Contactless Franchises

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, up to 13% of the Canadian population is said to be suffering from social anxiety, and this means that returning to a workplace can be a source of great stress. For those who can work from home, this can be eased, but if you wish to be self-employed or need greater flexibility than that offered by permanent employment, there are alternatives to consider, and running a contactless franchise is one of them.


Defining A Contactless Franchise

A contactless franchise is a business in which the owner (and their staff, if they have any) do not come into direct face-to-face contact with their customers. There are many types of contactless franchises, and some of the most popular include maintaining and restocking vending machines, creating promotional merchandise and dispatching it by post, and internet-based work such as book-keeping and building and maintaining customers' websites where communication is traditionally done by email for record-keeping purposes.

There are a range of other franchise opportunities where, with some careful planning, entrepreneurs can carry out their duties very professionally without ever needing to see their customers face to face. For example, dog walking or grooming where the dog can be collected from the owner's home while they are out and cleaning or decorating properties, again with the owner not present. Maintaining holiday homes is a lucrative business and offers excellent opportunities for working autonomously and to a very exacting standard without needing to come into contact with other people.


Why Contactless

Although the Canadian government recognises anxiety as a disability, which therefore entitles some sufferers to disability benefits, this only addresses part of the problem. For many people, working is not only about the money it brings in. Working gives them a sense of purpose and is a powerful motivational tool to keep active. For those who do not function well in social situations, it is still possible to not only work, but to be their own boss, run their own company and thrive in business.

It may take a little bit more planning and an understanding franchisor, but when managed successfully, it can enhance a person's lifestyle, help ease them off benefits, give them purpose, and enable them to deliver a valuable service within their local community.



Franchising opportunities exist across a wide range of industries, and many are suitable for people who wish to work autonomously, set their own hours and benefit from the total flexibility that such businesses provide. For people suffering from social anxiety, such work can enhance their way of life and provide a healthy income at the same time.