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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. October 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. “At first dreams seem impossible then improbable and eventually inevitable. ” -Christopher Reeve FOUR LEVELS OF FRANCHISING What Type of Franchise Arrangement is Best for You? Deciding on the level of franchising that best fits your needs is almost as important as investigating and choosing the right franchise. Below are the four levels of franchising, which include information on the territory specifics, the required level of participation, and the typical liquid capital requirements. It is best to consider all aspects of each level, before deciding upon a level in which to invest. Single-unit Franchises A franchisee has the right to operate one franchise unit. Most franchisees enter the world of franchising by owning one unit. It is a great way to get in and understand the system before taking on more units. Territory: The franchisee may have a small radius of exclusive territory to operate within. If it is a retail store, the area of exclusivity may be a two or three mile radius around the store. If it is a home-based business the area may consist of a few specific zip codes. Level of participation: The franchisee is very involved with almost all operations of this type. Even if it is a semi-absentee owned business, the franchisee will want to be present at the business and be as hands-on as possible. Typical liquid capital required: $35,000 to $70,000 initial out-of-pocket investment required on a total investment of $55,000 to $200,000+ Multi-unit Franchises The franchisee acquires more than one unit of the franchise, usually at reduced franchise fees. The risk is lower because the franchisee can take advantage of the economies-of-scale theory; by spreading costs across multi-units, the locations may be more successful. A good sign of the health of the franchise is if many of the franchisees are multi-unit owners. Territory: There is usually no exclusive territory where the franchises must be set up. The franchisee may have one unit in one part of town with a surrounding radius of exclusivity, and another unit in another part of town 15 miles away or even in another county with its exclusive radius of operation. Level of participation: The franchisee is less involved with each of the units operations, but will be managing multiple operations and will need to have some level of supervision in each unit. If many units are opened, a general manager and additional administrative and training staff may be needed. The franchisee is more of a general manager when many units are involved. Typical liquid capital required: $70,000 to $120,000 initial out-of-pocket capital is required to take care of mostly the initial franchise fees. The rest of the investment is usually financed when each unit is opened. Area Development Franchises This license usually grants the franchisee the right to open a certain number of franchises in a given area. There is usually a production schedule where the franchisee must open a certain number of franchises during a certain period. The franchisee has an exclusive area where no other franchisees can be allowed to open a franchise. Territory: The franchisee maintains an exclusive geographic territory as long as the opening schedule is maintained. The territories range from a small city to parts or all of a larger city. Level of participation: The franchisee will be very involved in the beginning stages of the first location to make sure it is successful. The franchisee will also need to be looking for qualified real estate to open the next few locations. Once several locations are open, the franchisee will need additional assistance to manage several units. Typical liquid capital required: $80,000 to $150,000 initially to secure the area, pay all franchise fees and have additional start-up capital. The franchisee will then need to be able to finance the rest of the start-up costs for each of the franchises, as they open. Master Franchises A Master Franchisee, sometimes called a Regional Developer, has the rights to a larger area than that of an Area Developer. The Master Franchisee, in addition to opening franchises at a much reduced franchise fee and royalty, can also sell unit franchises, multi-unit franchises and area development franchises and make a nice return on the sale. The master usually receives a part of the royalty and franchise fee paid by each franchisee. There may be additional income available from distribution of products through the franchisees in the area and possibly even some real estate interest. The master becomes somewhat of a sub-franchisor for the area, without having experienced all the trial and error the original franchisor did. The master franchisee will usually want to open and operate at least one unit (pilot location), for income and use as a training center. Master franchises are not offered as readily as the other levels of franchising. However, when they are available they usually sell quickly. The income available from a master franchise is extremely lucrative. The initial investment is low compared to the type of value you can build in the master franchise area. The flexibility is also the greatest at this level. Territory: Usually is a large metropolitan area, an entire state or even several states or country. It is an exclusive area and will remain exclusive as long as the master franchisee meets the development schedule of franchises in the territory. Level or participation: The master franchisee will usually set up and operate at least one unit and use a manger to manage it while working on selling other “sub-franchises” and assisting them in operating properly. Very rarely is a master franchisee “hands on” in a unit franchise. They tend to spend more of their time operating like a business consultant or coach to their franchisees to help them become successful. Typical liquid capital required: $150,000 to $350,000 is needed to acquire the territory and for initial liquid capital to start the area. Financing will be secured for the start-up of the unit franchise. Perhaps a “Business Opportunity” is a better fit for you than a franchise? Like a franchise, a “business opportunity” will have a start-up package, operational methodology, training and on-going support. A business opportunity charges an upfront fee that is comparable to a franchise fee, but there are no on-going royalty fees charged by the business opportunity company. A unique difference between a franchise and a business opportunity is a business opportunity does not have the rules and reporting requirements associated with franchise ownership. The quality of on-going support will vary widely across the spectrum of business opportunities. Some will provide very little, while others provide extensive continuing support and training. Business opportunities may be more suitable for experienced business people who desire the advantage of having access to a proven system with an organization to lean on for support from both the corporate staff and the other owners as well, but still have the opportunity to “do things their own way”. NOTE: Typical liquid capital requirements, as well as total investment amounts will vary based on the type of concept, real estate and geographic area. ********************************************************************************************* 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 ********************************************************************************************* Questions To Ask Yourself… · What are your reasons for wanting a business of your own? · Have you ever owned a business? · Do you possess the necessary attributes to be self-employed? · Can you make meaningful decisions without having 100% of the information? · What working days / hours do you want / need? · Do you want part-time or full-time? · Do you need flexible hours? · Where do you want your business to be located? · How far from home are you willing to travel to get to your business? · Would you prefer…office…retail…mobile…light industrial environment? · Do you want to manage employees? · Do you want to have inventory? · Do you prefer a cash business as opposed to one that carries accounts receivable? · How much liquid capital do you have to start a business? · What is your net worth? · What are you income requirements…1st year…2nd year, etc.? · Will franchise ownership be your primary source of income, or will it supplement other income? · Will you have partners? · Are you interested in pursuing a particular business / industry? · Do you want a single or multiple unit business? · Have you considered master franchising? · How soon do you want your business to open? · Will you be involved on a full-time or part-time basis? · Do you have the total support of your spouse / family for buying a business? · When you find the “right” franchise / business opportunity, are you the type of individual who will be ready, willing and able to “pull the trigger” and move forward with a new life? ********************************************************************************* STEM Based Curriculum This concept provides after school services using STEM based curriculum to children ages 5-14. The primary business of this franchise is after school programs for children aged 5 to 14 years old. We work mainly with and in schools and community centers. Our secondary line of business is providing outlets for children through such activities as summer camps, birthday parties, Scout functions, and private classes. The programs we present are focused on being hands-on for the children. We have developed classes to instill our philosophy of "Skills for a Lifetime." The four main areas of education that we offer are: • Aviation » • Magic Tricks » • Fashion » • Photography » Our franchisee model has been developed as a home based business. Of course the sky is the limit. In the event that your establishment grows, the opportunity to move into an office location definitely exists. The exclusive programs, quality customer service, and the highest of standards that we have developed will help make you the leading after School Company in your area. We have found that our customers stay with our programs for many years. The one-stop-shop service aspect makes it extremely convenient and the highly advanced operation methods makes our programs effective allowing one person to do the job of three people and three to do the job of six. And ultimately, you will have the flexibility to extend your franchise in the different directions that match your lifestyle and works best in your area. Total Investment: $48,000. 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. Quick-serve Snack Food Concept A quick-serve snack food restaurant serving specialty, gourmet French fries with over 20 different seasonings, sauces and toppings; and fountain drinks, bottled water and home-made milkshakes for beverages. Our Menu offers three options to achieve simplicity and creativity: a Specialty Menu of ‘go-to’ topped fry baskets that promote popular national and local dishes; a Finger Food Favorites Menu comprised of classic fried appetizer-style dishes-Original Pizza Logs; Buffalo Crunch Rolls; Crispy Chicken Fingers; and our Dutch Style Menu, which allows customers to choose a fry and one of 15+ dipping sauces. In addition to these items, customers are able to customize their baskets across six styles of fries and over 20 sauces, seasonings and toppings. There is a familiar saying you hear often when referring to the Lone Star State- "Everything is Big in Texas". Well, that saying sure rings true for one of the most unique and novel franchise brands to come onto the QSR scene in years. Our presence is fixin' to get big and introduced to fellow Texans statewide in the coming months in our largest Texas markets: Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. This phenomenal growth spurt comes just over a year after opening our first Texas franchise unit in the Alamo City, Labor Day weekend of 2016. Now is the time for prospective business owners and opportunistic entrepreneurs to consider our exciting franchise model and discover for themselves an opportunity where timing really is and can be everything. Four (4) flexible Franchise Business Models are offered: · Food Truck/Trailer/Cart, · Inline (food court, no dining room) · Kiosk (free standing 12 x 20 unit) and · Brick and Mortar (free standing,drive thru, dining room). Our flexible concepts fit any real estate format including freestanding restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, airports, malls, outlet stores, entertainment and tourist districts, cinema, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments. There simply is no other competitive QSR franchise brand offered to prospective franchisees with such flexibility of choice in business model, endless store location sites to consider, and all achieved at an attractive development cost range of $105,000 - $250,000 dependent on the business model selected. We are currently looking for hard working, motivated individuals to join our growing list of franchisees. Franchise opportunities are currently available in communities and towns throughout Northern, Southern Eastern, and Western Texas, of all major metropolitan areas. We are looking for regional development groups that have a proven track record and are community leaders who may already operate other local businesses, such as other multi-brand restaurant development groups, retail outlets, convenience store chain operators, and movie theater operators who have the passion and financial qualifications to develop anywhere from five (5) to fifty (50) restaurants in these regions across the state. We are looking for qualified candidates with career work experience in any field (no restaurant experience required) and that are dedicated to their fields of expertise with proven track records to join our Texas team. Our Texas franchisees will have endless opportunities to grow quickly into successful multi-unit franchise operators supported by our Texas franchise development team based right in the heart of Texas, San Antonio. The Texas Master Franchise is owned and operated by native Texas businessmen with a vast array of industry knowledge and seasoned track records as successful business owners. One of the Texas Master Franchisors is a Texas Ex. Franchisees get unsurpassed local support and services in every stage of franchise development from start to finish. ⇒ Texas Master Tenant Broker and Site Selection Services ⇒ Local pre-opening, grand opening and ongoing training and operational support ⇒ Statewide vendor & supplier network customized for our Texas franchisees ⇒ Franchisee business planning, consulting, financial and coaching support and services. 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. ********************************************************************************* I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, 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. OrangeLarry

    Could we se OU twice this year??

    New ou DC...Rufus McNeil is much more than an analyst. He has some skins on the wall. He has been around the block a time or two...
  3. OrangeLarry

    Staff Predictions - Texas vs. USC

    Yes, Herman will get at least a third year... But, lose the recruits and the fat lady is warming up. Horns have some young talent and some positions where there is still a void in talent. A top 2019 recruiting class is imperative if Horns are going to return to national prominence. Lose to USC and Horns are likely looking at 1-5. And, the "1" wasn't impressive. So, bringing in a stellar group of recruits in 2019, will be extremely difficult and unlikely. IMHO... MBHORNSFAN comment is not premature. Actually, probably "right on". Gotta remember that these kids being recruited can't even recall when UT was a national player. Yep, for us old Orange Bloods it hurts, but the truth is.... Texas is no longer a shiny new toy.... Herman / Horns must win this game...and then win some more. the lustre of a victory over Trojans will be lost if Horns lose 2 of next 3 or lose all 3. For Herman to enjoy a long-term UT tenure, 2019 must be another bumper-crop of talent. 2018 recruits may win some game in 2019, but not enough talent infusion to bring UT back to the upper echelon of college football.
  4. “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. September 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. Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau Meet the Millennipreneurs >>Entrepreneurs born between 1982 and 2000<< Six in ten young adults have considered starting a business. Franchising is an ideal route to small-business ownership, because the attendant systems and brand recognition are already in place. Four in 10 millennials say they want to be their own boss. They admire entrepreneurship: 78% consider entrepreneurs successful 62% thought about starting a business 55% believe that their generation is more entrepreneurial than past ones even though the data says otherwise Reasons they start businesses: 40% want to be their own boss 21% want passion in the job 21% desire flexibility in time/location 6% looking for challenge and growth 5% laid off from prior job 59 percent of Millennial entrepreneurs and 51 percent of older entrepreneurs say they started their businesses because they felt passionate about them. Older entrepreneurs are more likely than Millennials (55 percent vs. 43 percent) to say they started their companies out of a need for challenge and growth. This makes sense, because older entrepreneurs are more likely to feel a bit stagnant in their jobs simply because of their age and experience. While Millennials may have a reputation as flighty, the survey shows that when it comes to business ownership, this generation is focused on the long term. In fact, 80 percent of Millennial entrepreneurs say they hope to pass their businesses onto their children someday — even though most of them don't yet have children! By comparison, two-thirds of older entrepreneurs hope to pass their businesses down to their kids. Millennials also have big plans for their small businesses. Nearly eight out of 10 older small business owners (79 percent) say they would be happy for their businesses to stay small — all they want to do is create a comfortable living for themselves and their families. Among Millennials, however, just 59 percent are satisfied with the idea of keeping their businesses small; 41 percent hope to grow their businesses as big as possible. Perhaps it’s because of their big plans and long-term horizons that Millennials are more likely than older entrepreneurs to be willing to take on debt in order to grow their companies. Two-thirds of Millennial entrepreneurs believe that some amount of business debt is needed for business growth and say they are willing to take on financial risks to expand their businesses. Among older entrepreneurs, however, only about half agree with these opinions. Millennial men are even more likely than Millennial women to be willing to take financial risks in order to grow (77 percent vs. 55 percent). Millennials in the survey are more optimistic than older business owners about the prospects for their businesses in the next 12 months. Three-fourths of them believe their businesses will grow in the next year, compared to half of older entrepreneurs. For any entrepreneur, owning your own successful business is the ultimate dream. However, starting a business from the ground up can be a daunting task. Young entrepreneurs in particular may face barriers including limited finances and business management experience, as well as the absence of support needed to succeed as an independent business owner. Enter franchising. Franchising offers a unique opportunity for Millennials who may not have prior business experience to succeed thanks to a business structure that is already in place. ********************************************************************************************* 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 ********************************************************************************************* Pet Care Named One of the Best Industries to Start a Business Why it's hot: Forty percent of customers in the pet care industry are ages 30-49. Millennials are aging into this group and getting more pets than previous generations. According to research firm Mintel, three-fourths of American 30-somethings have dogs, compared with half of the overall population. Meanwhile, more than half of Americans in their 30s have cats, compared with 35 percent of the overall population. Millennials with pets also expect to use technology to buy services, providing opportunity for new ventures in e-commerce, subscription packages, and connected devices like pet wearables. Growth: Pet grooming and boarding revenue was nearly $8 billion in the U.S. in 2016, and IBISWorld projects 7 percent annual growth through 2021. According to CB Insights, between 2012 and 2016, $486 million was invested in the global pet tech sector across 172 venture capital deals. The worldwide pet wearables market alone will be a $2.6 billion market by 2019, market research firm IDTechEx predicts. SPENDING ON QUALITY, NUTRITIONAL PET FOOD IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH… There are several interesting dog / cat / pet services concepts available covering all areas of high-quality products and services for pet nutrition and care. > Supermarket for dogs and cats. > Natural Food and bakery > Fresh food with convenient home delivery > Grooming and spas > Daycare and boarding > Training With millennials owning more pets than any other generation, low entry barriers, and not a lot of small business competition pet care is a growing industry. 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. ********************************************************************************* Quick-serve Snack Food Concept A quick-serve snack food restaurant serving specialty, gourmet French fries with over 20 different seasonings, sauces and toppings; and fountain drinks, bottled water and home-made milkshakes for beverages. Our Menu offers three options to achieve simplicity and creativity: a Specialty Menu of ‘go-to’ topped fry baskets that promote popular national and local dishes; a Finger Food Favorites Menu comprised of classic fried appetizer-style dishes-Original Pizza Logs; Buffalo Crunch Rolls; Crispy Chicken Fingers; and our Dutch Style Menu, which allows customers to choose a fry and one of 15+ dipping sauces. In addition to these items, customers are able to customize their baskets across six styles of fries and over 20 sauces, seasonings and toppings. There is a familiar saying you hear often when referring to the Lone Star State- "Everything is Big in Texas". Well, that saying sure rings true for one of the most unique and novel franchise brands to come onto the QSR scene in years. Our presence is fixin' to get big and introduced to fellow Texans statewide in the coming months in our largest Texas markets: Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. This phenomenal growth spurt comes just over a year after opening our first Texas franchise unit in the Alamo City, Labor Day weekend of 2016. Now is the time for prospective business owners and opportunistic entrepreneurs to consider our exciting franchise model and discover for themselves an opportunity where timing really is and can be everything. Four (4) flexible Franchise Business Models are offered: · Food Truck/Trailer/Cart, · Inline (food court, no dining room) · Kiosk (free standing 12 x 20 unit) and · Brick and Mortar (free standing,drive thru, dining room). Our flexible concepts fit any real estate format including freestanding restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, airports, malls, outlet stores, entertainment and tourist districts, cinema, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments. There simply is no other competitive QSR franchise brand offered to prospective franchisees with such flexibility of choice in business model, endless store location sites to consider, and all achieved at an attractive development cost range of $105,000 - $250,000 dependent on the business model selected. We are currently looking for hard working, motivated individuals to join our growing list of franchisees. Franchise opportunities are currently available in communities and towns throughout Northern, Southern Eastern, and Western Texas, of all major metropolitan areas. We are looking for regional development groups that have a proven track record and are community leaders who may already operate other local businesses, such as other multi-brand restaurant development groups, retail outlets, convenience store chain operators, and movie theater operators who have the passion and financial qualifications to develop anywhere from five (5) to fifty (50) restaurants in these regions across the state. We are looking for qualified candidates with career work experience in any field (no restaurant experience required) and that are dedicated to their fields of expertise with proven track records to join our Texas team. Our Texas franchisees will have endless opportunities to grow quickly into successful multi-unit franchise operators supported by our Texas franchise development team based right in the heart of Texas, San Antonio. The Texas Master Franchise is owned and operated by native Texas businessmen with a vast array of industry knowledge and seasoned track records as successful business owners. One of the Texas Master Franchisors is a Texas Ex. Franchisees get unsurpassed local support and services in every stage of franchise development from start to finish. ⇒ Texas Master Tenant Broker and Site Selection Services ⇒ Local pre-opening, grand opening and ongoing training and operational support ⇒ Statewide vendor & supplier network customized for our Texas franchisees ⇒ Franchisee business planning, consulting, financial and coaching support and services. 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. ********************************************************************************* I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, 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.
  5. “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. August 2018 HOT DAMN… 30 days until kick-off and counting down... It was on or about September 14, 1973 that I started spending a good portion of the fall season occupying a seat in Memorial Stadium. (It wasn’t yet named DKR Texas Memorial Stadium). In my four+ decades of season tickets, I have seen many of UT’s best and some of the worst over this time period… Darrell K. Royal, Fred Akers, David McWilliams, John Mackovic, Mack Brown, Charlie Strong and now Tom Herman… two (2) Heisman Winners… one (1) National Championship… seven (7) SWC and three (3) Big 12 Championship teams…the last a faint memory way back in 2009. Unbelievable… UT has gone eight football seasons without winning the conference championship. My hopes and prayers are for the 2018 Horns to return us to our rightful position as Conference Champions. The next 30 days won’t go by fast enough! 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. Sick Of Making Money For Other People? Perhaps “Franchisee / Business Owner” Should Be Your Next Job Title. Because of today's changing job market and work environment, a significant number of present and former executives and managers are exploring business ownership as an alternative to keeping his / her present job or seeking another job. They know it is time for a change and achieving lifestyle needs is imperative. Many have grown tired of life in “corporate America” … downsizing, rightsizing, corporate politics and bureaucracy. It is a work-life full of stress, with little appreciation and minimal true “personal time”. Work-Life balance is non-existent. So, they are turning to franchising as a way to escape their dissatisfaction with corporate life. I experienced the same transition in 2001 and have never looked back. Especially prevalent today is the increasing number of millennials leaving corporate employment. Younger workers are re-inventing the conventional notion of employment, according to a survey by Deloitte of 10,455 millennials and 1,844 Gen Z respondents across 36 countries. Among millennials, 43% envision leaving their jobs within two years; only 28% seek to stay beyond five years. Employed Gen Z respondents (those following millennials into the workplace) express even less loyalty, with 61% saying they would leave within two years. Respondents are disappointed that business leaders’ priorities don’t seem to align with their own. According to Deloitte, a majority of millennials in every market agrees with the statement that corporations "have no ambition beyond wanting to make money." This leads to an important question for these folks to consider: What is the difference between getting a job and owning a franchise? There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to either choice. The right answer varies from person to person, based on what they want to achieve in life and how they feel about factors like risks and rewards. As you evaluate the options - work for someone else as an employee or be a self-employed business owner, it is important to keep in mind these three key areas that differentiate the two: Income: Both a job and a franchise should provide you with an income. With a job, the income is typically clearly defined; you know what your salary is going to be and how often it is going to be paid to you. There may also be non-fixed income (commissions or bonuses, for example) but that is still usually pretty easy to estimate in advance, so a job provides quite a bit of certainty in relation to income (assuming you are able to stay employed). With a franchise, especially in the short run, your income is far less certain. It is quite common in a business startup to work for some period of time without any fixed income. Though the long-term income prospects may be quite a bit higher in a franchise, you need to make sure you have adequate reserves to live on while you are going through the initial ramping-up phase. Wealth: Having ownership in a business is the classic path to creating wealth. When you build a franchise business you are building an asset that grows in value and can eventually be sold--hopefully for quite a bit of money. This wealth payoff to the franchise owner is on top of the income received during the operation of the business. Owning a franchise involves taking more risk in the beginning, but the reward is that any wealth created through your efforts will accrue to you rather than to someone else (as it does when you have a job). This factor is very important to most people who choose to go the franchise route. The Most Highly Paid Employees And The Wealthiest People In The Country Control: With a job, your control over your work efforts isn't very high. You basically have an employer who tells you what they want you to do and how they want you to do it. If you own a franchise, you are the employer who is telling others what you want done, and you are completely in charge of what you do at work. You are also responsible for establishing the values and mores’ of your business. This fundamental difference is one that is very appealing to some people but uncomfortable or even frightening to others. As you evaluate which option is better for you, this is something you should carefully consider to make sure you go in the direction that best suits your personality. The basic trade-off is pretty simple. A job has more income certainty, (assuming you are able to keep your job), but owning a franchise has more wealth-creation potential and allows for greater control and independence. Each person needs to evaluate the balance between these factors and determine which avenue works best for him or her. Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau Three Key Points to Know when Working with a Franchise Consultant A franchise consultant should help you identify your professional, financial and lifestyle goals and then present you options which are aligned with those objectives. The following three points will assist the consultant in showing you the “right” opportunites. · Need to understand your WHY! Why are you exploring franchise ownership? Why are you interested in pursuing a career transition? Is there a specific franchise, or type of business that you are interested in, and why? Are there some franchises you do not like, and why? Why now? · WHAT you like and don’t like is critical. What do you like about some companies over others? What categories are you drawn to for personal or professional reasons? What have you liked about your previous jobs or business? What have you not liked? What are your financial goals? What are your lifestyle needs? · And, need to understand HOW will you finance the initial investment of a franchise? Do you need funding? How do you see yourself as a franchise owner – active or passive? And if applicable, how is your family, partner, or friends going to be involved? Be in business for yourself, not by yourself! A franchise model can bring structure, support, and predictability. An experienced franchise consultant will coach and guide you through a methodical process of learning and discovery. ********************************************************************************************* 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 30+ 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. ********************************************************************************* Quick-serve Snack Food Concept A quick-serve snack food restaurant serving specialty, gourmet French fries with over 20 different seasonings, sauces and toppings; and fountain drinks, bottled water and home-made milkshakes for beverages. Our Menu offers three options to achieve simplicity and creativity: a Specialty Menu of ‘go-to’ topped fry baskets that promote popular national and local dishes; a Finger Food Favorites Menu comprised of classic fried appetizer-style dishes-Original Pizza Logs; Buffalo Crunch Rolls; Crispy Chicken Fingers; and our Dutch Style Menu, which allows customers to choose a fry and one of 15+ dipping sauces. In addition to these items, customers are able to customize their baskets across six styles of fries and over 20 sauces, seasonings and toppings. There is a familiar saying you hear often when referring to the Lone Star State- "Everything is Big in Texas". Well, that saying sure rings true for one of the most unique and novel franchise brands to come onto the QSR scene in years. Our presence is fixin' to get big and introduced to fellow Texans statewide in the coming months in our largest Texas markets: Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. This phenomenal growth spurt comes just over a year after opening our first Texas franchise unit in the Alamo City, Labor Day weekend of 2016. Now is the time for prospective business owners and opportunistic entrepreneurs to consider our exciting franchise model and discover for themselves an opportunity where timing really is and can be everything. Four (4) flexible Franchise Business Models are offered: · Food Truck/Trailer/Cart, · Inline (food court, no dining room) · Kiosk (free standing 12 x 20 unit) and · Brick and Mortar (free standing,drive thru, dining room). Our flexible concepts fit any real estate format including freestanding restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, airports, malls, outlet stores, entertainment and tourist districts, cinema, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments. There simply is no other competitive QSR franchise brand offered to prospective franchisees with such flexibility of choice in business model, endless store location sites to consider, and all achieved at an attractive development cost range of $105,000 - $250,000 dependent on the business model selected. We are currently looking for hard working, motivated individuals to join our growing list of franchisees. Franchise opportunities are currently available in communities and towns throughout Northern, Southern Eastern, and Western Texas, of all major metropolitan areas. We are looking for regional development groups that have a proven track record and are community leaders who may already operate other local businesses, such as other multi-brand restaurant development groups, retail outlets, convenience store chain operators, and movie theater operators who have the passion and financial qualifications to develop anywhere from five (5) to fifty (50) restaurants in these regions across the state. We are looking for qualified candidates with career work experience in any field (no restaurant experience required) and that are dedicated to their fields of expertise with proven track records to join our Texas team. Our Texas franchisees will have endless opportunities to grow quickly into successful multi-unit franchise operators supported by our Texas franchise development team based right in the heart of Texas, San Antonio. The Texas Master Franchise is owned and operated by native Texas businessmen with a vast array of industry knowledge and seasoned track records as successful business owners. One of the Texas Master Franchisors is a Texas Ex. Franchisees get unsurpassed local support and services in every stage of franchise development from start to finish. ⇒ Texas Master Tenant Broker and Site Selection Services ⇒ Local pre-opening, grand opening and ongoing training and operational support ⇒ Statewide vendor & supplier network customized for our Texas franchisees ⇒ Franchisee business planning, consulting, financial and coaching support and services. 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. ********************************************************************************* I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, 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.
  6. Written by a good friend of mine who is a Texas Ex and former head coach at Karnes City H.S. In this day of football's multiple offenses and pass promoting rules, labeling a defense according to the number of the DLs and LBs is misleading. A DC must choose a sound defense that will best use his talent, best match up with his opponents' talent and schemes, and best be conveyed to his staff and athletes. It would be futile to argue that Muschamps 4-3 or Orlando's 3-4 is superior. Both are great DCs that know their defenses, can teach them well, and make them match up with opponents. The effort, character, and talent of the athletes determines the success on the field, and both DCs will appear to be in differing fronts during the season depending on their folks and the opposition's schemes. Tom Orlando may believe in the 3-4, but in the Big 12 he actually runs a 3-3, and 3-2 the vast majority of the time. A 3-2 front with a six man (dime) secondary that includes 2 to 4 large, fast safeties matches up well with today's spread and scarcity of good TEs. Texas certainly demonstrated that for half of the 2017 season. The Horns will miss Jason Hall's and Deshon Elliot's size and speed combination that allowed them to fill in for missing LBs in the dime package. Hall's ability to play a DE, a LB, or a S made the dime extremely versatile and most effective. The Texas dime (or "lightning") often looked like a 3-2, 3-3, or 3-4 front and then would morph into other alignments/slants/blitzes by the snap. The most common way to attack a 3 man front with 6 DBs is to run draws, delays, and some screens. The offense shows pass, the LBs and secondary drop and seperate from the 3 rushing DL, and the draw/delay can be deadly with the natural vertical seams. When 2 or more of the DBs can successfully move up to blitz or play DE at any time, as well as playing secondary coverage successfully, the draws and delays are much less successful. Add in the Texas 2017 LB speed, solid 4i DEs, and Poona Ford's disruption at the nose and the Texas dime package was truly lightning! It appears that Orlando has inherited or recruited the talent to adequately replace losses in the secondary, in the DL by committee, and LB (except, possibly, for Malik's speed) in 2018. If that is true, Orlando showed he and his D staff can certainly teach, so Texas' D should be solid, and make Horns' fans believers in the 3-4...uh 3-3...er 3-2, or...uh lightning, or whatever. I am looking forward to that rematch with Maryland! Hook 'em.
  7. “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. July 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. How Two NFL Retirees Are Tackling Their Challenges With A Strong Game Plan By Darren Heitner, Forbes David Garrard made a smooth transition from quarterback at an NFL team to quarterbacking as a franchise owner. Former NFL quarterback David Garrard has found personal success in life after football despite a lack of financial literacy obtained during his years in the NFL. Specifically, he chose to invest in the franchise industry and open up three Retro Fitness locations after an introduction from his financial advisor. He is not alone. Another six-year NFL veteran Jameel McClain, who now serves as Assistant Director of Engagement for the Baltimore Ravens, is invested in the same business as Garrard. "Franchising allows you to be your own boss and gives you a playbook that sets you up for success if you follow it," says Delancey Street CEO Max Soni, who knows the players as well as what it takes to be an entrepreneur, starting his first business at 17-years-old. Here is what the duo of NFL retirees have to share about being in the franchising business after successful careers as football players. Always have a game plan ready for your next move. After a six-year career playing a professional sport, Garrard knew that he liked having a set game plan to follow. This allowed him to always be looking forward and staying one step ahead. "There was never a training session, practice or game that I played that didn't involve a game plan," says Garrard. "My teams, collectively, followed the plan - feeling confident that it would always help us." A game plan can curb surprises and provide you with measurable benchmarks. These plans are fluid; they are amenable to change and should be modified depending on how things are progressing within your organization. You must be realistic about your capacity to get things done. "Look at the type of business you're considering getting into. Look at what you're going to ask from people," says McClain. "Once you do, look at what you're going to be required to push out as a result of asking people for something. If you can't put out what you've asked for or if you can own a gym and can't still mop the floors - then you can't put out. You have to be able to run all parts of the business - especially if the people you've asked to help out don't show up." People look for leadership. There is a difference between someone who can do the task and someone who can instruct another person to perform. You need to be realistic about who you are and what role(s) you perform best so that others will follow your lead. Active listening to experienced businesspeople is necessary to identify your blind spots. "I didn't know everything there is to know about the business of franchising; however, I chose to listen carefully to what those around me were teaching me about the world of business," says Garrard. "I was not hard headed. In this business, being hard headed isn't an option. Garrard and McClain both stress the importance of having a financial advisor you can trust, which goes hand-in-hand with what McClain says about trusting the team you choose to be surrounded by. "One thing I will say that has helped be successful and financially stable was that I worked with financial advisors before I entered the league, during my time in the league and after I left the league," says McClain. "With their help, we created a pyramid that would help me measure success throughout those times during my life. “Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not. ” -Robert F. Kennedy "Everything Big Starts with Something Little" Excerpt from An Enemy Called Average by John Mason All successful people are faithful in the small things. There is power in taking small steps. Many people are not moving forward today simply because they were not willing to take the small step placed before them. If you have a dream to go into any particular area, you should leap at the opportunity—no matter how small—to move in the direction of your dream. For example: if you dream of being a college basketball coach and are sitting at home waiting for an invitation from Roy Williams at North Carolina University, you should know that call will never come. You need to find an opportunity to coach somewhere, anywhere. Find a young person, a young team. Jump in and coach with all of your heart, like you would if you were coaching at the highest level. Don’t be afraid to take small steps. There’s something powerful about momentum…no matter how small. Many times the impossible is simply the untried. I can remember a time in my life when I was immobilized with fear, consumed with what I was supposed to do. It seemed so huge a task; I was unable to bring myself to face it. A friend came to me and spoke two words that broke that paralysis in my life. He said, “Do something!” I’ll never forget that day…taking some small, seemingly insignificant steps. Momentum began to come into my life. If you are at a point of paralysis in your life because of what you feel you’re supposed to do, the words today are, “Do something!” Don’t worry about the long-term goal right now; just take the steps that take you past the starting point. Soon you’ll get to a point of no return. As you climb higher, you’ll be able to see much farther. As you begin, don’t be afraid. Eric Hoffer said, “Fear of becoming a ‘has-been’ keeps some people from becoming anything.” Every great idea is impossible from where you are starting today. But little goals add up, and they add up rapidly. Most people don’t succeed because they are too afraid to even try. As incredible as it sounds, they decide in advance they’re going to fail. Many times the final goal seems so unreachable we don’t even make an effort. But once you’ve made your decision and have started, it’s like you’re halfway there. Start—no matter what your circumstances. Take that first step! ********************************************************************************************* 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 Living Spaces Concept · A more mature market, but still growing. · Provides variety with tangible and visible results. · Solve problems…figure out ideas / solutions…present creative concepts. · Involves degree of creativity. · Project management…planning. · Have fun. · Family friendly hours….flexibility…lifestyle. · Service Orientation…with value added. · Outdoor stuff. · Make things. The world's oldest and largest designer and builder of custom decks, screened porches, open porches, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and other outdoor living spaces. In business for 28+ years. has completed over $0.5 billion in projects for over 75,000 clients since 1980. Provides rigorous training, a proven sales methodology, in-depth franchise support and marketing systems that enable our franchisees to sell, design and install professional outdoor living environments – with unparalleled service and attention to detail. This is a strong choice for franchise candidates seeking a home-based business with few employees, low overhead, design creativity and great growth potential. This is a design and project management business. No construction experience is required. Flexibility-franchisees control their own hours. Product line includes more than decks…design custom sunrooms, screened porches, outdoor kitchens, pergolas, gazebos and outdoor fireplaces. Proven sales process: While many competitors might scribble deck dimensions and a rough layout on a napkin, you’ll deliver a fabulous 3-D computer generated rendering and construction drawings that will knock your customers’ socks off. The designs will be presented as professional CAD drawings accurately depicting the superior visual impact of the finished product. Customers’ worries are put to rest by construction standards proven on over 100,000 projects and 30 years of exemplary operation. And to nail the deal shut, you’ll offer not only an unsurpassed warranty, but a third party guarantee of project completion on all projects. Ideal Candidate: Interpersonal skills: Energetic individuals with strong interpersonal and communication skills that enjoy networking with other professionals. (Sometimes a spouse excels at this and becomes a valuable business asset.) General Management Experience: Experience managing both people and the P&L (Construction background helpful, but not required). Solid work ethic: Type A, driven personality and demonstrated leadership abilities. Diligence and a determination to provide the best possible service and product are an essential part of the customer service that sets us apart. Creative: Appreciate design and outdoor living. Role of Franchisee: High personal satisfaction: For the right person, running this franchise is a dream job. Your schedule can be flexible. You don’t have to be stuck in an office all day. You’re not tied to a brick and mortar business – low overhead, home-based, and very scalable. You can exercise your creativity. You get to interact with appreciative customers. You see the tangible results of your efforts with every amazing structure your company builds. Plus, you enjoy the support not just our helpful corporate staff, but scores of other franchisees who are always happy to answer your questions or assist you in resolving any challenges Investment: $103,550 Average # of Employees: 2--(Full-time office manager; installation crew are subcontractors and design consultants are commission-based staff) · Executive Model · Passive Ownership · Home Based Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* Quick-serve Snack Food Concept A quick-serve snack food restaurant serving specialty, gourmet French fries with over 20 different seasonings, sauces and toppings; and fountain drinks, bottled water and home-made milkshakes for beverages. Our Menu offers three options to achieve simplicity and creativity: a Specialty Menu of ‘go-to’ topped fry baskets that promote popular national and local dishes; a Finger Food Favorites Menu comprised of classic fried appetizer-style dishes-Original Pizza Logs; Buffalo Crunch Rolls; Crispy Chicken Fingers; and our Dutch Style Menu, which allows customers to choose a fry and one of 15+ dipping sauces. In addition to these items, customers are able to customize their baskets across six styles of fries and over 20 sauces, seasonings and toppings. There is a familiar saying you hear often when referring to the Lone Star State- "Everything is Big in Texas". Well, that saying sure rings true for one of the most unique and novel franchise brands to come onto the QSR scene in years. Our presence is fixin' to get big and introduced to fellow Texans statewide in the coming months in our largest Texas markets: Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. This phenomenal growth spurt comes just over a year after opening our first Texas franchise unit in the Alamo City, Labor Day weekend of 2016. Now is the time for prospective business owners and opportunistic entrepreneurs to consider our exciting franchise model and discover for themselves an opportunity where timing really is and can be everything. Four (4) flexible Franchise Business Models are offered: · Food Truck/Trailer/Cart, · Inline (food court, no dining room) · Kiosk (free standing 12 x 20 unit) and · Brick and Mortar (free standing,drive thru, dining room). Our flexible concepts fit any real estate format including freestanding restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, airports, malls, outlet stores, entertainment and tourist districts, cinema, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments. There simply is no other competitive QSR franchise brand offered to prospective franchisees with such flexibility of choice in business model, endless store location sites to consider, and all achieved at an attractive development cost range of $105,000 - $250,000 dependent on the business model selected. We are currently looking for hard working, motivated individuals to join our growing list of franchisees. Franchise opportunities are currently available in communities and towns throughout Northern, Southern Eastern, and Western Texas, of all major metropolitan areas. We are looking for regional development groups that have a proven track record and are community leaders who may already operate other local businesses, such as other multi-brand restaurant development groups, retail outlets, convenience store chain operators, and movie theater operators who have the passion and financial qualifications to develop anywhere from five (5) to fifty (50) restaurants in these regions across the state. We are looking for qualified candidates with career work experience in any field (no restaurant experience required) and that are dedicated to their fields of expertise with proven track records to join our Texas team. Our Texas franchisees will have endless opportunities to grow quickly into successful multi-unit franchise operators supported by our Texas franchise development team based right in the heart of Texas, San Antonio. The Texas Master Franchise is owned and operated by native Texas businessmen with a vast array of industry knowledge and seasoned track records as successful business owners. One of the Texas Master Franchisors is a Texas Ex. Franchisees get unsurpassed local support and services in every stage of franchise development from start to finish. ⇒ Texas Master Tenant Broker and Site Selection Services ⇒ Local pre-opening, grand opening and ongoing training and operational support ⇒ Statewide vendor & supplier network customized for our Texas franchisees ⇒ Franchisee business planning, consulting, financial and coaching support and services. Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, 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.
  8. Kyler Murray to sign with Oakland, then play for OU in 2018 only
  9. Jameson,

    As you know, following his tremendous 2017 season, Beau Ridgeway was 2018 Pre-season All American selection.  He really struggled early in the season and then disappeared.  I don't remember him pitching since late March-early April....  I haven't even seen him in the bull pen or dugout.   Is he still on the team?  It appears he had a mental / confidence melt-down...  Was it discovered he had an underlying injury / physical ailment?  What happened to him?  Will he return Fall 2018 / Spring 2019?

    Thanks.

    Hook 'em.

    Larry S. Powell

  10. “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. June 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’s So Great About a Franchise? In the course of my business, I am often asked “When I buy a franchise, what do I get for my money?” The short answer is “a business model.” Abusiness model is a framework for creating economic value, in other words, it’s a system for making money. Many first time entrepreneurs confuse the investment in a franchise as a purchase of physical property, when what a franchise represents is intellectual property. The capital equipment, inventory, furnishings, fixtures or the cost of building out the location is part of any business be it franchised or not. The real value in a franchise is that you get a fully formed, proven business model. An effective business model is the difference between success and failure in a business. The old maxim that most businesses fail because they are under-capitalized needs more adequate explanation. Most of these businesses wouldn’t have been considered under-capitalized if they would have had an adequate business plan. Every year thousands of well capitalized startups with brilliant ideas for a product or service fail. This not for lack of money, it is because they eventually burn up all of their cash while trying to develop a system for delivering their product into the hands of a paying customer. All business models are initially perfected by trial and error – this is a very costly process that most small businesses cannot afford to live through. That is why so many private startups fail where franchises succeed. The franchise concept has already been refined through the process of trial and error. The costs associated with perfecting a business model will almost always eclipse the cost of paying a franchise fee. The average franchise fee is about $38,000. . Most start-ups waste more than that in advertising costs alone while they experiment with different marketing strategies. The advantages of having the learning and cost curves reduced to a fraction of the “learn as you go” method, are very significant to say the least. The other cost component of a franchise is the royalty. This is a fee paid for on-going support which of course includes continuous improvement of the business model, access to vendor discounts, product R&D, marketing and advertising programs, etc. Typical support royalties are between 6% and 8% of revenue. This fee usually pays for itself due to the savings realized when the franchisee purchases goods and services for the business at below market, national account rates. Additionally, most franchisees will experience much higher sales than they would as a private company – greatly in excess of 8% higher - because of the franchisor’s well designed marketing strategy. A franchise 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. As always, the key is finding the right match / alignment between the attributes of the franchise model and the goals, objectives, interests, life-style needs of the owner-operator. “If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one”. -Dolly Parton Advantages of a Franchise Lower Risks. Most business experts agree that a franchise operation has a lower risk of failure than an independent business. The statistics on this vary depending on the definition of failure. Whatever statistics are used, they consistently suggest that a franchise is more likely to succeed than are independent businesses. Established product or service. A franchisor offers a product or service that has sold successfully. An independent business is based on both an untried idea and operation. Three factors will help you predict the potential success of a franchise. The first is the number of franchises that are in operation. The second predictor is how long the franchisor and its franchisees have been in operation. A third factor is the number of franchises that have failed, including those bought back by the franchisor. Experience of franchisor. The experience of the franchisor's management team increases the potential for success. This experience is often conveyed through formal instruction and on-the-job training. Group purchasing power. It is often possible to obtain lower-cost goods and supplies through the franchisor. Lower costs result from the group purchasing power of all franchises. To protect this benefit, most franchise agreements restrict the franchisee from purchasing goods and supplies through other sources. Name recognition. Established franchisors can offer national or regional name recognition. This may not be true with a new franchisor. However, a benefit of starting with a new franchisor is the potential to grow as its business and name recognition grow. Efficiency in operation. Franchisors discover operating and management efficiencies that benefit new franchisees. Operational standards set in place by the franchisor also control quality and uniformity among franchisees. Management assistance. A franchisor provides management assistance to a franchisee. This includes accounting procedures, personnel management, facility management, etc. An individual with experience in these areas may not be familiar with how to apply them in a new business. The franchisor helps a franchisee overcome this lack of experience. Business plan. Most franchisors help franchisees develop a business plan. Many elements of the plan are standard operating procedures established by the franchisor. Other parts of the plan are customized to the needs of the franchisee. Start-up assistance. The most difficult aspect of a new business is its start-up. Few experienced managers know about how to set up a new business because they only do it a few times. However, a franchisor has a great deal of experience accumulated from helping its franchisees with start-up. This experience will help reduce mistakes that are costly in both money and time. Marketing assistance. A franchisor typically offers several marketing advantages. The franchisor can prepare and pay for the development of professional advertising campaigns. Regional or national marketing done by the franchisor benefits all franchisees. In addition, the franchisor can provide advice about how to develop effective marketing programs for a local area. This benefit usually has a cost because many franchisors require franchisees to contribute a percentage of their gross income to a co-operative marketing fund. Assistance in financing. It is possible to receive assistance in financing a new franchise through the franchisor. A franchisor will often make arrangements with a lending institution to lend money to a franchisee. Lending institutions find that such arrangements can be quite profitable and relatively safe because of the high success rate of franchise operations. The franchisee must still accept personal responsibility for the loan, but the franchisor's involvement usually increases the likelihood that a loan will be approved. Proven system of operation. An attractive feature of most franchises is that they have a proven system of operation. This system has been developed and refined by the franchisor. A franchisor with many franchisees will typically have a highly refined system based on the entire experience of all these operations. ********************************************************************************************* 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 **************************************************************************************** Quick-serve Snack Food Concept A quick-serve snack food restaurant serving specialty, gourmet French fries with over 20 different seasonings, sauces and toppings; and fountain drinks, bottled water and home-made milkshakes for beverages. Our Menu offers three options to achieve simplicity and creativity: a Specialty Menu of ‘go-to’ topped fry baskets that promote popular national and local dishes; a Finger Food Favorites Menu comprised of classic fried appetizer-style dishes-Original Pizza Logs; Buffalo Crunch Rolls; Crispy Chicken Fingers; and our Dutch Style Menu, which allows customers to choose a fry and one of 15+ dipping sauces. In addition to these items, customers are able to customize their baskets across six styles of fries and over 20 sauces, seasonings and toppings. There is a familiar saying you hear often when referring to the Lone Star State- "Everything is Big in Texas". Well, that saying sure rings true for one of the most unique and novel franchise brands to come onto the QSR scene in years. Our presence is fixin' to get big and introduced to fellow Texans statewide in the coming months in our largest Texas markets: Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. This phenomenal growth spurt comes just over a year after opening our first Texas franchise unit in the Alamo City, Labor Day weekend of 2016. Now is the time for prospective business owners and opportunistic entrepreneurs to consider our exciting franchise model and discover for themselves an opportunity where timing really is and can be everything. Four (4) flexible Franchise Business Models are offered: · Food Truck/Trailer/Cart, · Inline (food court, no dining room) · Kiosk (free standing 12 x 20 unit) and · Brick and Mortar (free standing,drive thru, dining room). Our flexible concepts fit any real estate format including freestanding restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, airports, malls, outlet stores, entertainment and tourist districts, cinema, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments. There simply is no other competitive QSR franchise brand offered to prospective franchisees with such flexibility of choice in business model, endless store location sites to consider, and all achieved at an attractive development cost range of $105,000 - $250,000 dependent on the business model selected. We are currently looking for hard working, motivated individuals to join our growing list of franchisees. Franchise opportunities are currently available in communities and towns throughout Northern, Southern Eastern, and Western Texas, of all major metropolitan areas. We are looking for regional development groups that have a proven track record and are community leaders who may already operate other local businesses, such as other multi-brand restaurant development groups, retail outlets, convenience store chain operators, and movie theater operators who have the passion and financial qualifications to develop anywhere from five (5) to fifty (50) restaurants in these regions across the state. We are looking for qualified candidates with career work experience in any field (no restaurant experience required) and that are dedicated to their fields of expertise with proven track records to join our Texas team. Our Texas franchisees will have endless opportunities to grow quickly into successful multi-unit franchise operators supported by our Texas franchise development team based right in the heart of Texas, San Antonio. The Texas Master Franchise is owned and operated by native Texas businessmen with a vast array of industry knowledge and seasoned track records as successful business owners. One of the Texas Master Franchisors is a Texas Ex. Franchisees get unsurpassed local support and services in every stage of franchise development from start to finish. ⇒ Texas Master Tenant Broker and Site Selection Services ⇒ Local pre-opening, grand opening and ongoing training and operational support ⇒ Statewide vendor & supplier network customized for our Texas franchisees ⇒ Franchisee business planning, consulting, financial and coaching support and services. Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* Supply Chain Concept “Beautifully un-sexy” home-based, unique and highly scalable, B2B business model in a recession-resistant Trillion-dollar industry. This business is a one-stop solutions provider for manufacturing and distribution companies throughout the world. We specialize in transportation, packaging, waste removal, and pallet supply needs. We strive to be the go-to for supply chain America by helping our customers consolidate their vendors to one, their point of contact to one, all with the very best customer service, quality products, pricing, and communication available. No direct competition in franchising: there are other models who can do some of the things we offer, but NOT everything. We provide full-service logistics, industrial packaging services, warehousing, and have an eager willingness to evolve to ensure we find solutions for any of our customer’s supply chain needs. Investment: $80,000 to $156,500. 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.
  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. May 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. Three Key Points to Know when Working with a Franchise Consultant by Natalie Barnes, President of Business Alliance, Inc. A strong franchise consultant should align your financial and lifestyle goals and show you companies that make sense for “you”! Here are three points that help us show you the “right” companies! · We need to understand your WHY! Why are you exploring franchise ownership? Is there a specific franchise that you are interested in, and why? Are there some franchises you do not like, and why? Why now? · WHAT you like and don’t like is critical. What do you like about some companies over others? What categories are you drawn to for personal reasons? What have you liked about your previous jobs or business? What have you not liked? What are your financial goals? What are your lifestyle goals? · We need to understand HOW will you buy a franchise? Do you need funding? How do you see yourself as a franchise owner? And if applicable, how is your family, partner, or friends going to be involved? A franchise model can bring structure, support, and predictability IF you work with a strong franchise consultant. We will guide you through a methodical process of discovery. Assessing Your Options: Choosing the Right Franchise by David Banfield To quote the great Stephen Covey, author of that famed book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’: “You can buy a person’s hand, but you can’t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is.” Every Franchisor wants to buy your heart, so it is essential that before you make the decision to become a franchisee you know yours inside out. It’s a decision that will heavily influence your life and in my experience, franchisees who fully understand the risks and opportunities have the greatest success. So absorb the following advice and get to know your inner driving forces. It will help you understand exactly why you want to become a franchisee and what type of franchise is right for you. Be clear about WHY you’re doing this Why do you want to become a franchisee? And why this franchise? What’s driving you to make this decision? Success, as with all things, comes with dedication, but it’s your motivation to succeed every single day that will see you reach new heights. According to Dan Pink, author of Drive - a book that breaks down the essence of motivation – impetus is fueled by three things: authority, autonomy and problem solving. The right franchise could provide you with all three but it’s often just one of those factors that seals the deal for aspiring entrepreneurs. Which will it be for you? The authority to be your own boss? The autonomy of running your own franchise? Or the joy of solving problems with a proven solution? Crystalize your motivations in your mind and be clear of your reasons why. Do note, if problem solving is your motivation to succeed it will be especially important for you to unfailingly believe in the solution. Without this, you may struggle to achieve your goals. How much are you prepared or able to invest? Franchises require varying degrees of investment. From hundreds to thousands to millions, the level will depend on the solution, support and industry involved. Investment habits are deeply personal. We advise all aspiring franchisees to find a level of investment they’re comfortable with and ensure those affected by the decision are aware of the risks and opportunities involved. What sort of life- or workstyle do you want to achieve? Crucial to choosing the right franchise for you is being aware of the life and workstyle you’ll be committing to. For many, franchises offer a more flexible, empowering work-life balance. More time with the family, a business you can run from anywhere or an additional income stream are examples of perks of the ‘job’. What scope is there for expansion? Are you in an available territory? Are additional territories available? What are your aspirations for growth? Be sure you know what’s available to you but more so, what you want to achieve in the future before signing on the dotted line. Franchisors will provide you with this information but it’s the future-thinking and self-awareness that will allow you to think through the opportunity and assess if it’s right for you. Will you exit this franchise? This might not spring to mind at the beginning of your franchise journey, but it’s worth giving thought to this very important question. Many franchisees choose to exit a business having grown it to a certain size and value, making substantial profits from their investment. If you want to exit the franchise in 5, 10 or 20 years, what implications does that have today, tomorrow and the day after that to ensure you’re consistently moving towards your exit goals? Do you want a willable franchise? If becoming a franchisee is a family decision (and for many, this is a significant driving factor), you might like to know if your franchise is willable. Can you pass it down to your children or on to other relations? Make sure you have all the information to hand before making a choice. What level of support do you want from the Franchisor? What support do you have in your immediate network? What skills do you need to acquire to run this franchise effectively? Each franchise has its own, unique culture. Be sure the ethics, morals and values of your franchisor are aligned with your own and that you get the support you need – however much or little that may be. To reference Covey once more: know your heart before offering your hand. Ensure you chose the right franchise for you, your family and your future by carefully considering each of these factors. ********************************************************************************************* 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 **************************************************************************************** Senior Modifications <> Handyman Services Executive model construction business specializing in residential/commercial handyman projects and home modifications for the senior, (aging in place), and disabled market. Finish a homeowners to do list and/or help with handicap accessibility by installing a grab bar, widen a doorway, add a wheelchair ramp or remodel a bathroom. The model drives profitability by using a combination of specialized employees and contractors with a dedicated scheduling center that also eliminates the need for an office manager/dispatcher. Franchise offers a royalty back guarantee ($9,500 franchise fee), if franchisee does not reach $100,000 in gross sales by end of year one. Our Home Modification Program taps into the booming “Aging in Place” market. Program focus is on home modification and specialized equipment for seniors and disabled. Features of the Business: • Recognized in 2014, 2015 Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500. • 2015 INC Magazine recognized as top 500 Business. •Online customized proprietary business management software. Software allows entire business management from CRM to Key Performing Indicators. • Company personnel have extensive experience launching, supporting, and growing construction businesses. • Strong earnings claim – Item 19 is in the FDD. • Focus on home modifications and specialized equipment for senior and disabled market through established local and national referral sources. This is HUGE! • Executive model, no handyman experience necessary. • Pro-Crew Scheduling Center fields calls and books appointments on behalf of franchisee. This also alleviates the cost of office manager or dispatcher. • Business model utilizes combination of specialized employees and skilled contractors. Provides wider spectrum of services to clients. No job too big or small. • Proven technician recruitment and retention program. • Franchise Marketing Assistance. • Accounting support. • National initiative in place to help secure retail and property management accounts for franchisees. Already doing business with Starbucks, McDonalds and several other national retailers on the local level. Function of Owner/Daily Tasks • Oversee, manage and grow the business. • Managing employees, recruitment and retention. • Maintaining high level of client service and satisfaction. • Networking through local trade, homeowner and chamber type associations to build the brand. • Managing marketing activities, placing and evaluating local advertising opportunities. Desired Background of Prospects and Ideal Candidate • Good Networkers. Willing to get out in the community and develop referral sources. • Leaders. Good management experience desired. Out-going and personable. • Coachable, team player. • Good with employees, recruiting, retaining, motivating. • Willing to follow a proven business system. • P&L experience a plus. Computer skills a must. Investment: $70,640-$128,643 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.
  12. OrangeLarry

    ***Texas @ West Virginia Series Thread***

    The games will feature a free video stream, available on WVUsports.com
  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. 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.
  14. OrangeLarry

    Baseball-UT vs Arkansas

    I believe tonight’s baseball game UT vs Arkansas is on SEC Network at 7:00 pm...
  15. “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.
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