Tailor Maid-Self Employment 40 year high

imageSelf-employment is higher than at any point over past 40 years, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS says 4.6 million people were self-employed in their main job in 2014, accounting for 15% of those in work, which is the highest percentage since data were first collected. There were also an additional 356,000 employees who had a second job in which they were self-employed.

It adds that the rise in total employment since 2008 has been predominantly among the self-employed and is mainly due to fewer people leaving self-employment than in the past despite the fact that the average income of self employed people has fallen by 22% since 2008/9.

Total employment in the second quarter of 2014 was 1.1 million higher than in the first quarter of 2008, just before the economic downturn that hit the UK. Of this increase, 732,000 was among people who are self-employed so the rise in total employment since 2008 was predominantly among the self-employed. The total number of employees rose by 339,000 over the same period.

The percentage of people starting self-employment, also known as the inflow rate, over the past 20 years has been fairly constant, hovering around 36% to 38%. The percentage of people leaving self-employment, or the outflow rate, was between 32% and 37% until the most recent five-year period where it fell to 23%. The ONS speculates that the reasons for this include difficulty in finding employed work and people working beyond the state pension age.

It says self-employed workers tend to be older than employees and are more likely to work higher (over 45) or lower (8 or less) hours than employed workers. The number of over 65s who are self employed has more than doubled in the last five years to reach nearly half a million.

The number of women in self-employment is increasing at a faster rate than the number of men. In 2014 women made up just under one third of the self-employed (1.4 million). Since 2009 the number of self-employed women has increased by 34%. By comparison over the past five years the number of self-employed men has risen by 15% to 3.1 million in 2014. Despite the rise in women being self-employed, men still make up 68% of self-employed workers, says the ONS.

It suggests part of the reason is that work in skilled trades in male-dominated industries such as construction have suffered more from the effects of the economic crisis than the service sector and professional occupations that self-employed women tend to work in. The top three occupations for self-employed women are cleaners and domestics, childminders and related occupations and hairdressers and barbers.

The most common self employed roles overall are working in construction and taxi driving and in recent years there have been increases in self employed management consultants.

The ONS adds that across the European Union the UK has had the third largest percentage rise in self-employment since 2009

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Tailor Maid Home-Surge in women setting up their own businesses


More women are setting up their own business because they fear discrimination in the board room and because the internet has made it easier for them to set up a business, according to a new survey from Freelancer.co.uk.

The survey of 2,000 women across the UK showed that there had been a rise of 29% in the number of women who said they were starting up their own business in the last 12 months because they felt it was the only way they could run their own company.

The survey found that almost 60% of women had set up an ecommerce site or were using sites like Freelancer.co.uk to find freelancers to outsource essential work that was needed to set up in business, such as logo design, e-commerce website creation, marketing and business plans. Others had crowdsourced designs for logos for their business.

The survey also found that almost half of the 39% rise were part-time entrepreneurs, doing one job while starting up their own business.

Freelancer.co.uk figures also show a 73% rise in earnings from the self-employed using the site in 2012. It also shows that more than a third of those registering will set up their own business and start employing other people to work for them.

According to Bill Little, Freelancer.co.uk’s European Director, it has never been a better time for women to start up on their own. “There has been a surge of women starting up their own businesses. Many women now are able to turn their ideas for a business into reality thanks to technology changes that helps the self employed work,” he said.

“Yet women are being highly innovative using online technologies to start up success businesses quickly and cheaply. They are taking their dreams and turn them into reality at a quicker rate than men in the UK today,” he said.

“What’s more, as these new businesses begin to grow they can access a network of skilled freelancers from around the world to support their business.”

Tailor Maid-Mums back to work

There have never been more women active in the workforce. The female employment rate hit a record high of 67% in December, while according to think tank Demos freelancing among mothers has risen 24% in just two years.

So many women are choosing to return to demanding careers after taking time out when their children are young that it’s become known as making a ‘mumback’.

High profile mums like the singer Lily Allen and Ruby McGregor-Smith, chair of the Women’s Business Council, are showing that going back to work after having career break doesn’t have to mean settling for a part-time job far below your skill level.

Despite this, a recent survey showed that 70% of women are worried about the consequences of taking time out of the workplace. So what’s the real story for mothers who are looking to make their own ‘mumback’?


While some of the factors which contribute to women returning to work are financial, it’s not just that many mums need to bring home the bacon and look after the baby. Personal and professional fulfilment ranks highly too.

“I always had a strong work ethic and enjoyed running my own business before having children,” says Alison Shadrack, who after a successful career in e-commerce and marketing started Adia PR and now employs other mums in her company. “I was really missing the working life and wanted to achieve some personal business goals again.”

This is echoed by Julie Cox, who during her career as an actress starred alongside Elijah Wood, Sir Derek Jacobi and Vanessa Redgrave, before becoming a mother and subsequently starting her own online retail business, Luke Drew This.

“I went from a successful career as an actress surrounded by talented and inspiring people to a very rewarding, but honestly quite mundane life of routines set around my child’s needs. Starting my own business has rekindled a mental spark I felt I had lost, I am definitely a better mum now I feel inspired again,” she says.

When it comes to the fiscal aspect it’s not just a tale of mums needing to support themselves. Cox mentions that she didn’t want to be financially dependent on her husband, while one of Shadrack’s motivations was to build a safety net for her family, even though her husband was able to support them.

When you need £340,000 in your pension pot to get a modest income in retirement, a degree costs £53,000 and house prices are rapidly rising, returning to work often makes financial sense in the long-term, allowing a couple to create a nest egg and protecting against the threat of unemployment.


By far the biggest challenges facing mums looking to stage a ‘mumback’ are childcare and lack of flexible working patterns. Childcare costs have risen by 27% since 2009, which can make working unaffordable for many women, and although employers must consider flexible working requests, there is no obligation to grant them.

“My partner is away a lot and without family nearby or affordable childcare, running a business from home that I can work around school hours is the only solution,” says Cox.

However, joining the mumpreneur ranks can mean long and irregular hours, even if it fits in better with the children’s schedules.

“I sometimes have to do some work over a weekend which impacts on family life,” says Shadrack, who also fits in work in the early hours of the morning.


Both Shadrack and Cox’s stories show that ‘mumbacks’ can be very successful, even when a completely new career direction is taken.

“I was worried that my business would not be financially viable,” says Cox. “I’m approaching the end of my first year, and not in huge profit, but I’m now confident it’s worth it.”

For Cox the successes aren’t just financial, but include the satisfaction of learning a host of new skills, from web design to marketing.

“I set myself what I considered an ambitious monthly income to achieve for the first six months and I am now exceeding that monthly income by 300%,” says Shadrack. “I didn’t imagine I would need to hire anyone in the first 12 months and after six months I took on my first account manager. Elle is also a mum and is working with me three days a week.”

Shadrack hopes to employ more people in the future, including offering flexible and part-time opportunities to other mothers.

While money is a significant motivating factor in ‘mumbacks’, after speaking to mothers it’s clearly not the only one, with professional satisfaction, increased confidence, the opportunity to learn new skills and mental stimulation also being important.

*Sarah Willis is a freelance business and finance journalist, covering a range of subjects including personal finance and business start-ups.

Eco Friendly Cleaning Services

Tailor Maid is now embracing Green Cleaning and in making a commitment to the environment is introducing eco-friendly cleaning products in to our domestic cleaning.

This new service will be for clients who are passionate about not using chemicals in the home to clean with.

Environmental Cleaning Benefits

Lowers your carbon footprint
Gentle but effective cleaning products
No harmful chemicals or detergents
Completely environmentally friendly

We ensure that all the cleaning products we use are eco-friendly, right down to the packaging and production of the solutions. So you can rest assured that your cleaning requirements will be carried out to the highest standards, without impacting on your environment.

Tailor Maid Home-Women In The Cleaning Industry

The following article is from Behind the Broom and is written by Judy Gillies, President and Founder of the Surge Group.

There is a growing trend occurring in the boardrooms of the cleaning industry that is incrementally changing the dynamics of how cleaning operations are managed. That growing trend relates to the number of women that hold executive positions in the corporate realm of today’s cleaning enterprises.

Like most businesses today, diversity in the workplace has become an important issue and has opened up not only avenues of debate and discussion, but opportunities for different age-groups, ethnic minorities and, of course, women to step up to the plate and assume executive and management positions they are qualified to hold. Various studies have shown that this growing diversity in the boardroom can offer many benefits to a company including new ideas, varying viewpoints and fresh insights that aid in problem-solving, strategic planning and service enhancement. Such effectiveness has given credence to businesses around the world to adopt a diverse corporate staff and, as such, the windows of opportunity have flown wide open for anyone with the drive, determination, education and experience to advance in their chosen field. Business dynamics are shifting in all industries on a global scale. Needless to say, the cleaning industry is no different.


For many decades, cleaning has traditionally been considered a woman’s job and at the entry level, it has conventionally provided a pathway for female breadwinners to enter the workforce. Even as current as 2012, Catalyst.org. reported that ‘maids and house-keeping cleaners are a female-dominated occupation in the U.S., with females making up eighty-nine percent of the workforce’. However, the truth of the matter is, the corporate side of the commercial cleaning industry has historically been largely male-dominated. Even today it is apparent, in many boardrooms, that the majority of executive positions are still held by men.

The tide is gradually changing now, as the wave of diversity makes its way through the global markets. The cleaning industry, like all other businesses, is seeing more and more women stepping into executive-level positions and taking the helm as leaders in their companies. Whether the role is as a facility manager, business owner, or cleaning contractor, more and more opportunities are continually opening up for women in the cleaning industry. A large majority of women who have achieved success in the cleaning industry have done so by starting their own cleaning business and building it from the bottom up, or by purchasing/taking over the family business. Franchise opportunities are also beginning to be an option for women. As well, there are well-established companies in which women, with the proper education and experience, can climb the corporate ladder and assume their place in the boardroom.


Starting a new business, taking over an existing business, or working one’s way up to a management position in a company presents many challenges to anyone who pursues that path, but for women in the commercial cleaning industry, there can be greater challenges. Gender-based issues have always played a role in the advancement of women in society. Luckily, in my experience as a female cleaning consultant, women are being encouraged to forge new paths; to go out and get the education, skills and training required to be an effective leader. I see more and more women today gravitating to this career path. They are becoming qualified and applying for cleaning management positions, not only because the industry is seeking diversity, but because it has developed in recent years, a much more professional approach and outlook.

Notwithstanding, it is true that women and men in management in the commercial cleaning industry do face the same business-based challenges. They just have to approach those challenges differently, because they are coming from very different backgrounds with very different points of view. Ultimately, women may have had to work harder to gain their success, but this only makes them stronger, more determined and more capable. In turn, this greatly benefits the companies they represent and adds resilience to the commercial cleaning industry. Fortunately, there are many men out there who recognize this fact and there is a marked increase in the number of qualified women who join their ranks every day.

So how, and where, can women advance themselves? As a vital and ever-expanding service industry, the cleaning corporations of today offer opportunities in management, technology and innovation. Fortunately, there is support available in many forms. Besides being a member of The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA), Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), women can also join the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), which allows women from all industries to network and support each other.


Numerous studies show that women and men do tend to lead differently in the workplace. Women naturally bring different perspectives and voices to the table, to the debate and to the decisions, and it is that fresh approach and outlook that helps strengthen any team. Flexibility and adaptability certainly seem to be a common thread amongst the women who have achieved notable success in this field. These attributes help to advance change and innovation.

In reality, managing a successful cleaning operation becomes more than just a gender numbers contest. It is about improving business performance by having a rich and varied board that can collectively consider issues and promote effective leadership qualities with a common goal in mind. Having a balanced team of both men’s and women’s perspectives, along with a wide range of different skills, experiences, opinions and lifestyles is a great benefit when it comes to making decisions regarding cleaning operations. With such a diverse board, customers and stakeholders have a better chance of being heard and understood. A higher level of creativity and dedication in solving problems, strategic planning and handling management issues, allows for greater expansion and growth for the company.

Establishing that balance within the boardrooms of the cleaning industry remains our biggest challenge. To inspire other women to take on these positions and carve a brighter path for the future is, hopefully, the legacy all women in the industry will leave behind. The winds of change are coming, with the future of the cleaning industry holding great promise for those who choose to see it. Like the Olympics, we can start looking forward to the day when the industry will have ‘a female on every team’ and that will be ‘truly great’.

Cleaning Franchise For Women-Tailor Maid Home

Women based Franchise Opportunity Guide.

Women franchisees are present in every franchise business sector – as well as serving as CEOs and presidents of franchise brands. While there is no such thing as a “women-only” franchise, there are franchise opportunities chosen more frequently by women than by men.
Reasons for choosing one franchise opportunity or industry over another vary with each individual, but over the years some common themes have appeared. Many women have chosen franchise brands that provide them with the flexibility to balance work and family, such as home-based businesses. Some franchise opportunities can combine work and family, such as women’s health and fitness, or after-school programs, for example. Other industries often chosen by women in franchising include hair salons, real estate and appraisal, senior services, lab testing services, business services, pets, and many more. Some young mothers even have founded franchise brands to meet their own needs, starting with friends, then turning it into a business, which they later franchised.

Courtesy of Franchising.com

Tailor Maid Home -Things to avoid when buying a franchise


Taking on a franchise is a big step. Whether it is a step towards success or financial crisis depends largely on how the process is undertaken.

Here are five things to avoid if you want buying a business to be a positive and beneficial experience:

1. Don’t rush into anything

There are so many things to consider when you are thinking of buying a business that it has to be a slow process. Otherwise, some important factors are likely to be overlooked in the rush.

This procedure, by which a potential franchisee thoroughly investigates the business they intend to buy, is called due diligence.

2. Don’t accept any claims without proof

Any information presented to you should always be verified before you accept it as true.

This sounds very cynical, but it is your professional duty to be certain that the company’s finances, assets and goodwill are as the franchisor states; future employees’ livelihoods, as well as your own, will rely on this.

This includes statements regarding qualitative issues, such as the growth rate of the company to date, any training systems in use and any unique selling points that will enable the business to thrive in a competitive market.

3. Don’t keep concerns to yourself

The franchisor has a wealth of experience in the field you propose to enter and you should prepare a comprehensive collection of questions for them so you can get an in-depth picture of the franchise.

If any answers are not as you would hope, discuss this with the franchisor; you may have misunderstood or the franchisor may be able to address your worries and put your mind at rest.

If the franchisor can’t answer a question at all, find a way to get the answer from another source and consider whether their lack of an answer is, in itself, a cause for concern.

4. Don’t think you have to know everything

You may have what it takes to be an excellent manager but still experience great trepidation when it comes to interpreting accounts.

Don’t be embarrassed by this; if accountancy were easy, the professionals wouldn’t get paid so much.

Therefore, unless you are an expert, it makes perfect sense to ask somebody who understands the language of finance to explain any such information to you.

5. Don’t take a back seat

In the course of your discussions with the franchisor, you will develop a picture of what is expected of you and what you can expect in return.

When this translates to the creation of a franchise agreement, don’t leave it all to the lawyer; let them know what you have been promised and ask them to explain the agreement to you completely before you add your signature and make that final commitment.

Due diligence protects everybody: It protects the franchisor because it means that they are putting their business’ reputation into the hands of a responsible person; it protects any employees you will have because you are making sure their training and work conditions will be adequate and, most of all, it protects you, because it’s only by knowing exactly what you are taking on that you can be sure that the franchise is the right fit.

By Franchise Sales.com

Women in Franchising

Women in franchising

The Facts:

  • More women are now starting to get involved in franchising, with 39% of recent franchisees women compared with only 21% in 2003 (NatWes/bfa Survey 2010)
  • Franchisors said they would like to see an increase in enquiries from women more than any other group.
  • Self-motivation and hard-work are more important to franchisors than gender, qualifications or experience when they are looking at prospective franchisees.

Why franchising needs women

imageFranchising in the UK is a growing industry sector but there have been concerns that the continuing growth of the sector could be restricted by franchisors failing to make use of female talent in the market place.

There is a huge group of talented female entrepreneurs who are unaware of the different sorts of franchise opportunities available. The misconception is that franchise opportunities are either restricted to man-in-a-van operations in male-dominated industries or traditional female opportunities such as cleaning, nursing and childcare. This is not the case. Opportunities are available from building and property services to estate agency and letting services, training, cleaning & recruitment, food & drink, health & beauty and all can be effectively run by women.

 Why women make good franchisees

Franchisors primarily look for work experience preferably in marketing or sales in their potential franchisees but most important is a hardworking and self-motivated attitude. Women possess these key skills as much as men which are transferable to running their own businesses.

Franchising also offers opportunities for women seeking flexible working hours in order to supplement a family income or juggle the responsibilities of home and children. Many franchises offer the flexibility to work from home or irregular hours so that there is no need for the usual trade off between family and business commitments, and provide the perfect work/life balance solution.

 Changing the mindset

customerHow franchising is becoming more appealing to women

In the US more than a third of all franchisees are women. The UK franchise industry is aiming for this figure.

The British Franchise Association (bfa), in conjunction with Business Link, has been funded by the European Commission Social Fund to promote franchising to groups under-represented in the current franchise market, women being a key audience.

Courtesy of Women in Franchising

Cleaning Franchise For Women – Tailor Maid Home




If you’ve acknowledged the fact that time goes by fast and the only way to live the life you want to live is by actually knowing what you want then *hurray* you’re on your way to succeeding.

Being super clear about what you want and believing that you can make it happen puts you ahead of the game. Lack of clarity and belief in your own abilities are two of the biggest reasons why people don’t succeed. So get clear & start believing.


If you have that inner trust and faith that somehow things will work out you’re more likely to succeed, because believing that things will work out will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off track.


If you’ve come across strange, mean people who would rather see you stumble and fall, instead of succeed, and you used their comments to fuel your desire to succeed, rather than stop you, then congratulations for not letting someone else kill your dreams. Too many dreams are squashed by people who don’t want others to succeed. I’m glad you’re not letting that happen to you. Stay strong – this is your life, make it spectacular and don’t let anyone stop you.


If you’ve gone off track, found the road’s become a little bumpy… even faced huge blocks along the way, and throughout it all you’ve kept going then you’re closer to succeeding than you think. The entrepreneurial journey is not always easy and it’s the people that hang on that succeed. So carry on being the kind of person that will hang on, even when everyone else has let go.

Are there going to be times when things feel hopeless? Yes. Will there be moments when you want to quit? Absolutely. But be your tenacious, brilliant self and you’ll pull through.


If you work from the heart, doing something that you love and being your true authentic self, then not only will you succeed, you’ll have way more fun and enjoy the journey more. Life is way better when you put your heart and soul into it.


Being an entrepreneur requires guts. You have to have the courage to put your ideas out into the world… which can be terrifying. You have to have the confidence to ask for help, even though you might get turned down. You have to be prepared to put yourself out there and try, even though you might fall on your face.

But when you do, what you can accomplish is amazing. If you’re the person that’s not afraid to fail then it’s a huge sign that you’re going to succeed.


Succeeding takes hard work, determination, focus, effort, discipline. If you’ve made the commitment to yourself to be the person you need to be in order to succeed, then you are well on your way. Getting rid of the bad habits and replacing then with good ones, like being organised, staying focused on what you need to do, putting in the effort to make it happen, disciplining yourself to do whatever it takes – this is what will set you apart. Ask yourself every day, “what kind of person do I need to be today in order to succeed?” and then become that person. Always make sure kind, authentic and honest are in the mix 🙂

 How many of these things are you?  Courtesy of Female Entrepreneur Association

Cleaning Franchise – Tailor Maid Home



Low start up costs.

Minimum start up costs due to your business been run from home.

Proven Business Formula

Tailor Maid is an established business and as a franchisee you will have all of our training, support and experience behind you to help you build a successful business. The earning potential for a Tailor Maid franchisee can be seen in the earning potential section of this prospectus.


The key to our growth is marketing to pre-identified “top end” of the market clients. These professional clients demand a high  quality service that provides fully screened and vetted cleaners who are friendly, reliable and have good timekeeping skills

Exclusive Territorycleaner

Franchisees are each given an exclusive territory in which they are able to operate and market solely. The size of the territory depends on the choice of each franchisee but it does provides unlimited expansion opportunities.


It is imperative that the quality of the Tailor Maid brand is reflected in any dealings with clients so that they see they are dealing with a reputable brand. As a Tailor Maid franchisee you will use our processes, logo, website, name, stationary and systems. This will help you to get off to a good start and build your confidence.

Training and support programme

Initially your tailor Maid business will be built module by module. You will be given advice on all aspects of setting up your business and shown how to manage a premium residential programme.