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19 08, 2019

Rock your franchise in 2019!

2019-08-19T15:33:24-04:00August 19th, 2019|

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Are you ready to make 2019 the best year your franchise has ever seen? Of course you are! Take a look below on how to make it happen:

Be visible online

Online orders, interactive check-ins and other device-related trends will dominate 2019. If your franchisor doesn’t already offer web-related perks, talk to them about how you work towards making them available to the public. In addition, put more effort into social media and advertising, Know where your customers hang out online, and meet and greet them there.

Customize

Customers don’t just purchase items; they curate them for the lifestyle they want. As such, your franchise needs to offer customization of its products or services. From meal service to pet-sitting, daycare to auto care, a one-size-fits-all approach will NOT work in 2019. But you don’t need to worry that customization will eat up your time and budget. It could be as simple as putting the customer’s name on an item, or altering a package deal to better suit them.

Accommodate customer needs

More than ever, there are customers who don’t just WANT customization; they NEED it because of health issues they’re dealing with. Make sure your franchise has a plan to accommodate those who are allergic or sensitive to gluten, dairy, or otherwise require something other than your standard menu of services.

Why be good when you can be truly great?

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5 08, 2019

You CAN open a franchise without worrying about money

2019-08-07T12:43:13-04:00August 5th, 2019|

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One of the biggest concerns for new franchise owners is, “Will I have enough money to open the business and run it successfully?” The answer is definitely YES. Take a look below to see why.

Squirrel money away

One way to be at your most financially comfortable during your franchise start up is to use saved money. Ideally, you’d have been saving for months or even years before the opening. But if your franchise nest egg looks a little fragile, see where you can cut items from your personal life to fund your dream.

Be a borrower

There’s no shame in borrowing money to open your franchise. People do it all the time. Borrowed money can come from a loan, investor, or even an online campaign to raise cash and awareness for your franchise.

Bargain hunt

There are budget-friendly options for every franchise. You just need to know where to look for them. Things like décor and stock items exist in every price range, and you don’t necessarily need to have the very best when you’re just starting out.

If you’re still worried about money when opening your franchise, talk to your franchisor. They may have even more ideas on how to save, so you can start up and breathe a sigh of relief!

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15 07, 2019

Are you prepared to open a franchise?

2019-07-15T17:41:55-04:00July 15th, 2019|

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Before you begin your exciting franchise journey, there are certain things that you need to do first. Take a look below for ways to prepare to open your very first franchise.

Assess yourself

This is a good time to take stock of yourself and see if you have what it takes to open a franchise. More specifically, do you have what it takes to open the TYPE of franchise you’re thinking of? Here are some questions to consider:

  • Are you able to save or borrow the necessary funds to start the franchise?
  • Do you have the technical or interpersonal skills to run the franchise properly?
  • If you do not have the required skills, will you be able to hire someone who does?

Assess the franchisor

It’s also a good idea to look closely at the franchise you’re buying. Not all of them are equally viable or enjoyable to run. Take a look at these questions:

  • Did you speak with other owners of the franchise’s branches?
  • What is the franchisor’s training program like?
  • How much support does the franchisor offer after purchase?
  • Have you done your due diligence before signing with the franchisor?

More questions to answer

This is only a sample of the kinds of questions that should run through your mind when you prepare to franchise. Be sure to have the franchisor address all your concerns beforehand, because after you purchase the franchise, it will be too late.

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1 07, 2019

How to scope out a franchise

2019-07-01T19:46:26-04:00July 1st, 2019|

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You’ve got your sights set on a certain franchise. It might be a fast-food restaurant, sports equipment store or car repair shop. But how do evaluate its potential as a business?

First the bad news

See what the worst aspects of a franchise are first. Search the web for complaints by customers and franchisees. Take these reports with a grain of salt, but if you see the same preventable problems popping up again and again, it could be a warning sign.

Too good to be true?

On the other hand, is your franchisor making their business seem too good to be true? Do they brag about earnings that are unrealistic for their industry sector? A realistic franchisor will be up front about the amount of work involved, and when a franchisee is likely to see an ROI (return on investment).

Look to grow

Search for a franchise that has an eye on the future. Restoring old cars? A small niche. Taking care of seniors? Much bigger growth potential due to the aging baby boomer population. Choose with care.

Once you’ve done your homework, deciding on the right franchise will be a lot easier. So batter up, franchise player! It’s time to put your eyes on the prize.

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17 06, 2019

Why are women so great at franchising?

2019-06-17T12:13:41-04:00June 17th, 2019|

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They say it’s a man’s world out there, but not where franchising is concerned! Women are taking the franchising business by storm, and with good reason. Below are just a few of them.

Serious organizational skills

Women are great at organizing (we’re looking at you, Martha Stewart!) – one of the key skills needed to successfully manage a franchise. Part of putting the right things and people in the right places is an eye for detail, as well as the ability to prioritize. It turns out women have these abilities in spades!

Amazing adaptability

Don’t think that just because a person works wonders with organizing means they’re glued to their plan. Franchisors need to remain flexible, which a lot of women already are (balancing home and work expectations much?). Ladies can think on their feet, and adapt quickly when they see something is – or isn’t – working.

Seamless communication

Anyone who is looking at a successful businesswoman is probably looking at someone who is a master communicator. Although women’s communication methods may differ from men’s, they know how to get their point across to staff, vendors, franchisors and their customers or clients.

Fiscally sound

Women aren’t about to part with their hard-earned dollars without a reason. When they do open franchises, they tend to be cautious with finances, which means they’re willing to start small in order to grow their franchise in the black.

Let’s hear it for the ladies!

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3 06, 2019

Why you must believe in yourself before owning a franchise

2019-06-03T14:17:22-04:00June 3rd, 2019|

 

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Owning a franchise takes more than hard work, start-up funds and support from your franchisor. Without that essential ingredient – confidence – your operation may be doomed before it starts. Don’t discount this key feature that separates successful franchises from ones that shut their doors almost as soon as they open.

You must lead so others can follow

Owning a franchise inevitably means having employees. It’s your duty to set an example for them. That example should be one of optimism, pride and the expectation of success. Just as an army is only as good as its general, a staff is only as good as the team leader in charge of it.

You must learn to deal with problems

Every beginning franchise has growing pains – and then usually a few more pains from time to time. As the owner, you will ultimately be responsible for arriving at a satisfactory solution. But if you don’t have the belief that you can do so, those solutions will prove to be elusive.

You must play to your strengths

You chose to own a franchise for a reason. It probably plays to your strengths, which may be a combination of team-building, working independently and providing for flexibility. Knowing your strengths is key so that, when you identify problems, you have the self-esteem to know you can tackle whatever may come.

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20 05, 2019

Is owning a franchise stressful?

2019-05-20T17:40:52-04:00May 20th, 2019|

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You’re interested in making the leap into franchise ownership, but are worried it will be too much for you. You wonder if you can really handle the stress that goes into running your own business. Below, we talk a little about the emotional aspects of being a franchisee – and some of them may surprise you.

Fewer working hours mean less stress

Instead of being chained to a desk 9-5, working for some huge corporation, a franchise owner can set their OWN hours. And no one expects the owner to be at the franchise 24/7. You may find yourself spending only a few hours a week there, while the rest of your working time involves networking with the community and planning for the future of your business. Sounds more exciting than stressful, right?

Loving equals less stress

Have you ever heard the expression “love what you do, and you’ll never work another day in your life?” Nothing could be truer when it comes to franchising. If you worked at your previous job because you saw no other options, but didn’t truly enjoy it, that’s a jail sentence. Working at a franchise that does something you love, whether it’s selling automotive parts or running a pet shop, adds a bit of that “vacation feeling” to every day!

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6 05, 2019

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams

2019-05-06T13:10:44-04:00May 6th, 2019|

36669394_MWhen you’re young, it seems like time inches forward. Every day is a year and every year an eternity.

However, this concept of time quickly changes once we enter the workforce, start families and begin working toward our life goals. One moment you’re graduating college and celebrating with friends, the next you’re blowing out the candles at your 45 birthday party and wondering where all of the time went.

Too often men and women alike put their dreams on the back burner, hoping at some point in the future they’ll be able to dedicate their time and energy to the things they love. While this is nice in concept, life is too short to assume you’ll eventually make time for the things you truly love. Why wait when you can take action today?

If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own business and are tired of running the 9 to 5 rat race, now is the perfect time to consider pursuing a franchise business opportunity. Hundreds of successful entrepreneurs didn’t even start their businesses until after their 50th birthday, some even later.

What we’re trying to say is this: age is just a number and everyone deserves to be happy. If your current career trajectory doesn’t get you excited, set aside some time to research franchising opportunities. No matter your age, now is the time to act. Will you heed the call?

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15 04, 2019

The tale of the nightmare boss

2019-04-15T20:56:27-04:00April 15th, 2019|

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It comes out from the deep. It’s hairy. It’s scary. It fills you with terror and dread during every waking moment. It is …

The Nightmare Boss.

Chapter one

It starts right when you arrive in the morning. No sooner do you put down your cup of coffee than Nightmare Boss is screaming in your ear. You’d better have those reports on his (or her) desk by noon! No, make it 11 o’clock. Then there’s ANOTHER set of reports he wants you to have on his desk by noon. Lunch break? You think you deserve a lunch break? Where do you think you are – on vacation?

Chapter two

The reports are done (both sets). You had to kill yourself to do them and your stomach is growling like a wild animal, but they’re done. Then, Nightmare Boss calls you into his office. You call these reports? I wouldn’t use these to line my birdcages. Do them over – ALL of them. I don’t care if you have to stay late – again.

Chapter three

You’re riding home in the car, bleary-eyed after what seems like another million-hour day. You can’t take much more of this. It’s far past dark. You haven’t eaten in 12 hours. Your doctor says you’re on the road to an ulcer. It’s official: if you don’t do something fast, Nightmare Boss is going to spell your doom.

Chapter four

Just before you pull off the highway to your exit, you spot a billboard. “Buy your own franchise,” it says. “Then, you can be your OWN boss.” Now there’s an idea. You’ve always thought you had what it takes. You have a little capital saved up. You’d never have to deal with Nightmare Boss again – and you certainly would be a better boss than he is.

So what are you waiting for? Give your story a happily ever after: be the boss of your own franchise today.

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1 04, 2019

What is the entrepreneur mindset?

2019-04-01T21:20:28-04:00April 1st, 2019|

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One of the biggest differences between employees and entrepreneurs isn’t the amount of money they make, their business hours or their working conditions. Although it’s true those can all vary, the most significant difference is something you can’t see: their mindset.

Ownership of problems

Employees often don’t take ownership of problems, i.e., don’t see themselves as responsible for the end result. Often, they’re in a certain place in an organization and are only responsible for the end result of that segment. But entrepreneurs know that, at the end of the day, they’re accountable for every result in their organization.

Goal-orientation

Similarly to ownership of problems, entrepreneurs have a goal-orientation. Employees, on the other hand, often have a process orientation. They put in only enough effort as is necessary to get the job done – not necessarily enough to get the job done well.

Taking risks

Employees are often risk-averse, and for good reason. To an employee, taking risks does not necessarily bring rewards. In fact, the opposite is often true. Taking risks may endanger the status quo, and depending on the company atmosphere, could get the former fired. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, empower themselves to take risks and know that sometimes, failure is just another cost of doing business.

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