoming an HR Dept franchisee could work for you.

About the author:

Sarah Bradley heads up The HR Dept Leeds South.

If you think becoming a licensee sounds like the right fit for you, download our brochure or come along to a Discovery Event.