Popular franchises often reflect widespread trends in society and business – such as food and exercise fads – that can come and go in the course of a few years. Yet one industry that is growing like crazy and will continue to do so indefinitely is security services. The security industry is expected to top $200 billion this year. It is spurring the expansion of a variety of security franchises across the U.S. to meet the protection requirements for a diverse range of customers.
The demand is huge for all kinds of security services – from monitoring retail stores and office complexes, to installing residential burglar alarms and fire alert systems, to checking up on employees. And, of course, the constantly changing landscape of the Internet is a virtual minefield of security threats with viruses, bugs, and spyware make web surfing hazardous for both home users and businesses.
Most security franchises don’t require prospective franchisees to have any background in the security business. That is the beauty of buying a franchise rather than starting up a new business all on your own. You’ll get training on how to use the equipment and deliver the services. What’s most important is being able to reassure your customers that your security franchise offers the right services to guard against security risks in their homes, offices or stores.
You don’t necessarily need to make a large financial investment to get started with a security franchise either.
MonitorClosely.com is a home-based business with tremendous earnings potential that requires a total investment of about $23 – 35k. The equipment provides 24/7 remote viewing access to any type of premise over the Internet. Shield Security Systems specializes in the sale, installation and monitoring of burglar alarms, fire alarms and other electronic security. Again the demand is tremendous – industry estimates indicate that burglaries occur every 15 seconds, yet 95% of all households do not have alarm systems.
Sometimes the biggest security threats can come from within, and more businesses are recognizing the need to protect themselves from inappropriate actions by employees. The effects of drug abuse in the workplace can be extremely costly in terms of increased workers compensation premiums, medical costs, diminished employee production and theft. The Drug Test Consultant (DTC) provides drug detection assessments, workplace drug testing and background checks for businesses. This is a new and burgeoning field that requires only a small investment of $8-9k to get started.
Information security has become a major concern for everyone scared by news media stories about identity theft and confidential data being lost or stolen. More than 27 million adults in the U.S. have been victims of credit and identity theft. The proliferation of computers in the home and the office is driving demand for better information protection and Internet security services. Several franchises now deliver these services to both business and residential customers. Fast-teks is a computer franchise that dispatches service technicians to provide computer troubleshooting; virus, worm and spyware removal; safe wireless networking and data back-up and recovery – all critical elements of comprehensive information security. This franchise does not require you to be a hands-on technician, but rather to manage the logistics of deploying techies and marketing the services.
Security is a high priority in today’s uncertain, increasingly violent world. It is field ripe for entrepreneurs ready to meet the demand for protective services.