You’ll be selling products and services that every business uses and needs to restock on a regular basis. If you look around any office, you’ll likely see dozens of the items we sell: paper, pens, ink cartridges, staplers, business cards, brochures, promotional gift items, and even cleaning products and break room supplies including coffee and snacks.
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Would you like to own your own business? Starting one from scratch can be daunting as well as risky. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s a way to bypass most of the challenges with our ‘business-in-the-box’ Crane Business Solutions franchise.
I’m Michael Crane, the founder and owner of Crane Business Solutions. Having started in 2002, I know first-hand how much hard work it takes to set up a business from scratch and then grow it into a thriving company. Now, I have made it my mission to help you get a much easier start!
As a new franchisee, you’ll be handed a business that is ready to go from day one!
How is this possible?
I’ve put all the required and thoroughly tested systems and procedures in place to make it easy for you to run your new business. You’ll also get lots of training and support as you grow your revenues. In fact, we’ll do most of the work FOR you!
All you have to do is find customers, and we’ll even help you with that. And here’s the key to success: You’ll be selling products and services that every business uses and needs to restock on a regular basis. If you look around any office, you’ll likely see dozens of the items we sell: paper, pens, ink cartridges, staplers, business cards, brochures, promotional gift items, and even cleaning products and break room supplies including coffee and snacks.
Paired with excellent customer service, this means plenty of repeat business. Of course, you’ll also benefit from our established brand name!
Now I’m sure you have questions. What will it take to get started?
Many new businesses, including restaurants and even coffee shops require lots of up front investments… and very long hours and hard work. Others, such as cleaning franchises, may require that you get your hands dirty scrubbing floors or cleaning ovens, at least when your employees call in sick.
This won’t be the case with a Crane franchise. In fact, you can work from your kitchen table. All you need is a computer and a phone.
You won’t have to work long hours either! Since we’ll do all the back office work, you can run your Crane franchise part-time. Your main job will be to grow your customer base - and you can even hire a sales professional for that.
We also strive to keep our franchise fees very manageable so you’ll find it easy to get started.
And what about territories? We’re not geographically bound to a certain location like for example a restaurant would be. Instead, we can and do serve customers in the entire country, and you will be able to as well.
Once you bring in new customers, they’ll stay yours for as long as you own the franchise! How many business owners do you know who are not local to your area? You can get your business started with a bang just by contacting them all.
I started Crane Business Solutions’ first Franchise Pilot (Sandwich) in May 2015. Although I had a solid background in sales, the products and services were new to me. I had been used to selling a much smaller range of products, and nowhere near the 60,000 products available through Crane. So I was happy that the ongoing training and support was of the highest level and made me feel comfortable and confident when approaching potential customers and leads.
Within days I had my first account and order, which gave me a buzz and the hunger to get the next one, and the next one. My customer base grew and grew on a monthly basis, as did the sales of the entire office, so we moved to a larger office and employed 2 more staff after just 3 months.
The size of the businesses I was targeting also grew as my confidence, product knowledge, and my appetite for more increased. Before I knew it, I was having meetings with national and international organisations. This meant my sales and margins were rising and rising all the time and continue to do so. After just 2 short years I can now boast turnover of £240,000 per annum.
Every day is a new opportunity because of the immense range of products and services available to me. One day, I am supplying business cards and letterhead paper through our print facility to a recruitment agency. The next day, I am supplying furniture to a bank through our office furniture arm. And just today, the country’s largest plumbing group requested a quote on branded clocks (in the shape of bathtubs). The possibilities are truly endless with Crane Business Solutions. In the meantime, our Sandwich pilot office has grown to 7 Sales and 3 Admin staff members. The growth has been so fast because every member of the team can see the benefits and rewards of being a part of something incredible.
I recommend that if you’re thinking of joining the Crane community as a franchisee, make a point of visiting our Sandwich franchise pilot office. You’ll be able to see for yourself the potential a Crane franchise offers for growing your own business.
As a sales specialist in Crane’s franchise pilot office, I’ve been virtually running my own franchise, and I’m getting the support I need from the administrative staff, much like a new franchisee would. In fact, new franchisees would be in a very similar situation, and will have the potential to grow their own business as I have grown mine.
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