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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. December 2019 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 **************************************************************************************** The New Year 2020 is rapidly approaching. I’m sure many of you are contemplating your professional future, as well as what you want to do when you “grow up”. Perhaps you are facing the perplexing dilemma: Do I stay with the Ugly Girl / Steady Eddie boyfriend (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 and ready to be your own boss? Burned-out from corporate America? Prepared to take 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 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 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 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 illusory; 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 it 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 and 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. Do you have a dream to be self-employed and to own you own business? Does this dream inspire you, energize you, and stir your inner drive to do everything you can to achieve it? Perhaps the most important question is…How will you achieve your dream? The answer to this question is imperative because it is the reason most people never realize their dream. Too often franchise business owner "wannabes" simply lose their focus and drift away. These people who really want to own a business don’t ever get to enjoy this wonderful experience because they allow the "FUD 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. Owning your own business may provide the opportunity for you to reach your goals. 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 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… ************************************************************************ I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net ********************************************************** Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 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. November 2019 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...Perhaps A Business Owner Wannabe, But Are Afraid... ...I Was Too! But, I Slayed The Beast Called "FUD"...Fear-Uncertainty-Doubt By Larry S. Powell After spending 25 years in corporate employment (Human Resources), I grew tired of life in “corporate America." Downsizing. Rightsizing. Corporate politics and bureaucracy. My life as an HR executive was full of stress and true “personal time” was minimal. Work-Life balance was non-existent….it was time for a change! And, meeting my lifestyle needs was imperative. As I had always dreamed of being self-employed, I engaged a franchise consultant and enthusiastically journeyed through the process of finding a franchise to buy. I am often asked, “Weren’t you nervous / scared?” Damn right, I was anxious, afraid and full of doubt. Uncertainty was rampant. But, I persevered and this is what I learned. "Fear" is a powerful and worthy adversary. The darkness of the unknown has derailed many trains carrying people's dreams. It is natural for a person who dreams of self-employment / business ownership to be afraid to venture out of the darkness of the starting gate and into the brightness of the exploration process. Some race horses are comfortable standing within the structured confines of the starting gate, while others are hell-bent on charging out of the gate and around the track in order to get their reward at the finish line. As all of us go through life, we choose what our finish line should be, the path we will take to get to the finish line, and the respective reward we will receive. There are folks who can navigate through the minefield of uncertainty and others who prefer the perception of security that comes from structure and routine. These thoughts do not convey right or wrong and certainly are not value statements...just statements about preferences and choices that all people must make in their daily lives. Some people wait for God to give them the “sign” it is okay. I did. Perhaps God has already provided the "signs", but fear paralysis blocks your willingness to recognize and understand His message. And, sometimes that is part of the plan. I believe His messages are subtle and if you are looking for the proverbial billboard along the expressway as I was...that will never happen. You should expect to hit the speed bump called Fear-Uncertainty-Doubt, or “FUD”, while going through the franchise / business ownership exploration and validation process. The process of buying a business / franchise can be extremely exhilarating and simultaneously can be a time of high anxiety…this is normal. Fortunately, I persevered and navigated through the “FUD” and was awarded a home improvement franchise-Handyman Connection to operate in the San Antonio, TX area. I grew this franchise from nothing to a business with substantial equity, while providing me and my wife a healthy cash flow. Most importantly, I enjoyed a lifestyle with Work-Life balance and no corporate political games. My work-life was driven by my values and ethics and not by others. While making the “quest” from corporate America to business ownership, I experienced the anxiety that is a normal part of the process of buying a business. My anxiety and fear had me ready to quit the quest and give up on my dream about 3-4 times. Fortunately, each time that I was ready to surrender to “FUD”, I would see a scripture or quote in the newspaper, magazine or on a bill board referencing risk…opportunity…achieving your dream, etc. Messages like… 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. Take Action-You cannot discover new oceans, unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. You can't steal second base with your foot firmly planted on first base. A lot of people approach risk as if it’s the enemy when it’s really fortune’s accomplice. To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. Expect to get nervous. Don’t let anxiety steal your dream. These message / quotes helped me to slay the beast called “FUD” and stay focused on my journey to self-employment, franchise ownership and a new life-style. And, each time I refocused on my dream and as they say….”The rest is history”. Remember, a window of opportunity won't open itself ********************************************************************************************* Uncertainty and taking a risk differ says LaRae Quy. In her article, 5 ways you can overcome uncertainty to be successful, she discusses how many of us have missed tremendous opportunities and experiences because we have chosen to walk away when faced with uncertainty? You may have experienced this yourself when considering if owning a business / franchise would be right for you. Ms. Quy lists 5 ways you can be mentally tough and not let uncertainty hold you back ******************************************************************************************** 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 Entrepreneur Defined… If this describes you or who you want to become, then take the next step. An entrepreneur is a person who will see the embryonic seeds of an opportunity well in advance of others. Others will eventually only see a lost opportunity. An entrepreneur will see risk as an opportunity. Others will see opportunity as a risk. An entrepreneur will look forward to the challenges and hard work that an opportunity will bring. Others will only see an uphill struggle. An entrepreneur will continue to work at that opportunity irrespective of set-backs, make mistakes, pick themselves up and learn from their mistakes. Others will give up the fight when the going gets tough. An entrepreneur will work outside of the normal business framework in order to feel free and unrestricted whilst others will have a need to build an even stronger framework in order just to feel safe. When the opportunity is finally realized, an entrepreneur will not say 'I told you so'. An entrepreneur will say to themselves not others, 'I knew I could do it'. Others will say, 'I wish I had done that'. Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau- ******************************************************************************************** Surface Refinishing… The nation’s largest surface refinishing organization. Our franchise network started over 35 years ago and we have 150 successful franchises across the country. In fact, we are larger than the next three largest refinishing franchises combined. We’re Specialists… offering cost-saving bath and kitchen surface refinishing solutions to homeowners, hotels, apartments, hospitals, and colleges. Our proprietary refinishing process creates like-new surfaces for bathtubs, tile, showers, and even laminate countertops. Best of all, our refinishing is guaranteed on porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, cultured marble, laminate and Corian surfaces. Excellent Growth Opportunity and High Demand… Refinishing is a growth industry and uncluttered when compared to other businesses and demand for refinishing is growing. Literally every home, hotel, apartment complex, college dormitory, nursing home and hospital is your potential customer. Refinishing offers incredible savings of up to 75% of replacement cost of most bathroom fixtures and kitchen countertops. Family friendly work schedule: A typical workweek is 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday and advance scheduling allows owners the flexibility to work when they want to! Scalability: Sales and income multiply with each technician they add! Expanding their business is predictable and manageable. Recession resistant: Whether the economy is booming or receding, homeowners, property and hotel managers, colleges, nursing homes and hospitals are always looking for cost savings and value. Savings of up to 75% on bathroom and kitchen remodels will always have an appeal. Investment: $83,359 - $128,999 Winery and Bistro… 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 – MUST be 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. · Have at least $150,000 to be prepared to invest – we can usually get financing on the rest needed. · Must be fluent in English and understand our hospitality model for the guest experience. Investment: $218,088 - $758,622 Sport – Specific / PerformanceTraining… Our system is comprised of four proprietary components: i) Specialized Equipment, ii) Sport-Specific Training Protocols, iii) Owner Education / Trainer Development, and iv) Business Operations. The business model includes multiple revenue streams and utilizes all day-parts, which optimizes the profitability of the center. Our training center only requires a small footprint: 3,000 to 5,000 square feet. Our owners gain un-paralleled access to the world’s best sports training system. We are the pioneer and market leader in sports performance training, having trained over 1MM athletes, including 2,500 professional and Olympic athletes (500+ NHL, 500+ NFL, 150+ MLB, 7 Heisman Trophy finalists, MLS, WNBA and the NFL combine’s fastest man). In addition, $315MM in college scholarships have been awarded to our athletes in the past 5 years. The industry is extremely large - in the US, there are roughly 36MM student athletes playing youth, teen and collegiate sports, 21MM adults attending boutique fitness classes, 17MM runners that compete annually in running events and 200K athletes recovering from ACL injuries each year. Our CEO was a top-5 world ranked athlete in two sports (swimming and triathlon) and is a seasoned business leader with Fortune 500 and Multi-Unit experience. To drive operating performance, his team has assembled the best operating practices from its most successful centers; developed new programs that have helped centers improve performance and expanded services into all dayparts; provided tools to manage and measure business performance; leveraged critical mass for aggregated purchasing; produced seasonal marketing campaigns that centers may localize; and created resources that help center operators build a winning team. Investment: $200,852 - $538,584 (average $300,000) If you are interested in discussing and learning more about these unique opportunities, 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. ******************************************************************************************** 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… 219-479-2491, 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. I am a coach / consultant for those who desire to explore and LEARN about franchise and business opportunities…I do not sell or broker franchise / business opportunities. My role is not to sell you anything other than my ability to help you make an informed decision as to what is best for you and your family to achieve your goals and objectives. 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. 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 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… ******************************************************************************************** Is Your Preference Being An Employee, or Being Self-Employed? Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. 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? Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself. ******************************************************************************************** I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice... Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net ******************************************************************************************** Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Larry S. Powell Registered Franchise Consultant Certified Franchise Consultant CLICK HERE For Complete Contact Details And To View My Video Business Card. Franchise Quest...Turning Your Dream Into Reality San Antonio, TX 78248 210-479-2491 Direct Line-San Antonio 888-479-2491 Direct Line-Outside San Antonio Email: franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Hook 'em
  3. Joey / Donald / Aaron... Any reports on how the team looked / performed in general during fall practice? Any big disappointments / injuries? Any pleasant surprises? Any pitchers suddenly appear? Did the "magical" bats with HITS arrive...? Basically...can the team effectively throw the ball...catch the ball...hit the ball? Other than McLennan, any other scrimmages against other teams? Has the Orange-White World Series already been played? Thanks. Hook 'em...
  4. Due to family medical situation, we are unable to travel this week... October 19. UT vs Kansas… West side upper deck. Section 104 Row 42 Two (2) Game Tickets Attached Stadium Seats Longhorn Foundation Parking (Yellow Lots…Ground, not Garage) Face Value (exclusive of Longhorn Foundation Contribution): $195 Would like: $150
  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. October 2019 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. Why Do I Pay A Royalty Fee? The first point to make about Royalties is that good Franchise systems should look at them not as a payment but rather as a remittance. It is the Franchisor’s share of the income derived from customers or clients. The Franchisee collects that fee along with all other revenues from the customer. It’s an important concept because it emphasizes that the customer ultimately pays for everything, including the Franchisor’s royalty, the Franchisee’s overhead, all costs of sales, employee’s salaries, and the Franchisee’s profit. Therefore it’s all about the customer – as it should be. The Franchisee should want the Franchisor to earn a significant amount of royalties because that’s really the oil that makes the engine run. Each Franchisee collects and remits a small portion of that oil to the Franchisor. All elements of the system can continue to improve as long as the royalty stream is strong. The Franchisor’s royalty will be based on the fact that they have provided a system and strategy that has ultimately served the customer. The Franchisee delivers that system to that customer. The royalty represents the Franchisor’s share based on the various parts of the Franchise system, which has four elements. The four elements of a Franchise are: a) Brand b) Operating System c) Support System d) Franchisee Brand – the name associated with the services delivered in a memorable and satisfying experience to the customer Operating System – institutionalizes the excellent service delivered in a memorable experience so it can be done over and over again from Franchise to Franchise in a consistent manner Support System – helps the Franchisee get better and better at delivering the service in a memorable experience – helps a Franchisee improve their performance Franchisee – the individual motivations or reasons for being in a good system, as well as the talents and experience delivered to the business. The Operating and Support systems will generally provide access to advice at the level of professional consultants in the fields of marketing, management, advertising, execution of the delivery of the product or service, customer support, etc. The cost of these types of consultants on the open market will often far exceed the value of the royalty fees that are remitted by the Franchisee that participates in a system that delivers these items from a position of experience. In fact, it’s the exact experience the Franchisee requires as opposed to open market advice. Now here’s the test. If each of the four elements of a Franchise system is evaluated in terms of the percentage of contribution to the overall success of the business, then the royalty can be assessed in a proper light. Many people will say that each of the four elements contributes equally – or 25%, to the overall success. That means that the Brand, Operating System, and Support System provide 75% of the success formula. Therefore, as long as the royalty is less than 75%, it’s a good decision to participate in the system. That’s a little silly, but it emphasizes the point. Most royalties range from 2% to 10% depending on the type of system, so as long as the Franchisor’s systems contribute 10% or more to the success of the business, it makes sense to participate, and remit the collection of royalties to the system. ******************************************************************************************** Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset We’ve all heard that there are two types of people in this world, but the statement is usually followed by a punchline. According to former Harvard psychology professor Carol Dweck and a book she wrote on the subject, people really do fall into two groups: those with a fixed mindset and those with a growth mindset. Mindset is powerful. It can be limiting or expanding, which can impact a person’s entire perception of their pursuits and determine what they accomplish. This is particularly interesting when exploring these concepts in the context of business ownership. If you own your own business or aspire to, here’s what you need to know about fixed mindset vs. growth mindset. If a person has a fixed mindset, they believe the qualities that make up their personality and abilities are fixed, or they can’t be altered or changed. A person with a growth mindset believes that they can evolve over time. Many aspiring or current entrepreneurs are choosing to become franchisees because of the support and growth mindset of the franchisor. Source: Neighborly brand, blog June 20, 2019. ******************************************************************************************** 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 Entrepreneur Defined… If this describes you or who you want to become, then take the next step. An entrepreneur is a person who will see the embryonic seeds of an opportunity well in advance of others. Others will eventually only see a lost opportunity. An entrepreneur will see risk as an opportunity. Others will see opportunity as a risk. An entrepreneur will look forward to the challenges and hard work that an opportunity will bring. Others will only see an uphill struggle. An entrepreneur will continue to work at that opportunity irrespective of set-backs, make mistakes, pick themselves up and learn from their mistakes. Others will give up the fight when the going gets tough. An entrepreneur will work outside of the normal business framework in order to feel free and unrestricted whilst others will have a need to build an even stronger framework in order just to feel safe. When the opportunity is finally realized, an entrepreneur will not say 'I told you so'. An entrepreneur will say to themselves not others, 'I knew I could do it'. Others will say, 'I wish I had done that'. Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau- ******************************************************************************************** Personal Property Liquidation Services…Estate Sales Our teams provide personal property liquidation services for people who are downsizing or have passed away. We sell everything from cars and fine jewelry right down to the pots and pans. Estate sales often manifest when people find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. They may be downsizing, dealing with the death of a loved one or moving to assisted living. We provide an organized and professional way to sell your personal estate. Our estate sale specialists help you through every step of the estate sale process to ease the stress and workload of downsizing. We provide industry leading training and support and have developed software to support all aspect of the business. Last year we were named the Inc5000 539th fastest growing company in the US and the 6th fastest growing franchise. Owner’s Daily Activities: Interviewing for potential sales, staging, pricing and conducting the sales. Communicating with clients, staff. advertising the sale. Closing out the sale and paying clients, managing software product. Home-based. Investment: $83,900 Indoor Environment …Health / Wellness Improvement A proven successful business model that works directly with Habitat for Humanity and solves problems which directly relate to health issues, improved indoor environmental conditions and is in absolute alignment with today's cultural awareness of health and wellness. We offer multiple revenue streams with high margins that includes Mold Remediation using proprietary plant based EPA registered product, odor remediation, Probiotic air quality maintenance systems, Duct Cleaning, Crawl Space Encapsulation, Air Quality Testing and a hospital grade disinfectant that destroys e coli, salmonella, and other harmful bacteria's. Many of these services are combined to increase revenue. Our customers come from many verticals such as Real Estate Agents, Home Inspectors, Homeowners, Property Managers, Medical Professionals and Environmentalists. Since December 2018 we were named the 105th Fastest Growing Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine (190 units and counting), received Franchise Business Review's Top Franchise Satisfaction award, and were named a Game Changer by Franchise Dictionary. We are a low investment, multi-unit friendly (many owners start with 2 units) that is led by an experienced Franchisor leadership team. Home-based. Investment: $50,475 - $132,000. Virtual Reality Arcade North America's first virtual reality arcade and is currently the largest virtual reality arcade chain in the world. This is an international brand with partnerships that span every required component of the franchise infrastructure to ensure a business model that breeds longevity and creates a runway for growth. Actively looking for locations in a variety of markets and has one of the most refined and sophisticated expansion infrastructures in the VR industry. Since inception, has introduced over 250,000 people to VR technology. These individuals range from 3 years old to 93 years old, in a safe, fun and exciting environment. An outing is generally a group activity, meaning that word of mouth is our biggest driver of traffic and provides an opportunity to leverage existing customers to bring new customers in and leads to organic growth over time. The business itself is one with low overhead, 2 people can manage 16 bays with our proprietary management software. Your location is the destination - no need for street presence or expensive retail. Your customers can choose from a myriad of games - all licenses are pre-negotiated. What we offer is an experience - experiences add excitement, joy, and wonder to life. We are not a retailer trying to scrap with other retailers who sell the exact same product. We are the largest network of VR arcades. We are first movers, pioneers. What we sell is unique and the caliber of the experience you get is special. Above all we care about customer service, we take care of our customers and make sure their experience is a great one. We make VR easy, fun, and accessible to all. This is the value we bring to the customer. And the reason for our rapid and sustainable growth. Investment: $200,000 If you are interested in discussing and learning more about these unique opportunities, 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. ******************************************************************************************** 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… 219-479-2491, 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. I am a coach / consultant for those who desire to explore and LEARN about franchise and business opportunities…I do not sell or broker franchise / business opportunities. My role is not to sell you anything other than my ability to help you make an informed decision as to what is best for you and your family to achieve your goals and objectives. 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. 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 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… ******************************************************************************************** Is Your Preference Being An Employee, or Being Self-Employed? Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. 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? Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself. ******************************************************************************************** I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice... Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net ******************************************************************************************** Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Larry S. Powell Registered Franchise Consultant Certified Franchise Consultant CLICK HERE For Complete Contact Details And To View My Video Business Card. Franchise Quest...Turning Your Dream Into Reality San Antonio, TX 78248 210-479-2491 Direct Line-San Antonio 888-479-2491 Direct Line-Outside San Antonio Email: franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Hook 'em
  6. Welcome TFloss32.... I sent you a welcome yesterday, but I don't think my emails reach you.... For those who are curious like UTfish...I know TFloss32 real name. I have promised to keep his identity a secret. But, if someone offered me lots and lots of money.... Seriously, he is a great guy and wonderful addition to the site. Thanks Aaron.
  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. September 2019 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. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible - then they seem improbable - and then - when we summon the will - they soon become inevitable. ~Christopher Reeve Are You Franchise Material? As a franchise coach / consultant, one of the questions I get asked often is “do I have what it takes to be a franchise owner?” There is no easy or quick answer to that – until we get to know each other a little better. Of course, I’d like to think that every person could succeed at franchising, given the right match. But, in truth, there are a few things that generally make someone better “franchise material” than others. What makes someone good “franchising material?” Ability to Follow a System Franchisors are looking for team players, for people who recognize they have purchased a system, and are willing and wanting to follow it. Emotional Maturity How do you handle problems? When problems occur in your life, are you able to pick yourself up, and move forward, or lose valuable time feeling sorry for yourself? Are you a natural leader or follower? Positive Attitude – And Ability to Leverage It Individuals with a “positive attitude” get out and about letting everyone know they are in business and ready to do business. It isn’t about being able to “sell” – it’s about ensuring that positive relationships can be made. Knowing When to Be Humble A very wise leader once said “you can be right all of the time” or you can be liked”. Business requires a bit of both – so look inside yourself and decide if this is something you think you can do. Belief in Calculated Risk If you are all about taking huge leaps, and big risks—because what you LOVE is the big potential payout, then what you really seek is being a real entrepreneur, and franchising may not be the right choice for you. Franchising begins with a more proven business model – and expands from there – so your risk is more likely to vary from “moderate” to “low”. Source: Franchise Resource Corp. ******************************************************************************************** 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 Entrepreneur Defined… If this describes you or who you want to become, then take the next step. An entrepreneur is a person who will see the embryonic seeds of an opportunity well in advance of others. Others will eventually only see a lost opportunity. An entrepreneur will see risk as an opportunity. Others will see opportunity as a risk. An entrepreneur will look forward to the challenges and hard work that an opportunity will bring. Others will only see an uphill struggle. An entrepreneur will continue to work at that opportunity irrespective of set-backs, make mistakes, pick themselves up and learn from their mistakes. Others will give up the fight when the going gets tough. An entrepreneur will work outside of the normal business framework in order to feel free and unrestricted whilst others will have a need to build an even stronger framework in order just to feel safe. When the opportunity is finally realized, an entrepreneur will not say 'I told you so'. An entrepreneur will say to themselves not others, 'I knew I could do it'. Others will say, 'I wish I had done that'. Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau- ******************************************************************************************** Boutique Fitness Franchise Taps Into Universal Popularity of Running This franchise concept is reinventing the definition of a runner with their dynamic indoor running studios across the country! Recognized by serious athletes for decades as one of easiest, most engaging, and most effective ways to achieve your mental & physical goals, running is one of the main pillars of fitness and works in every market in the country. The most unique premium indoor running studio with classes designed for any level of walker, jogger or runner. Our coaches lead you through strategic interval cardio & strength training classes where you choose the speed and intensity. Classes are sound tracked with electrifying, body-moving music while clients wear custom heart rate monitors to track undeniable results and maximize their potential in each workout. A combination of expert Certified Run Coaches, state-of-the-art Woodway treadmills, and a supportive & empowering environment set this concept apart and above. Caters to a broad age range, unisex market. Our brand aims to create a space that is inclusive, empowering, and transformative for clients of all ages and fitness levels. Born out of an early mover in the group running boutique fitness segment and is the first to be launching nationally in all markets across the country, with the infrastructure to support rapid growth. We have designed several signature, proprietary class formats in order to fit the needs and aspirations of all clients, no matter their age or fitness level. The end goal is to create a program that allows anyone to participate, progress, and prosper; keeping them coming back! Unique approach includes : The widest array of cardio & strength training treadmill classes available anywhere, designed to create an unparalleled experience, challenge clients at every level and create quick results. This brings personality and variation to class offerings to keep them unique, and engaging. State-of-the-art equipment in every studio, including top-quality Woodway Treadmills, strength training props, and proprietary interactive technology that delivers clients’ metrics via in-studio leaderboards and a custom mobile app, allowing them to track their progress and celebrate their success. An inspirational studio space encompassed by brand images, unique lighting and an incredible sound system. Certified Run Coaches are more than trainers & fitness professionals, they are motivators, supporters, and industry leaders. Through our Certified Run Program, all coaches learn how to dynamically lead our class formats, practice safety and form correction, and empower clients of all ages and levels to cross their individual finish lines. IDEAL CANDIDATE: Owner Role · Manage the Manager and build STRIDE winning team culture · Execute Local Marketing initiatives · Manage the financials This is a SEMI-ABSENTEE franchise model. We are looking for franchisees with basic business skills that can manage and motivate a team, have sufficient financial resources, and will follow the blueprint of a proven business model. Investment: $233,900 + Indoor Dog Training Gym A venture-backed indoor dog training gym with an emphasis on socialization. Our motto: We don’t train dogs. We train the people who love them. This concept has strong appeal to millennials and well-educated active individuals, especially women. Key revenue streams include dog training classes, socialization events, and retail products. Investment is quite low compared to other pet franchises. Requires a small footprint (under 3000 sq ft), minimal staff (2 people), and may be zoned absolutely anywhere. As clients accompany their dogs at all times, liability is extremely limited. Boasts more 5-star ratings than any other dog training business in America. Plus a willingness-to-recommend score comparable to the level of Apple or Amazon. Works closely with animal rescue and other charitable organizations. It quickly becomes the epicenter of the dog-loving community. You will host countless memorable and well-attended events for responsible dog owners and their pets. FEATURES OF THE BUSINESS Financially sound Venture Capital backed – unmatched support for emerging brand Ultra low-cost investment – approx. $250,000 for a single unit, all in Fast growing – pet industry is growing at 2x retail, and our sales are growing at 4x the pet industry Recession-proof sector of the economy Prime territories available; concept proven throughout U.S. Validation excellent; all units renewed Ease of Operation No experience needed – Fun & beloved with over 2,000 5-star ratings, more than any other dog training business, an NPS Score of 90, and a retention rate of 86% Strong appeal to millennials and active lifestyle, well educated people, especially women – together comprising the most highly-desirable demographics Small footprint (3000 sq ft), zoned retail, locate anywhere Low payroll/minimal staff – only 2 people working at a time Virtual elimination of all liability issues – clients with their dogs at all times 24/7 Support, response time <1 hr. Full real estate support – includes demographic research, site selection & lease negotiations Extensive marketing, social media & PR support Sophisticated analytics to assist with pricing and targeted marketing automation Highly-sophisticated tech stack – includes innovations you can’t find in vastly larger brands Positive community impact – become the epicenter of dog lovers in your town If you are interested in discussing and learning more about these unique opportunities, 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. ******************************************************************************************** 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… 219-479-2491, 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. I am a coach / consultant for those who desire to explore and LEARN about franchise and business opportunities…I do not sell or broker franchise / business opportunities. My role is not to sell you anything other than my ability to help you make an informed decision as to what is best for you and your family to achieve your goals and objectives. 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. 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 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… ******************************************************************************************** Is Your Preference Being An Employee, or Being Self-Employed? Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. 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? Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself. ******************************************************************************************** I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice... Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net ******************************************************************************************** Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Larry S. Powell Registered Franchise Consultant Certified Franchise Consultant CLICK HERE For Complete Contact Details And To View My Video Business Card. Franchise Quest...Turning Your Dream Into Reality San Antonio, TX 78248 210-479-2491 Direct Line-San Antonio 888-479-2491 Direct Line-Outside San Antonio Email: franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Hook 'em
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  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. August 2019 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. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible - then they seem improbable - and then - when we summon the will - they soon become inevitable. ~Christopher Reeve The Lesser Known Benefits of Franchising By LaShelle Taylor Risk taker! Fueled by passion! Visionary! These are some of the phrases that come to mind when we think of entrepreneurs. These are also true for people who open a franchise business, though I have to admit when most people picture an entrepreneur it’s of someone who created a new product like Apple or a service like Uber. The fact is while entrepreneurs take on more risk by starting from scratch, there are definitely perks to opening a franchise business. Other than a proven business model, franchisor support, etc., read below about some of the lesser known benefits of franchising. Behind Door #1: A Network of Peers When an entrepreneur comes up with a product or service idea, he or she may not have anyone to turn to for advice. After all, the reason for their business is to create something new. When someone considers buying a franchise, they are able to contact those who already own a similar business and ask them about the unknowns, the pitfalls, the glories. Furthermore, once they make that purchase and become a fellow franchisee, they can connect with other owners either during trainings with the franchisor, at annual events or simply by calling them up with a question. These kinds of relationships can ease stress when things get hectic or provide useful insights on everything from hiring new employees to the latest social media tips. Behind Door #2: Industry and Regulatory Updates While running a business day to day—whether cleaning windows, selling sandwiches, or providing in home care to seniors—it can be a real challenge to stay on top of the latest news in your industry. This is an important benefit of belonging to a franchise network. The franchisor most certainly should be aware of the happenings in your industry and should share that with you through regular communications and even offer solutions to any upcoming issues. For example, legislation at the national level might impact how much you pay your employees and you may not fully comprehend how to implement it. This is when you’re glad to be part of an organization with experts on staff diving into the data to help you seamlessly integrate whatever is necessary. Behind Door #3: Effortless Brand Awareness As a startup business, there isn’t much in the budget for PR and media. Maybe you are lucky and know a reporter who you can ask for some coverage, but you can’t count on that or that your connection can or will write about your business. The franchisor is busy keeping the brand in front of the public, so while you are making sure people get their sandwiches, have their windows cleaned effectively, or receive high-quality, home care services, the franchisor is talking with the national media. When there is a national ad placed or an article published, it represents you too and what you offer. Not only has this publicity taken no time out of your schedule, it’s yours to use in your local market and share on social media to increase brand awareness for you—and ideally help to grow your business. And the Grand Prize Goes To… Those willing to see the benefits of filling a need in their local community have the potential to build a successful business that can be passed on in their family, sold, or simply help them earn more for retirement. When considering whether a franchise business is right for you, it is critical that you understand the risks and the rewards. 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 Entrepreneur Defined… If this describes you or who you want to become, then take the next step. An entrepreneur is a person who will see the embryonic seeds of an opportunity well in advance of others. Others will eventually only see a lost opportunity. An entrepreneur will see risk as an opportunity. Others will see opportunity as a risk. An entrepreneur will look forward to the challenges and hard work that an opportunity will bring. Others will only see an uphill struggle. An entrepreneur will continue to work at that opportunity irrespective of set-backs, make mistakes, pick themselves up and learn from their mistakes. Others will give up the fight when the going gets tough. An entrepreneur will work outside of the normal business framework in order to feel free and unrestricted whilst others will have a need to build an even stronger framework in order just to feel safe. When the opportunity is finally realized, an entrepreneur will not say 'I told you so'. An entrepreneur will say to themselves not others, 'I knew I could do it'. Others will say, 'I wish I had done that'. Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau- Custom Crafted Solid Concrete Boulder Monument Signage … The only franchised company in the United States that specializes in specialty enhanced custom crafted solid concrete boulder monument signage products. Recognized by Military Times as the 4th best Veteran friendly franchise. “Today’s business owners are looking for unique products and services which attract the general public’s interest…” An uncomplicated franchise system coupled with low entry cost and minimal inventory requirements. Our franchises produce custom crafted boulders that create extraordinary commercial signage. They are environmentally friendly products that can turn any business into a landmark and are often desired by local zoning regulations where other signage is not. In addition, our franchisees create custom crafted Mailboxes, Fire Pits, Fence and Entrance Pillars and much more all with the natural look and feel of real stone. Businesses, homeowners, churches, schools, parks, associations, municipalities, even memorials. Because of this we see excited continued growth and opportunity. In addition, the flexibility of our system allows you to transition from your job into business ownership gradually as you do not need employees or a store front to start off like other franchises. Also integrates easily into existing businesses. Our opportunity enables the business owner to build smaller rocks to enhance their income; and / or to build industrial sized boulders for Stadiums, Big Business or Parks, etc Our complete line of equipment gives you the freedom to own your own business without taking on the hassles of employees or payroll. Everything needed to make boulders so you can grow at your own pace. An uncomplicated franchise with the benefits of a system that works together: You pay one low monthly fee regardless of amount of business you do. No weekly reporting or high percentage of gross sales reports. You now become part of a national team that shares ideas and creates new marketing venues that are proven to work in the real world. This is a unique and uncomplicated franchise opportunity for you… Low overhead with a low initial investment Turnkey operations system with initial training and ongoing support This opportunity can be effectively run with just one person Flexible commitment, full time or part time Materials and supplies are low cost, no expensive inventory Protected territories assure no over-saturated markets Investment: $102,140 - $123,545. eSports… By creating each gaming center with a "purpose", we make it simple and pleasurable for guests to have a remarkable experience. Our stores offer extraordinary retail products, remarkable gaming stations and an atmosphere that is worth sharing a story about. eSports With A Purpose Screens, games and consoles are all commodities that anyone with access to the internet can provide. Our concept creates specialized gaming stations that are expertly designed based on nearly 30 years of experience. From the layout of each store to the variety of new and exciting team games, everything we create is designed to help our patrons add to their story of eSports… A good business you'll feel good about owning As a Franchisee, you’ll spend your days helping people enjoy a fuller life. You’ll be serving up their favorite entertainment and games, hand selected based on popularity and customer requests. Plus, you’ll also be serving up laughter and smiles, as you satisfy their cravings for challenging games that they love. At the same time, you’ll be teaching your staff members responsibility and the value of living a balanced lifestyle. All the while, building a better future for your family, through business ownership. If that sounds good, this eSports franchise might be the perfect business opportunity for you. Capitalize on the booming eSports industry (41.3% growth!), positioned to exceed $1B in 2019 - Diversify your investment portfolio with a franchise business asset - Start a business while enjoying your current career - Generate and/or increase your residual income - Build a legacy to pass onto future generations Video games are now a legitimate high school sport One of the top eSports games, League of Legends, had tournament viewership peaking at 106.2 million people. That’s more than the Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon, Daytona 500, and the US Open combined. As a franchisee, you likely won’t be hosting tournaments as large as the League of Legends championship. However, there’s a large demand for locations to host smaller tournaments at the local level, and for locations for teams to practice. In San Antonio, the average Gen Z “athlete” plays video games as their “winter sport”. I know it sounds crazy, but UTSA is handing out scholarships to top players. If you have even the slightest interest in learning more, don’t wait, as territories are filling up fast. Nobody thought eSports would evolve this quickly, so there’s no telling where it could go from here. Any industry with 150 million potential customers offers great upside, but it’s rare to discover an industry that large with the opportunity to get in on the ground level. Over 150 million people play video games in the US, and the opportunity to monetize this group has exploded with the rise of eSports. Who would’ve thought - kids these days LOVE watching other people play video games, which has brought a lot of money into the industry through player-sponsorships from large companies; massive online streamed tournaments; and local tournaments and meetups like the ones we host at our eSports locations. Our proven model has already helped aspiring entrepreneurs open their own business and capitalize on this booming industry. We focus on the branding and marketing, so you can focus on the important parts of the business; developing a fun and safe environment for people to play video games. Investment: $199,400 to $325,180. If you are interested in discussing and learning more about these unique opportunities, 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. ******************************************************************************************** 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… 219-479-2491, 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. I am a coach / consultant for those who desire to explore and LEARN about franchise and business opportunities…I do not sell or broker franchise / business opportunities. 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 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… ******************************************************************************************** Is Your Preference Being An Employee, or Being Self-Employed? Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. 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? Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself. ******************************************************************************************** I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice... Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net ******************************************************************************************** Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Larry S. Powell Registered Franchise Consultant Certified Franchise Consultant CLICK HERE For Complete Contact Details And To View My Video Business Card. Franchise Quest...Turning Your Dream Into Reality San Antonio, TX 78248 210-479-2491 Direct Line-San Antonio 888-479-2491 Direct Line-Outside San Antonio Email: franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Hook 'em
  10. HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. July 2019 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. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible - then they seem improbable - and then - when we summon the will - they soon become inevitable. ~Christopher Reeve A Wake-Up (Sales) Call to Entrepreneurs Selling is not something just for the sales staff, nor is it some automatic phenomena. It's a skill any founder can and ought to acquire. By Gregg Schwartz, Director of Sales and Marketing at Strategic Sales & Marketing Entrepreneurs are some of the most passionate, inspiring, quick-thinking and hard-working people on Earth. I love entrepreneurs. My dad was an entrepreneur, and I work with entrepreneurs every day. However -- and again, I say this with nothing but love and respect -- lots of entrepreneurs are simply not natural sales people. The skills that you need to start a business and pursue a strategic vision are not always the same as the characteristics you need to close deals. Fortunately, it’s not too late. Entrepreneurs tend to be curious, self-motivated people who love to learn; you can learn to be a better sales person. Having managed hundreds of lead generation programs for entrepreneurs and small businesses, there are key points that entrepreneurs should keep in mind to help them get better at sales. 1. Sales aren't automatic. Many entrepreneurs, especially in technology or complex B2B verticals, tend to be technical types. They have developed great solutions, and they’re passionate about their technology, and they know how all the moving parts, bells and whistles work, but they don’t understand much about the sales process. Too many entrepreneurs mistakenly believe that sales just happen automatically. They think that you just call or email someone, and next thing, you have just sold a $50,000 piece of business. The truth is much more complicated. Related: You're Thinking About Sales All Wrong The more complex and expensive the solution that you’re selling, the more time and effort you should be prepared to spend on making that sale. In major account B2B sales, the average time to close a new account is typically six to 18 months. Be prepared for the long haul, both in terms of patience and of the impact on your company's finances. Everything depends on the timeframe of how soon your buyer is willing and able to make a purchase decision, how soon you can establish credibility and build a relationship with that buyer, and how soon you can get in the room with all of the key decision makers and stakeholders who have an impact on that purchase decision. It’s complicated. And it takes time. So don’t assume that you can just pick up a phone and rack up big sales numbers. 2. Read up on your sales skills. Lots of entrepreneurs learn how to code or learn how to manage accounting; sales is the same way. Being a sales person is one of the many hats that you have to wear as an entrepreneur, and you should invest some time in learning how to sell. (Check out a list of the best business books to find some inspiration.) A few key sales skills that you should think about: Elevator pitch: You should be able to quickly describe your business, your product/solution, and why someone should care, for a 30-second elevator ride. Sales script: Once you get on the phone with a prospect, what will you say to them? Practice in advance by writing a sales script. Lots of entrepreneurs are reluctant to do this; they think they can just improvise and talk off the top of their heads. But a script will help focus your thoughts and keep you organized and on-message. Making “the ask”: Sales is all about having the confidence and courage to make "the ask,” to formally ask the prospect to agree to take the next step in the sales process, whether that is to sign up for a demo, to attend a sales presentation, or finally to close the deal. Sales is not about being pushy, it’s about guiding the prospect in the right direction. Prospects want you to lead them and be clear about asking for what you need them to do next. Related: How to Make the Ask, Use Limiters and Close the Sale 3. Create a sales process. Not only do sales not just “happen,” they are the result of a disciplined process Sometimes called the “sales funnel” or “sales cycle,” the sales process is a multi-step evolution of taking sales leads from initial contact to final deal closing. Your sales process might be different from other companies or industries; that’s fine. Find a series of steps that make sense for what you sell, for example: Initial conversation; Product demo; Formal sales presentation; Solution implementation budget estimate and ROI discussion; Final meeting with key stakeholders; and Closing. Learn how to move prospects through this sales process, or one like it. 4. Build Trust. It sounds simple, but it’s profoundly complicated: Selling is all about building trust and getting people to trust you. If customers don’t like you and don’t trust you, they won’t want to buy from you. Sales is all about building relationships. Related: 5 Tricks to Instantly Connect With Any Sales Prospect Selling to your internal network of contacts who already know you or know about your business is very different than selling to folks who don't know you at all. Prospects need to trust your ability to deliver, especially if you’re selling a complex B2B solution with a lengthy implementation phase. And all that takes time, hence the long sales cycle. Fortunately, entrepreneurs are often charismatic people who believe in what they’re doing; learn how to project that confidence into your sales conversations. 5. Cultivate resilience. Entrepreneurs know how to roll with the punches. There are lots of ups and downs that go with running a company, and sales are the same story. As you work through the sales process, there are always going to be hiccups, and that’s fine. Your job is to get to the bottom of it and keep moving the process along. Follow up on questions, listen to what customers are saying, and read between the lines. Find out what people are really worried about, or what is the root cause of their objection. Don’t assume that selling is something that only sales people can do. The truth is, selling (at its best) is fun. It’s a learning process. It’s a chance to meet new people and build relationships and to discover new insights about your company and your product. Every day as an entrepreneur is a chance -- in some small way -- to reinvent the world. I hope you’ll take these insights to heart and use them in your journey to becoming a better sales person. 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 Entrepreneur Defined… If this describes you or who you want to become, then take the next step. An entrepreneur is a person who will see the embryonic seeds of an opportunity well in advance of others. Others will eventually only see a lost opportunity. An entrepreneur will see risk as an opportunity. Others will see opportunity as a risk. An entrepreneur will look forward to the challenges and hard work that an opportunity will bring. Others will only see an uphill struggle. An entrepreneur will continue to work at that opportunity irrespective of set-backs, make mistakes, pick themselves up and learn from their mistakes. Others will give up the fight when the going gets tough. An entrepreneur will work outside of the normal business framework in order to feel free and unrestricted whilst others will have a need to build an even stronger framework in order just to feel safe. When the opportunity is finally realized, an entrepreneur will not say 'I told you so'. An entrepreneur will say to themselves not others, 'I knew I could do it'. Others will say, 'I wish I had done that'. Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau- ********************************************************************************************* UnIque and state-of-the art home improvement / renovation… Home-improvement franchise that's changing the way homeowners renovate. Thanks to its patented weather-adjustable paint process and proprietary chemistry, franchisees deliver a factory finish on aluminum and vinyl siding, stucco, brick and even surfaces that aren't traditionally painted on-site, like front and garage doors and windows. In as little as a day, every project results in a beautiful, long lasting finish that won't peel, looks brand-new and doesn't require repainting every 2 to 5 years. At a fraction of the cost of replacement, this is the most cost-effective way to modernize a home and boost property value. Enjoy a solid competitive advantage by delivering a unique renovation solution that homeowners can't get anywhere else. Total investment ranges between $115,000 and $143,000 with $70,000 liquid capital and $200,000 net worth required. This includes everything you need, from training to equipment to initial marketing to jump-start your business. With no brick and mortar location required, fixed costs are low! With over 10,000 homes revamped this proven concept has resulted in impressive 3-year growth rates for franchisees as well as producing healthy gross margins. There’s a smarter way to paint your home. And it’s not a fancier brush. Delivers the convenience of a professional exterior painting service that you love, with the benefits of replacement that you need. Say goodbye to choosing between painting or replacing. The most customized exterior paint solution on the market. We’ll deliver a finish that looks & lasts like it came off the assembly line. If you are interested in discussing and learning more about this unique opportunity, 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. ******************************************************************************************** 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… 219-479-2491, 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. I am a coach / consultant for those who desire to explore and LEARN about franchise and business opportunities…I do not sell or broker franchise / business opportunities. 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 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… ******************************************************************************************** Is Your Preference Being An Employee, or Being Self-Employed? Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. 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? Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself. ******************************************************************************************** I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice... Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net ******************************************************************************************** Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Larry S. Powell Registered Franchise Consultant Certified Franchise Consultant CLICK HERE For Complete Contact Details And To View My Video Business Card. Franchise Quest...Turning Your Dream Into Reality San Antonio, TX 78248 210-479-2491 Direct Line-San Antonio 888-479-2491 Direct Line-Outside San Antonio Email: franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Hook 'em
  11. Draft eligible guys not taken were Duke Ellis, Austin Todd and Zach Zubia. Joey, was DJ Petrinsky not draft eligible?
  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. June 2019 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. Entrepreneur Defined… If this describes you or who you want to become, then take the next step. An entrepreneur is a person who will see the embryonic seeds of an opportunity well in advance of others. Others will eventually only see a lost opportunity. An entrepreneur will see risk as an opportunity. Others will see opportunity as a risk. An entrepreneur will look forward to the challenges and hard work that an opportunity will bring. Others will only see an uphill struggle. An entrepreneur will continue to work at that opportunity irrespective of set-backs, make mistakes, pick themselves up and learn from their mistakes. Others will give up the fight when the going gets tough. An entrepreneur will work outside of the normal business framework in order to feel free and unrestricted whilst others will have a need to build an even stronger framework in order just to feel safe. When the opportunity is finally realized, an entrepreneur will not say 'I told you so'. An entrepreneur will say to themselves not others, 'I knew I could do it'. Others will say, 'I wish I had done that'. 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 2019 Trends – Boomers in Business 57% of small business owners are above the age of 50? The report on Boomer Small Business Trends, answers questions about the impact, motivations, and challenges of this highly productive generation. Guidant Financial partnered with LendingClub to produce the 2019 State of Small Business report. They surveyed over 2,700 current and aspiring small business owners nationwide and the report highlights current trends in the world of small business. Click on the links below… 2019 Small Business Trends; African-American Trends; Women in Business; Aspiring Entrepreneurs; and Boomers in Business to learn more about small business owners, their preferred business choices, challenges and motivations. The report highlights interesting insight into trends and statistics among “boomer” small business owners. A look at boomers in business in 2019 African-Americans Trends Women in Business Aspiring Entrepreneurs Boomers in Business Please call or email me if you desire information on business funding / equipment leasing options… Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau- ********************************************************************************************* Unattended / Automated Retail… A Turn Key program offering Healthy Snacks and Beverages utilizing the latest technology in automated retail - Better known as vending. Not ready to leave your job, but still want to own a business… Not a franchise. A Simple Business… Operators are connected to the lucrative market of snacks and beverages tapping into the demand for healthy options in the market place. Stocking and maintaining the vending machines that do the work. Income is based on the unlimited number of machines that can be added to the business. The biggest advantage to our NEW MVP PROGRAM is our NEW Designed machine AND LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! We secure locations for all our new operator’s machines, putting them in business faster and easier. It is extremely helpful and informative to attend the Discovery Online Presentation to get a good overview of the program, the investment, support and training. The 80 minute presentation will provide a good overview of the market, industry, vending program, including investment levels, training and support, our business coaching and business program, as well as the funding options available for helping operators get started. If interested in viewing the webinar, please call, or email me your name, phone number, email address, city, state and zip code, and I will gladly email you link to the webinar. If you are looking for: · Flexibility · Minimal Time Commitment · Simple Operation · Proven Business Model · Passive Income · No or Few Employees · Home Based · Scalable and Fast Ramp-Up · No Territories · No Royalties or On-Going Fees · A Company with Longevity · Training and Support Investment levels of $50,000 and up. One of the benefits of vending is that it is mostly passive income. It's great to let the machines do most of the work for you. They never ask for time off or call in sick. Of course, a route owner must ensure the route is serviced on a timely basis. Depending on the route size, and the traffic at each location, this can be as often as once a day to once a month. The machines are provided with the a digital system which will allows the operator access anytime to see sales and inventory at the touch of a button. When it's time to service the machine, just refill the machine with the needed product and remove the cash. You can keep inventory on hand or pick up the items you need before you service the machines. If you are interested in discussing and learning more about this unique opportunity, 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. ******************************************************************************************** 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… 219-479-2491, 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. I am a coach / consultant for those who desire to explore and LEARN about franchise and business opportunities…I do not sell or broker franchise / business opportunities. 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 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… ******************************************************************************************** Is Your Preference Being An Employee, or Being Self-Employed? Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. 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? Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself. ******************************************************************************************** I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice... Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net ******************************************************************************************** Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Larry S. Powell Registered Franchise Consultant Certified Franchise Consultant CLICK HERE For Complete Contact Details And To View My Video Business Card. Franchise Quest...Turning Your Dream Into Reality San Antonio, TX 78248 210-479-2491 Direct Line-San Antonio 888-479-2491 Direct Line-Outside San Antonio Email: franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Hook 'em
  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. May 2019 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. The Franchising Future: Ten Reasons Why Millennials Can Make Perfect Franchisees – Fiona Simpson, Contributor Forbes Statistics are showing that more millennials are starting businesses at a younger age than previous generations. Baby Boomers were reported to have launched their first business venture aged 35 years old on average, with Millennials starting their first business around age 27 Fiona outlines 10 reasons why a millennial can make the perfect franchisee: · They want to make a difference and they’re community minded · They think creatively and have fresh ideas · They’re tech savvy · They’re all over social media · They love to collaborate and to work as a team · They want to learn and they want to be mentored · They’re relevant and in touch · They want to work flexibly · They’re hungry for success · They’re happy to take calculated risk Go confidently in the direction of your dream. Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau- Entrepreneur Defined… If this describes you or who you want to become, then take the next step. An entrepreneur is a person who will see the embryonic seeds of an opportunity well in advance of others. Others will eventually only see a lost opportunity. An entrepreneur will see risk as an opportunity. Others will see opportunity as a risk. An entrepreneur will look forward to the challenges and hard work that an opportunity will bring. Others will only see an uphill struggle. An entrepreneur will continue to work at that opportunity irrespective of set-backs, make mistakes, pick themselves up and learn from their mistakes. Others will give up the fight when the going gets tough. An entrepreneur will work outside of the normal business framework in order to feel free and unrestricted whilst others will have a need to build an even stronger framework in order just to feel safe. When the opportunity is finally realized, an entrepreneur will not say 'I told you so'. An entrepreneur will say to themselves not others, 'I knew I could do it'. Others will say, 'I wish I had done that'. 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 ********************************************************************************************* Marketing Solutions…Marketing Consultant Many people associate franchises with just “food.” However, there are also hundreds of “service” franchises, most with lower investment thresholds and strong, six-figure earnings potential. Today there are roughly 4,000 franchise concepts, 250+ new ones every year. For a franchisor to achieve royalty self-sufficiency 40-100 units are required. Yet 61% of the 4,000 franchise concepts have <25 units and less than 5% will get to 100 units within 10 years. I can help you “navigate” this franchise maze to find a concept that’s right for YOU. My company has direct access to hundreds of top-notch and proven franchise concepts. I act as their “executive recruiter” so there are no upfront charges – all of my fees are paid by the franchisor should you be awarded a franchise. One standout franchise you might not have considered is Money Mailer. They have been a leader in local business marketing since 1979. They provide a complete print and digital marketing solution for local, neighborhood businesses, a vast under-served market. These businesses don’t have in-house marketing departments but desperately need marketing expertise. The Money Mailer franchise becomes their out-sourced marketing agency, connecting these businesses with consumers on multiple media platforms with Direct Mail, Internet, Mobile Apps and Social Media, for pennies-per-household. Below is link to a 2-minute video with an overview of the Money Mailer model: A Marketing Consulting Franchise Opportunity Money Mailer has protected and available territories in various U.S. markets, including San Antonio. The San Antonio territories offer an established customer base at a “virgin” territory price. The Money Mailer launch package includes lead generation and appointment setting, 9 weeks of in-territory training and customer acquisition support, a $50,000 first year sales incentive and no royalties for 2 years. There is nothing else like this in franchising. As a small business and former franchise owner, I have experience using Money Mailer marketing solutions to grow my businesses. I look forward to helping you find the right business opportunity. If Money Mailer is not of interest, let’s explore one of the other great concepts in my portfolio. If you are interested in discussing and learning more about this unique opportunity, 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. ******************************************************************************************** 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… 219-479-2491, 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. I am a coach / consultant for those who desire to explore and LEARN about franchise and business opportunities…I do not sell or broker franchise / business opportunities. 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 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… ******************************************************************************************** Is Your Preference Being An Employee, or Being Self-Employed? 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 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. 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? Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself ******************************************************************************************** I highly recommend: If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice... Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net ******************************************************************************************** Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Larry S. Powell Registered Franchise Consultant Certified Franchise Consultant CLICK HERE For Complete Contact Details And To View My Video Business Card. Franchise Quest...Turning Your Dream Into Reality San Antonio, TX 78248 210-479-2491 Direct Line-San Antonio 888-479-2491 Direct Line-Outside San Antonio Email: franchisequest@sbcglobal.net Hook 'em
  14. Most days I wonder about the intelligence and scruples of the folks running professional sports teams. So, I suspect he will be drafted. He better be content with spending next year in the development league, or parked on a European team. As we all heard, the TV throats constantly labeled him as a lottery pick. Two years ago he wasn't a starter on his high school team and now a lottery pick....wow. Yes, he has a ton of raw athletic ability and basketball potential. But, in the tournament, I saw a handful of big guys who are much stronger, more physically mature and better basketball players than Jaxson. I'm just a lay-person, so what the hell do I know...
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