Good news for geeks. In an increasingly technical world, computer and internet franchises offer an excellent way to keep up with the times and make a good living in the process. Computer and internet franchises offer unique opportunities for would-be small business owners with drive and ambition.
The demands of the technological age have created some unique opportunities for small business owners and franchises.
Although some technology consumers are up to speed on how to use their computers and internet gadgetry, many aren't. Even more, many businesses don't have the resources to employ IT staff and so they rely on outside companies to meet their technological needs.
Computer and internet franchises have successfully created a niche for themselves in the marketplace. Capitalizing on the ever-changing technological climate, these franchises now offer computer and internet services ranging from computer repair to internet maximization.
One example of a successful technology franchisor is WSI. In only ten short years, WSI has grown to more than 1,000 franchises in 87 countries. They have been consistently ranked in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 and are now considered one of the world's fastest growing global franchises. WSI's success has stemmed from its ability to help small and medium-sized businesses profit from the internet as well as from its ability to replicate its business system through franchising.
The computer and internet franchise industry is filled with similar success stories. Before you settle on a specific franchise, take some time to explore the many opportunities in the industry to determine which one is right for you.
Points to Consider
The computer/internet field presents possibilities for combining products and services from more than industry. For example, internet cafes are a booming trend, combining elements from the fields of both technology and coffee shop franchising. Consider researching franchises that offer similar combinations.
Owning a computer or internet franchise will require a certain level of technological saavy. It also requires a commitment to ongoing training in order to remain current on new technological developments. A lack of expertise doesn't necessarily disqualify you from franchise ownership, but it does mean that you'll have to hire one or more key employees you can depend on to fill the void.
WSI. Founded in 1995, WSI is a business-to-business franchise offering a complete range of internet services. With more than 500 franchisees in the U.S. and a 1,000 internationally, WSI is emerging as an industry leader in internet franchising.
Geeks On Call America. Geeks On Call was founded in 1999 to provide on-site service, repair, upgrades, networking, and training for small to midsized businesses that don't have an in-house tech staff. Although they are a newer franchise, they have grown steadily and currently have more than 230 U.S. franchisees.
Computer Renaissance. Computer Renaissance began in 1988 selling used PC products. Since then, they have expanded their line to now include name brand factory refurbished computer products, brand name computer components, and on-site & in-store service and repair. In 2005, they had approximately 100 U.S. franchises.
Wireless Toyz. The popularity of combining cellular phone technology with enhancements such as internet connectivity has created opportunities for small businesses like Wireless Toyz, a franchisor that specializes in state-of-the-art wireless technology. As of 2005, the company had 100 domestic franchises.
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