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  1. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. April 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. JUMP! Three Reasons the Franchise Model Works! By Natalie Barnes, President, Business Alliance, Inc. You may be a natural entrepreneur or someone who has always dreamed of owning your own business. Either way, or somewhere in between, you owe it to yourself to jump in and review the franchise model. A franchise can benefit the high-risk tolerance person to the more conservative person who needs predictability and support. But not all franchises are created equal. The “best” model is based on your goals. Let’s review three key reasons why the franchise model can benefit you. 1. The Interdependent Relationship! The relationship between the franchisor (corporate office) and the franchisee is a “win-win”. The franchisor offers a proven system and supports the franchisee to be successful. And in return, the franchisor gets a percentage of that success in royalty fees. What the franchisee wants: support, predictability, proven system, and success! And of course, the franchisor wants the same thing. 2. A Proven System with Strong Support! I must address that the proven system is for established brands only! And this is huge. Imagine starting a company with the ability to have a realistic forecast of growth, group purchasing power, marketing, and site negotiation. In addition, you have support from other franchisees and the corporate office to help you maneuver through the ups and downs of business. Why? Because they have been there and it is beneficial for a brand to have all franchisees be successful. The more successful the franchisees, the stronger their brand becomes. 3. Funding Options and Availability! Buying any business, franchise or not, is expensive. When that business is a franchise, there often are more funding opportunities available to the buyer. The franchise may be an SBA Approved Registry brand, meaning the FDD has already been approved by the SBA which may shorten the loan processing time. And an SBA loan is just one of many options. There are companies that specialize in funding franchises. Depending on the person and the franchise will depend on the options they have to get a loan to buy the franchise company. What Do Franchisors Look For in a Prospect? Most people would answer financial qualifications. While having the necessary amount of liquid capital and net worth is a consideration, financial qualifications are secondary. Yes, the prospect must be financially qualified, but money alone is not the main qualifying factor. Having sufficient financial resources just indicates that the prospect has the “price of admission”. Franchisors look for prospects who are bright, enthusiastic, have entrepreneurial spirit, are willing to work hard / smart; and someone who has a good attitude towards teamwork and is willing to work within a collaborative working environment. Franchises are collaborative working environments and are in the people business. So, franchises get awarded to people based on their human characteristics. Often a Franchise Representative will ask a candidate, “What are you looking to achieve by owning your own business?” The purpose of the question is not to see if the candidate can articulate a “right answer”, but instead, to find out if the candidate is prepared and can intelligently explain why they want to be self-employed and what they are looking to accomplish through business ownership. Also, a Franchisor is looking for candidates who are decisive and can make a reasonable decision without having 100% of the information / facts. You might be wondering why this is important. Well, when you own a business, the majority of your time is spent making decisions, and most decisions will have to be made after receiving / reviewing about 60%- 75% of the information. Franchisors understand buying a franchise is a big step in a candidate’s life and he / she will want to be deliberate. But, a serious candidate always stays on task and works through the process in a reasonable amount of time. Candidates need to be willing to move through the due diligence / validation steps carefully, but without dragging their feet. Again, Franchisors are seeking candidates who can and will follow a system, and be able to make sound decisions within a reasonable time-frame. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Outdoor Lighting… design…create…outdoors As the category founder, this concept stands alone as the world’s oldest and largest outdoor lighting franchise company. Has custom-designed and installed Eco-friendly low voltage exterior and landscape lighting at more than 70,000 homes and businesses since our inception. Provides rigorous training, proven sales, support and marketing systems that enable our franchisees to sell, design and install professional outdoor lighting systems – with unparalleled service and attention to detail. With attractive gross profit margins and a sales closing ratio of over 65%, this is a strong choice for franchise candidates seeking a home-based business with few employees, low overhead, recurring revenue and great growth potential. Also works tremendously well as an add-on to an existing business. We specialize in the design, installation, and service of landscape and architectural lighting systems for both commercial and residential customers. We also sell and install lighting control automation for interior and exterior lighting applications. In 2010 added a holiday lighting program creating a "three businesses in one" approach, helping our franchise owner's extended their selling season with a unique opportunity. 3 Businesses in 1: Residential Landscape Lighting Commercial Lighting (Retrofit for huge energy (Green) savings) Holiday Lighting for Home Owners and Businesses Strong Profit Margins Excellent Annual Recurring Revenue Low Investment Superior Marketing and Lead Generation Exceptional Cross-selling opportunities Strong customer Referrals Ideal Candidate: Enjoys meeting and working with new customers, has a strong commitment to service and enjoys creative and/or visual thinking. Sales and marketing skills are a plus, but not mandatory due to our extensive training program. The typical profile of a franchisee: Man or woman, could be a husband and wife team 35-50 years of age College educated, usually with a four-year degree Background in business management, customer service, high-end premium retail, marketing or sales are preferred; Evidence of leadership success in career and/or community, ideally with hiring and firing responsibility and budget unit P&L responsibility Project management experience preferred Strong desire to build and manage a strong business versus a “boutique business” or “sole proprietorship” Above average acumen, skill and comfort with computers and technology Creative and/or interested in design and/or architecture would be a plus Often a “corporate refugee” seeking increased control and financial independence Motivated by an environment of not being trapped in an office or retail store Very motivated to be own boss and have control over schedule Understands and is comfortable with the ideal of relationship building to develop long-term trade alliance partners in the local market Flexibility to learn to sell to residential clients, including via nighttime demos, and through a long-term, technical sales cycle required for commercial accounts Investment: $143,000 Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  2. Baseball-UT vs Arkansas

    I believe tonight’s baseball game UT vs Arkansas is on SEC Network at 7:00 pm...
  3. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. March 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. What Do I Look For In A Client? by Larry S. Powell Open-minded… Eager and prepared to learn… Willingly engage in the process… The process is not to “buy”, but to explore and learn. It is not a one-time event, but rather an opportunity for introspection, learning and exploration. I never ask my clients to “buy”, only to commit to the process and give himself / herself permission to learn… Understand the concept > when there is no risk, there is limited reward… Willing and able to move forward and out of his / her comfort zone… The majority of folks who buy a franchise or business opportunity identify a concept which aligns with his / her goals, objectives, interests, lifestyle needs and investment parameters and was not on his / her radar screen when he / she began the process. And, in many cases the concept was one in which he / she had never heard of…yet discovered it fit with his / her needs and objectives. Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive, Franchise Owner, and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seeking other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ******************************************************************************************** Is a HOME-BASED business for you? By Joseph Katz Home-based franchising has become increasingly popular over the last decade, which hardly comes as a surprise. After all, working from home gives you the convenience of an easy com­mute (maybe just walking downstairs), offers more flexibility than the corporate world (schedule calls around the kids’ car­pool), and lets you trim the overhead expenses that come with a storefront. More good news: These days, there is a home-based franchise opportunity for every budget and in every trade. Running a home-based business can require strict discipline though. You must be able to separate your home life from your work life, which can be tricky given they’re both rooted in the same space. So before you consider buying a business - any business - contemplate how it fits with your lifestyle. Below is a list of a few key tips that can help launch your home-based business on the road to success. Set up a home office that you only use for work purposes, so everyone gets the message: “I’m working”. Get Motivated Being your own boss is great, but without a manager looking over your shoulder, it’s on you to get things moving. Home-based businesses, especially early on, can have unpredictable challenges—people call in sick, shipments arrive late—so setting a realistic game plan each day and working ahead of schedule is beneficial. If you hit a hurdle, you’ll have time to deal with it. Get Organized In any business, nothing helps you stay ahead of the game like excellent organization skills. Juggling multiple roles—president, marketing manager, human resources manager, sales, office manager, and tech support—is much easier with a plan in place. While you may have a handle on the big picture, there are still those little everyday things—scheduling appointments, staffing, invoicing—that you’ll have to stay on top of to keep your business running smoothly. Come up with systems and schedules that work for you—maybe you pay your invoices every other Friday or order from vendors every Wednesday morning. Having a game plan right out of the gate is the best way to prevent endless rounds of catch-up. Set Boundaries If you’re launching a home-based business, it’s important that everyone at home understands the implications. While you may be at home physically, you’re also work­ing, so you may not be available to help with homework or pick up the dry-cleaning. Set up a home office that you only use for work purposes, so everyone gets the mes­sage: “I’m working.” Just like in a big corporation, you always want to convey profes­sionalism. When you’re on calls with clients, it’s best they don’t hear the kids arguing or the dog barking in the background. On the flip side, while it’s tempting to work late, scarf down dinner, and jump back on the computer, it’s wise to walk away from the office at the same time every day, too. This way, your clients know when you’re available to them—and so does your family. Work-life balance is important—I mean, isn’t that why you chose a home-based business to begin with? ********************************************************************************************* When I established my home-office, I attempted to have it resemble a “corporate-office” as much as possible. And, to set the tone… I’m Working… For example…my outgoing voice message on my business telephone line: Thank you for calling Franchise Quest. Normal business hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am, to 5:00 pm Central time. You have reached the office of Larry Powell. He is not able to answer your call at this time. Your call is very important to him, so after the tone, please leave your name, telephone number, and a brief message. He will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you. The message was recorded by my sister. I wanted it to sound similar to a greeting message commonly heard on corporate telephone systems. [Plus, her phone voice is better than mine and she got the recording done in one attempt…I would still be trying to get the recording right…]. Additionally, I hung company signage on the wall outside my office door. The signs are a reminder to me, as well as others that my home-office is a professional work environment and it is a legitimate “company(s)”. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Winery & Wine Bar A franchise-based winery concept that allows you to own a winery without the cost, risk and uncertainty of a vineyard. Combines the authenticity of winemaking and the winery experience with the accessibility of the wine bar model. State-of-the-art technology allows us to procure quality grapes grown around the world year round. In addition to providing the finished wine for your start-up inventory, we set you on a course to soon be able to make all the wine you sell in your location. With a full-time staff ready to assist our franchisees with anything from winemaking questions, to marketing and social media, to handling paperwork, forms, applications and spread-sheets, you get to spend more time doing what our franchisees love to do: Run the winery and mingle with guests. What makes a great Franchisee: · First and foremost – Passionate about wine. We can teach all other aspects, but cannot teach the passion. · Outgoing personality. Sales and marketing experience are a real plus, but not required. · Understands our hospitality model for the guest experience. The two most important traits are a passion for wine, and a good understanding of marketing and sales. The community will not be looking for a winery, so to build the business, the ownership must promote the winery in the community. However, once the winery is a known entity, this will become less important over time. Unique concept – it marries the best of the wine bar model with the winery model. The wines are made using grape must from international locations, but the wine is made locally. We offer a comprehensive model to make consistently great wine in a small retail location (typically 2,500 SF – 4,000 SF). We offer all the advantages of a winery for a fraction of the expense or investment levels people would expect. Franchisor support: initial training, on-going support, help lines, field support, annual meetings, advertising, central purchasing etc. We provide in-depth training on all aspects of winery operations, winemaking and wine knowledge with a proven process that is repeatable and understandable. chain for raw product to maximize their time and profitability. Wine is an affordable luxury for most people. Our prices are competitive at the retail level between $17 - $39. The better the economy is, the more people consume wine. The worse the economy is, the more they consume wine – albeit perhaps at the lower price points. But it is not heavily dependent on a robust economy. This business model has unlimited channels to sell. Unlike most other opportunities that focus on one market and one product, we can tackle the following with a wide variety of wines we make: · Retail sales with high margins – sell by the glass or bottle · Wine club providing a steady recurring revenue stream · Provide custom-labeling service for retail and corporate customers · Allow guests to create their own personal vintage of wine and return to bottle it with friends and family. · Restaurant and hospitality sales · Wedding market · Event planners and private events The business is scalable to whatever the owner’s dreams are – from a small local winery, to a major provider of finished wine to various distributors. We can help create the business they want! Cash Investment: $150,000 minimum. Total Investment: $350,000 - $550,000. Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  4. ***National Signing Day 2 Thread***

    Thanks. I assume he will graduate in May and can't sign until then....?????
  5. ***National Signing Day 2 Thread***

    I have been locked away in my cave for the past couple weeks, so please help me. What happened to Anderson the Rice Grad Transfer OT? I don't see him on any lists... Thanks.
  6. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. February 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Do you dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? Every year, thousands of people dream of owning a business and are drawn to the independence, flexibility and freedom of being self-employed. The job market as we have known it continues to change, so people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving people of all ages and career types to pursue self-employment options, including small business ownership as the “new” career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. A window of opportunity won’t open itself… Why Should I Utilize a Franchise Coach? There are many advantages to getting help from a professional who knows the inside workings of an industry or issue. Just having someone who can help interpret the jargon associated with a topic that is new to you can be a tremendous help. Most people wouldn’t go to court without a lawyer or purchase a home without the help of a realtor. A franchise coach can help you identify businesses that are closely aligned with your talents, interests and goals. Yes, you could spend months researching different options on your own, but you could be very diligent in your efforts and still miss the opportunity that is a fit for your objectives, lifestyle needs and investment requirements. The Internet is a valuable tool for research, but it is limited. If you do not know where to look or if you rely on search engines to produce the results, you will only find the companies that have paid to be listed high in the search rankings. High visibility on the Internet does not correspond to the relative value of a business opportunity. Due to the immense amount of data that is available on the Internet, it tends to create more questions than answers and it can be a frustrating experience. Due to the vast amount of data and information, relying solely on the Internet can be an over-whelming experience. And, when folks get over-whelmed…they usually quit. There are over 5,000 registered franchises and more than twice as many “Business Opportunities” or “Biz Ops” available today. A franchise coach can help you understand the difference between the types of opportunities so you can determine which format is right for you. Whether it is a franchise or Biz Op, there are many terrific choices and invariably there are some bad ones. A competent coach can help you focus on businesses that have met certain quality standards and help you avoid making a potentially big mistake. Coaches may not have current agreements with every franchise, but they can often obtain the listing if it meets your requirements as well as their own standards. The key advantage is that the agreements they do have are with solid, up and coming or established concepts that will meet the requirements of the new franchise buyer. One of the biggest challenges for franchise companies is finding entrepreneurs who will be a good fit for their particular business model. As you can imagine, franchisers get thousands of requests for their information packets, but most of these come from people who are not qualified or motivated to actually become a part of their organization. These companies generally cannot support the amount of staff necessary to do an effective job of bringing in new franchisees. This is why the value of a coach-referred candidate is so significant. The company is being introduced to a pre-screened individual who meets the basic requirements, is informed about the opportunity and is more than just casually interested. This saves the franchiser a great deal of time and money, so they pay a fee to the coach if the candidate buys a franchise. This creates a winning scenario for all parties involved. In the final analysis, the choice and the responsibility for researching the opportunity are yours, but as you contemplate such a huge decision, you should not leave any stones unturned. Getting help from an experienced coach is one of the best resources you can employ and since the seller pays the fee, the service is free to you. So, the question becomes: Why not use a coach? Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive, Franchise Owner, and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seeking other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ******************************************************************************************** Can I Use My 401(k) to Start a Business? By Molly Klein – Benetrends Entrepreneurs have options when it comes to financing their small business dreams. Bank loans, grants, and help from family members are all options, but may not do the full job when it comes to providing needed startup funding. As seen in the article, Top 20 Web Resources for Business Newbies, there are multiple resources that can provide guidance and recommendations, including the use of existing retirement savings as a funding source. This article explores how this option works. How Does Using 401(k) Funding for Startups Work? The Rollovers as Business Startups (ROBS) plan lets you use existing qualified retirement account funds, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or IRA, to fund your business without accruing taxes, debt, or penalties. What Steps Do I Need to Take? Using retirement funds for your startup involves four key steps. When working with an established, experienced partner, you can be sure each step is done correctly and you have your funds quickly. Step 1: Establish a C Corporation. Your new business needs to be established as a C Corporation, which has tax advantages that allow for the use of retirement funds with the right legal structure. Read "The Ups and Downs of Using a C Corporation". Step 2: Create a New Retirement Plan. You need to establish a new qualified retirement plan in the new corporation to avoid withdrawal penalties and maintain a tax-deferred status. A Benetrends retirement plan expert will work you to understand your long- and short-term goals and structure the retirement plan accordingly. Step 3: Transfer Retirement Funds. After the new plan is designed, a plan custodian is designated. The custodian creates the new retirement account and helps with the rollover of funds from your existing retirement account. Step 4: Launch the New Business. Once your retirement funds are in place in the new account, they can be invested into stock in your new company. If you designate an investment in the company from among the plan’s holdings, the plan buys stock, giving you the capital required to buy or start running your company. What Are the Major Advantages? Using retirement funds for startup costs has several major advantages, including: Tax Benefits. Under the ROBS plan, you maintain tax-deferred status and do not face any early withdrawal penalties. Flexibility. The funds can be used for many different purposes. The money can be used against cash requirements for a Small Business Administration loan, to pay franchise fees, build or renovate a site, or buy equipment. You can even use the funds to pay yourself a salary. You do not need to use all the funds you’re transferred, either. Ease and Speed. In some cases, you can get access to your funds in as little as 10 days. Accessing your funds does not depend on your credit score or having a completed business plan. Peace of Mind. Using your retirement plans means you are not incurring additional personal debt or having to negotiate with lenders for needed funding. Please call me if you have questions. I can provide assistance and additional information regarding 401ROBS plans, as well as other funding equipment leasing options. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Coffee Cafe Business Opportunity Coffee Café / Coffee Concept… Not a Franchise. Coffee business specialist offering a complete, turnkey package to assist owners in opening their own Cafe. We are not a franchise, do not charge royalties and do not impose restrictions on how the business should be run. These Cafe's offer a warm and inviting atmosphere and offer specialty coffees, teas, blended drinks and light fare for breakfast and lunch. The typical Cafe size is 1200 to 1600 square feet, with seating for approximately 40 customers. Cafe's include a meeting room available for church groups, networking groups, etc. and quickly become the local gathering place in their community. Features of business: · Semi-absentee or owner-operated · No royalties · Low start-up costs · Repeat, loyal customers · Set your own hours of operation · On-going operational support from vendors · Co-branding potential · Recession resistant · Buying Co-Op Company provided support: initial training, on-going 90 day support, help lines, field support, annual meetings, advertising, central purchasing etc. We work with owners through every phase to ensure a smooth opening. Pre-opening services include: · Site selection assistance · Cafe design and layout · Third-party financing – attractive lease package in place w/national firm · Ordering and coordinating shipment of all furniture, fixtures and equipment · On-site assembly of Café · Training on espresso/coffee equipment · Training for staff scheduling and re-ordering of product · Customer loyalty program training · Introduction to payroll vendor Once opened, they have the option to participate in the Buying Co-Op, which provides on-going operational support such as: · Access to proprietary roasters for specialty coffees and teas · Access to preferred vendors · On-line sales to Hard Bean customers for coffee/collectibles · Store blog site · On-line library to access re-order forms, etc. Available for passive ownership. Cash Investment: $50,000; Total Investment: $139,500 + build-out and working capital ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  7. Baseball-Game Times Announced

    Joey, I know you didn't write the piece. UT needs to do a better job of getting the facts correct. Keith Moreland played on UT's 1975 National Championship team. That was my final year at UT and saw many baseball games. Keith was a third baseman at UT. Hook 'em. Keep providing baseball reports. Thanks. BTW...Keith Moreland was an All American infielder at UT...he played third base. My first thought was to write WTF...Keith Moreland was an All American infielder at UT...he played third base. But, thought maybe BTW was better than WTF. BTW, I have actively followed UT baseball since the 60s. The '75 team was a great team. Best UT baseball team in my memory. Outstanding pitching, defense and that team could HIT.
  8. Baseball-Game Times Announced

    BTW...Keith Moreland was an All American infielder at UT...he played third base.
  9. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. January 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. By Larry S. Powell Blake Mallen, a very successful entrepreneur, once told me, “The moment you stop doing what you think you are supposed to do, and start doing what you were meant to do, is when the script ends and life begins”. Is it time for you to break from the script and go after a life that offers you greater flexibility, freedom and independence? Studies show that 82% of Americans say they would like to own their own business. But, only 5% will ever realize this dream. Perhaps that can be best explained by a quote from Brian Tracey. Mr. Tracey has said, “A thousand dreams die unborn every day because the dreamer lacks the courage to take the first step”. Please allow me to describe a common scenario…You are ready for a career change-you get the urge to tell your boss what she / he can do with the latest company policy. The reality of corporate life is becoming more painful …job security is an illusion…your work-life and income is being dictated by someone else…your employer isn’t investing in your future. Now, your brain is on a mental trampoline and you exclaim, “Well, why don’t I invest in myself?” Then, your mind begins to race back and forth between the known reality of the uncertain life in corporate America, and the unknown aspects of how you can get independence through business ownership. If you are one of the 82% don't let the "FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) Factor" stop you. There is a book written by John Ortberg, If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat. The “boat” is what you hang on to, or whatever represents safety and security to you and that which pulls you away from the high adventure you actually seek. For many, moving towards the dream of being a business owner is simply letting go of the boat we call “corporate America”. What it really entails is going after what you were made to do, leaving the illusionary lifeboat behind and setting sail for uncharted waters. If owning your own business has been an aspiration of yours, do you want to continue to dream, or are you ready to take that first step towards turning your dream into reality? Perhaps you are like the clients I work with every day… Want to leave their corporate America job, In career transition, Desire to be self-employed, But, don’t know what type of business is right for them, where or how to start the process. My free and no-obligation consultative and coaching service will help you to crystallize your lifestyle needs, goals and objectives, as well as whether self-employment is even the right path for you to take at this time. If so, then through a search process we will identify franchise and business opportunities (“biz-op”) that are aligned with your talents, interest, goals, and financial requirements. My role is NOT to sell you a franchise “biz-op”. My objective is to help you identify and refine your goals and needs, present to you options that align with those goals, and then to help you make a sound decision that is best for you, your family and your lifestyle. Whether you are a first time buyer wanting to operate a single business unit, or an experienced operator seeking the right Master Franchise opportunity, I can help you find the option that fits your needs. There are thousands of franchise and “biz-op” concepts available today and cover just about everything from advertising to casual dining, laundry / dry cleaning, home repair, maid services, printing / copy services, real estate and weight control. And, since the franchisor knows the business, they aren’t looking for prospects with industry experience. They want franchisees who possess decision-making ability, customer service, business and management skills, and drive to succeed, not technical expertise. Thus, buying a franchise / business opportunity (“biz-op”) has proven to be a great vehicle for thousands of people to effectively transition into a new industry and self-employment. In the final analysis, the choice and responsibility for researching business / franchise opportunities are yours, but as you contemplate such a huge decision, you should not leave any stones unturned. Getting professional assistance from a Registered Franchise Consultant may be one of the best resources you can employ and since the company selling the franchise / “biz-op” pays the fee, my service is free to you. You will be able to save considerable time and effort, as well as learn about opportunities that you are unaware of…for instance the right business for you may be one that you have never heard of, and would not even guess. Why not work from home… …and enjoy the advantages of…living where you work & working where you live. Betty Bender once said, “When people go to work they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” A modern-day version of Betty’s quote would be…”When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave home—period!” Today, the home-based franchise industry is growing exponentially, enabling people who desire to be self-employed the opportunity to run legitimate and successful businesses with relatively low complexity and cost. So, why not work from home? Who wouldn’t prefer a ten (10) foot vs. a ten (10) mile (or more) commute? Home-based businesses offer optimum convenience with a relatively low cost and provide greater flexibility / independence for an enhanced lifestyle Home-Based Franchises Mean BIG BUSINESS. By The Franchise Dictionary Magazine Staff Franchise Dictionary Magazine January 2018 THE HOME-BASED BUSINESS MARKET HAS EVOLVED SIGNIFICANTLY over the past decade. What was once considered a second-tier version of employment now has professional appeal. Today, home-based companies have the same stature as businesses in office or retail locations, and the volume of people choosing to launch them is growing. “The mass exodus of employment created a push for entrepreneurship” According to IncFile.com, there are more than 38-million home-based businesses in the U.S., and an increasing number of them are home-based franchises. These franchises combine the value of a franchise system along with the convenience of a home-based business. These days, there are a variety of industries to choose from. Handyman services, painting, financial services, accounting, and sales are just a few of the franchise industries that you can manage out of your living room. Brands such as JaniKing®, which now boasts 12,282 locations worldwide, and CertaPro Painters®, with 385 locations in the U.S., are largely home-based. A key driver for the expansion is the low upfront investment. Traditional franchise models, such as restaurants or retail models, typically require significant capital just to get the doors open, way before the franchisee sees a single dollar in revenue. Many times, traditional franchises could require investments of $200,000 or more and limit the pool of potential buyers due to capital constraints. The homebased model doesn’t have construction or leasehold expenses and typically carries an investment ranging between $50,000 and $75,000, depending on the franchise brand. This lower initial investment allows for the franchisee to get into business with lower capital commitments and look forward to a potentially higher return on investment. LOW OVERHEAD Another advantage of a home-based operation is that once the business is open and running, the overhead expenses associated with managing the day-to-day are very low. You can avoid a commercial lease and the high equipment costs that come with a restaurant or retail business. Since many run without staff or employees, the cost of operation is minimal. While working from home doesn’t necessarily mean fewer hours on the job, it does offer flexibility. Home-based businesses help improve work-life balance. You can spend more time with your family and create a schedule that works with your kids’ activities and home-improvement chores. WHY NOW? Why has this market segment expanded so greatly? The recession between 2008 and 2010 certainly helped. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 8.7- million jobs were lost from 2007 to 2010. This mass exodus of employment created a push for entrepreneurship, partly out of necessity and partly because professionals were feeling that the corporate world had become just as risky as venturing out on your own. During this time, employers who were hiring were preparing for another economic turndown and thus, paying far more conservatively than they were before the recession. “Small business is a good thing for the economy, and home-based businesses are playing a huge role in that.” NEW ENTREPENEURS The U.S. saw fewer high-paying employee positions and more unemployment and underemployment. Many of these recently unemployed folks had never owned businesses or been entrepreneurs, for which the franchise value proposition is strongest. Coming from professional office settings, these new entrepreneurs could easily transition to home office locations and were more comfortable with lower capital investments. Remember at the time, capital was difficult to come by as banks had tightened their lending and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans were extremely difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. This perfect economic storm pushed people towards home-based franchises and created a market for work from-home business owners. The increased interest led to new, innovative, forward-thinking franchises that offered everything from home handyman work like The Patch Boys® to professional event planning like EventPrep.® Accounting, financial planning, import/export businesses, and others launched franchise models, and the home-based franchise industry took off. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH Since then, the home-based franchise market has continued to see sustainable growth putting more and more people on the road to business ownership. According to the SBA, from 1996 to 2014, the number of small businesses in the U.S. had declined year over year, but in 2014, that trend reversed and more small businesses opened between 2014 and 2015. Perhaps this is due to what the SBA describes as “Micro Companies,” which are firms with 10 employees or less. One thing is for sure, though: Small business is a very good thing for the economy, and home-based businesses are playing a huge role in that. **************************************************************************************** Every year, thousands of people dream of owning a business and are drawn to the independence, flexibility and freedom of being self-employed. The job market as we have known it continues to change, so people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving people of all ages and career types to pursue self-employment options, including small business ownership as the “new” career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Do you dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? A window of opportunity won’t open itself… **************************************************************************************** You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Textile Recycling I am always looking for new, unique, and innovative concepts. Recently, I found a concept which I believe is interesting, unique and will fill a need in the recycling (green) market… Until I learned of this business, I never knew there was an industry specializing in “textile recycling”. I had an interesting teleconference with the company’s Franchise Development Manager. He helped me to better understand this business and the market niche it serves. He also told me that recently he bought a shirt in an upscale retail outlet for $47.00. The shirt had a tag… Made from 100% rewoven / recycled textile material. The same stuff my wife and I don’t know what to do with, so we just chunk it in the trash…and it goes to the landfill / garbage dump. Passive Ownership: Yes… Retain your job or career, or continue running business during job transition… Low cost, part-time, semi-absentee, work from home ownership. Supplement / complement your present business. If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. **************************************************************************************** Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  10. Dude, glad to know you are exploring franchise / business ownership. Also, using a "franchise" attorney is imperative. Please call me at your convenience. 888-479-2491. Thanks. Hook 'em
  11. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. December 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. What’s Your Wish? The White Envelope... It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband hated Christmas---oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the “craziness” of Christmas – where he had a tendency to sit back and do WAY too much thinking, about his future, his family, what he wanted to be when he grew up, so to say. Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to do something for him. The inspiration came in an unusual way – I was watching a magician on television doing a “trick” when it struck me… I asked him to write down for me, every New Year’s Day, what he wanted from his life. It didn’t matter what he put down – this was for him. And I didn’t want to see it. Then, every Thanksgiving weekend, when we put up the Christmas tree, I’d ask him to open it and see what it said. And then I’d ask him, “Are you closer to reaching it? If not, what can I do to help?” After a couple of years of this, my husband turned to me and said, “Yes, you can help. You see – I want to own my own business. I’ve always realized I could build equity for our family better this way – plus get away from the corporate nonsense I deal with every day. But if we do this, we’re going to have to tighten our belts in the short-term. Are you ready to help?” I nearly keeled over from shock. I had become accustomed to our nice little life – and knowing my husband was able to make a good salary and support our family well. I worked as well, but was also busy with the kids, so we depended largely on his salary. “What are you considering?” I asked, trying to sound supportive. “Well, I’m looking at buying a franchise,” he said. “I’ve been working with a franchise consultant, and he has helped me understand my skills and what franchise companies would be right for me. I’m in the process of investigating several right now – and one, in particular, is looking like a really good fit for us.” “Oh. Crap,” I mumbled, and then quickly began thinking of ways I could submarine this radical thinking that was going to destroy the security of our family. “Have you spoken with your Dad about this?” “Yes, I have,” my husband said, “and he asked me if I had the ‘stuff’ to make it work?” “Well, do you?“ I asked. “I don’t know,” my husband replied, “but I DO know that if I don’t see this through, I’ll never be happy, because I will have never seen through what I thought I could do with myself in life.” “Well, obviously this is important to you.” I offered. “Let’s share it with family when they’re here for the holidays – and see what they have to say,” hoping in my heart they’d help me out on this issue. “We can do that,” he said, “but I don’t need another WIPE-OUT. You know, WELL-INTENTIONED PERSONS OFFERING UNINFORMED THOUGHTS? My Dad has been doing that to me my whole life. It took me years to understand that he didn’t mean me harm, but that he wished for my safety, and that suggesting I avoid risk was his way of doing it.” “I’ve already spoken with a lot of people,” he went on to say. “And I’ve learned that once you begin to talk about your desires to own your own business, you will get all sorts of comments back that don’t always reflect an understanding of who you really are, and certainly don’t reflect a knowledge of the business you are investigating. Be it your father, or your “know-it-all” sister-in-law, or your neighbor, or your co-worker. They all seem to have an opinion. I have learned I needed to understand two things. First, as I said, I’ve learned that my loved ones have my “safety” at heart – not my “success” – so they are hardly in the position to advise me to do something that would put me or my family at any risk at all. Secondly, many can make a comment that may appear to have my best interest at heart, but that person doesn’t have the details I have in investigating a business. I guess I’ve learned this is something I simply have to do on my own. Wow, I thought. He’s got me pegged. “OK, then what can I do here?” “Join me in this investigation process,” he requested. “Work with me to learn about these businesses. And then we can decide together – if this one particular business isn’t right, it won’t change how I feel. I still want to do this.” Well, we did exactly what he asked me to…and 7 years ago, we purchased a franchise business together. It has met his personal fulfillment needs – and neither of us has ever regretted a minute. But why still the “white envelope,” you say? Do I still have him fill it out every year? “No, I don’t. These days it is no more than an empty envelope. But it’s a constant reminder to me to that I almost “blew it. That I was thinking about what I thought was right for me, not for my husband, or for our family. And that reminder is the best message I can receive every holiday”. **************************************************************************************** Every year, thousands of people dream of owning a business and are drawn to the independence, flexibility and freedom of being self-employed. The job market as we have known it continues to change, so people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving people of all ages and career types to pursue self-employment options, including small business ownership as the “new” career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Do you dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? A window of opportunity won’t open itself… **************************************************************************************** You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Like a Neighborhood Bank (This is NOT a “pay-day” lending business). Their primary focus will be Acquisition/Conversions of existing check cashing stores with good cash flow. They have an opportunity now with the rapid expansion in the size of their market along with the consolidation going on in their industry, to pick up good stores with strong cash flow. The type of candidate that is suitable for these types of opportunities will have a strong net worth ($500K+) and good liquidity (minimum of $100K+ in cash or cash-convertibles). The company’s business focus will be primarily along the East Coast, the Midwest, and the Southwest (Texas). This franchise is the closest thing to owning a neighborhood branch bank. We have a bank look and feel, and we offer a full menu of financial services to the "un-banked" or "under-banked" customer, typically a middle-income working family. Our services include check cashing, money orders, wire transfer, electronic bill payment, tax-preparation services, short-term loans, and a low to middle income mortgage program. We are located in attractive suburban strip centers close to the customer's home or work. The underlying business model is exceptional, providing good income and high return on investment. Our only inventory is cash, and we open and close our teller stations daily just like a bank. The business can be run with one to two people, and the owner can bring on a manager to run the store once the business is ramped up. We are doing acquisitions (for candidates who prefer an existing cash flow), new stores, and a "store in a store" kiosk concept that can go inside of an existing business (convenience store, grocery store, tax prep office, etc.). We offer single units, multiple units, and area development on a selective basis. Our typical candidate is an upper level corporate executive making a good income and with reasonably strong net worth, or an entrepreneur that is selling their business and looking to get into something else, or diversify into another business. The current economic climate is actually conducive to our business, and this presents an opportunity for candidates to open and build a successful business. This business operates like a branch bank for the ever -growing market of individuals that live “pay check to pay check” and depend on their services. Cash Investment: $100,000. Total Investment: $200,000 - $500,000+ depends on the acquisition. Average # of Employees: 2. Passive Ownership Allowed: Yes If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. **************************************************************************************** Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  12. DeShon Elliott Declares For NFL Draft

    I have perused through the "rants" and replies on this, as well as other sites... decision for personal gain; UT makes money; NCAA makes money; used and abused athletes on scholarship don't get nuthin; might get injured; teammates say, "hey bro go make yer money"; players aren't here to entertain us; blah,blah,blah. For me personally, sitting out the bowl game is wrong and pisses me off. I'm an old fart and that mentality just doesn't resonate with me. I have a thought which may be more understandable to my fellow baby boomers than to the millennials (what's in it for me )... Actually, it is a precise and simple premise... "I AM ON A TEAM. I AM A GOOD TEAMMATE. WE WIN / LOSE / PLAY AS A TEAM. THE TEAM HAS A GAME. I AM PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF PLAYING. THEREFORE, I PLAY IN THE GAME". I don't consider any game to be meaningless... Score will be kept and a team will win and the other team will lose the game. I seriously doubt other players on THE TEAM are okay with the personal decisions of fellow players to skip the game. I sure as hell wouldn't be okay. I suppose I no longer understand the concept of "TEAM". I guess by today's standards I'm selfish for considering the well-being of ALL, rather than the benefit to a few. BTW... when I was in high school I had a similar decision to make. No, I was not chasing the $ of the NFL, but at 17 years old my decision was proportionally as significant to my future as the decision facing these players. After hearing the doctor's recommendation, (my father a former coach was silent, but my mother supported the doctor's recommendation) my decision was immediate without hesitation... "No, I will not quit the football TEAM to avoid further knee injury, in order to protect my opportunity to be awarded a track scholarship". Yes, NFL millions weren't on the line, but at that time in my life it was a significant decision point. And, the decision was simple for me to make and one I would make today. Yes, I played football my senior year of high school and did get offered a track scholarship. Sorry to bore you guys with details, but it is how I think and have gone through life... Blast away....
  13. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. November 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. Study: 71 Percent Of Employees Are Looking For New Positions By Gene Marks Washington Post The vast majority of 17,000 U.S. workers in 19 industries who participated in a survey conducted by the nonprofit group Mental Health America and the Faas Foundation said they are unhappy with their jobs. They are so unhappy that 71 percent also said that they are looking to change employers. So what gives? Two big reasons are cited, according to this report in The Ladders. Employers, the study found, are not giving the recognition that most employees want. Forty-five percent of respondents said they “rarely or never” get the money they deserve and 44 percent believe that they are “always or often” overlooked. Sixty-four percent say their supervisors don’t give them enough support and a majority of the participants are resentful of their co-workers. So much for teamwork. The study also shows that most employees are just plain stressed out. Almost two-thirds of those who responded believe that their job is having “a significant impact on their mental and behavioral health,” and 63 percent said that they have “always, often or sometimes” taken part “in unhealthy behaviors such as drinking or crying regularly.” All of these job stresses – brought on by unreasonable employer demands and excessive responsibilities – are cited as potential reasons approximately 120,000 workplace deaths occur annually, according to researchers at both Harvard and Stanford universities. Too much stress in the work environment may also be contributing to increased absenteeism as well as mental and behavioral problems. “We know that employees who are over stressed and under-supported can significantly impact the people around them and a company’s success,” Paul Gionfriddo, president and chief executive of Mental Health America, told The Ladders. Will changing jobs fix these problems for an employee, when so many already seem unhappy? That’s up for debate. ******************************************************************************************************************** Today, many people dread going to work. It is estimated that as many as 80% of the working population is dissatisfied with their jobs…and 71% are looking for another job. For these folks, going to work is a chore. Did you know the average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime? Wow, that’s a long time to be unhappy. If you are going to quit, for heaven’s sake, don’t go to work for another pathetic firm. Do something wild: Kiss your boss goodbye and become self-employed… start your own business; or buy a business, franchise or business opportunity. If you have had enough, become your own boss. The money you have made for others now shifts to yourself. Whether you are an engineer, a programmer, a salesman, a teacher, an accountant, a whatever, start today planning your escape from corporate prison. Do you really want another JOB…or, do you prefer an improved lifestyle? Can you continue to do what you are doing now, at the same intensity that you are doing it, for the next 10, 20, or 30 years? Do you really want to? Does Your Life In Corporate America Seem Like You Are Standing On The Ledge? Today, many people would answer “Yes” to that question. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? Presently have a demanding JOB, but prefer to have a LIFE? Desire is to own your business…with more flexibility, financial success and independence? Fed up with your job…ready to be your own boss? “Burned-out” from corporate America? Prepared to take “real” control of the future for you and your family? Eager to infuse excitement back into your work-life? Content with your present job, but don’t have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens? Ready to change the future by controlling your destiny, rather than having it dictated by someone else? Blake Mallen, a very successful entrepreneur, once told me, “The moment you stop doing what you think you are supposed to do, and start doing what you were meant to do, is when the script ends and life begins”. Is it time for you to break from the script and go after a life that offers you greater flexibility, freedom and independence? Studies show that 82% of Americans say they would like to own their own business. But, only 5% will ever realize this dream. Perhaps that can be best explained by a quote from Brian Tracey. Mr. Tracey has said, “A thousand dreams die unborn every day because the dreamer lacks the courage to take the first step”. Please allow me to describe a common scenario…You are ready for a career change-you get the urge to tell your boss what she / he can do with the latest company policy. The reality of corporate life is becoming more painful …job security is an illusion…your work-life and income is being dictated by someone else…your employer isn’t investing in your future. Now, your brain is on a mental trampoline and you exclaim, “Well, why don’t I invest in myself?” Then, your mind begins to race back and forth between the known reality of the uncertain life in corporate America, and the unknown aspects of how you can get independence through business ownership. Do you have a dream to be self-employed…to own you own business? Does this dream inspire you, energize you, and stir your inner drive to do everything you can to achieve it? Perhaps the most important question is, “How will you achieve your dream”? The answer to this question is imperative because “it is the reason” most people never realize their dream. Too often franchise business owner "wannabes" simply lose their focus and drift away. These people who really want to own a business don’t ever get to enjoy this wonderful experience because they allow the "FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) Factor" to grow, fester and steal their dream. They have no guidance or strategy in place, no knowledge of what is needed and must be sometimes sacrificed to have the dream come true. Most people have no idea how to achieve their dream of becoming a business owner. They don’t know what type of business is right for them, where or how to start the process. So, most people simply get overwhelmed with fear, uncertainty and doubt. And, when people are unsure as to what, how, and when, they STOP. The paragraph above could have described me in 2001. From an early age, I always wanted to be self-employed, but after spending 25 years in corporate Human Resources roles, I had no idea how to achieve my dream. I possessed a belief that there was a business that would provide a better lifestyle for me…out there somewhere. But, I didn’t know how to get from here (corporate employment) to there (The Dream). I was feeling over-whelmed and fearful. But, I didn’t stop. Instead, I obtained the services of a franchise consultant who guided me through the process. And, as is often said, “the rest is history…” Owning a business opportunity (“biz-op”) or a franchise may be the right solution for you too. It is the opportunity to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. Franchises have a much greater success rate compared to independent new businesses. Contrary to non-franchised businesses, they offer a successful concept and an effective business model with a stable track record; you don’t have to “reinvent the wheel.” They provide complete business operating systems, access to the franchisor’s expertise, training, name recognition, tested sales, marketing systems, operation simplicity, and continual support. Additionally, the benefits of networking with other successful franchisees are invaluable. Franchises are everywhere today. Financial experts believe franchising is the “wave of the future.” Within 10 years, franchises could comprise over 50% of the retail and service sectors. This expectation is based on the underlying concept-Franchises offer aspiring business owners the greatest success potential, with the least amount of risk. Franchises present countless opportunities for successful ownership and financial independence. In U.S. and world economies, franchising is creating greater avenues for wealth accumulation among both franchisees and franchisors. As existing franchise systems become more successful, new franchises will be developed and introduced to the market. In today’s market, thousands of franchise opportunities are available - just about everything from advertising to maid services to weight control. The franchisor knows the business, so industry experience is not required. Franchisors seek franchisees possessing customer service, business and management skills. Franchises have proven to be an effective vehicle for successfully transitioning into a new industry and self-employment with an improved quality of life, while becoming the master of your own destiny. ******************************************************************************************************************** You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown ******************************************************************************************************************** San Antonio Express-News, 10-23-17. On a recent edition of TV game show “Divided” on cable’s GSN, contestants were asked what they believe more people in America today couldn’t possibly live without – Sex, Cell Phones, UT Sports, or Coffee. The Correct Answer was Coffee – a surprise to the quartet playing, who chose cellphones. [Actually, UT Sports was not on the game show’s list. I stuck it in there to keep you reading. I suspect there are several, if not most, on this site who believe Sex and UT Sports should be tied for the correct answer]. ********************************************************************************************************************* My favorite coffee concept... It is a business opportunity, so allows much more operational flexibility than a franchise… and does not impose restrictions on how the business should be run. 1) Far less expensive than all other coffee franchises 2) No royalties 3) No restrictions on how the business is run 4) Café owners set their hours of operation/days open 5) Ability to grow the business through co-branding Attractive leasing package available to qualified candidates for the furniture, fixtures & equipment package. This can cover up to 75% of the initial investment. Ideal business for candidates looking for semi-absentee and a lifestyle change or who want a simple (and cool) food business with a reasonable investment entry point. A designated meeting space is often built into our Cafés to allow our owners to market to civic groups, networking groups, etc. and become an integral part of the community We are coffee business specialists offering a complete, turnkey package to assist our owners in opening their own Cafe. We are not a franchise, do not charge royalties and do not impose restrictions how the business should be run. Hard Bean Cafe's offer a warm and inviting atmosphere and offer specialty coffees, teas, blended drinks and light fare for breakfast and lunch. The typical Cafe size is 1200 to 1600 square feet, with seating for approximately 40 customers. Our Cafe's include a meeting room available for church groups, networking groups, etc. and quickly become the local gathering place in their community. Features of business Semi-absentee or owner-operated No royalties Low start-up costs Repeat, loyal customers Set your own hours of operation On-going operational support from vendors Co-branding potential Recession resistant Buying Co-Op Cash Investment: $50,000 Total Investment: $139,500 + build-out and working capital Passive Ownership: Yes If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. ********************************************************************************************************************* A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving”. Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  14. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. October 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving”. Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. “Things May Come To Those Who Wait, But Only The Things Left By Those Who Hustle”. -Abraham Lincoln The Biggest Obstacle to Success Excerpt from Just Shut Up and Do It! By Brian Tracy Many years ago I began asking the question, “Why is it that some people are more successful than others?” The most important answer surprised me, as it surprises most people. It is simple. Your success is based on what you do, the results you get, and how quickly and efficiently you achieve those results. It is not based on what you say, wish, hope, or intend to do at some time in the future. Success is only based on what you are doing right now in this moment. As Henry Ford said, “You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.” So how do you get more done and become more successful? Just Shut Up and Do It! Fully 95 percent of what you do, or fail to do, is determined by your habits. Your actions are determined by your habits of belief—the way you are programmed as a result of your lifetime of experience—and your habits of behavior—what you are accustomed to doing or not doing. The biggest obstacle to success is that people have negative habits, sometimes unconsciously, that hold them back, year after year, from realizing their full potential. The good news is that all habits, first of thought and then of behavior, are learned. Because your habits are learned, they can be unlearned, and replaced with new, positive, constructive habits that enable you to get going, keep going, and do great work that gets you paid more and promoted faster. DEVELOP NEW, BETTER HABITS Habits are developed by taking in new information that’s either positive or negative for us and then repeating actions based on that information until actions become automatic. Once the habit is locked in you respond automatically, neither questioning nor explaining to yourself what you have decided to do. The worst habits of all are based on your self- limiting beliefs. These are areas where you believe yourself to be limited in some way even though it may not be true. But as a result, you act as if it was true and it then becomes true for you. The old saying is, “You are not what you believe you are, but what you believe, you are.” Challenge Your Beliefs The starting point of greater success is for you to take some time to challenge the automatic assumptions you make that may be holding you back from success. Some people believe they are lacking in intelligence because they didn’t get good grades in school. Then they find out that some of the most successful people in the most complex industries also did poorly in school. Some people are unsuccessful because they do not believe they are creative, self- disciplined, good time-managers, punctual, or capable of learning and applying new things. They say, “That’s just the way I am.” They actually think that this is a reason for not growing and improving. The fact is that most self- limiting beliefs are not true. They are based on information that you have taken in; sometimes they come from the opinions or criticisms of others, sometimes from something as simple as reading your horoscope. The Brake on Your Potential The worst of all self-limiting beliefs is the fear of failure. This is the fear of loss, poverty, mistakes, or not achieving a goal that you have set for yourself. People who are preoccupied with the fear of failure continually look for reasons why something cannot be done, why it’s a bad idea, or why they may lose their time and money. The fear of failure, like all fears, paralyzes behavior, clouds thinking, and causes a person to feel like the proverbial deer in headlights. TAMING ELEPHANTS In my seminars, I often ask, “How do you train an Indian elephant?” At one time, Indian elephants were the “battle tanks” of the Maharajas. Not only did they carry boxes of bowman and spear throwers on their backs, but they were also violent and aggressive, attacking the enemy and impaling them on their sharpened tusks. They were so terrifying and fearless that enemy armies would run away when they were confronted by these elephants. Today, these same elephants are beasts of burden. They calmly and peacefully plow the fields, haul logs, do what their masters tell them to do, and then stand around quietly in their corrals, waiting for the next day and more work. They have completely lost their ferocity and their ability to strike fear into the heart of the enemy. How did this happen? The Training Begins When the elephant was a baby the owner would take the little elephant away from its mother and tie its leg with a strong rope to a post driven deep into the ground. The baby elephant would struggle and try to get away to get back to its mother, crying and bleating and protesting. But to no avail. The rope around its leg was too strong and the post was driven too deep. Eventually, the baby elephant would give up struggling. Each day, the owner would take the baby elephant away and tie it to a post for several hours. In almost no time at all, the baby elephant would accept that, when it was tied to a post, it was helpless. The baby elephant developed the greatest malaise of the modern world, what psychologists call learned helplessness. .The Elephant Gives Up When the elephant grew up into a five-ton beast, the largest land animal in the world, all the owner had to do was tie a rope the size of a dog leash around the elephant’s leg and it would immediately become passive and stop moving or struggling. The owner could then tie the other end of this rope to a tent post driven a few inches into the ground. The elephant, capable of breaking through fences and knocking down houses, would simply stand and wait quietly until the owner came back to take him to work. As children, the same thing happens to us. At an early age, our parents begin to say to us words like “No!” or “Stop that,” or “Get away from there!” or “Don’t touch that!” Sometimes the parent would back up these words with spanks or other kinds of physical punishment. The growing child would soon start to feel small, incompetent, incapable, weak, and afraid to try anything new or different. THE ROOT OF HELPLESSNESS Most people have had these childhood experiences. Just like the elephant, when you grow up whenever you are confronted with something new, different, unexpected, or unsure your natural reaction is the same, “I can’t! I can’t! I can’t!” This fear of failure then holds you back from trying new things, taking risks, moving out of your comfort zone, and thinking outside the box. Instead of thinking of all the ways you could benefit and grow from trying or doing something different, you only think of the possible downside and the negative things that might happen. Like the Indian elephant, you become passive. This is the state of mind of fully 80 percent of the population. SET BIG GOALS Here’s a question for you: Would you like to be happy, healthy, popular, thin, and rich? Most people say, “What a dumb question! Of course I would like to be happy, healthy, popular, thin, and rich.” You think you do, but in your heart of hearts you probably don’t believe that it’s possible for you. How can you tell? By looking at what you are doing. If you sincerely want to achieve these great goals, you would be out there working on them all day every day and nothing could stop you from achieving them. YOUR ACTIONS TELL THE TRUTH It is not what you say, wish, hope, or intend that matters, it is only what you do. Your actions on an hour by hour, minute by minute basis tell you and everyone around you who you really are and what you really want. You are what you are and where you are today because of all of your previous choices up until now. You cannot change the past, but you can change the future. You can accomplish more and different things in the future by making better choices in the present. THE KEY TO SUCCESS Since 95 percent of what you do, positive or negative, is determined by your habits, the secret to creating a wonderful future for yourself is to develop new habits that are consistent with the person you want to be and the things you want to accomplish. The truth is that bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with. The wonderful discovery is that once you develop a new, positive, life-enhancing habit, it soon becomes automatic and easy. It even becomes harder to revert to a negative habit than to practice a better one because of the feelings of happiness and personal satisfaction that the new habit gives you. ********************************************************************************* You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown ********************************************************************************* The following concept is a business opportunity and is not a franchise. It is a sales and project management oriented light manufacturing business. Of all the concepts I have presented to my clients, this is my most favorite. I really like this business and organization. It validates extremely well and provides an opportunity to grow a large business from one location, rather than buying multiple territories. This business opportunity is unique in several different ways. One of the ways is how they are operated. 60% are solely owned by a male. 6% are solely owned by a female. 33% are owned and operated by a husband & wife. This is an unusually large percentage for the Franchise / Business Opportunity world, which is due to the fact that the couple can manage completely different projects and aspects of the business. 1% are owned and operated by partners, including father-daughters, siblings, and general partnerships Our economy has for generations been fueled by manufacturing, both heavy and light. Light manufacturing is an environment with no loud noises, no noxious odors, no dangerous chemicals, and no dangerous equipment. Much of the light manufacturing over the years has gone overseas due to economics. Some manufacturing remains here due to different factors including; technology, unique raw materials, the need to be close to the customer, or the custom nature of small run production. Many individuals in our economy come from the world of manufacturing and have the desire to make a product from raw materials. They like the processes involved in manufacturing. They like the tangible results of what they have made. They like the single location nature of the industry, the regular hours it operates, the project scheduling, the ability to acquire the property in which they are located, and they understand the resale value of a manufacturing business. Picture yourself in a manufacturing business where your staff makes a product from raw materials. Its custom production, so every day is different, and you will see tangible, visible results of your efforts driving home. It’s close to home, in a low overhead, business park location, operating Monday-Friday 9-5 (no nights, weekends, or holidays) with a small staff of career employees. There are no loud noises, noxious odors, or dangerous chemicals, even have carpeting on the floor. It’s a relationship business with repeat customers, where 30 of those customers can equal 75-80% of your revenue. Many of those customers may be regional, national and even international in scope. It’s a non-cash transaction business (check and charge), so when you are out seeing customers, you don’t have to worry about who’s holding the money. When you are ready to sell, it will sell for a greater multiple of cash flow than most business models because of the manufacturing sector you are in, the small core of repeat customers, and the profit margins obtainable due to the custom nature of the business. This concept is a light manufacturing business opportunity ….manage a light manufacturing business to achieve a high equity return. This business has evolved and changed over the years due to advancements in technology and new materials. It's personable, creative, rewarding and ideal for people-oriented individuals who have the desire to learn how to manage a sales and production business. The ongoing support and training provided along with state-of-the-art equipment will leave the competition behind. But most importantly, you own your business entirely and there are no royalties. Presently, there are 300+ of these businesses in the U.S. and Canada. B2B operation, typically M-F, 9:00 to 5:00. Enjoy a flexible and active lifestyle… An operation in San Antonio closes on Friday at 2:00 pm. Some are only open M-Th and are closed on Friday. About 75% are closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Approximately 95% are closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving. About 33% are owned & operated by a husband & wife team. Their business system allows husbands and wives to easily find a role / niche that is compatible with their respective interests / skills and still provide some work separation. Very few of the franchise / business concepts available today, truly provide an effective business work environment for a husband – wife team. B2B rather than B2C resulting in larger sales transactions, with less emotional purchasing decisions. It is scalable…only need (1) location to grow a nice business. Provides growth opportunity at lower investment cost through one (1) unit. Requires only a few “career-type” employees…you have greater control and less managerial hassle. Owner can handle the sales, or hire outside sales person(s). Project management type business…manage process & employees. Client Relationship … Consultative Sales>>>Service business>>>Repeat Business with 80% of Gross Sales Coming from Less than 30 Customers… This is a “relationship” business. Manufacturing businesses have the highest resale value…build equity for retirement. Every business is a potential customer. Business has synergistic opportunities with other operations. Your operation does not have to manufacture all of the different products. You can take an order from one of your customers and farm out the work to another operator and both make money on the sale. Business is not limited to your local area…you may have customers in other parts of the U.S. or the world. Business located in the XYZ area, but can sell and market product anywhere in the world. Ideal for people-oriented individuals who possess good interpersonal, communication and project management skills. Custom production providing opportunity for creativity. Producing a tangible product. Every customer and job is different. Oversee production from beginning to end. A business that provides creativity and innovation, coupled with repetition. Don’t get stuck in the office all day. Provides the environment for a combination of “inside” work tasks with “outside” marketing / sales activity. Company provides their owners a two (2) year Sales & Marketing program. Their sales program is based on “relationship building” and turning your satisfied customers into an external sales force. Company has a 29+ year history of growth and success. Investment: $195,000 If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. ********************************************************************************* Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. 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  15. Redshirt Freshman DT Chris Daniels Transferring

    Certainly I don’t know what goes on in the inner circles of UT football. But, I do hope the coaches have had time to make assessments on current players going forward and have a strong feeling on the recruits they can sign and have started to nudge some of the dead-wood out the door…
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