Swap the home office for working outdoors

By Sarah Stowe | 03 Sep 2020 View comments

If you’re ready to ditch the home office and head out into the fresh air there’s no better time to think about the opportunities available to work outdoors as your own boss.

Spending your working day outside – in all weathers – isn’t for everyone. But if you are itching to get off the chair and you’re happy with your own company, then a service franchise could offer you a path to a new-found freedom.

Of course the home and garden franchises come to mind first, but search around and you’ll find other opportunities to build an outdoors business.

Benefits of working outdoors

  • Fresh air. Of course.
  • Physical activity.
  • You’ll get to enjoy the seasons – or at least a change in temperature!
  • No more screen-tired eyes from hunching over the laptop.
  • You won’t be pinned down to one workplace.
  • You’ll get to know the neighbourhood and become part of the community.
  • There may be the chance to split your territory or take on staff and more business.

Challenges of working outdoors

  • It’s physically demanding. You’ll be on your feet all day so you’ll need to be fit and healthy.
  • The weather. Like it or not, what’s happening outside will likely affect your service delivery.
  • Seasonality – some services are in high demand in summer but in winter see a drop in business.
  • When everyone’s enjoying the easy summer days, you may be at your busiest.
  • For a home and garden service you’ll probably need to operate a trailer.
  • You’ll most likely be working alone, at least until the business builds up.

7 franchises that love the outdoors

Deckseal

Working outdoors on residential and commercial properties | Inside Franchise Business

Working outdoors on residential and commercial properties | Inside Franchise Business

Deck and timber restoration and preservation services for residential and commercial clients, with very little competition in the marketplace, the company reports.

Fox Mowing & Gardening

The name says it all. The business is completely focused on its outdoor services, which it’s been operating since 2012.

Working outdoors as a gardening specialist | Inside Franchise Business

Working outdoors as a gardening specialist | Inside Franchise Business

Jim’s Pool Care

A well-established network of more than 110 franchisees this division of the Jim’s Group has been operating since 2003.

Pool cleaning keeps you outdoors | Inside Franchise Business

Pool cleaning keeps you outdoors | Inside Franchise Business

Jim’s Mowing

The original business that spawned a mega group.

Working outdoors | Inside Franchise Business

Working outdoors | Inside Franchise Business

Jim Penman launched his mowing business 31 years ago and it’s now a household name.

Poolwerx

Pool care customer service | Inside Franchise Business

Pool care customer service | Inside Franchise Business

A multi-award winning business which has more than 100 retail outlets and 400 mobile vans servicing customers, and multiple income streams.

Something a little different

Working outdoors in a hospitality role | Inside Franchise Business

Working outdoors in a hospitality role | Inside Franchise Business

We know you’re out there. Those with a social bent who would miss the interaction with customers, but would relish the flexibility of being an outdoors mobile operator.

Xpresso Mobile

A premium mobile cafe franchise system established eight years ago, backed by a team that’s been delivering mobile coffee for 25 years.

Indoors AND outdoors?

Working outdoors as a PT | Inside Franchise Business

Working outdoors as a PT | Inside Franchise Business

Get Going

For fitness fanatics, try this four year old personal training franchise that takes the gym to the customer’s home, backyard, park, beach.