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  1. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. April 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. JUMP! Three Reasons the Franchise Model Works! By Natalie Barnes, President, Business Alliance, Inc. You may be a natural entrepreneur or someone who has always dreamed of owning your own business. Either way, or somewhere in between, you owe it to yourself to jump in and review the franchise model. A franchise can benefit the high-risk tolerance person to the more conservative person who needs predictability and support. But not all franchises are created equal. The “best” model is based on your goals. Let’s review three key reasons why the franchise model can benefit you. 1. The Interdependent Relationship! The relationship between the franchisor (corporate office) and the franchisee is a “win-win”. The franchisor offers a proven system and supports the franchisee to be successful. And in return, the franchisor gets a percentage of that success in royalty fees. What the franchisee wants: support, predictability, proven system, and success! And of course, the franchisor wants the same thing. 2. A Proven System with Strong Support! I must address that the proven system is for established brands only! And this is huge. Imagine starting a company with the ability to have a realistic forecast of growth, group purchasing power, marketing, and site negotiation. In addition, you have support from other franchisees and the corporate office to help you maneuver through the ups and downs of business. Why? Because they have been there and it is beneficial for a brand to have all franchisees be successful. The more successful the franchisees, the stronger their brand becomes. 3. Funding Options and Availability! Buying any business, franchise or not, is expensive. When that business is a franchise, there often are more funding opportunities available to the buyer. The franchise may be an SBA Approved Registry brand, meaning the FDD has already been approved by the SBA which may shorten the loan processing time. And an SBA loan is just one of many options. There are companies that specialize in funding franchises. Depending on the person and the franchise will depend on the options they have to get a loan to buy the franchise company. What Do Franchisors Look For in a Prospect? Most people would answer financial qualifications. While having the necessary amount of liquid capital and net worth is a consideration, financial qualifications are secondary. Yes, the prospect must be financially qualified, but money alone is not the main qualifying factor. Having sufficient financial resources just indicates that the prospect has the “price of admission”. Franchisors look for prospects who are bright, enthusiastic, have entrepreneurial spirit, are willing to work hard / smart; and someone who has a good attitude towards teamwork and is willing to work within a collaborative working environment. Franchises are collaborative working environments and are in the people business. So, franchises get awarded to people based on their human characteristics. Often a Franchise Representative will ask a candidate, “What are you looking to achieve by owning your own business?” The purpose of the question is not to see if the candidate can articulate a “right answer”, but instead, to find out if the candidate is prepared and can intelligently explain why they want to be self-employed and what they are looking to accomplish through business ownership. Also, a Franchisor is looking for candidates who are decisive and can make a reasonable decision without having 100% of the information / facts. You might be wondering why this is important. Well, when you own a business, the majority of your time is spent making decisions, and most decisions will have to be made after receiving / reviewing about 60%- 75% of the information. Franchisors understand buying a franchise is a big step in a candidate’s life and he / she will want to be deliberate. But, a serious candidate always stays on task and works through the process in a reasonable amount of time. Candidates need to be willing to move through the due diligence / validation steps carefully, but without dragging their feet. Again, Franchisors are seeking candidates who can and will follow a system, and be able to make sound decisions within a reasonable time-frame. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Outdoor Lighting… design…create…outdoors As the category founder, this concept stands alone as the world’s oldest and largest outdoor lighting franchise company. Has custom-designed and installed Eco-friendly low voltage exterior and landscape lighting at more than 70,000 homes and businesses since our inception. Provides rigorous training, proven sales, support and marketing systems that enable our franchisees to sell, design and install professional outdoor lighting systems – with unparalleled service and attention to detail. With attractive gross profit margins and a sales closing ratio of over 65%, this is a strong choice for franchise candidates seeking a home-based business with few employees, low overhead, recurring revenue and great growth potential. Also works tremendously well as an add-on to an existing business. We specialize in the design, installation, and service of landscape and architectural lighting systems for both commercial and residential customers. We also sell and install lighting control automation for interior and exterior lighting applications. In 2010 added a holiday lighting program creating a "three businesses in one" approach, helping our franchise owner's extended their selling season with a unique opportunity. 3 Businesses in 1: Residential Landscape Lighting Commercial Lighting (Retrofit for huge energy (Green) savings) Holiday Lighting for Home Owners and Businesses Strong Profit Margins Excellent Annual Recurring Revenue Low Investment Superior Marketing and Lead Generation Exceptional Cross-selling opportunities Strong customer Referrals Ideal Candidate: Enjoys meeting and working with new customers, has a strong commitment to service and enjoys creative and/or visual thinking. Sales and marketing skills are a plus, but not mandatory due to our extensive training program. The typical profile of a franchisee: Man or woman, could be a husband and wife team 35-50 years of age College educated, usually with a four-year degree Background in business management, customer service, high-end premium retail, marketing or sales are preferred; Evidence of leadership success in career and/or community, ideally with hiring and firing responsibility and budget unit P&L responsibility Project management experience preferred Strong desire to build and manage a strong business versus a “boutique business” or “sole proprietorship” Above average acumen, skill and comfort with computers and technology Creative and/or interested in design and/or architecture would be a plus Often a “corporate refugee” seeking increased control and financial independence Motivated by an environment of not being trapped in an office or retail store Very motivated to be own boss and have control over schedule Understands and is comfortable with the ideal of relationship building to develop long-term trade alliance partners in the local market Flexibility to learn to sell to residential clients, including via nighttime demos, and through a long-term, technical sales cycle required for commercial accounts Investment: $143,000 Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  2. “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.
  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. 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.
  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. 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.
  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. 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.
  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. 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
  7. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership …a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. July 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  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. OCTOBER 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- Perhaps It Is Time For A Career Change ...And An Opportunity To Invest In Yourself. As the 21st century "professional" job market continues to constrict, corporate America "refugees and "wannabe refugees" are refocusing their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving many of those who are transitioning out of corporate America jobs, as well as millennials, retirees, and 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 have occurred since 2008, it makes one question job security. If you are employed in the oil industry, job security or lack thereof, may be a daily worry. 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 employment. Executives are being asked to do substantially more with fewer resources. 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. 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 master of their destiny. 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? 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… ************************************************************************************************************ Business Owner or Employee? Franchising Offers the Best of Both Worlds by Robert Addie Many, if not most, 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. Startups, for example, involve huge commitments: finances, time, and energy. Frankly, 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 grow steadily by at least 1.5% in 2016 and on. “ 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 **************************************************************************************************************** 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 advice and counsel. Remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. ****************************************************************************************************************** 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 September Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibrarySeptember2016.pdf Five Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur Instead of an Employee 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
  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. 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
  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. 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. 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
  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. JULY 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- Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. 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 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 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 and income are 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. Overcoming the FUD Factor 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. 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, or Already 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. 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… *************************************************************** About another 30-45 days for the legal and operational components to 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. ******************************************************************** “ 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 June Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryJune2016.pdf Are You Kidding... You Own 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
  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. JUNE 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- 20 Lessons from Couples Running a Business Together By Gabrielle Karol, FOXBusiness Running a business is stressful enough – maybe even more so when trying to run a company alongside your spouse. Real-life couples share their tips for juggling love and business. No. 1: “Figure out who has strengths to do which task. It’s like running a household – one person may be great at yard work and the other person may be great at cooking. You have to figure that out in the business as well,†says Arianne Bennett, who co-owns Washington, D.C.-based Amsterdam Falafelshop with her husband Scott. No. 2: “Understand each other’s work styles and take that into consideration for how to meet in the middle and compromise,†says Homezada co-founder Beth Dodson, who runs the San Francisco-based company with her husband John Bodrozic. No. 3: “Make sure you’re on the same page and acting as a team,†says Survival Strap co-founder Kurt Walchle, who started his Ponte Vedra, Florida-based company with his wife Melissa. Early on, he says he sat his wife down during a difficult period to make sure that she still believed in the vision for the company. No. 4: “Carry notebooks around. There are times when you can’t talk out a decision at the moment, like when training employees. If you jump in, it’s bad and doesn’t present a united front. So we write things down to discuss later,†says Bennett. No. 5: “Work hard to be kind to each other,†says Suzy Boerboom, co-founder of Welcyon with her husband Tom. No. 6: Embrace healthy conflict. “You need healthy conflict for a company to grow,†says Dodson. No. 7: Don’t make disagreements public. “Try not to disagree in front of employees. Sometimes it’s hard when decisions are made on the fly, but it looks like you’re not together in the business,†says Kim Peeples, who started Claremont, California-based VOM FASS with her partner Denise Solis. No. 8: “Be patient with each other and remember that it’s stressful,†says Mike Lohman, who co-owns Los Angeles-based Go Mini’s with his wife Christine Munro. No. 9: Schedule date nights. “We try and have a date night once every two weeks and we get a babysitter,†says Walchle. No. 10: Remember why you started the business. “Money is commonly fought about in any business, but keep in mind that the business is there to make your life overall better. You didn’t go into business to make your lives worse,†says Fred Skeppstrom, who co-owns a Wilmette, Illinois-based TapSnap franchise with his wife Victoria. No. 11: Don’t make disagreements personal. “It comes from our backgrounds in the corporate world. We know how to disagree on professional opinions without dragging personal feelings into it. Don’t ever take it into the home,†says Lenny Feldman, who co-owns Hackensack, New Jersey-based Executive Home Care with his wife Mila. No. 12: Be prepared for the long haul. “Don’t expect to see a reward the very next day,†says Skeppstrom. No. 13: “Try not to overstep the other’s boundaries. He has things he likes doing, and I do things I like doing,†says FlipFlop Dogs co-founder Taffy Miltz, who started the company with her husband Jack. No. 14: “We do not hold a grudge. Never say, ‘I told you so,’†says Miltz. No. 15: “Trust the other person to make sound choices that get you to the same goal,†says Bennett. No. 16: “Take at least one day a week and shut it down. Don’t talk about the business, and focus on the family,†says Lohman. No. 17: Appreciate the shared challenge. “One advantage is that both spouses understand the grind and the work needed to put into the startup,†says Bodrozic. No. 18: Decide who gets the ultimate say-so. [My husband] gets the final say-so, so my mission is to convince him. If you don’t decide, you can go around in circles,†says Bennett. No. 19: Define your values. “We recognize that even though we have different skill sets and strengths, we have the same value system, so we always come back to the core values that match,†says Boerboom. No. 20: Take vacation. “We try and take one time a year where she and I get away from the kids and the business and we have one rule: Don’t mention [the business],†says Walchle. ************************************************************* Home-based Franchises... A Growing Trend Working from home is no longer just in the purview of freelancers. Some franchises are expanding through the use of a home-based franchise model, which offers a lower cost for initial investment, while still providing access to franchisee training programs, and operational, marketing and technology support. ************************************************************** Excerpt from Millennials Investing Where Boomers Won’t By Dwain Phelps Millennials want to own a business. They don’t believe in the “stable†career model of working at one company for 30 to 40 years because they witnessed that paradigm vanish. Instead, today’s young professionals want flexibility and purpose, ultimately meshing their personal and professional lives in search of a better way to work. And since technology has made it cheaper and easier to start a business, sometimes entrepreneurship is the way to go. A Bentley University report confers, finding that two-thirds of millennials want to start their own company. “Millennials value mission and purpose over and above stability and a big salary. More than previous generations, millennials want who they are to align very closely with what they do,†said Greg Smith, president at Bloom, a registered investment advisory firm. “They’ll have significantly more and different jobs in their lifetime than previous generations—partly because of this search for purpose.†This all leads to millennials investing in business opportunities, often in the tech field. As recent studies note, they’re embracing entrepreneurship and optimistic about their prospects. *************************************************************** About another 30-45 days for the legal and operational components of franchising Redd’s Barbershop to be completed. Hopefully, in the near-future a Redd’s Barbershop will be in your local area. You folks who 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. ******************************************************************** 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… 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? Your Life Does Not Get Better By Chance, It Gets Better By Change. -Jim Rohn- 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 May Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryMay2016.pdf The Lesser Known Benefits of Franchising, 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
  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. MAY 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- Millennials Find Success With Franchising 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. The franchise networks combine brand strength and a proven business model that offers, resources and continued support for franchise owners along the way. Many of these entrepreneurs are motivated and eager to take advantage of the resources provided by the franchisor and there are several common practices that have helped them achieve success, including: Taking advantage of training and resources By joining a franchise, business owners capitalize on the industry knowledge, training, sales and marketing expertise, and longstanding reputation of an established company. The franchisor provides franchisees with comprehensive training programs and tools to develop the business acumen and day-to-day operational skills needed to own and operate a franchise. Setting goals In business, it’s important to set attainable goals and then develop a clear plan to achieve those goals. Whether it’s increasing sales, encouraging brand loyalty or promoting a specific product, goal setting establishes a clear path to success. Hiring the right employees Employees are the first touch point for customers and a critical part of achieving success in business. However, finding and retaining good employees can be challenging. It’s important to create a positive work environment and keep them motivated so they remain engaged. Making connections within the franchise network Unlike many other independently owned businesses, franchising allows you to join a network of other owners. Networking with these other franchisees offers a great opportunity to make new connections and develop relationships that advance your business and your career. It can also provide great insight into what it takes to operate a successful franchise. For Millennials and other young entrepreneurs, owning a business is an exciting yet challenging aspiration. Through franchising, this dream can not only become a reality, it can lead to a successful career. ***************************************************** "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! ***************************************************** If you aren’t happy with your job; career; or professional direction, perhaps you aren’t doing what you were meant to do. If so, start controlling your destiny and After spending 25 years in corporate America, I faced the same dilemma. Will You Become A Refugee Of Corporate America… It’s Not A Question Of If, It’s When… MY STORY 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… 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, informational and no-obligation environment? "The Great Risk In Life Is To Wait And Depend Upon Others For Your Own Security". -Denis Waitley- 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 APRIL Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryApril2016.pdf Passing Your Business and Wealth to Your Next Generation, 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
  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. APRIL 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- If You’re Not Happy, You’re Not Successful—So Enjoy the Journey! By Steve Rizzo March 23, 2016 Here’s something to consider. Let’s say your goal is to become a vice president of a big company. After many years of intense stress, worry and an avalanche of emotional, mental and physical overload, you finally achieve your goal, along with all the wealth and prestige that comes with it. Is this success? If you consult a dictionary, the answer would be yes. Webster’s Dictionary defines success like this: 1. The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. 2. The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like. I think it’s amazing that the words “happy†or “happiness†or “joy†are not included in the definition of the word “success.†Unfortunately, our conventional definition of success is simply achieving the goal. Not enough emphasis is placed on the value of experiencing and enjoying the journey, building character and learning life lessons along the way. Here is a hypothetical question. What if someone were to show you a video of yourself as you climbed the ladder to great success? In this video, you see yourself achieving all of your goals and obtaining wealth. During this entire process, however, you also witness how you subjected your body, mind and spirit to intense negative energy along the way. Not only were you unhappy most of the time, but you were able to see how your outright refusal to allow for joy during the process affected your family, friends, associates and your overall well-being. Talk about a downer of a movie. I’ll ask you the question again. Is this success? Here’s the answer: No! I really want you to get this…. If the process of fulfilling your goal is polluted with negative energy and lack of enjoyment, it can only create more unhappiness, even if the outcome is positive in the short term. The happiness that you feel in the moment of reaching “success†is a temporary state dictated by its conventional definition. After the initial euphoria wears off, you are back in the same old negative place, because you’ve carried that same old negative mindset with you. The truth is, it really doesn’t matter how much money you have, or how famous you are, or how many goals you’ve achieved. It makes no difference how big your house is or what industry accolades you’ve racked up in your career. The entire world can view your life as the ultimate success story, but the bottom line is this: If you are not happy, you are not successful! If you are not enjoying yourself on your journey toward your goal, you’re ripping yourself off. Trust me. There are enough people willing to do that for you. The adventure toward any goal is what brings value to it. The path toward the goal is where your life unfolds and happiness is truly meaningful. When you are in the process of working to achieve something, you are experiencing who you are and what you’re made of. Your character is being tested and molded. When you become aware of the importance of every step in the process, you are sending a message to yourself, as well as the entire universe, that you are not only here, but qualified and ready to overcome obstacles along the way. All of which are essential ingredients for success and happiness. There is absolutely no reason why you can’t make a conscious choice to experience and enjoy yourself on the journey toward the goal. If you do, you will no doubt have a profound appreciation of how you earned it. In my view, that’s the ultimate success. If you make this “common-sense success strategy†a habit, it will transform your life. ***************************************************** If you aren’t happy with your job; career; or professional direction, perhaps you aren’t doing what you were meant to do. If so, start controlling your destiny and Do What You Were Meant To Do After spending 25 years in corporate America, I faced the same dilemma. Will You Become A Refugee Of Corporate America… It’s Not A Question Of If, It’s When… MY STORY 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… 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? "The Great Risk In Life Is To Wait And Depend Upon Others For Your Own Security". -Denis Waitley- 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 MARCH Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibraryMarch 2016.pdf Passing Your Business and Wealth to Your Next Generation, 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
  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. MARCH 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- The Well-Worn Path By Frank Agin There is a place … a wonderful place … a place where most everyone wants to be. It is a place of wonderful natural beauty and worldly riches. It is a place of personal freedom and family security. It is a place where others sing your praises as someone of integrity and wisdom. There are two paths you can follow to get to this wonderful place. The first path starts with a slow trudge, cutting a swath through 25 miles of dense, inhospitable swampy jungle. Then just outside the jungle is a raging river one must carefully traverse, testing leg strength and balance. Finally, once across the rapids, one must ascend a challenging mountainous 5,000-foot climb to the wonderful place. The second path is a well-worn one. This path starts on a well-defined trail that provides for easy passage through the swampy jungle. Then the well-defined trail leads to a sturdy, wooden footbridge that allows one to safely cross the raging river. Once across the bridge, the well-worn path leads you to a series of stairs that allow for a challenge-free ascent up the mountain to the wonderful place. Whether you choose the well-worn path or the challenge-riddled path, however, you end up in the same place. Either path will take you to this wonderful place, where you can enjoy a magnificent life of reasonable freedom, moderate fame, and relative fortune. You just have to choose the path and begin the journey. Like this destination, being in business for yourself is a wonderful place. It offers financial rewards, freedoms, and security, as well as accolades from family, friends, and peers in the local community. Like traveling to the wonderful place, however, there are two paths to business ownership. One path is challenge-riddled. You will need to blaze your own trail … trudging through decision after decision associated with pricing, quality, and strategies to take on well-funded competitors … carefully traverse ordeals related to branding, marketing, and advertising … and the daily issues related to legal matters, employment concerns, and government regulation. Or on the road to business ownership, you could also choose the well-worn path: Purchasing a Franchise. On the well-worn path of franchise ownership, you will still need to take the journey. On this path, however, most of the challenges, issues, and pitfalls along the way have already been worked through. Either way, in the end, you still end up in a wonderful place. The question becomes, however, on the journey to get there how much risk do you want to take and effort do you want to expend? ******************************************************************************************* If There Is A Business That Will Give You What You Want …Is It Worth Looking For by Larry S. Powell 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†and then let their dream slip away. 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 a scripture 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 prevent you from achieving the lifestyle you deserve. Don't Settle. Get What You Want. If you don't pursue your dream, you will end up working for someone who did! 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? Maybe you are ready for a change, ready to live life to its fullest or ready to take control of your future. 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? Perhaps you have the perfect job and perfect life, but do you have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens? There is no security, except what you create for yourself. Owning your own business may provide the opportunity for you to reach your goals. Buying a franchise 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. A window of opportunity won't open itself.... 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… 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? "The Great Risk In Life Is To Wait And Depend Upon Others For Your Own Security". -Denis Waitley- 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: FranchiseQuestLibraryFebruary 2016.pdf 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
  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. FEBRUARY 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- Emotional Fulfillment – Controlling Your Own Destiny Does A Franchise Meet Your Needs? When you think of becoming a businessperson by making the transition from employee to Franchisee, you don’t generally think in terms of emotional fulfillment. However, in reality, the evaluation of emotional factors should play a significant role in making that final decision to join the world of the capitalist, or remain in the realm of employee. Of course, every analysis should include the standard of comparing risk to return. It should include income projections, and cash flows. It should include the analysis of financing avenues, site selection alternatives, and many other objective criteria to lead to a final decision about becoming an entrepreneur. The course of due diligence should be driven by a systematic approach to each of these items. However, in the end, assuming the objective criteria have been ticked off your list in a satisfactory fashion, it should boil down to emotional fulfillment. After all, we all have a right to be happy. That particular statement – ‘we all have a right to be happy’ – has changed the course of my life on several occasions. It was one of those statements that was passed casually by an acquaintance over dinner one evening, and ignored by everyone at the table, except it hit me right in the heart. It stuck to me like red on a stop sign. As a result, I have made many important life decisions based on emotional criteria, in addition to objective criteria. If it doesn’t pass muster on both fronts then I look for a better course. There are many employment situations that can meet your emotional needs, wants and desires. Of course, there are also many that do not, and cannot. A full examination of emotional criteria should include the analysis of several items, with the ultimate goal of determining whether your needs can be met by a job, or whether it is more likely they can be met by your own business. Control Your Own Destiny The degree of priority that this particular criterion holds for an individual is probably the single most important factor to consider before making the decision to strike out on your own. Just how important is it that you control day-to-day decisions about what you do, and where you do it. How important is it to you to know that you have ultimate control over whether you stay or whether you go at some point. The reality is that it’s not really possible to control your own destiny with a job. Even the most important CEO’s must answer to the Board of Directors. In more traditional circumstances, when and where you travel, when you get promoted, how much you earn, and how long you keep your job are items that are simply not in your control. The boss, and his boss, and her boss, control those things. As we have seen, bosses change, as do Boards, and status quo is sent for a topsy-turvy spin. When, and if, those things happen, are generally not in the control of an employee. As we have seen in recent years, decades really, right-sizing, down-sizing, out-sourcing, and severance packages are the norm of the employment world. The importance of these items, including the degree of control you require over them, should help guide you to your own comfort zone. In addition to a systematic approach to the objective items in making a decision to become an entrepreneur on your own, or to become a Franchisee in a good system, these emotional factors should be ticked off the list as well. Are you satisfied where you are? Can you achieve your goals and dreams in your current situation? Are you more likely to satisfy the need to control your results with your own business? How important is each criteria to you? Did you have to travel over your son’s birthday? Did you have an expense disallowed unfairly? Is the likelihood high or low of the bronze (as opposed to golden) parachute at age 53, with a low chance of a comparable position in the job market? Did you get passed over for a promotion, did you have to work overtime through the Christmas holidays, did you miss your daughter’s volleyball tournament because you couldn’t get off early on Friday? If these things eat at you, perhaps a change in course is due. If you accept that these things go with the territory of employment, then change may not be necessary. Of course, as you progress up the ladder of promotion, you gain some additional autonomy for these types of issues. However, you must also try to determine if that next rung also carries an additional risk of termination at some point. On the other hand, will being in the business you are evaluating help solve the problems that are important to you? Will your business cause the same travel issues? Will the time demands, or strange hours of being a businessperson, be an advantage or disadvantage? Evaluate these items honestly, and with as much empirical evidence as you can gather, along with the other control issues that matter to you. Then determine which situation meets your goals more appropriately. And determine how important that is to you. Then it’s time to move on to the next evaluation criteria. If you always use the ‘I deserve to be happy’ test with each criterion, and try to determine which scenario is most likely to get you closest to that goal, then you will know which column to tick. If you execute this exercise in a systematic fashion along with a systematic evaluation to the objective criteria, it will help to provide clarity for you in the decision-making process. The exercise should then be repeated for a whole host of other emotional factors such as financial independence, day-to-day motivation, building an asset of value, appreciation for efforts, fair remuneration for results generated, free time for family & friends, community respect, recognition of achievements, and several others. The bottom line is you’ve got to look at ROI, cash flow, the system of support, the value of building a brand, the marketplace, and all of the other objective criteria needed to make a proper decision. However, in addition, you also need to examine what you want out of life, and whether a Franchise will help you get there. 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… 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? ************************************************************************************************ 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? Maybe you are ready for a change, ready to live life to its fullest or ready to take control of your future. 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? Perhaps you have the perfect job and perfect life, but do you have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens? There is no security, except what you create for yourself. Owning your own business may provide the opportunity for you to reach your goals. Buying a franchise 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. A window of opportunity won't open itself.... "The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it". -The Wolf of Wall Street- 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: FranchiseQuestLibrary January 2016.pdf 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. JANUARY 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- Would You Want To Work For...You? By Jack Welch October 26, 2015 Over the past 15 years, I’ve held Q&A sessions with over a million people at more than a thousand events around the world. In all but a handful of these events, people bring up their bosses – and vent about them. This topic comes up without fail, no matter where I am, or what industry or company I’m speaking to. The troubles range from, “My boss is too difficult and demanding†to “My boss doesn’t really care about me, it’s all about her†to “I’ve been busting my butt and my boss just doesn’t recognize my performance -- he feels that everyone is equally wonderful†to “There’s no focus on how much you do, it’s who you know.†I can’t think of a lament I haven’t heard. The basic question is the same… People want to know what they should do in these situations. “I just can’t stand it. Do I quit? Do I ask for a transfer?â€...“Do I go above the boss to his or her boss?†Or “Am I just plain stuck with this guy?†For years, I’ve tried to give advice ranging from, “Stick it out with a set of goals for a defined period of time before you jump†to “Going to the boss’s boss is almost always a fast way to lose†to “Try to open up a good, candid but non-incriminating conversation with your boss . . . Coming in from the side – not head on.†Despite having offered just about every possible answer for relief, more often than not, I haven’t satisfied the unhappy employee. Several months ago, I came up with what I think is the better answer, as far as career development is concerned. I’ve turned the question back on the questioner, by asking a new question that might prove helpful, not only in their current situation but going forward – a question, I hope, will help more people become better bosses in the process: WOULD YOU WANT TO WORK FOR . . . YOU? Yes, it takes a certain threshold of self-awareness to recognize your own flaws, but you should see the look on people’s faces when they stop to honestly think through their own leadership characteristics. The self-confident, self-aware person, upon reflection, seems to really respond to this question. The follow up reception I have received has been incredibly positive, demonstrated by the emails and letters from people in the audiences who found this exercise really useful. Many of them had taken the chance to spend some quiet time reflecting on both their strengths and their flaws -- and, from their notes, appeared open to dealing with their weaknesses in order to become stronger, more effective leaders. Leaders who people want to follow. I was hoping that maybe others would benefit from wrestling with that same introspective question. “WOULD YOU WANT TO WORK FOR . . . YOU?†************************************************************************************************************************************** Perhaps you are in an intolerable employment situation and would like to work for…YOU. 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. 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? Maybe you are ready for a change, ready to live life to its fullest or ready to take control of your future. 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? Perhaps you have the perfect job and perfect life, but do you have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens? There is no security, except what you create for yourself. Owning your own business may provide the opportunity for you to reach your goals. Buying a franchise 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. A window of opportunity won't open itself.... "The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it". -The Wolf of Wall Street- 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. Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Are you thinking about exploring your self-employment... business / franchise ownership dream? Are you an "entrepreneur" trapped in a corporate America body and work-life? If so, contact me. There is no obligation and there is never a cost for my service. You have nothing to lose, except perhaps "the opportunity" that is just for 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… 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 FEATURED CONCEPT.... Sports Marketing… This home-based franchise will provide you the opportunity to own a sports marketing business. Limited exclusive territories are now available throughout the nation. From Schools & Colleges to Little Leagues - from Park & Rec Departments to Private Organizations, here is your chance to help fund their programs and replace their outdated equipment through customized marketing programs. All of this, while building a successful business that you can be proud of. If you love sports and always wanted to own your own business, now is the perfect time to take that step. There is no better way for local, regional and national businesses to contact with their demographics than at the community level. The sponsorship world has had a "trickle down" effect from being a major part of the professional sports leagues to the college level (March Madness, The Bowl Championship Series, etc.) to the communities across the nation where they can make the most impact on everyday consumers. As a franchise owner, will capitalize on this ever-growing trend to partner those athletic programs with the businesses that can help them. From Equipment (scoreboards, score tables, wall padding, etc.) to Capital Projects - from Revenue-Generating Programs to Event Management, this franchise is able to help. As many schools and organizations across the country face massive budget cuts, one constant remains the same - athletic and grassroots programs are usually the first to get hit. Those organizations face the daily chore of doing more with less because there isn't anything left in the budget. In addition, the lack of funds forces coaches and organizers to initiate "pay-to-play" policies or drop certain programs altogether. This franchise has developed a unique program that can help organizations nationwide to obtain the equipment they so desperately need and, in the process, generate much needed revenue for them. Investment: Grand Slam Territory… Investment: $30,000. The franchisor recently announced a new Flexible, Part-time Sports Marketing Franchise Option that is now available in most states at a lower cost of entry. This new “Home Run†option is the perfect solution for anyone wanting to build a secondary income stream or for those ready for a career transition without having to leave their current employment. The investment in the lower tier franchise…Home Run Territory is only $14,000. Note: The Home Run option does not have a defined, EXCLUSIVE territory and while they can support, market, sell and aid in tournaments and events --- we don’t let Home Run franchisees HOST events because of the time commitment needed (and they’ve opted for the “part time†option). There could be an exception made for any special cases though. Both options have full use of and access to our brand, systems, software, materials, contracts, conferences, training and knowledge base. In addition, both options can seek projects anywhere they wish (within reason) EXCEPT for inside another Franchisee’s Grand Slam territory. 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. Note: Franchise Quest LIBRARY...monthly newsletter has been redesigned with a new look and format. December Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below: FranchiseQuestLibrary December 2015.pdf Featured Concepts...Franchises; and Business Opportunities Note: This month's newsletter; 2015 newsletters; as well as copies of 2014 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 Subscribe to Newsletter...Submit Subscription Form $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 FREE franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Skype: franchisequest
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