In these much troubled times it is so very difficult just to find employment, and when one does the wages are invariably low, the terms wholly unreasonable and job security to all intents and purposes non-existent.
And why shouldnt it be that way? There are after all thousands of people out there who would give their arms and legs to be in your position, simply having a job, no matter how poor the working environment. If you dont like it, an interview at the Job Centre and a long, arduous, pulse-raising struggle to convince the utterly disinterested customer services person that you might be entitled to 65 per week awaits you.
Under the circumstances there is certainly a lot more dignity to be found in self-employment. Being ones own boss and enjoying all the fruits of ones own labour do seem to be an attractive alternative. But with no finance available to you to assist you with start-up costs, and with your potential customers themselves all struggling just to pay for their essentials each week you could still be onto a hiding to nothing. If you fail to sell anything there will be no income for you at the end of the week. You are completely on your own, you either swim or else you sink.
So perhaps in these times of austerity it would make better sense to consider the option of franchising. With a good franchise operation you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of a support network from a company of experts, whilst still retaining the independence to work at your own pace and according to your own style.
Of course franchises themselves arent by any means immune to the negative effects of recession and the diktats of the market, so when considering which field to operate in it is very important to take into account the product or service that is on offer and the extent to which it offers you protection against financial insecurity.
One area in which business is certainly still being done is pet shop franchises. Most people who keep pets treat them as if they were a member of their own family, and families do not cast out their kin even when times are very hard. A business trading in pet supplies will still find custom even at a time when your clients are cutting back on essentials like heating and food.
Although such a franchise might typically operate along the lines of an online pet shop, in other words a dropshipping type operation with supplies being centrally stored and processed, there are frequently local retail options available with which to supplement your core income. Dog walking, dog food and pet supplies to sell locally, for instance.
Because people will always own pets, there will always be an opening for pet shop franchises. They could in fact prove to be one of the most stable, dependable sources of income in the job market today.