Saba Tauseef, Homewatch CareGivers
By Kristin Di Tommaso
In 2016, when Saba Tauseef decided to open her own business, she knew she could take one of two routes – either start from scratch and develop her own business concept, or join a trusted franchise with a successful system already in place. For the inexperienced entrepreneur with big dreams, the choice was obvious.
“I quickly came to the conclusion that purchasing a franchise was the best option for me because it would give me the opportunity to build a business based on a proven model in addition to having an experienced team behind me,” she says.
After researching franchise opportunities in her area, Saba came across Homewatch CareGivers.
Founded in 1980, Homewatch CareGivers and its franchise network have spent 37 years providing stellar home care services to disabled and rehabilitating clients in Canada, the United States and abroad. In addition to guaranteeing all franchisees “lifetime training,” Homewatch CareGivers’ family-like culture and high quality team of caregivers has appealed to countless entrepreneurs seeking to join the senior care industry.
Having spent the previous decade developing a strong interest in public health, working in the home care sector was the perfect fit for Saba. In 2005, after relocating to Qatar for her husband Tauseef’s job, Saba worked as a physician and anaesthesiologist in both Qatar and Pakistan, eventually securing a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene.
Her experiences abroad encouraged Saba to invest in a health-related industry when she returned to Canada in 2015, and she officially opened her Homewatch CareGivers location in Mississauga, Ontario earlier this year.
As a franchise owner, Saba says her primary focus is business development, which includes networking with key stakeholders, including local retirement homes, hospitals, physiotherapists, and long term care facilities.
And although she says she loves the behind-the-scenes aspects of her job, it’s working one-on-one with clients that truly makes Saba feel like she is making a difference in her community. “Client contact is extremely important to me,” she says. “I personally do assessments for all of our clients because I enjoy working with people. As an entrepreneur I take pride not only in helping others, but in leading a great team of caregivers.”
For entrepreneurs interested in investing in a Homewatch CareGivers franchise, Saba says it’s critical to understand the health care sector, and she encourages prospective franchisees to stay-up-to-date on changes happening within the industry.
Most importantly, Saba stresses that Homewatch CareGivers business owners should have a passion for working with people, saying it has been the daily interactions with clients that has made her career as a franchisee a rewarding one. “Working in this sector of the franchise industry has taught me humility,” she says. “It provides me the power to change the lives of others every day!”
Although just a few months into its commercial launch, Homewatch CareGivers of Mississauga has already secured dozens of clients, has built a solid reputation in the community and is getting good reviews from its clients and caregivers.