Market Happenings: Australian business celebrates female franchise owners this Business Women’s Day

Home Instead Senior Care is a specialist, national provider of high quality in-home care for older Australians and celebrated its successful female franchise owners recently, marked by Business Women’s Day on 22nd of September

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Home Instead Senior Care is a global network of locally owned and independently operated franchises around the globe. In Australia alone, there are 24 franchises and this number is growing. Of those franchises, 16 are owned by females and the head office has seen these businesses in particular go from strength to strength.

Sue McGarry from Home Instead’s Sydney Upper North Shore says about owning her own franchise, “I love being my own boss. Owning and running my own business is more satisfying and fulfilling than working for someone else. It was a bit of a shock having to spend money to make money after having a well-paid job for so long. Learning to be frugal was a challenge but now I am so much better with my finances. As a woman in business, I’m so proud of taking the leap of faith and leaving my corporate life, even after I’d just received a promotion and everything was going so well. I thought, if I can get a promotion without my heart being in it, what can I achieve when it is?” says Sue.

Toowoomba’s franchise owner, Donna Weis, was attracted by the challenge of building a business from the ground up. As a single mother of five children, she is no stranger to hard work but she was inspired to take the biggest risk of her career and buy her own business. “I did it all on my own. I left a secure job, sold my house and put everything I had into the business. Looking back now, I don’t know where the inspiration came from. It was a huge risk but even now, barely twelve months later, the risk is already paying off. I can now give my children the secure future I always wanted for them,” says Donna.

Suzanne McLoughlin is the epitome of a leader in her community. She owns Home Instead’s Melbourne Outer East office, chairs two Aged Care Networks and participates in four others. “I am rewarded every time people talk about me being a leader in the community regarding aged care, as that is something I aspire to. I want to really make a difference and advocate for change. I’m so proud that I inspire others to reach for the stars,” she says. Suzanne’s advice to other business women is simple but powerful. She says, “Live your life with passion and ensure what you do aligns with your purpose in life because this will always lead to fulfilment.” 

Business Women's Day aims to inspire and empower women in business. It brings businesswomen together to create professional opportunities and encourage support and equality,