2020 has taught us a lot. And with the new year just around the corner, we realize how important it is to go into this next year with a game plan. Here are 5 franchising trends to look out for in 2021.
1. Pandemic Holdovers
Like many businesses, yours probably had to make some coronavirus-friendly adaptations this year. Several of these, such as curbside pickup and the increasing popularity of home delivery may be here to stay. As 2021 edges closer, the vaccine has begun to roll out and the air is buzzing with hope for a cure. A word of caution: in your eagerness for life to go back to normal, don’t forget or throw out what has been working during the pandemic. It might be worth keeping.
2. Changing Tides
2020 taught us what can and can’t live without. Essential businesses stayed open and those deemed non-essential adapted if they could. Some surprised us all by thriving in the most unlikely of circumstances. Is brick-and-mortar holding you back? What did the competition do to survive? Identifying your business’s vulnerabilities will help you overcome them.
3. Investor Interest
Franchising has proven its worth as a player in the long game. Investors looking for lasting security and steady profits will be looking to franchises more than ever in 2021. As a franchisor or franchisee, consider your strengths – what makes your business worth investing in? If you haven’t already done so, now is an excellent time to prepare an investment pitch.
When the CEO of Dippin’ Dots, Scott Fischer, thinks of his company, the word “diversification” comes to mind. As with many businesses, ice-cream-stands are contingent upon activities that were limited during the pandemic. According to an interview with Entrepreneur, Fischer is steering his company into 2021 with diversification at the forefront – utilizing existing patents for future innovations and investments. Diversifying your business allows you to have your hands in several pots while protecting your business from unforeseen circumstances. Proactively diversifying your franchise in 2021 will prepare you to expect the unexpected.
5. Picking Up the Pieces
The pandemic hit some industries harder than others. Many workers in food and beverage lost their jobs as restaurants closed nationwide. As unfortunate as this is, it creates a potential win-win for your business and for folks out of a job. Unemployment claims may no longer be sky-high, but millions of Americans are still out of work. Utilize this talent pool in 2021 to staff your business with hard-working professionals in need of a second chance. You’ll get the talent and skill you need while helping your neighbors get back on their feet.
We hope you will keep in mind these 5 franchising trends in 2021. By adapting, isolating vulnerabilities, becoming investor-friendly, diversifying, and diving into the talent pool, you and your business will not only survive but thrive in the new year.
From all of us here at The Entrepreneur Authority, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!