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â€œHORNâ€ In On Franchise / Business Ownership â€¦a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. April 2015 ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Wonâ€™t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Canâ€™t. -Unknown Whatâ€™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 â€œcrazinessâ€ of Christmas â€“ 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 â€“ I was watching a magician on television doing a â€œtrickâ€ when it struck meâ€¦ I asked him to write down for me, every New Yearâ€™s Day, what he wanted from his life. It didnâ€™t matter what he put down â€“ this was for him. And I didnâ€™t want to see it. Then, every Thanksgiving weekend, when we put up the Christmas tree, Iâ€™d ask him to open it and see what it said. And then Iâ€™d ask him, â€œAre you closer to reaching it? If not, what can I do to help?â€ After a couple of years of this, my husband turned to me and said, â€œYes, you can help. You see â€“ I want to own my own business. Iâ€™ve always realized I could build equity for our family better this way â€“ plus get away from the corporate nonsense I deal with every day. But if we do this, weâ€™re going to have to tighten our belts in the short-term. Are you ready to help?â€ I nearly keeled over from shock. I had become accustomed to our nice little life â€“ 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. â€œWhat are you considering?â€ I asked, trying to sound supportive. â€œWell, Iâ€™m looking at buying a franchise,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ve been working with a franchise consultant, and he has helped me understand my skills and what franchise companies would be right for me. Iâ€™m in the process of investigating several right now â€“ and one, in particular, is looking like a really good fit for us.â€ â€œOh. Câ€¦,â€ 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. â€œHave you spoken with your Dad about this?â€ â€œYes, I have,â€ my husband said, â€œand he asked me if I had the â€˜stuffâ€™ to make it work?â€ â€œWell, do you?, â€œ I asked. â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ my husband replied, â€œbut I DO know that if I donâ€™t see this through, Iâ€™ll never be happy, because I will have never seen through what I thought I could do with myself in life.â€ â€œWell, obviously this is important to you.â€ I offered. â€œLetâ€™s share it with family when theyâ€™re here for the holidays â€“ and see what they have to say,â€ hoping in my heart theyâ€™d help me out on this issue. â€œWe can do that,â€ he said, â€œbut I donâ€™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 didnâ€™t mean me harm, but that he wished for my safety, and that suggesting I avoid risk was his way of doing it.â€ â€œIâ€™ve already spoken with a lot of people,â€ he went on to say. â€œAnd Iâ€™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 donâ€™t always reflect an understanding of who you really are, and certainly donâ€™t reflect a knowledge of the business you are investigating. Be it your father, or your â€œknow-it-allâ€ 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, Iâ€™ve learned that my loved ones have my â€œsafetyâ€ at heart â€“ not my â€œsuccessâ€ â€“ 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 doesnâ€™t have the details I have in investigating a business. I guess Iâ€™ve learned this is something I simply have to do on my own. Wow, I thought. Heâ€™s got me pegged. â€œOK, then what can I do here?â€ â€œJoin me in this investigation process,â€ he requested. â€œWork with me to learn about these businesses. And then we can decide together â€“ if this one particular business isnâ€™t right, it wonâ€™t change how I feel. I still want to do this.â€ Well, we did exactly what he asked me toâ€¦and 7 years ago, we purchased a franchise business together. It has met his personal fulfillment needs â€“ and neither of us has ever regretted a minute. But why still the â€œwhite envelope,â€ you say? Do I still have him fill it out every year? â€œNo, I donâ€™t. These days it is no more than an empty envelope. But itâ€™s a constant reminder to me to that I almost â€œblew 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 holidayâ€. **************************************************************************************************************************************************** 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 â€œnewâ€ career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. 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