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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. 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.
  2. “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.
  3. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. 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.
  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. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. 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.
  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. 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.
  8. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. February 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Do you dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? Every year, thousands of people dream of owning a business and are drawn to the independence, flexibility and freedom of being self-employed. The job market as we have known it continues to change, so people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving people of all ages and career types to pursue self-employment options, including small business ownership as the “new” career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. A window of opportunity won’t open itself… Why Should I Utilize a Franchise Coach? There are many advantages to getting help from a professional who knows the inside workings of an industry or issue. Just having someone who can help interpret the jargon associated with a topic that is new to you can be a tremendous help. Most people wouldn’t go to court without a lawyer or purchase a home without the help of a realtor. A franchise coach can help you identify businesses that are closely aligned with your talents, interests and goals. Yes, you could spend months researching different options on your own, but you could be very diligent in your efforts and still miss the opportunity that is a fit for your objectives, lifestyle needs and investment requirements. The Internet is a valuable tool for research, but it is limited. If you do not know where to look or if you rely on search engines to produce the results, you will only find the companies that have paid to be listed high in the search rankings. High visibility on the Internet does not correspond to the relative value of a business opportunity. Due to the immense amount of data that is available on the Internet, it tends to create more questions than answers and it can be a frustrating experience. Due to the vast amount of data and information, relying solely on the Internet can be an over-whelming experience. And, when folks get over-whelmed…they usually quit. There are over 5,000 registered franchises and more than twice as many “Business Opportunities” or “Biz Ops” available today. A franchise coach can help you understand the difference between the types of opportunities so you can determine which format is right for you. Whether it is a franchise or Biz Op, there are many terrific choices and invariably there are some bad ones. A competent coach can help you focus on businesses that have met certain quality standards and help you avoid making a potentially big mistake. Coaches may not have current agreements with every franchise, but they can often obtain the listing if it meets your requirements as well as their own standards. The key advantage is that the agreements they do have are with solid, up and coming or established concepts that will meet the requirements of the new franchise buyer. One of the biggest challenges for franchise companies is finding entrepreneurs who will be a good fit for their particular business model. As you can imagine, franchisers get thousands of requests for their information packets, but most of these come from people who are not qualified or motivated to actually become a part of their organization. These companies generally cannot support the amount of staff necessary to do an effective job of bringing in new franchisees. This is why the value of a coach-referred candidate is so significant. The company is being introduced to a pre-screened individual who meets the basic requirements, is informed about the opportunity and is more than just casually interested. This saves the franchiser a great deal of time and money, so they pay a fee to the coach if the candidate buys a franchise. This creates a winning scenario for all parties involved. In the final analysis, the choice and the responsibility for researching the opportunity are yours, but as you contemplate such a huge decision, you should not leave any stones unturned. Getting help from an experienced coach is one of the best resources you can employ and since the seller pays the fee, the service is free to you. So, the question becomes: Why not use a coach? Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive, Franchise Owner, and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seeking other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ******************************************************************************************** Can I Use My 401(k) to Start a Business? By Molly Klein – Benetrends Entrepreneurs have options when it comes to financing their small business dreams. Bank loans, grants, and help from family members are all options, but may not do the full job when it comes to providing needed startup funding. As seen in the article, Top 20 Web Resources for Business Newbies, there are multiple resources that can provide guidance and recommendations, including the use of existing retirement savings as a funding source. This article explores how this option works. How Does Using 401(k) Funding for Startups Work? The Rollovers as Business Startups (ROBS) plan lets you use existing qualified retirement account funds, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or IRA, to fund your business without accruing taxes, debt, or penalties. What Steps Do I Need to Take? Using retirement funds for your startup involves four key steps. When working with an established, experienced partner, you can be sure each step is done correctly and you have your funds quickly. Step 1: Establish a C Corporation. Your new business needs to be established as a C Corporation, which has tax advantages that allow for the use of retirement funds with the right legal structure. Read "The Ups and Downs of Using a C Corporation". Step 2: Create a New Retirement Plan. You need to establish a new qualified retirement plan in the new corporation to avoid withdrawal penalties and maintain a tax-deferred status. A Benetrends retirement plan expert will work you to understand your long- and short-term goals and structure the retirement plan accordingly. Step 3: Transfer Retirement Funds. After the new plan is designed, a plan custodian is designated. The custodian creates the new retirement account and helps with the rollover of funds from your existing retirement account. Step 4: Launch the New Business. Once your retirement funds are in place in the new account, they can be invested into stock in your new company. If you designate an investment in the company from among the plan’s holdings, the plan buys stock, giving you the capital required to buy or start running your company. What Are the Major Advantages? Using retirement funds for startup costs has several major advantages, including: Tax Benefits. Under the ROBS plan, you maintain tax-deferred status and do not face any early withdrawal penalties. Flexibility. The funds can be used for many different purposes. The money can be used against cash requirements for a Small Business Administration loan, to pay franchise fees, build or renovate a site, or buy equipment. You can even use the funds to pay yourself a salary. You do not need to use all the funds you’re transferred, either. Ease and Speed. In some cases, you can get access to your funds in as little as 10 days. Accessing your funds does not depend on your credit score or having a completed business plan. Peace of Mind. Using your retirement plans means you are not incurring additional personal debt or having to negotiate with lenders for needed funding. Please call me if you have questions. I can provide assistance and additional information regarding 401ROBS plans, as well as other funding equipment leasing options. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Coffee Cafe Business Opportunity Coffee Café / Coffee Concept… Not a Franchise. Coffee business specialist offering a complete, turnkey package to assist owners in opening their own Cafe. We are not a franchise, do not charge royalties and do not impose restrictions on how the business should be run. These Cafe's offer a warm and inviting atmosphere and offer specialty coffees, teas, blended drinks and light fare for breakfast and lunch. The typical Cafe size is 1200 to 1600 square feet, with seating for approximately 40 customers. Cafe's include a meeting room available for church groups, networking groups, etc. and quickly become the local gathering place in their community. Features of business: · Semi-absentee or owner-operated · No royalties · Low start-up costs · Repeat, loyal customers · Set your own hours of operation · On-going operational support from vendors · Co-branding potential · Recession resistant · Buying Co-Op Company provided support: initial training, on-going 90 day support, help lines, field support, annual meetings, advertising, central purchasing etc. We work with owners through every phase to ensure a smooth opening. Pre-opening services include: · Site selection assistance · Cafe design and layout · Third-party financing – attractive lease package in place w/national firm · Ordering and coordinating shipment of all furniture, fixtures and equipment · On-site assembly of Café · Training on espresso/coffee equipment · Training for staff scheduling and re-ordering of product · Customer loyalty program training · Introduction to payroll vendor Once opened, they have the option to participate in the Buying Co-Op, which provides on-going operational support such as: · Access to proprietary roasters for specialty coffees and teas · Access to preferred vendors · On-line sales to Hard Bean customers for coffee/collectibles · Store blog site · On-line library to access re-order forms, etc. Available for passive ownership. Cash Investment: $50,000; Total Investment: $139,500 + build-out and working capital ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  9. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. January 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. By Larry S. Powell Blake Mallen, a very successful entrepreneur, once told me, “The moment you stop doing what you think you are supposed to do, and start doing what you were meant to do, is when the script ends and life begins”. Is it time for you to break from the script and go after a life that offers you greater flexibility, freedom and independence? Studies show that 82% of Americans say they would like to own their own business. But, only 5% will ever realize this dream. Perhaps that can be best explained by a quote from Brian Tracey. Mr. Tracey has said, “A thousand dreams die unborn every day because the dreamer lacks the courage to take the first step”. Please allow me to describe a common scenario…You are ready for a career change-you get the urge to tell your boss what she / he can do with the latest company policy. The reality of corporate life is becoming more painful …job security is an illusion…your work-life and income is being dictated by someone else…your employer isn’t investing in your future. Now, your brain is on a mental trampoline and you exclaim, “Well, why don’t I invest in myself?” Then, your mind begins to race back and forth between the known reality of the uncertain life in corporate America, and the unknown aspects of how you can get independence through business ownership. If you are one of the 82% don't let the "FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) Factor" stop you. There is a book written by John Ortberg, If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat. The “boat” is what you hang on to, or whatever represents safety and security to you and that which pulls you away from the high adventure you actually seek. For many, moving towards the dream of being a business owner is simply letting go of the boat we call “corporate America”. What it really entails is going after what you were made to do, leaving the illusionary lifeboat behind and setting sail for uncharted waters. If owning your own business has been an aspiration of yours, do you want to continue to dream, or are you ready to take that first step towards turning your dream into reality? Perhaps you are like the clients I work with every day… Want to leave their corporate America job, In career transition, Desire to be self-employed, But, don’t know what type of business is right for them, where or how to start the process. My free and no-obligation consultative and coaching service will help you to crystallize your lifestyle needs, goals and objectives, as well as whether self-employment is even the right path for you to take at this time. If so, then through a search process we will identify franchise and business opportunities (“biz-op”) that are aligned with your talents, interest, goals, and financial requirements. My role is NOT to sell you a franchise “biz-op”. My objective is to help you identify and refine your goals and needs, present to you options that align with those goals, and then to help you make a sound decision that is best for you, your family and your lifestyle. Whether you are a first time buyer wanting to operate a single business unit, or an experienced operator seeking the right Master Franchise opportunity, I can help you find the option that fits your needs. There are thousands of franchise and “biz-op” concepts available today and cover just about everything from advertising to casual dining, laundry / dry cleaning, home repair, maid services, printing / copy services, real estate and weight control. And, since the franchisor knows the business, they aren’t looking for prospects with industry experience. They want franchisees who possess decision-making ability, customer service, business and management skills, and drive to succeed, not technical expertise. Thus, buying a franchise / business opportunity (“biz-op”) has proven to be a great vehicle for thousands of people to effectively transition into a new industry and self-employment. In the final analysis, the choice and responsibility for researching business / franchise opportunities are yours, but as you contemplate such a huge decision, you should not leave any stones unturned. Getting professional assistance from a Registered Franchise Consultant may be one of the best resources you can employ and since the company selling the franchise / “biz-op” pays the fee, my service is free to you. You will be able to save considerable time and effort, as well as learn about opportunities that you are unaware of…for instance the right business for you may be one that you have never heard of, and would not even guess. Why not work from home… …and enjoy the advantages of…living where you work & working where you live. Betty Bender once said, “When people go to work they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” A modern-day version of Betty’s quote would be…”When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave home—period!” Today, the home-based franchise industry is growing exponentially, enabling people who desire to be self-employed the opportunity to run legitimate and successful businesses with relatively low complexity and cost. So, why not work from home? Who wouldn’t prefer a ten (10) foot vs. a ten (10) mile (or more) commute? Home-based businesses offer optimum convenience with a relatively low cost and provide greater flexibility / independence for an enhanced lifestyle Home-Based Franchises Mean BIG BUSINESS. By The Franchise Dictionary Magazine Staff Franchise Dictionary Magazine January 2018 THE HOME-BASED BUSINESS MARKET HAS EVOLVED SIGNIFICANTLY over the past decade. What was once considered a second-tier version of employment now has professional appeal. Today, home-based companies have the same stature as businesses in office or retail locations, and the volume of people choosing to launch them is growing. “The mass exodus of employment created a push for entrepreneurship” According to IncFile.com, there are more than 38-million home-based businesses in the U.S., and an increasing number of them are home-based franchises. These franchises combine the value of a franchise system along with the convenience of a home-based business. These days, there are a variety of industries to choose from. Handyman services, painting, financial services, accounting, and sales are just a few of the franchise industries that you can manage out of your living room. Brands such as JaniKing®, which now boasts 12,282 locations worldwide, and CertaPro Painters®, with 385 locations in the U.S., are largely home-based. A key driver for the expansion is the low upfront investment. Traditional franchise models, such as restaurants or retail models, typically require significant capital just to get the doors open, way before the franchisee sees a single dollar in revenue. Many times, traditional franchises could require investments of $200,000 or more and limit the pool of potential buyers due to capital constraints. The homebased model doesn’t have construction or leasehold expenses and typically carries an investment ranging between $50,000 and $75,000, depending on the franchise brand. This lower initial investment allows for the franchisee to get into business with lower capital commitments and look forward to a potentially higher return on investment. LOW OVERHEAD Another advantage of a home-based operation is that once the business is open and running, the overhead expenses associated with managing the day-to-day are very low. You can avoid a commercial lease and the high equipment costs that come with a restaurant or retail business. Since many run without staff or employees, the cost of operation is minimal. While working from home doesn’t necessarily mean fewer hours on the job, it does offer flexibility. Home-based businesses help improve work-life balance. You can spend more time with your family and create a schedule that works with your kids’ activities and home-improvement chores. WHY NOW? Why has this market segment expanded so greatly? The recession between 2008 and 2010 certainly helped. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 8.7- million jobs were lost from 2007 to 2010. This mass exodus of employment created a push for entrepreneurship, partly out of necessity and partly because professionals were feeling that the corporate world had become just as risky as venturing out on your own. During this time, employers who were hiring were preparing for another economic turndown and thus, paying far more conservatively than they were before the recession. “Small business is a good thing for the economy, and home-based businesses are playing a huge role in that.” NEW ENTREPENEURS The U.S. saw fewer high-paying employee positions and more unemployment and underemployment. Many of these recently unemployed folks had never owned businesses or been entrepreneurs, for which the franchise value proposition is strongest. Coming from professional office settings, these new entrepreneurs could easily transition to home office locations and were more comfortable with lower capital investments. Remember at the time, capital was difficult to come by as banks had tightened their lending and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans were extremely difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. This perfect economic storm pushed people towards home-based franchises and created a market for work from-home business owners. The increased interest led to new, innovative, forward-thinking franchises that offered everything from home handyman work like The Patch Boys® to professional event planning like EventPrep.® Accounting, financial planning, import/export businesses, and others launched franchise models, and the home-based franchise industry took off. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH Since then, the home-based franchise market has continued to see sustainable growth putting more and more people on the road to business ownership. According to the SBA, from 1996 to 2014, the number of small businesses in the U.S. had declined year over year, but in 2014, that trend reversed and more small businesses opened between 2014 and 2015. Perhaps this is due to what the SBA describes as “Micro Companies,” which are firms with 10 employees or less. One thing is for sure, though: Small business is a very good thing for the economy, and home-based businesses are playing a huge role in that. **************************************************************************************** Every year, thousands of people dream of owning a business and are drawn to the independence, flexibility and freedom of being self-employed. The job market as we have known it continues to change, so people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving people of all ages and career types to pursue self-employment options, including small business ownership as the “new” career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Do you dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? A window of opportunity won’t open itself… **************************************************************************************** You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Textile Recycling I am always looking for new, unique, and innovative concepts. Recently, I found a concept which I believe is interesting, unique and will fill a need in the recycling (green) market… Until I learned of this business, I never knew there was an industry specializing in “textile recycling”. I had an interesting teleconference with the company’s Franchise Development Manager. He helped me to better understand this business and the market niche it serves. He also told me that recently he bought a shirt in an upscale retail outlet for $47.00. The shirt had a tag… Made from 100% rewoven / recycled textile material. The same stuff my wife and I don’t know what to do with, so we just chunk it in the trash…and it goes to the landfill / garbage dump. Passive Ownership: Yes… Retain your job or career, or continue running business during job transition… Low cost, part-time, semi-absentee, work from home ownership. Supplement / complement your present business. If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. **************************************************************************************** Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  10. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. December 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. What’s Your Wish? The White Envelope... It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband hated Christmas---oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the “craziness” of Christmas – where he had a tendency to sit back and do WAY too much thinking, about his future, his family, what he wanted to be when he grew up, so to say. Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to do something for him. The inspiration came in an unusual way – I was watching a magician on television doing a “trick” when it struck me… I asked him to write down for me, every New Year’s Day, what he wanted from his life. It didn’t matter what he put down – this was for him. And I didn’t want to see it. Then, every Thanksgiving weekend, when we put up the Christmas tree, I’d ask him to open it and see what it said. And then I’d ask him, “Are you closer to reaching it? If not, what can I do to help?” After a couple of years of this, my husband turned to me and said, “Yes, you can help. You see – I want to own my own business. I’ve always realized I could build equity for our family better this way – plus get away from the corporate nonsense I deal with every day. But if we do this, we’re going to have to tighten our belts in the short-term. Are you ready to help?” I nearly keeled over from shock. I had become accustomed to our nice little life – and knowing my husband was able to make a good salary and support our family well. I worked as well, but was also busy with the kids, so we depended largely on his salary. “What are you considering?” I asked, trying to sound supportive. “Well, I’m looking at buying a franchise,” he said. “I’ve been working with a franchise consultant, and he has helped me understand my skills and what franchise companies would be right for me. I’m in the process of investigating several right now – and one, in particular, is looking like a really good fit for us.” “Oh. Crap,” I mumbled, and then quickly began thinking of ways I could submarine this radical thinking that was going to destroy the security of our family. “Have you spoken with your Dad about this?” “Yes, I have,” my husband said, “and he asked me if I had the ‘stuff’ to make it work?” “Well, do you?“ I asked. “I don’t know,” my husband replied, “but I DO know that if I don’t see this through, I’ll never be happy, because I will have never seen through what I thought I could do with myself in life.” “Well, obviously this is important to you.” I offered. “Let’s share it with family when they’re here for the holidays – and see what they have to say,” hoping in my heart they’d help me out on this issue. “We can do that,” he said, “but I don’t need another WIPE-OUT. You know, WELL-INTENTIONED PERSONS OFFERING UNINFORMED THOUGHTS? My Dad has been doing that to me my whole life. It took me years to understand that he didn’t mean me harm, but that he wished for my safety, and that suggesting I avoid risk was his way of doing it.” “I’ve already spoken with a lot of people,” he went on to say. “And I’ve learned that once you begin to talk about your desires to own your own business, you will get all sorts of comments back that don’t always reflect an understanding of who you really are, and certainly don’t reflect a knowledge of the business you are investigating. Be it your father, or your “know-it-all” sister-in-law, or your neighbor, or your co-worker. They all seem to have an opinion. I have learned I needed to understand two things. First, as I said, I’ve learned that my loved ones have my “safety” at heart – not my “success” – so they are hardly in the position to advise me to do something that would put me or my family at any risk at all. Secondly, many can make a comment that may appear to have my best interest at heart, but that person doesn’t have the details I have in investigating a business. I guess I’ve learned this is something I simply have to do on my own. Wow, I thought. He’s got me pegged. “OK, then what can I do here?” “Join me in this investigation process,” he requested. “Work with me to learn about these businesses. And then we can decide together – if this one particular business isn’t right, it won’t change how I feel. I still want to do this.” Well, we did exactly what he asked me to…and 7 years ago, we purchased a franchise business together. It has met his personal fulfillment needs – and neither of us has ever regretted a minute. But why still the “white envelope,” you say? Do I still have him fill it out every year? “No, I don’t. These days it is no more than an empty envelope. But it’s a constant reminder to me to that I almost “blew it. That I was thinking about what I thought was right for me, not for my husband, or for our family. And that reminder is the best message I can receive every holiday”. **************************************************************************************** Every year, thousands of people dream of owning a business and are drawn to the independence, flexibility and freedom of being self-employed. The job market as we have known it continues to change, so people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving people of all ages and career types to pursue self-employment options, including small business ownership as the “new” career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Do you dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? A window of opportunity won’t open itself… **************************************************************************************** You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Like a Neighborhood Bank (This is NOT a “pay-day” lending business). Their primary focus will be Acquisition/Conversions of existing check cashing stores with good cash flow. They have an opportunity now with the rapid expansion in the size of their market along with the consolidation going on in their industry, to pick up good stores with strong cash flow. The type of candidate that is suitable for these types of opportunities will have a strong net worth ($500K+) and good liquidity (minimum of $100K+ in cash or cash-convertibles). The company’s business focus will be primarily along the East Coast, the Midwest, and the Southwest (Texas). This franchise is the closest thing to owning a neighborhood branch bank. We have a bank look and feel, and we offer a full menu of financial services to the "un-banked" or "under-banked" customer, typically a middle-income working family. Our services include check cashing, money orders, wire transfer, electronic bill payment, tax-preparation services, short-term loans, and a low to middle income mortgage program. We are located in attractive suburban strip centers close to the customer's home or work. The underlying business model is exceptional, providing good income and high return on investment. Our only inventory is cash, and we open and close our teller stations daily just like a bank. The business can be run with one to two people, and the owner can bring on a manager to run the store once the business is ramped up. We are doing acquisitions (for candidates who prefer an existing cash flow), new stores, and a "store in a store" kiosk concept that can go inside of an existing business (convenience store, grocery store, tax prep office, etc.). We offer single units, multiple units, and area development on a selective basis. Our typical candidate is an upper level corporate executive making a good income and with reasonably strong net worth, or an entrepreneur that is selling their business and looking to get into something else, or diversify into another business. The current economic climate is actually conducive to our business, and this presents an opportunity for candidates to open and build a successful business. This business operates like a branch bank for the ever -growing market of individuals that live “pay check to pay check” and depend on their services. Cash Investment: $100,000. Total Investment: $200,000 - $500,000+ depends on the acquisition. Average # of Employees: 2. Passive Ownership Allowed: Yes If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. **************************************************************************************** Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  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. November 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. Study: 71 Percent Of Employees Are Looking For New Positions By Gene Marks Washington Post The vast majority of 17,000 U.S. workers in 19 industries who participated in a survey conducted by the nonprofit group Mental Health America and the Faas Foundation said they are unhappy with their jobs. They are so unhappy that 71 percent also said that they are looking to change employers. So what gives? Two big reasons are cited, according to this report in The Ladders. Employers, the study found, are not giving the recognition that most employees want. Forty-five percent of respondents said they “rarely or never” get the money they deserve and 44 percent believe that they are “always or often” overlooked. Sixty-four percent say their supervisors don’t give them enough support and a majority of the participants are resentful of their co-workers. So much for teamwork. The study also shows that most employees are just plain stressed out. Almost two-thirds of those who responded believe that their job is having “a significant impact on their mental and behavioral health,” and 63 percent said that they have “always, often or sometimes” taken part “in unhealthy behaviors such as drinking or crying regularly.” All of these job stresses – brought on by unreasonable employer demands and excessive responsibilities – are cited as potential reasons approximately 120,000 workplace deaths occur annually, according to researchers at both Harvard and Stanford universities. Too much stress in the work environment may also be contributing to increased absenteeism as well as mental and behavioral problems. “We know that employees who are over stressed and under-supported can significantly impact the people around them and a company’s success,” Paul Gionfriddo, president and chief executive of Mental Health America, told The Ladders. Will changing jobs fix these problems for an employee, when so many already seem unhappy? That’s up for debate. ******************************************************************************************************************** Today, many people dread going to work. It is estimated that as many as 80% of the working population is dissatisfied with their jobs…and 71% are looking for another job. For these folks, going to work is a chore. Did you know the average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime? Wow, that’s a long time to be unhappy. If you are going to quit, for heaven’s sake, don’t go to work for another pathetic firm. Do something wild: Kiss your boss goodbye and become self-employed… start your own business; or buy a business, franchise or business opportunity. If you have had enough, become your own boss. The money you have made for others now shifts to yourself. Whether you are an engineer, a programmer, a salesman, a teacher, an accountant, a whatever, start today planning your escape from corporate prison. Do you really want another JOB…or, do you prefer an improved lifestyle? Can you continue to do what you are doing now, at the same intensity that you are doing it, for the next 10, 20, or 30 years? Do you really want to? Does Your Life In Corporate America Seem Like You Are Standing On The Ledge? Today, many people would answer “Yes” to that question. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? Presently have a demanding JOB, but prefer to have a LIFE? Desire is to own your business…with more flexibility, financial success and independence? Fed up with your job…ready to be your own boss? “Burned-out” from corporate America? Prepared to take “real” control of the future for you and your family? Eager to infuse excitement back into your work-life? Content with your present job, but don’t have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens? Ready to change the future by controlling your destiny, rather than having it dictated by someone else? Blake Mallen, a very successful entrepreneur, once told me, “The moment you stop doing what you think you are supposed to do, and start doing what you were meant to do, is when the script ends and life begins”. Is it time for you to break from the script and go after a life that offers you greater flexibility, freedom and independence? Studies show that 82% of Americans say they would like to own their own business. But, only 5% will ever realize this dream. Perhaps that can be best explained by a quote from Brian Tracey. Mr. Tracey has said, “A thousand dreams die unborn every day because the dreamer lacks the courage to take the first step”. Please allow me to describe a common scenario…You are ready for a career change-you get the urge to tell your boss what she / he can do with the latest company policy. The reality of corporate life is becoming more painful …job security is an illusion…your work-life and income is being dictated by someone else…your employer isn’t investing in your future. Now, your brain is on a mental trampoline and you exclaim, “Well, why don’t I invest in myself?” Then, your mind begins to race back and forth between the known reality of the uncertain life in corporate America, and the unknown aspects of how you can get independence through business ownership. Do you have a dream to be self-employed…to own you own business? Does this dream inspire you, energize you, and stir your inner drive to do everything you can to achieve it? Perhaps the most important question is, “How will you achieve your dream”? The answer to this question is imperative because “it is the reason” most people never realize their dream. Too often franchise business owner "wannabes" simply lose their focus and drift away. These people who really want to own a business don’t ever get to enjoy this wonderful experience because they allow the "FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) Factor" to grow, fester and steal their dream. They have no guidance or strategy in place, no knowledge of what is needed and must be sometimes sacrificed to have the dream come true. Most people have no idea how to achieve their dream of becoming a business owner. They don’t know what type of business is right for them, where or how to start the process. So, most people simply get overwhelmed with fear, uncertainty and doubt. And, when people are unsure as to what, how, and when, they STOP. The paragraph above could have described me in 2001. From an early age, I always wanted to be self-employed, but after spending 25 years in corporate Human Resources roles, I had no idea how to achieve my dream. I possessed a belief that there was a business that would provide a better lifestyle for me…out there somewhere. But, I didn’t know how to get from here (corporate employment) to there (The Dream). I was feeling over-whelmed and fearful. But, I didn’t stop. Instead, I obtained the services of a franchise consultant who guided me through the process. And, as is often said, “the rest is history…” Owning a business opportunity (“biz-op”) or a franchise may be the right solution for you too. It is the opportunity to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. Franchises have a much greater success rate compared to independent new businesses. Contrary to non-franchised businesses, they offer a successful concept and an effective business model with a stable track record; you don’t have to “reinvent the wheel.” They provide complete business operating systems, access to the franchisor’s expertise, training, name recognition, tested sales, marketing systems, operation simplicity, and continual support. Additionally, the benefits of networking with other successful franchisees are invaluable. Franchises are everywhere today. Financial experts believe franchising is the “wave of the future.” Within 10 years, franchises could comprise over 50% of the retail and service sectors. This expectation is based on the underlying concept-Franchises offer aspiring business owners the greatest success potential, with the least amount of risk. Franchises present countless opportunities for successful ownership and financial independence. In U.S. and world economies, franchising is creating greater avenues for wealth accumulation among both franchisees and franchisors. As existing franchise systems become more successful, new franchises will be developed and introduced to the market. In today’s market, thousands of franchise opportunities are available - just about everything from advertising to maid services to weight control. The franchisor knows the business, so industry experience is not required. Franchisors seek franchisees possessing customer service, business and management skills. Franchises have proven to be an effective vehicle for successfully transitioning into a new industry and self-employment with an improved quality of life, while becoming the master of your own destiny. ******************************************************************************************************************** You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown ******************************************************************************************************************** San Antonio Express-News, 10-23-17. On a recent edition of TV game show “Divided” on cable’s GSN, contestants were asked what they believe more people in America today couldn’t possibly live without – Sex, Cell Phones, UT Sports, or Coffee. The Correct Answer was Coffee – a surprise to the quartet playing, who chose cellphones. [Actually, UT Sports was not on the game show’s list. I stuck it in there to keep you reading. I suspect there are several, if not most, on this site who believe Sex and UT Sports should be tied for the correct answer]. ********************************************************************************************************************* My favorite coffee concept... It is a business opportunity, so allows much more operational flexibility than a franchise… and does not impose restrictions on how the business should be run. 1) Far less expensive than all other coffee franchises 2) No royalties 3) No restrictions on how the business is run 4) Café owners set their hours of operation/days open 5) Ability to grow the business through co-branding Attractive leasing package available to qualified candidates for the furniture, fixtures & equipment package. This can cover up to 75% of the initial investment. Ideal business for candidates looking for semi-absentee and a lifestyle change or who want a simple (and cool) food business with a reasonable investment entry point. A designated meeting space is often built into our Cafés to allow our owners to market to civic groups, networking groups, etc. and become an integral part of the community We are coffee business specialists offering a complete, turnkey package to assist our owners in opening their own Cafe. We are not a franchise, do not charge royalties and do not impose restrictions how the business should be run. Hard Bean Cafe's offer a warm and inviting atmosphere and offer specialty coffees, teas, blended drinks and light fare for breakfast and lunch. The typical Cafe size is 1200 to 1600 square feet, with seating for approximately 40 customers. Our Cafe's include a meeting room available for church groups, networking groups, etc. and quickly become the local gathering place in their community. Features of business Semi-absentee or owner-operated No royalties Low start-up costs Repeat, loyal customers Set your own hours of operation On-going operational support from vendors Co-branding potential Recession resistant Buying Co-Op Cash Investment: $50,000 Total Investment: $139,500 + build-out and working capital Passive Ownership: Yes If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. ********************************************************************************************************************* A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving”. Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  12. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. October 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving”. Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. “Things May Come To Those Who Wait, But Only The Things Left By Those Who Hustle”. -Abraham Lincoln The Biggest Obstacle to Success Excerpt from Just Shut Up and Do It! By Brian Tracy Many years ago I began asking the question, “Why is it that some people are more successful than others?” The most important answer surprised me, as it surprises most people. It is simple. Your success is based on what you do, the results you get, and how quickly and efficiently you achieve those results. It is not based on what you say, wish, hope, or intend to do at some time in the future. Success is only based on what you are doing right now in this moment. As Henry Ford said, “You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.” So how do you get more done and become more successful? Just Shut Up and Do It! Fully 95 percent of what you do, or fail to do, is determined by your habits. Your actions are determined by your habits of belief—the way you are programmed as a result of your lifetime of experience—and your habits of behavior—what you are accustomed to doing or not doing. The biggest obstacle to success is that people have negative habits, sometimes unconsciously, that hold them back, year after year, from realizing their full potential. The good news is that all habits, first of thought and then of behavior, are learned. Because your habits are learned, they can be unlearned, and replaced with new, positive, constructive habits that enable you to get going, keep going, and do great work that gets you paid more and promoted faster. DEVELOP NEW, BETTER HABITS Habits are developed by taking in new information that’s either positive or negative for us and then repeating actions based on that information until actions become automatic. Once the habit is locked in you respond automatically, neither questioning nor explaining to yourself what you have decided to do. The worst habits of all are based on your self- limiting beliefs. These are areas where you believe yourself to be limited in some way even though it may not be true. But as a result, you act as if it was true and it then becomes true for you. The old saying is, “You are not what you believe you are, but what you believe, you are.” Challenge Your Beliefs The starting point of greater success is for you to take some time to challenge the automatic assumptions you make that may be holding you back from success. Some people believe they are lacking in intelligence because they didn’t get good grades in school. Then they find out that some of the most successful people in the most complex industries also did poorly in school. Some people are unsuccessful because they do not believe they are creative, self- disciplined, good time-managers, punctual, or capable of learning and applying new things. They say, “That’s just the way I am.” They actually think that this is a reason for not growing and improving. The fact is that most self- limiting beliefs are not true. They are based on information that you have taken in; sometimes they come from the opinions or criticisms of others, sometimes from something as simple as reading your horoscope. The Brake on Your Potential The worst of all self-limiting beliefs is the fear of failure. This is the fear of loss, poverty, mistakes, or not achieving a goal that you have set for yourself. People who are preoccupied with the fear of failure continually look for reasons why something cannot be done, why it’s a bad idea, or why they may lose their time and money. The fear of failure, like all fears, paralyzes behavior, clouds thinking, and causes a person to feel like the proverbial deer in headlights. TAMING ELEPHANTS In my seminars, I often ask, “How do you train an Indian elephant?” At one time, Indian elephants were the “battle tanks” of the Maharajas. Not only did they carry boxes of bowman and spear throwers on their backs, but they were also violent and aggressive, attacking the enemy and impaling them on their sharpened tusks. They were so terrifying and fearless that enemy armies would run away when they were confronted by these elephants. Today, these same elephants are beasts of burden. They calmly and peacefully plow the fields, haul logs, do what their masters tell them to do, and then stand around quietly in their corrals, waiting for the next day and more work. They have completely lost their ferocity and their ability to strike fear into the heart of the enemy. How did this happen? The Training Begins When the elephant was a baby the owner would take the little elephant away from its mother and tie its leg with a strong rope to a post driven deep into the ground. The baby elephant would struggle and try to get away to get back to its mother, crying and bleating and protesting. But to no avail. The rope around its leg was too strong and the post was driven too deep. Eventually, the baby elephant would give up struggling. Each day, the owner would take the baby elephant away and tie it to a post for several hours. In almost no time at all, the baby elephant would accept that, when it was tied to a post, it was helpless. The baby elephant developed the greatest malaise of the modern world, what psychologists call learned helplessness. .The Elephant Gives Up When the elephant grew up into a five-ton beast, the largest land animal in the world, all the owner had to do was tie a rope the size of a dog leash around the elephant’s leg and it would immediately become passive and stop moving or struggling. The owner could then tie the other end of this rope to a tent post driven a few inches into the ground. The elephant, capable of breaking through fences and knocking down houses, would simply stand and wait quietly until the owner came back to take him to work. As children, the same thing happens to us. At an early age, our parents begin to say to us words like “No!” or “Stop that,” or “Get away from there!” or “Don’t touch that!” Sometimes the parent would back up these words with spanks or other kinds of physical punishment. The growing child would soon start to feel small, incompetent, incapable, weak, and afraid to try anything new or different. THE ROOT OF HELPLESSNESS Most people have had these childhood experiences. Just like the elephant, when you grow up whenever you are confronted with something new, different, unexpected, or unsure your natural reaction is the same, “I can’t! I can’t! I can’t!” This fear of failure then holds you back from trying new things, taking risks, moving out of your comfort zone, and thinking outside the box. Instead of thinking of all the ways you could benefit and grow from trying or doing something different, you only think of the possible downside and the negative things that might happen. Like the Indian elephant, you become passive. This is the state of mind of fully 80 percent of the population. SET BIG GOALS Here’s a question for you: Would you like to be happy, healthy, popular, thin, and rich? Most people say, “What a dumb question! Of course I would like to be happy, healthy, popular, thin, and rich.” You think you do, but in your heart of hearts you probably don’t believe that it’s possible for you. How can you tell? By looking at what you are doing. If you sincerely want to achieve these great goals, you would be out there working on them all day every day and nothing could stop you from achieving them. YOUR ACTIONS TELL THE TRUTH It is not what you say, wish, hope, or intend that matters, it is only what you do. Your actions on an hour by hour, minute by minute basis tell you and everyone around you who you really are and what you really want. You are what you are and where you are today because of all of your previous choices up until now. You cannot change the past, but you can change the future. You can accomplish more and different things in the future by making better choices in the present. THE KEY TO SUCCESS Since 95 percent of what you do, positive or negative, is determined by your habits, the secret to creating a wonderful future for yourself is to develop new habits that are consistent with the person you want to be and the things you want to accomplish. The truth is that bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with. The wonderful discovery is that once you develop a new, positive, life-enhancing habit, it soon becomes automatic and easy. It even becomes harder to revert to a negative habit than to practice a better one because of the feelings of happiness and personal satisfaction that the new habit gives you. ********************************************************************************* You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown ********************************************************************************* The following concept is a business opportunity and is not a franchise. It is a sales and project management oriented light manufacturing business. Of all the concepts I have presented to my clients, this is my most favorite. I really like this business and organization. It validates extremely well and provides an opportunity to grow a large business from one location, rather than buying multiple territories. This business opportunity is unique in several different ways. One of the ways is how they are operated. 60% are solely owned by a male. 6% are solely owned by a female. 33% are owned and operated by a husband & wife. This is an unusually large percentage for the Franchise / Business Opportunity world, which is due to the fact that the couple can manage completely different projects and aspects of the business. 1% are owned and operated by partners, including father-daughters, siblings, and general partnerships Our economy has for generations been fueled by manufacturing, both heavy and light. Light manufacturing is an environment with no loud noises, no noxious odors, no dangerous chemicals, and no dangerous equipment. Much of the light manufacturing over the years has gone overseas due to economics. Some manufacturing remains here due to different factors including; technology, unique raw materials, the need to be close to the customer, or the custom nature of small run production. Many individuals in our economy come from the world of manufacturing and have the desire to make a product from raw materials. They like the processes involved in manufacturing. They like the tangible results of what they have made. They like the single location nature of the industry, the regular hours it operates, the project scheduling, the ability to acquire the property in which they are located, and they understand the resale value of a manufacturing business. Picture yourself in a manufacturing business where your staff makes a product from raw materials. Its custom production, so every day is different, and you will see tangible, visible results of your efforts driving home. It’s close to home, in a low overhead, business park location, operating Monday-Friday 9-5 (no nights, weekends, or holidays) with a small staff of career employees. There are no loud noises, noxious odors, or dangerous chemicals, even have carpeting on the floor. It’s a relationship business with repeat customers, where 30 of those customers can equal 75-80% of your revenue. Many of those customers may be regional, national and even international in scope. It’s a non-cash transaction business (check and charge), so when you are out seeing customers, you don’t have to worry about who’s holding the money. When you are ready to sell, it will sell for a greater multiple of cash flow than most business models because of the manufacturing sector you are in, the small core of repeat customers, and the profit margins obtainable due to the custom nature of the business. This concept is a light manufacturing business opportunity ….manage a light manufacturing business to achieve a high equity return. This business has evolved and changed over the years due to advancements in technology and new materials. It's personable, creative, rewarding and ideal for people-oriented individuals who have the desire to learn how to manage a sales and production business. The ongoing support and training provided along with state-of-the-art equipment will leave the competition behind. But most importantly, you own your business entirely and there are no royalties. Presently, there are 300+ of these businesses in the U.S. and Canada. B2B operation, typically M-F, 9:00 to 5:00. Enjoy a flexible and active lifestyle… An operation in San Antonio closes on Friday at 2:00 pm. Some are only open M-Th and are closed on Friday. About 75% are closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Approximately 95% are closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving. About 33% are owned & operated by a husband & wife team. Their business system allows husbands and wives to easily find a role / niche that is compatible with their respective interests / skills and still provide some work separation. Very few of the franchise / business concepts available today, truly provide an effective business work environment for a husband – wife team. B2B rather than B2C resulting in larger sales transactions, with less emotional purchasing decisions. It is scalable…only need (1) location to grow a nice business. Provides growth opportunity at lower investment cost through one (1) unit. Requires only a few “career-type” employees…you have greater control and less managerial hassle. Owner can handle the sales, or hire outside sales person(s). Project management type business…manage process & employees. Client Relationship … Consultative Sales>>>Service business>>>Repeat Business with 80% of Gross Sales Coming from Less than 30 Customers… This is a “relationship” business. Manufacturing businesses have the highest resale value…build equity for retirement. Every business is a potential customer. Business has synergistic opportunities with other operations. Your operation does not have to manufacture all of the different products. You can take an order from one of your customers and farm out the work to another operator and both make money on the sale. Business is not limited to your local area…you may have customers in other parts of the U.S. or the world. Business located in the XYZ area, but can sell and market product anywhere in the world. Ideal for people-oriented individuals who possess good interpersonal, communication and project management skills. Custom production providing opportunity for creativity. Producing a tangible product. Every customer and job is different. Oversee production from beginning to end. A business that provides creativity and innovation, coupled with repetition. Don’t get stuck in the office all day. Provides the environment for a combination of “inside” work tasks with “outside” marketing / sales activity. Company provides their owners a two (2) year Sales & Marketing program. Their sales program is based on “relationship building” and turning your satisfied customers into an external sales force. Company has a 29+ year history of growth and success. Investment: $195,000 If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. ********************************************************************************* Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  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. September 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. Top 10 Traits of Successful Franchisees Ever wonder whether you have what it takes to be a business owner? Start-ups are typically the work of ‘Type A” personalities who live for disrupting their industry. If that doesn’t sound like you, it doesn’t mean you won’t make it as a business owner. In fact, those Type A’s aren’t necessarily the best fit for certain business models, such as a franchise. While they do share some common traits, there are a few personality traits that are ideal for franchisees. Entrepreneurs and Franchisees both tend to be: Decisive From sales and marketing to financials and operations, business owners face decisions every day. If you don’t feel comfortable making decisions – especially on the fly and without doubt – business ownership, whether start-up or franchise, might not be for you. On the other hand, if you thrive in fast-paced environments where you are called on to make quick, smart decisions, keep reading! Ambitious Business owners in every industry must be driven and continually look for new ways to succeed. Successful entrepreneurs and franchisees thrive on setting and obtaining measurable goals. They are able to stay focused and enjoy all the challenges that business ownership entails. Problem Solvers Whether dealing with customer complaints, product malfunctions, employee issues, or a myriad of other problems that may crop up, business owners need to be willing to compromise, able to think on their feet, and open to finding unique solutions to problems. Willing to learn There’s not much room for ego in business ownership. To be successful, you must be willing to constantly learn and grow in your field. The ability to accept critical feedback, training, and guidance is an important quality in a business owner. Every situation should be seen as a learning experience that can help you become more profitable and successful. Flexible Businesses are rarely static and never boring! Both entrepreneurs and franchisees must be willing to adapt to changing circumstances and bounce back from failures as they establish a new business. Set-backs should only serve to push these leaders harder. Fiscally responsible Another trait that successful entrepreneurs and franchisees share is a responsible attitude about finances. You should have a healthy relationship with money in both your personal and professional life. The ability to understand the fiscal side of operations is critical, too. Business leaders who have a firm understanding of how to figure out profit and loss, labor and materials costs, and handle accounting for a business, will set themselves up for success. In addition to these six traits, start-up entrepreneurs tend to be independent risk takers. If that doesn’t sound like you, you’re in luck. Franchisees also tend to be: Structured While entrepreneurs typically don’t worry about (or even enjoy) structure, franchisees typically not only appreciate structure, but depend on it. A franchise provides owners with a structured model for success that includes a plan for getting up and running as well as branding and marketing support. Collaborative Franchisees like to play by the rules, and appreciate team work; common requirements for owning a franchised business. Rather than having to make all the decisions on your own, you can take advantage of a network of owners in the same situation who are working towards the same goals. They can offer advice, share successes and failures, and remind you that you’re not alone. Risk-averse Entrepreneurs who enjoy taking risks are great for start-ups, but franchisees are more risk averse than their start-up counterparts. While there is also some risk when you’re fully invested in something, a strong franchise with a proven track record of success minimizes that risk and provides a stable model to build from. People-centric Successful franchisees love being around people. They are natural communicators, and understand the importance of strong relationships with customers, vendors and colleagues. ********************************************************************************* Emerging “Green” Concept Interested in exploring an emerging franchise option that is “green”, environmentally friendly and saves money and a critical resource? Recently, I learned of an opportunity I find interesting, unique and believe will provide a valuable and needed service….Water Conservation. I live in San Antonio, TX. Our water supply is from an underground aquifer and is being greatly affected by drought and the increasing population growth in this area of the country. Several years ago, we were placed on water restrictions for a year or so. Then we had a couple years of abundant rainfall and the water restrictions were lifted. So far, 2017 has been dry and a couple months ago most of the municipalities in central Texas again implemented water restrictions. Throughout history, this area of the country has experienced periods of abundant rain and then drought. This will continue and our supply of needed water will be progressively impacted by population growth. Water will be an increasingly valuable commodity. Additionally, most people associate water shortages with the arid southwest and California. But, as the blurb below illustrates, water issues are problematic and escalating throughout the U.S. Even here in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we have water shortages. One of our main water sources, the Prairie Du Chien Aquifer, has been over-tapped and stressed, which has found many municipalities and the MN DNR front and center to a large host of law suits. What illustrates best in our Twin Cities area the impact of irrigation systems is how an eastern suburb, Woodbury, uses two wells throughout the winter months to support its 70,000 residents…. And during the summer months that same city utilizes 14 wells to support the demand from the same 70,000 residents. The delta? Mainly irrigation systems. · Approximately 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water. · Of that water, 97% is undrinkable salt water. · And 2% is fresh water frozen in glaciers. · That leaves 1% of usable water. Think you know what accounts for the majority of your water bill? Think again. According to the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, the residential water use for a single family residence in the U.S. breaks out into fairly small and somewhat equal parts…until it comes to your outdoor sprinkler system. In fact, nationally, irrigation waste accounts for up to a staggering 1.5 billion gallons of water a day. So where's the water going? Sprinklers…..………..59% Toilet……………....…..11% Washing Machine….9% Shower…………....…...7% Faucet……….....………6% Leaks………….....……..6% Bath………….....………1% Dishwasher……..…...1% This company was specifically founded to alleviate this unnecessary and senseless waste of water by introducing environmentally responsible irrigation. The only irrigation company founded solely on the principle of conservation. Combining the latest in conservation technology and design, their irrigation solutions are the result of considerable study in water dynamics, environmental concerns, and best horticultural practices. They have also worked hard to make water conservation economically feasible. In fact, most customers who upgrade with this franchise enjoy 100% payback in less than three years, and typical upgrades reduce water use by 40 to 60%. B2C B2B Save Water Save Money Home-based The Company’s Irrigation sprinkler systems greatly reduce or eliminate the runoff that contributes to sewage overflows, protecting drinking water sources while conserving the community’s water supply. Just as you upgrade your cell phone and other electronic devices, it’s important to upgrade inefficient controllers that can drain your wallet by wasting water. This franchise company leads the industry in replacing inefficient and outdated simple timers with new, efficient smart controllers and sensors. These smart devices can be effectively retrofitted and deliver water savings of 40-60%, while maintaining wonderful, healthy green landscapes. Use less water. Save money. Promote a healthy, green landscape. A proven business model within the $7.1 billion dollar industry. Founded solely on the principles of water conservation, the company utilizes the latest in conservation technology and design to help customers reduce their landscape irrigation water use by up to 60% – all the while promoting a healthy, green and lush landscape. Folks love saving money, and they like knowing they’re reducing wasteful runoff and protecting the community’s water supply. That’s why our business has soared from zero to tens of thousands of clients since we started in 2010. Investment: $43,000 - $100,000. Large territories are available throughout the U.S. If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. ********************************************************************************* A franchise may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving”. Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. 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- ********************************************************************************* Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. Call Larry Powell 210-479-2491. Outside San Antonio 888-479-2491 ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  14. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership …a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. August 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. Survey Reveals Increasing Optimism among Business Owners and Potential Investors about the Economy WASHINGTON, June 15—Franchise business owners and prospective investors strongly believe the economy is improving and are more likely by a 2-1 margin to invest in a new business today than before the election. This according to a new survey released today by Morning Consult on behalf of the International Franchise Association (IFA). The survey signals that small business owners and investors are more optimistic, however, policymakers should enact regulatory relief and tax reform, to continue to improve the economy for franchise owners and prospective investors. “What we need in this country right now are additional jobs, and the majority of that growth can come from the franchising community, if we avoid impeding owners with burdensome regulations. When local franchise businesses thrive, owners hire and train employees from nearby neighborhoods for positions that range from entry-level to senior management,†said IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE. “The results also send a clear message to Congress that the interests of franchise business owners should be front and center for policy makers on both sides of the aisle.†Franchise owners and potential investors are aligned on steps policymakers can take to improve the economy and help achieve their business prospects. According to the survey, a large majority (78 percent) believe reducing red tape on small businesses is the only way to improve the economy. “The survey reaffirms there is a new breed of entrepreneur out there looking for a business they can invest in. The Administration and other key elected officials have suggested a return to three percent growth, and franchising can play critical role in achieving that goal but the industry needs tax reform and more regulatory relief to drive the economy forward,†said Cresanti. ********************************************************* Pet Care is Named One of the Best Industries to Start a Business in 2017 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. There are several interesting dog / cat / pet services concepts available. The 60 billion dollar pet industry is about to get a makeover in 2017 due to technological advances in the field. In 2016 alone, pet grooming and boarding was worth $8 million with a projected increase of 7 percent annual growth through 2021. With millennials owning more pets than any other generation, low entry barriers, and not a lot of small business competition 2017 is going to be a big year for pet care business owners! ********************************************************* New and Quality Used Sporting Goods and Fitness Equipment Retail Business Are you outgoing and willing to manage and operate a fast paced, fun retail business? Interaction with customers and involvement in the community are key ingredients to success in this business. Franchisees are always involved with schools, youth sports, teams, leagues and sports associations as well. Business offers value-conscious buyers a wide selection of name-brand new and quality used sports and fitness equipment in sizes to fit everyone from Little Leaguers to Major Leaguers. Our merchandise and environment are designed to encourage and reassure enthusiastic parents and youngsters by presenting a comfortable mainstream retail image. Our franchisees are our customers – parents and grandparents of children who love sports and fitness. This gives them a winning edge at understanding the needs of their market. They buy only the best gear in good condition and offer fair trade-ins and payment on the spot, building customer loyalty with every transaction. Our unique business model allows our customers to create their own discount by trading in product they no longer use. We have a strong value proposition: great new and quality used sports and fitness gear at affordable prices. You may never outgrow your favorite sports — but you may outgrow your equipment. Our franchise partners have been providing athletes of every age the new and quality used sports and fitness equipment they need to be their best out on the field, on the court, at the rink and in the gym. Since 1983, we have expanded to nearly 300 locations throughout North America and become a major player in the sports retail industry. If you’re passionate about sports and are looking for a franchise opportunity that allows you to stay engaged with athletes in your community and build a business doing something you love, then this opportunity is ready to put the ball in your court. ********************************************************* Children’s Sports Program This franchise offers a specialized sports program for children ages 12 months to 12 years old. Teaches the fundamentals of Baseball, Basketball, Football, Floor Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer and Volleyball. In addition to offering a wide variety of Sports classes, franchisees run several camps and host birthday parties. Started in 1999 in New York City. The two founders saw a need for a more comprehensive instructional Sports program for Younger Children that really focused on fundamentals of team sports, but most importantly a method to teach this in a fun way. Most importantly the combination of making a difference in Children’s lives as we do and the opportunity to be a business owner that comes along with independence and flexibility is exciting. ********************************************************* If you would like additional information about any of the above opportunities, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. A franchise 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 between the franchise model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.†Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you …a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself… If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. 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- ********************************************************* Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property… House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. Call Larry Powell 210-479-2491. Outside San Antonio 888-479-2491 ********************************************************* 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 â€Will†vs. “Revocable Living Trustâ€, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  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. July 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. What’s so Great About a Franchise? Many people dream of owning their own business. It sounds fun and exciting, and it truly can be. However, there are different types of business ownership that come with different perks and pitfalls. Independent Startups, for example, involve huge commitments: finances, time, and energy. Frankly, these startups depend on luck more than any other business model. It is high-risk, high-reward, but if the business fails, the losses can be devastating. This is why so many employees wishing to break away from the daily grind of a job tend to shy away from venturing out on their own to be their own boss. With no disrespect to startups that made it—Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, etc.—much of the success of these big names involved a large amount of good fortune. Of course, there were genius entrepreneurs behind them, and whatever they did, it worked, but not everyone has the resources, nor are they willing to risk it all on a new business or new idea. In most cases, that is a wise decision. Unfortunately, many people wishing to be their own boss are afraid to become business owners because they immediately equate business ownership with the startup. This perception is analogous to avoiding the ocean because you are afraid of Jaws. If you’re interested in becoming a business owner but can’t fathom starting from scratch, franchising is an excellent solution. In fact, Brad Sugars, owner of the world’s No. 1 business coaching firm in the world, strongly recommends franchising as a first, or even second or third business for the new entrepreneur. Why franchising? “It offers the right mix of independence and proven strategy,†Sugars said, “It has the strength of a tried-and-true business model with the freedom that comes from working for yourself and managing your individual franchise, within certain parameters, as you see fit.†Furthermore, there are thousands of franchise opportunities available, franchising is becoming more popular than ever, and the investment can be relatively small, depending on what type of franchise you choose. Most importantly, of all significant business models, the franchise is the least likely to fail because it is strongly backed by the franchisor, who offers support and has a vested interest in the success of each individual franchise. Furthermore, franchising, as a general business model is expected to continue to grow steadily in 2017 and on. 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.†A business 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 / service 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 costs associated with perfecting a business model will almost always eclipse the cost of paying a franchise fee. The average franchise fee is about $35k. Most starts up 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 between the franchise model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.†Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you …a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself… If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. 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- ************************************************************************************************************ Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property… House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. ******************************************************************************************** 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 â€Will†vs. “Revocable Living Trustâ€, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  16. “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 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. NOTE: I did not produce a May newsletter. Presently, I am revising the format of my monthly newsletter. 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 Pet Care is Named One of the Best Industries to Start a Business in 2017 The 60 billion dollar pet industry is about to get a makeover in 2017 due to technological advances in the field. In 2016 alone, pet grooming and boarding was worth $8 million with a projected increase of 7 percent annual growth through 2021. With millennials owning more pets than any other generation, low entry barriers, and not a lot of small business competition 2017 is going to be a big year for pet care business owners! There are several interesting dog / cat / pet services concepts available. Life-time Employment Has Vanished From The Earth…Just Like The Dinosaurs. So… Chasing Corporate Employment Is, In Reality, A Bigger Risk Than Owning A Franchise. Studies show that 82% of Americans say they would like to own their own business. So, why do so few who say they want business ownership finally end up owning a business? There are a number of reasons. One primary reason is the misconception regarding the security of corporate employment. With all the layoffs in 2008-2009 and still occur on a more limited basis, it makes one question job security. With companies downsizing, rightsizing and even capsizing, there is no security, except that which you create for yourself. Over the past several years, many individuals have found it increasingly difficult to keep their job and / or secure other suitable employment. Particularly, those who may be more “matureâ€, or have been at a high income level. A number of my friends and / or former associates from my previous life in corporate America lost their jobs and career when they were in their mid 50s. Almost all are either unemployed or grossly under-employed. Several years ago when my wife was 59 years old, she lost her human resources job at the company where she had been a loyal and dedicated employee for 20+ years. Today, she is under-employed and working at a wage rate about 55% of her former salary. Make no mistake, corporate loyalty is a one-way street. And, job security behind the corporate curtain is a myth. The work-place and labor market are in a state of flux…they are transforming the nature and make-up of jobs. The Federal government and a number of leading economists have reported that most of the jobs that have been “cut†are not likely to return. The job market today exhibits three (3) frustrating and consistent themes… High paying jobs are increasingly hard to find. The average job lasts 18-24 months… So, how much security is being provided by corporate employment? Executives are being asked to do substantially more with fewer resources. As the 21st century job market continues to constrict, people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving young people, mid-career types, those who are transitioning out of corporate America jobs, as well as stay-at-home mothers who would like to go back to work, to pursue self-employment options. Therefore, a number of these folks have decided to pursue small business ownership as the “new†career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. Perhaps you have the perfect job and perfect life, but do you have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens? And, if you are presently employed…can you continue to do what you are doing now at the same intensity for the next 10, 20, or 30 years? Do you really want to? You may want to infuse some excitement back into your work-life. There is a book written by John Ortberg, If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat. The “boat†is what you hang on to, or whatever represents safety and security to you and that which pulls you away from the high adventure you actually seek. For many, moving towards the dream of being a business owner is simply letting go of the boat we call “corporate Americaâ€. What it really entails is going after what you were made to do, leaving the illusory lifeboat behind and setting sail for uncharted waters. Owning your own business may provide the opportunity for you to reach your goals and for some, it may be their only viable option in our current economy. And, buying a franchise provides the opportunity to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. A franchise already has a proven concept and an effective business model with a stable track record. Therefore, you gain access to a successful business concept without having to “reinvent the wheel.†Franchise ownership has proven to be a great vehicle for thousands of people to effectively transition into a new industry and self-employment with an improved quality of life, while becoming a master of their destiny. Does Your Life In Corporate America Seem Like You Are Standing On The Ledge? If So, Step Back And Move Your Work-Life In A New Direction... This is what I do… My role is to challenge your thinking which may enable you to chart a new path to greater freedom, independence and personal fulfillment. If you are ready to leave your comfort zone and explore business ownership options, let’s talk. I provide professional consulting and coaching to those who wish to invest in a franchise / business opportunity, and would like a fresh perspective. My services are at no cost to you and will provide you information to help you better understand your franchising / business opportunity options. My free, no-obligation services can assist you: ·To determine if self-employment / business ownership is the right career / personal option for you, · Find quality opportunities that are not widely advertised….the right franchise / business opportunity for you, may be one that you have never heard of and wouldn’t even guess, ·Gain access to an extensive inventory of franchise, business opportunities [biz ops], and low-cost-of entry home-based businesses, ·Avoid costly and / or time consuming mistakes, ·Identify options that best fit your goals, lifestyle and business objectives, ·Understand how you can use you 401K or IRA funds tax deferred and penalty / interest free to fund a business start-up. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.†Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you …a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself… If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. ********************************************************************************************************************* Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property… House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. ******************************************************************************************** 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 â€Will†vs. “Revocable Living Trustâ€, 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 ********************************************************************************************* Remodeling…General Contracting Franchise... One of the hottest new home service franchise opportunities in the U.S. 14 year proven business model offering new franchise options. Fast start up. Provides the opportunity to customize your business from basic home repair to full-scale remodeling. Primary focus is on area development franchise options for the San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas markets. Single unit franchise territories are also available for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Home-based with minimal investment, fewer operating restrictions and on-going costs. Investment: $58,000 - $120,000…single unit. ********************************************************************************************* 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- Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  17. “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 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. April Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryApril2017.pdf Entrepreneurs Don't Overthink Things. They Make a Decision and Go With It. Note: This month's newsletter; 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 You Want To Be Self-Employed...Business Models To Consider At some point in their working life, most Americans think about the possibility of opening their own business. Whether they have been fired, downsized, retired, or just want to be their own boss, they all have the same thought…â€There must be something better!†Business ownership / self-employment is not the right avenue for everyone. For those folks who are truly ready and capable of being a business owner, they must determine the business model that will best fit their goals and needs. The most common business models are independent business; franchise; and business opportunity. Below are brief descriptions of the different types of franchises and business opportunity. 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: $25,000 to $60,000 initial out-of-pocket investment required on a total investment of $50,000 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: $50,000 to $70,000 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: $60,000 to $120,000 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: $100,000 to $250,000 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. “Business Opportunityâ€â€¦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 wayâ€. Does Your Life In Corporate America Seem Like You Are Standing On The Ledge? If So, Step Back And Move Your Work-Life In A New Direction... This is what I do… My role is to challenge your thinking which may enable you to chart a new path to greater freedom, independence and personal fulfillment. If you are ready to leave your comfort zone and explore business ownership options, let’s talk. I provide professional consulting and coaching to those who wish to invest in a franchise / business opportunity, and would like a fresh perspective. My services are at no cost to you and will provide you information to help you better understand your franchising / business opportunity options. My free, no-obligation services can assist you: ·To determine if self-employment / business ownership is the right career / personal option for you, · Find quality opportunities that are not widely advertised….the right franchise / business opportunity for you, may be one that you have never heard of and wouldn’t even guess, ·Gain access to an extensive inventory of franchise, business opportunities [biz ops], and low-cost-of entry home-based businesses, ·Avoid costly and / or time consuming mistakes, ·Identify options that best fit your goals, lifestyle and business objectives, ·Understand how you can use you 401K or IRA funds tax deferred and penalty / interest free to fund a business start-up. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.†Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you …a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself… If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. ********************************************************************************************************************* Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property… House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. ******************************************************************************************** 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 â€Will†vs. “Revocable Living Trustâ€, 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 ********************************************************************************************* Remodeling…General Contracting Franchise... One of the hottest new home service franchise opportunities in the U.S. 14 year proven business model offering new franchise options. Fast start up. Provides the opportunity to customize your business from basic home repair to full-scale remodeling. Primary focus is on area development franchise options for the San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas markets. Single unit franchise territories are also available for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Home-based with minimal investment, fewer operating restrictions and on-going costs. Investment: $58,000 - $120,000…single unit. ********************************************************************************************* 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- Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  18. “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 2017 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. March Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryMarch2017.pdf The Importance of Following the Franchisor’s System Note: This month's newsletter; 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 What I Learned From Complete Burnout At Work By Tomasz Tunguz During my first few weeks at Google, I read through the internal resumes of my new colleagues, which detailed their work and promotion paths. Google promoted people quickly. Some college graduates who had distinguished themselves had been promoted every quarter for more than a year, and were managers, senior managers, even directors. And I wanted the same type of trajectory. So I resolved to work as much as possible to achieve it. At the outset, I began to take on other projects. Small things like an extra research project. Or helping a friend with a presentation. One day, when I thought we needed a basic CRM for our team, I stayed up late into the morning building one, called Toothpaste. Pretty soon, the extra work began to consume a lot more time. I began to sleep less, going to bed on consistently after midnight, sometimes sleeping only a few hours. I doubled down on productivity tools looking to do more in less time. I began to focus on reducing interruptions and tallied each time someone interrupted me. Amidst the growing workload, I wanted to keep up an exercise regimen similar to the one I had on the crew team at school. The earliest San Francisco to Mountain View bus arrived too late to work out for more than an hour to be in the office before 730. So when I happened to meet Marty, who ran the Google bus program, I asked if there might be an earlier shuttle. The next week, a bus began arriving at my Google bus stop around 4am. I would climb aboard and fall asleep in the back row. Somewhere along the way, we would stop to pick up one of the Google chefs, rising early to prepare breakfast. I might arrive around 5, workout for about 90-120 minutes and then back to my desk. Weekends I tried to catch up on sleep, but often, I worked most of Saturday and Sunday too. I was a flywheel spinning out of control. On Christmas Eve 2005, my family admitted me to the emergency room. Bacterial pneumonia. Everyone told me my lifestyle was unsustainable and it had to change. Especially my manager. This was the fourth time in four quarters that I had been to the ER. Since then, I’ve learned a few things about how to avoid burnout: I am responsible for setting boundaries. Work time, sleep time, family time, you time. If I don’t set them properly, things get unbalanced very quickly. Being productive isn’t about doing more and more in the same amount of time. It’s about doing only the most important things well. And either saying no to the other things or finding another way for them to get done. I can’t win a marathon by thinking of it as 26 mile long sprints, or a week as 5 day-long sprints. Loved ones are good judges of when things are in and out of balance, and in my case, my wife helped me find more balance. Taking time off is essential. Vacations, yes, but also nights and weekends. At the beginning of each year, I try to remember that feeling of being out of balance, of being in the hospital with pneumonia, to reflect on how I should be spending time this year. Which are the most important things I need to do well in 2017? And which things just aren’t? Does Your Life In Corporate America Seem Like You Are Standing On The Ledge? If So, Step Back And Move Your Work-Life In A New Direction... This is what I do… My role is to challenge your thinking which may enable you to chart a new path to greater freedom, independence and personal fulfillment. If you are ready to leave your comfort zone and explore business ownership options, let’s talk. I provide professional consulting and coaching to those who wish to invest in a franchise / business opportunity, and would like a fresh perspective. My services are at no cost to you and will provide you information to help you better understand your franchising / business opportunity options. My free, no-obligation services can assist you: · To determine if self-employment / business ownership is the right career / personal option for you, · Find quality opportunities that are not widely advertised….the right franchise / business opportunity for you, may be one that you have never heard of and wouldn’t even guess, · Gain access to an extensive inventory of franchise, business opportunities [biz ops], and low-cost-of entry home-based businesses, · Avoid costly and / or time consuming mistakes, · Identify options that best fit your goals, lifestyle and business objectives, · Understand how you can use you 401K or IRA funds tax deferred and penalty / interest free to fund a business start-up. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.†Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? Would this scenario be of interest and value to you …a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself… If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. ********************************************************************************************************************* Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property… House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. ******************************************************************************************** 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 â€Will†vs. “Revocable Living Trustâ€, 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 ********************************************************************************************* Home Services and Remodeling Franchise... One of the hottest new home service franchise opportunities in the U.S. 14 year proven business model offering new franchise options. Fast start up. Provides the opportunity to customize your business from basic home repair to full-scale remodeling. Primary focus is on area development franchise options for the San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas markets. Single unit franchise territories are also available for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Home-based with minimal investment, fewer operating restrictions and on-going costs. Investment: $58,000 - $120,000…single unit. ********************************************************************************************* 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- Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  19. “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 2017 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- Do You Think About What Your Work-life and Personal-life Could be Like? If There Is A Business That Will Give You What You Want… ...Is It Worth Looking For? Most people will answer "yes" to that question. So, why do so many who say they want to be self-employed and own their own business give up on achieving their dream? There are a number of reasons. One primary one...often business owner "wannabes" simply lose their focus and drift away. They may blame it on the economy, their friends, or other external reasons. Simply stated, they hit a speed bump called “uncertainty and anxiety†(Fear) and then let their dream slip away. “Fear†= False evidence appearing to be real… Buying a business is a serious decision. No one makes a major decision without getting a little nervous, or having some anxiety. It happened to me! The process of buying a business can be extremely exhilarating and simultaneously can be a time of high anxiety…this is normal. How do I know? Because I have already made the “quest†and experienced the “anxiety†that is a normal part of the process of buying a business. Prior to buying my home repair / remodeling franchise in 2001, my anxiety and fear had me ready to quit the quest and give up on my dream about 3-4 times. During those times when I was ready to give in to my anxiety, I would see an article or quote in the newspaper, magazine, or on a bill board referencing risk…opportunity…achieving your dream, etc. Fortunately each time it would provide me the impetus to continue my quest, move beyond my fear and refocus on my dream. As they say….â€The rest is historyâ€. Even when you get nervous, you can still make a good decision. You have done it many times in your life already. Doing solid, serious research and utilizing good advisors will lead you to a sound decision. Look at all the successful franchisees around your city / town. They made good decisions, and were probably nervous at some point, perhaps at several points during the process. But they didn't let their anxiety rob them of their dreams! If you gather the right information, and are honest about your abilities, you will make a smart, informed decision for yourself...despite the stomach butterflies. Personally, I love “motivational†quotes. I collect them and have about fifteen framed and hanging in my office. Below are a few that I have recently seen and really like: Expect to get nervous. Don’t let anxiety steal your dream. Optimism-The faith that leads to achievement. Take Risks-Don’t be afraid to go on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Opportunity-You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. What you get from an endeavor will be directly proportional to what you give to the endeavor. No risk = No reward. Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. Success is not for the timid. It is for those who seek guidance, make decisions, and take decisive action. A year from now, you may wish you had started today. Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction. Take Action-You cannot discover new oceans, unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. There is a book written by John Ortberg, If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat. The “boat†is what you hang on to, or whatever represents safety and security to you and that which pulls you away from the high adventure you actually seek. For many, moving towards the dream of being a business owner is simply letting go of the boat we call “corporate Americaâ€. What it really entails is going after what you were made to do, leaving the illusory lifeboat behind and setting sail for uncharted waters. It is always easier and less frightening to keep sitting on the sideline and watching opportunity pass you by, rather than taking careful, but positive steps towards the dream…the independence, freedom, and improved work-life which is enjoyed by many business owners. So, expect to get nervous. Deal with it. Don't let your nerves and fear prevent you from achieving the lifestyle you deserve. When I started the company I was 52 years old. I had diabetes, lost my gall bladder and most of my thyroid gland. But I was convinced that the best was ahead of me. -Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds- Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.†Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed? So, would this scenario be of interest and value to you …a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself… If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. Don't Settle. Get What You Want. If You Don't Pursue Your Dream, You Will End Up Working For Someone Who Did! This is what I do… My role is to challenge your thinking which may enable you to chart a new path to greater freedom, independence and personal fulfillment. So, if you are ready to leave your comfort zone and explore business ownership options, let’s talk. I provide professional consulting and coaching to those who wish to invest in a franchise / business opportunity, and would like a fresh perspective. My services are at no cost to you and will provide you information to help you better understand your franchising / business opportunity options. My free, no-obligation services can assist you: To determine if self-employment / business ownership is the right career / personal option for you, Find quality opportunities that are not widely advertised….the right franchise / business opportunity for you, may be one that you have never heard of and wouldn’t even guess, Gain access to an extensive inventory of franchise, business opportunities [biz ops], and low-cost-of entry home-based businesses, Avoid costly and / or time consuming mistakes, Identify options that best fit your goals, lifestyle and business objectives, Understand how you can use you 401K or IRA funds tax deferred and penalty / interest free to fund a business start-up. Never Let The Fear Of Striking Out Get In Your Way. -Babe Ruth ********************************************************************************************************************* Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a supportive, educational and no-obligation environment? Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… ********************************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property… House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. ******************************************************************************************** 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 â€Will†vs. “Revocable Living Trustâ€, 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 ********************************************************************************************* Home Repair and Remodeling Franchise... One of the hottest new home service franchise opportunities in the U.S. Provides the opportunity to customize your business from basic home repair to full-scale remodeling. Primary focus is on area development franchise options for the San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas markets. Single unit franchise territories are also available for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Home-based with minimal investment, fewer operating restrictions and on-going costs. Investment: $58,000 - $120,000…single unit. ********************************************************************************************* Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 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. To receive free and no-obligation monthly newsletter, which contains articles with general information self-employment, career transition, business ownership… more specific information on franchise and business opportunity (“Biz-opsâ€) options; as well as interesting concepts, or special deals, complete and submit Subscription Form February Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryFebruary2017.pdf From the NFL Locker Room to the Boardroom Note: This month's newsletter; 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: http://www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  20. “HORN†In On Franchise / Business Ownership …a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. February 2017 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- Unchain the Elephant… Reframe Your Thinking to Unleash Your Potential by Erik Wahl The message in Unchain the Elephant is simple… to fully experience all life has to offer, we need to break free from our chains and rediscover our inner creativity and passion. We've all had times in our lives where we felt bound by our past and our fear of failure. We know we should change, but...we can't. Can you relate? I know I can! How would you like to be able to re-frame your thinking to "unthink" your past, eliminate your fear and unleash your potential? Introduction… Unchain the Elephant Several years ago, I had the privilege to go on safari outside Nairobi, Kenya. As I ventured into the vast, unregulated openness of the Masai Mara, I experienced life from a completely new perspective. I witnessed the grace of a pack of gazelles, the migration of the wildebeest, and the clever stealth of the cheetah. But the most memorable encounter by far was when I crested a hill and unexpectedly came face-to-face with the overwhelming size and unparalleled raw power of an untamed elephant. This was not a petting zoo elephant quietly behaving in a crowded room. This enormous elephant was wild and completely unrestrained to explore, to discover, and to enjoy the beauty of its natural habitat. How did this massive, powerful, free creature succumb to a life tethered to a chain in a circus tent? When an elephant is born into captivity, the owner ties the animal to a tree or post with a thick chain to prevent the 250-pound infant from escaping. During the first few weeks of his life, the small elephant tests the chain that binds him, again and again, in an attempt to free himself and wander as his nature urges him to do. His efforts, however, are no match for steel links. Over the course of a few weeks, he eventually learns that his resources are no match for the hardiness of the chain. He gives up any further attempts to free himself, and thus relegates himself to a life within a small circle. As an adult elephant conditioned by a past experience, he can now be tethered to a small tree with the thinnest of ropes or, in some cases, no rope at all. He makes no attempts to wander because he carries with him, for life, the belief that he does not possess the power to break the ties that bind him. The adult elephant could easily snap the rope or uproot the tree to which it is attached, but he makes no such effort, because early in life, he was taught that true freedom was not available to him. For the remainder of his life, he is tame and nothing like the captivating, powerful creature he was born to be. Can you sympathize with this elephant? Do you feel your life has been shackled by what you were conditioned to believe when you were young? Maybe the conditioning was even more recent than that. The time has come to unchain the elephant. Perhaps It Is Time For A Career Change...And An Opportunity To Invest In Yourself. As the 21st century job market continues to constrict, working people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving young people, mid-career types, those who are transitioning out of corporate America jobs, as well as stay-at-home mothers who would like to go back to work, to pursue self-employment options. Over the past several years, many individuals have found it increasingly difficult to secure other employment. Particularly, those who may be more “matureâ€, or have been at a high income level. Therefore, a number of these folks have decided to pursue small business ownership as the “new†career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. With all the layoffs that 2008-2009 brought it makes one question job security. Many of the folks who lost their jobs during the Great Recession are either still unemployed, or under-employed today. The Federal government and a number of leading economists have reported that most of the jobs that were “cut†are not likely to return. The job market today exhibits three (3) frustrating and consistent themes… High paying jobs are increasingly hard to find. The average job lasts 18-24 months…so, how much security is being provided by employment. Executives are being asked to do substantially more with fewer resources. Therefore, you may be: "Burned-out" from corporate America. Eager to infuse some excitement back into your work-life, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life. Mentally stuck between the known reality of the unpleasant life in corporate America, and the unknown aspects of how you can get independence through business ownership... Tethered by the chain called corporate America. Do you want to break free of the shackle of corporate employment? If so, call me… This is what I do… My role is to challenge your thinking which may enable you to chart a new path to greater freedom, independence and personal fulfillment. So, if you are ready to leave your comfort zone and explore business ownership options, let’s talk. I provide professional consulting and coaching to those who wish to invest in a franchise / business opportunity, and would like a fresh perspective. My services are at no cost to you and will provide you information to help you better understand your franchising / business opportunity options. My free, no-obligation services can assist you: · To determine if self-employment / business ownership is the right career / personal option for you, · Find quality opportunities that are not widely advertised….the right franchise / business opportunity for you, may be one that you have never heard of and wouldn’t even guess, · Gain access to our extensive inventory of franchise, business opportunities [biz ops], and low-cost-of entry home-based businesses, · Avoid costly and / or time consuming mistakes, · Identify options that best fit your goals, lifestyle and business objectives, · Understand how you can use you 401K or IRA funds tax deferred and penalty / interest free to fund a business start-up. Never Let The Fear Of Striking Out Get In Your Way. -Babe Ruth ***************************************************************************************************************** Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 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. Would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a supportive, educational and no-obligation environment? Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… *************************************************************************************************** Looking for Texas Hill Country Property? House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. ************************************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe. 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 â€Will†vs. “Revocable Living Trustâ€, rebalancing 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. **************************************************************************************************** Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 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. To receive free and no-obligation monthly newsletter, which contains articles with general information self-employment, career transition, business ownership… more specific information on franchise and business opportunity (“Biz-opsâ€) options; as well as interesting concepts, or special deals, complete and submit Subscription Form January Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryJanuary2017.pdf Report Reveals Value of Franchisor Financial Transparency Note: This month's newsletter; 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: http://www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  21. “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. New Year's Edition January 2017 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- Best Wishes For A Healthy And Prosperous 2017 Failure Is Not The Outcome. Failure Is Not Trying Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx Shapewear... As a young girl, Sara Blakely’s father would ask: “What did you fail at today?†Growing up failure was viewed as a good thing. If Sara didn’t fail at something that day, her father would be duly disappointed. This enthusiasm towards trying new things, regardless of the outcome, helped Blakely avoid the paralyzing fear of failure that prevents many people from reaching beyond their comfort zones. In her 20s, and frustrated by the lack of undergarments to wear with white pants, Sara Blakely’s idea for Spanx was born when she cut the feet off of a pair of pantyhose. In 2012, she was the youngest self-made woman to join Forbes’ billionaire list. According to Blakely, the only real failure is to not try at all. Ray Kroc, Founder of McDonalds... When I started the Company I was 52 years old. I had diabetes, lost my gall bladder and most of my thyroid gland. But, I was convinced that the best was ahead of me. Recently, I read a research report indicating that over 75% of the population is NOT engaged in their work. When told this finding and statistic, many people will just nod knowingly and think…â€Yeah...that sounds about right!†If you are one of the 75%, do you ever wonder…â€whyâ€? Why is it that so many of us end up settling for less of a personal and professional lifestyle than we deserve? Let’s take a moment and break this down… Today, many people dread going to work. It is estimated that as many as 80% of the working population is dissatisfied with their jobs. For these folks, going to work is a chore. Did you know the average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime? Wow, that’s a long time to be unhappy. What do most of us do each morning after we wake up? Well, for many of us we go on autopilot through a set of highly routine, automatic behaviors. For example, you always wake up on the same side of the bed, go to the sink and look in the mirror, shower, and go through your automatic routine without even thinking. Next, you get in your truck / car and zone out as you commute to work without even thinking about it. At work, you do the same routines that you have memorized so well. You see the same people, who push your same emotional buttons, which causes you to have the same reactions and thoughts about those people and your work and life. Then when the day is done, you hurry home for dinner so you can rush to cook, eat, and watch TV, then you scurry to bed and do it all over again. Unfortunately, many folks are so miserable with their work-life they go home and argue with their spouse, ignore the kids, kick the dog(s) / cat(s) and / or turn to illicit “pleasuresâ€. And, they continue to be personally and professionally unhappy and unfulfilled. If the above scenario applies to you…can you continue to do what you are doing now at the same intensity for the next 10, 20, or 30 years? Do you really want to? Do you want to infuse some excitement back into your work-life? Are you interested in seeking a renewed purpose for getting up every morning? If you are honest with yourself… How could you expect a different career outcome when you think the same thought patterns, perform the same behaviors, and experience the same emotions all day…every day? Are you in a “rut†and want to climb out… At one time or another, most of us have fallen victim to this type of a limited life…myself included. Kiss Your Boss Goodbye. I Did…MY STORY…I Am A Refugee Of Corporate America…You Can Be Too If your environment remains the same and you continue to react by thinking in the same way, and make the same decisions you will create more of the same. I believe Albert Einstein referred to this as “insanityâ€â€¦ “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different resultsâ€. According to Tony Robbins, “If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten. If you don’t like what you are getting, you must change what you are doingâ€. This is why change is hard and often scary. You have to change the way you make decisions and react to your environment to achieve your goals and dreams. The bottom line is you need to take action to create the life you want. A window of opportunity won’t open itself… Do you dream about being self-employed…owning your own business? Will you attain your dream, or will your dream always remain exactly that – a dream? Many folks never realize their dream because they have no strategy in place for achieving it, no knowledge of what is needed and must be sometimes sacrificed to have their dream come true. Most people have no idea how to achieve their dream. They don't know if self-employment or business ownership is even the right option for them. They don’t know what type of business is right for them, where or how to start the process. What they possess is a belief that self-employment is the right option for them…and, they have a vague notion of the type of business they would like to own. But, they don’t know how to get from here to there. If that describes you, call me for a free and no obligation consultation. This is what I do… My role is to challenge your thinking which may enable you to chart a new path to greater freedom, independence and personal fulfillment. So, if you are ready to leave your comfort zone and explore business ownership options, let’s talk. I provide professional consulting and coaching to those who wish to invest in a franchise / business opportunity, and would like a fresh perspective. My services are at no cost to you and will provide you information to help you better understand your franchising / business opportunity options. My free, no-obligation services can assist you: To determine if self-employment / business ownership is the right career / personal option for you, Find quality opportunities that are not widely advertised….the right franchise / business opportunity for you, may be one that you have never heard of and wouldn’t even guess, Gain access to our extensive inventory of franchise, business opportunities [biz ops], and low-cost-of entry home-based businesses, Avoid costly and / or time consuming mistakes, Identify options that best fit your goals, lifestyle and business objectives, Understand how you can use you 401K or IRA funds tax deferred and penalty / interest free to fund a business start-up. You Desire To Be Self-Employed…Perhaps A Business Owner Wannabe, But Are Afraid…I Was Too… “The only things that stand between a person and what he / she wants in life are the will to try it, and the faith to believe it’s possibleâ€. –Rich Devos A year from now, you may wish you had started today. –Karen Lamb ***************************************************************************************************************** Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 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. Would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a supportive, educational and no-obligation environment? Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… ****************************************************************************************************************** Are you, or someone you know, looking for Texas Hill Country property? House, ponds, water, septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. **************************************************************************************************************** Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 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. To receive free and no-obligation monthly newsletter, which contains articles with general information self-employment, career transition, business ownership… more specific information on franchise and business opportunity (“Biz-opsâ€) options; as well as interesting concepts, or special deals, complete and submit Subscription Form November- December Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryNovember-December2016.pdf Assessing Your Options: Choosing the Right Franchise for You Note: This month's newsletter; 2016 newsletters; as well as copies of 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: http://www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  22. “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. Holiday Edition December 2016 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- Season’s Greetings… Wishing you and your family a safe and wonderful… Ø Christmas, Ø Hanukkah Holiday Edition December 2016 The New Year…2017, is fast approaching. I’m sure many of you are contemplating your professional future, as well as what you want to do when you “grow upâ€. Perhaps you are facing the perplexing dilemma: Do I stay with the “Ugly Girl / Steady Eddie†(Employment) because I’m afraid to pursue the “Beautiful Girl / Stud Jock†(Business Ownership)... Note: Please do not interpret the above statement as any type of sexist statement. It is only intended to be an illustrative play-on-words. Perhaps you have the perfect job and perfect life, but do you have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens? Maybe you are ready for a change, ready to live life to its fullest or ready to take control of your future. If you are presently employed…can you continue to do what you are doing now at the same intensity for the next 10, 20, or 30 years? Do you really want to? You may want to infuse some excitement back into your work-life. Or, does your life in corporate America seem like you are standing on the edge staring down into the abyss? Today, many people would answer “Yes†to that question. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.†Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? Presently have a demanding JOB, but prefer to have a LIFE? Desire is to own your business…with more flexibility, financial success and independence? Fed up with your job…ready to be your own boss? “Burned-out†from corporate America? Prepared to take “real†control of the future for you and your family? Eager to infuse excitement back into your work-life? Content with your present job, but don’t have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens? Ready to change the future by controlling your destiny, rather than having it dictated by someone else? Today, many people dread going to work. It is estimated that as many as 80% of the working population is dissatisfied with their jobs. For these folks, going to work is a chore. Did you know the average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime? Wow, that’s a long time to be unhappy. Blake Mallen, a very successful entrepreneur, once told me, “The moment you stop doing what you think you are supposed to do, and start doing what you were meant to do, is when the script ends and life beginsâ€. Is it time for you to break from the script and go after a life that offers you greater flexibility, freedom and independence? Studies show that the majority of Americans say they would like to own their own business. But, only a few will ever realize this dream. Perhaps that can be best explained by a quote from Brian Tracey. Mr. Tracey has said, “A thousand dreams die unborn every day because the dreamer lacks the courage to take the first stepâ€. Please allow me to describe a common scenario…You are ready for a career change-you get the urge to tell your boss what she / he can do with the latest company policy. The reality of corporate life is becoming more painful …job security is an illusion…your work-life and income is being dictated by someone else…your employer isn’t investing in your future. Now, your brain is on a mental trampoline and you exclaim, “Well, why don’t I invest in myself?†Then, your mind begins to race back and forth between the known reality of the uncertain and often unpleasant life in corporate America, and the unknown aspects of how you can get independence through business ownership. If you are one of the 80% don't let the "FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) Factor" stop you. Tony Robbins: Fear can create unnecessary stress in the mind—and how to get out of your head when it happens. What a lot of people call suffering is really just an overload of stress, Robbins says. When billionaires call him seeking business advice, he digs deeper to uncover the root of their problems. They might be looking for growth or more impressive sales results—but after he acknowledges what they want, he aims to give them what they need. “If I follow the trail of your stress, it will take me to your deepest fears,†he says. “And I always believe that life is the dance between what you desire most and what you fear most.†Somewhere in that equation lies the real need, the one thing everyone wants the most—a meaningful life. You won’t achieve that by living in a way that favors suffering, such as overstressing about money, Robbins says. Since the brain was designed for survival rather than happiness, it’s up to the human to decide its fate—to create happiness in a space that historically functioned on a “fight or flight†level. “It’s learning how to train yourself with a new set of habits to look at it, to be entertained by the mind and know that you’re more than your mind,†Robbins says. Tony Robbins: Life is a Dance Between Your Fears and Desires Do you have a dream to be self-employed…to own you own business? Does this dream inspire you, energize you, and stir your inner drive to do everything you can to achieve it? Perhaps the most important question is, “How will you achieve your dreamâ€? The answer to this question is imperative because “it is the reason†most people never realize their dream. Too often franchise business owner "wannabes" simply lose their focus and drift away. These people who really want to own a business don’t ever get to enjoy this wonderful experience because they allow the "FUD Factor" to grow, fester and steal their dream. They have no guidance or strategy in place, no knowledge of what is needed and must sometimes be sacrificed to have the dream come true. Most people have no idea how to achieve their dream of becoming a business owner. They don’t know what type of business is right for them, where or how to start the process. So, most people simply get overwhelmed with fear, uncertainty and doubt. And, when people are unsure as to what, how, and when, they STOP. A window of opportunity won’t open itself… So, would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment? Owning your own business may provide the opportunity for you to reach your goals and for some, it may be their only viable option in our current economy. And, buying a franchise provides the opportunity to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. A franchise already has a proven concept and an effective business model with a stable track record. Therefore, you gain access to a successful business concept without having to “reinvent the wheel.†Franchises are everywhere today. Financial experts believe franchising is the “wave of the future.†Within 10 years, franchises could comprise over 50% of the retail and service sectors. This expectation is based on the underlying concept-Franchises offer aspiring business owners the greatest success potential, with the least amount of risk. Franchises present countless opportunities for successful ownership and financial independence. In U.S. and world economies, franchising is creating greater avenues for wealth accumulation among both franchisees and franchisors. As existing franchise systems become more successful, new franchises will be developed and introduced to the market. In today’s market, thousands of franchise opportunities are available - just about everything from advertising to maid services to weight control. The franchisor knows the business, so industry experience is not required. Franchisors seek franchisees possessing customer service, business and management skills. Franchises have proven to be an effective vehicle for successfully transitioning into a new industry and self-employment with an improved quality of life, while becoming the master of your own destiny. ***************************************************************************************************************** Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 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. Would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a supportive, educational and no-obligation environment? Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… ****************************************************************************************************************** Are you, or someone you know, looking for Texas Hill Country property? House, ponds, water, septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. **************************************************************************************************************** Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 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. To receive free and no-obligation monthly newsletter, which contains articles with general information self-employment, career transition, business ownership… more specific information on franchise and business opportunity (“Biz-opsâ€) options; as well as interesting concepts, or special deals, complete and submit Subscription Form November- December Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryNovember-December2016.pdf Assessing Your Options: Choosing the Right Franchise for You Note: This month's newsletter; 2016 newsletters; as well as copies of 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: http://www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  23. “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. I Hope You and Your Family Enjoy a Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving! NOVEMBER 2016 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- From the NFL Locker Room to the Boardroom By Tom Scarda There is a long list of professional athletes who have purchased a franchise business. However, there is only one who actually started a franchise from scratch. That isTafa Jefferson, former offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears. During my recent conversation with the former NFL player he asked me, “Tom, do you know what NFL stands for?†Naturally, to show how smart I am, I shot back, “National Football League.†He said, “Nope, NFL stands for Not For Long!†Many NFL careers are ended early due to injury, and Jefferson’s career was no different. It ended when he suffered unsustainable ankle damage, and he was relieved of his position even sooner than he expected. But his preparation in school allowed him to not miss a beat. In college, Jefferson understood football was just a means to an end. The young athlete recognized that being a professional football player is short lived, regardless of your age. It’s just too hard on the body to play for 20 years. He knew that someday he would need a plan B. So, while in school, he learned all he could about business and entrepreneurship. Jefferson had a passion for entrepreneurship because of his father’s influence. Jefferson Sr. was an entrepreneur and didn’t rely on anyone to make a living -- he made his own living. That’s where the younger Jefferson learned “hustle.†Another business inspiration for Jefferson was his mom. She was a caregiver, and he saw the satisfaction she got from providing that service to people in need. With a business degree and the life experiences he had growing up with his parents, Jefferson started an in-home healthcare business within months of leaving the NFL. Jefferson’s company, Amada Senior Care, is a national franchise that provides in-home care to seniors to help them age at home. He said he is grooming his franchise partners to be the “navy seals†of senior care. He is looking for talented, hard-working men and woman who are not afraid of doing great work. One of the tenants of Amada Care is to be confidently humble. “Business is a contact sport, much like football,†Jefferson said. “You must be confidant, show up to do your best every day, or otherwise, the competitor will eat you alive.†He added that humility is a key core value of his company. Jefferson says he and his franchise owners are honored and grateful to be able to give this type of care to individuals and families of folks who need the help at home. And, living a life in service of others helps his employees do well in their own lives. His father always told him “You must treat your business like a farm. You can’t be afraid of rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty. A farmer has to prep the land and get rid of tree stumps and rocks. It’s hard work to get started. but it must be done. Without preparation, nothing will grow, including a new business. Once the ground is ready, then plant the seeds. Keep nurturing the farm every day and tend to the crops. Don’t miss a day. Just like in business, it’s all about consistency. Before you can harvest the fruits and vegetables, you must be patient, very patient.†Jefferson continued: “People these days are too much in a hurry to get results. Anything that has any value comes with time and patience -- especially in business. The key to success in business or sports is to be prepared and then practice, practice, and then practice some more. When your number is called, you must be ready to stand up and play your position to the best of your ability.†To be the best at something takes some sacrifice. Famed basketball coach Bobby Knight said, “Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.†Jefferson said his favorite quote is from the late Muhammad Ali, who said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.†Jefferson’s football training was not wasted. He believes that owning a business requires some of the same attributes as playing pro football. The 10-year franchise veteran says that the five lessons taken from football and applied in business are: 1. Be Coachable. Be someone who likes to engage people and have a sales talent, perhaps. Jefferson loves people who have failed at something. Those people are now coachable. A great franchisee or business owner, for that matter, must be open to being coached. 2. Heart. Business owners, like professional football players, need to have heart. In any business, the owner needs to have empathy for the customer. How else can you anticipate their needs? 3. Tenacity. Tenacity is the willingness to hustle and get it done. You must be a peak performer and in top shape to be a winner in your game with the stamina to finish strong. 4. Teamwork. People who are teammates will push each other to do well. People who are committed to the good fight of building a brand will always help each other when the going gets rough -- someone who is willing to “stay in the pocket†when the rush is on. 5. Strategy. Strategy is paramount. Your competitors can’t know what your plays are. Your plays are the only differentiator for your business. They are the secret sauce of your company. The most important piece of advice Jefferson offers to people who are starting a business or buying into a franchise is to look for something that will be sustainable. “Look at our business," Jefferson said. "I picked serving baby boomers because I knew there would be a silver tsunami, and I want to be well-positioned when it comes ashore.†He added, “If it’s all about money for you, then your business will suffer. You have to put passion first. You need to work like heck to fulfill your passion and the money will follow.†NOTE: There is a long list of professional athletes who have purchased a franchise business. However, there is only one who actually started a franchise from scratch. That isTafa Jefferson, former offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears. UT's Cory Redding may be the second former NFL player to start a franchise. Redding’s Barbershop is in the final stages of franchise development and franchise options should be available soon for aspiring entrepreneurs. ************************************************************************************************************ “ The Are No Traffic Jams Along The Extra Mile †~Roger Staubach ***************************************************************************************************************** Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 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. Would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a supportive, educational and no-obligation environment? Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… ****************************************************************************************************************** Are you, or someone you know, looking for Texas Hill Country property? House, ponds, water, septic on 165 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. **************************************************************************************************************** Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 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. To receive free and no-obligation monthly newsletter, which contains articles with general information self-employment, career transition, business ownership… more specific information on franchise and business opportunity (“Biz-opsâ€) options; as well as interesting concepts, or special deals, complete and submit Subscription Form October Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryOctober2016.pdf Declaration of Your Independence Note: This month's newsletter; 2016 newsletters; as well as copies of 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: http://www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  24. “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. Pleasure Before Business... The Ball Is On The Tee My Chin Strap Is Snapped I’m Ready… I Feel Good… I Feel Strong… I’m Virile…Ready… And A Victory Over ND Would Be An Excellent Kick-Off To My 43rd Year As A Season Ticket Holder. So, Football God, Please Ride With The Horns Sunday Night. Kinda strange opening the season on a Sunday. But, Horns and Golden Domers will have center stage…no NFL…no college…only game in town…I sure hope Horns’ fans turn-out and have DKR rockin… Get Your Game Face On…. Video: Born For This - Texas Football 2016 SEPTEMBER 2016 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- Small Business Success: Am I An Entrepreneur? For many, the one thing holding them back from pursuing their dream of small business ownership is the fear they don’t have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Having helped over 11,000 people open small businesses, Guidant can attest to the fact that individuals of all backgrounds and personalities can and do make great entrepreneurs. What does it take to be an entrepreneur? You may be asking yourself this question if you’re considering opening your own business. Fortunately, diversity is key on Main Street and there isn’t one specific personality type or set of skills that make an entrepreneur great. If you’re hoping to find out if small business ownership is right for you, Guidant CEO, David Nilssen, explains how anyone can be an entrepreneur and shares the three common characteristics that help small business owners succeed. David Nilssen: As I travel the country talking to people about small business ownership, one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How do I know if I’m an entrepreneur?†I think that’s a question that many people ask themselves over their lifetime, but very few people take the action necessary to understand whether it’s true or not. My personal belief is that anyone can be an entrepreneur. There have been a lot of articles and videos that have been created over time that define the common characteristics of an entrepreneur. The reality is, most of the entrepreneurs that I know are very, very different, but I would say that there are three common characteristics that have helped them be successful over time. The first is a thirst for learning. An intellectual curiosity as the business throws its challenges, and as obstacles appear, the ability to overcome them by seeking knowledge. The second is resilience. One of my favorite quotes from Mike Tyson is “everyone has got a plan until they get punched in the face.†And it’s true about business too. We create these business plans and we put them into work — the question is what do we do when we find out that once we wrote the business plan it was wrong. Do we get back up and fight the good fight? Do we recover quickly? It’s all about resilience. And then the last is simply, discipline. The greatest football teams in the world don’t win constantly because of one great play. They win because they are willing to do the blocking and tackling necessary, and attacking each game with fervor to win the ball game ultimately. The same thing is true for an entrepreneur. While we get distracted by the shiny new toy, the most important thing that we can do is to focus on those things that are important and not urgent. The last I would just say, fear in general is something that every entrepreneur feels, and it’s not something we should worry about if it’s there. That fear of mediocrity, that fear of failing, that’s a powerful motivator for a small business, and quite frankly if you embrace it, it could be what makes you great. ************************************************************************************************ Fears that Drown Dreams… It’s Not The Right Time While there are certainly legitimate reasons why a person may not become a business owner, I will highlight a few of the primary reasons cited by people who say they would like to own a business, but haven’t made the leap. I will also offer some thoughts on how to overcome the fear and progress towards the dream…the independence, freedom, and improved work-life that is often enjoyed by business owners. It’s Not the Right Time…â€As soon as the mortgage is paid; as soon as the kids are through college; as soon as I get my buyout at work; as soon as I learn everything there is to know about it; as soon as 2 + 2+ 2 = 4. As soon as I am absolutely sure that this venture will have zero risk and my success is guaranteed.†These thoughts are absolutely paralyzing and debilitating. They are very real thoughts, and most are legitimate thoughts. But none-the-less, they are only thoughts and not reality, and do impede forward progress. I would like to share a quote from Goethe that seems to strike at the very heart of this issue: “There is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless splendid plans-that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and magic in it. Begin it now.†Nike has made the slogan, “Just Do It†famous. That attitude doesn’t suit everyone, but perhaps it should. I believe it DOES characterize those successful people we aspire to be like. The point is that the time to act is very likely now, when the opportunity is present, as opposed to some ill-defined “when…then I will…†Stated another way by Marsha Sinetar, “Intentions count as nothing if we do not translate them into action.†Are you going to sit on the sideline and watch opportunity pass you by, or take positive steps towards the dream…the independence, freedom, and improved work-life that is often enjoyed by business owners? To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did. Would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a supportive, educational and no-obligation environment? Using a Franchise Coach Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… *************************************************************************************************** Coming Soon... The Opportunity To Join Redd's Barbershop As A Franchise Partner... You live / work in Austin... I encourage you to visit Redd’s Barbershop and check out their unique and exemplary service. Request Keesha Holland. I believe you will enjoy the experience. 1717 West Sixth Street (about 100 yards to the east of MoPac) Building 2, Suite 130 Austin, TX 78703 512-428-4378 info@reddsbarbershop.com www.reddsbarbershop.com Spread the word and support a fellow Longhorn > Cory Redding. Hook ‘em. ******************************************************************************************** “ Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The "sure thing" boat never gets far from shore. †~Carnegie, Dale on Risk Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 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. To receive free and no-obligation monthly newsletter, which contains articles with general information self-employment, career transition, business ownership… more specific information on franchise and business opportunity (“Biz-opsâ€) options; as well as interesting concepts, or special deals, complete and submit Subscription Form August Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryAugust2016.pdf 40 Reasons To Buy A Franchise. Plus, Featured Concepts...Franchises; and Business Opportunities. Note: This month's newsletter; 2016 newsletters; as well as copies of 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: http://www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out… I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em. Larry S. Powell Franchise Quest 210-479-2491 Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
  25. “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. Pleasure Before Business... My Horn Football Clock Is Ticking. At The Time Of This Posting, Only 27 More Days Until Kickoff. Please Football God Let The Next Four (4) Weeks Pass Quickly. I Have My Chin Strap Snapped And Ready To Begin My 43rd Year Of Season Tickets With A Victory Over The Golden Domers. Hook 'Em. AUGUST 2016 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- Are You Locked In The Prison Called "Fear & Uncertainty"? A Window Of Opportunity Won’t Open Itself… When I started the company I was 52 years old. I had diabetes, lost my gall bladder and most of my thyroid gland. But I was convinced that the best was ahead of me. -Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds- Studies have shown that the majority of Americans say they would like to own their own business. But, only a few ever venture down the path of franchise / business ownership to freedom and independence. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.†Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Fed up with your job...ready to be your own boss? "Burned-out" from corporate America? Eager to infuse some excitement back into your work-life, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? So, you are mentally stuck between the known reality of the unpleasant life in corporate America, and the unknown aspects of how you can get independence through business ownership... You are locked in the prison called "Fear and Uncertainty".. The American Dream Would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a supportive, educational and no-obligation environment? Using a Franchise Coach Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€. In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€. If you are ready…Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View†too… ************************************************************************************************************************************** A couple more weeks and the legal and operational components will be completed for the franchising of Redd’s Barbershop. Hopefully, in the near-future a Redd’s Barbershop will be in your local area. You live / work in Austin... I encourage you to visit Redd’s Barbershop and check out their unique and exemplary service. Request Keesha Holland. I believe you will enjoy the experience. 1717 West Sixth Street (about 100 yards to the east of MoPac) Building 2, Suite 130 Austin, TX 78703 512-428-4378 info@reddsbarbershop.com www.reddsbarbershop.com Spread the word and support a fellow Longhorn > Cory Redding. Hook ‘em. ******************************************************************************************** The Ugly, Old, and Small Guy is Larry S. Powell The Big and Good Looking Man is Cory Redding, Sr. Yes, he is BIG. 6’4†300 lbs. and slim waist. No FAT. All Muscle. And, A Great Guy. ********************************************************************************************************* “ Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The "sure thing" boat never gets far from shore. †~Carnegie, Dale on Risk Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 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. 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