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“HORN†In On Franchise / Business Ownership

…a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom

regarding self-employment; career transition;

and franchise / business ownership;

as well as information for business owners

who may be interested in franchising their business.



March 2017



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.



Do You Think About What Your

Work-life and Personal-life Could be Like? 


If There Is A Business That Will Give You What You Want… 

...Is It Worth Looking For?


Most people will answer "yes" to that question. So, why do so many who say they want to be self-employed and own their own business give up on achieving their dream?  There are a number of reasons. One primary one...often business owner "wannabes" simply lose their focus and drift away. They may blame it on the economy, their friends, or other external reasons.  Simply stated, they hit a speed bump called “uncertainty and anxiety†(Fear) and then let their dream slip away.  “Fear†= False evidence appearing to be real…


Buying a business is a serious decision. No one makes a major decision without getting a little nervous, or having some anxiety. It happened to me! The process of buying a business can be extremely exhilarating and simultaneously can be a time of high anxiety…this is normal.  How do I know? Because I have already made the “quest†and experienced the “anxiety†that is a normal part of the process of buying a business.  Prior to buying my home repair / remodeling franchise in 2001, my anxiety and fear had me ready to quit the quest and give up on my dream about 3-4 times.  During those times when I was ready to give in to my anxiety, I would see an article or quote in the newspaper, magazine, or on a bill board referencing risk…opportunity…achieving your dream, etc.  Fortunately each time it would provide me the impetus to continue my quest, move beyond my fear and refocus on my dream. As they say….â€The rest is historyâ€.


Even when you get nervous, you can still make a good decision.  You have done it many times in your life already. Doing solid, serious research and utilizing good advisors will lead you to a sound decision. Look at all the successful franchisees around your city / town. They made good decisions, and were probably nervous at some point, perhaps at several points during the process. But they didn't let their anxiety rob them of their dreams!  If you gather the right information, and are honest about your abilities, you will make a smart, informed decision for yourself...despite the stomach butterflies.


Personally, I love “motivational†quotes.  I collect them and have about fifteen framed and hanging in my office.  Below are a few that I have recently seen and really like:

  • Expect to get nervous.  Don’t let anxiety steal your dream.
  • Optimism-The faith that leads to achievement.
  • Take Risks-Don’t be afraid to go on a limb.  That’s where the fruit is.
  • Opportunity-You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
  • What you get from an endeavor will be directly proportional to what you give to the endeavor.
  • No risk = No reward.
  • Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.
  • Success is not for the timid.  It is for those who seek guidance, make decisions, and take decisive action.
  • A year from now, you may wish you had started today.
  • Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.
  • Take Action-You cannot discover new oceans, unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

There is a book written by John Ortberg, If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat. The “boat†is what you hang on to, or whatever represents safety and security to you and that which pulls you away from the high adventure you actually seek. For many, moving towards the dream of being a business owner is simply letting go of the boat we call “corporate Americaâ€.  What it really entails is going after what you were made to do, leaving the illusory lifeboat behind and setting sail for uncharted waters.


It is always easier and less frightening to keep sitting on the sideline and watching opportunity pass you by, rather than taking careful, but positive steps towards the dream…the independence, freedom, and improved work-life which is enjoyed by many business owners.


So, expect to get nervous. Deal with it. Don't let your nerves and fear prevent you from achieving the lifestyle you deserve.


When I started the company I was 52 years old.  I had diabetes, lost my gall bladder and most of my thyroid gland.  But I was convinced that the best was ahead of me.


                                                                                                                                      -Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds-


Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.† Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still?  Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed?  So, would this scenario be of interest and value to you   …a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment.  Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself…


If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. 

Don't Settle.  Get What You Want.

If You Don't Pursue Your Dream, You Will End Up Working For Someone Who Did!


This is what I do…


My role is to challenge your thinking which may enable you to chart a new path to greater freedom, independence and personal fulfillment. 


So, if you are ready to leave your comfort zone and explore business ownership options, let’s talk.


I provide professional consulting and coaching to those who wish to invest in a franchise / business opportunity, and would like a fresh perspective.  My services are at no cost to you and will provide you information to help you better understand your franchising / business opportunity options.


My free, no-obligation services can assist you:

  • To determine if self-employment / business ownership is the right career / personal option for you,
  • Find quality opportunities that are not widely advertised….the right franchise / business opportunity for you, may be one that you have never heard of and wouldn’t even guess,
  • Gain access to an extensive inventory of franchisebusiness opportunities [biz ops], and low-cost-of entry home-based businesses,
  • Avoid costly and / or time consuming mistakes,
  • Identify options that best fit your goals, lifestyle and business objectives,
  • Understand how you can use you 401K or IRA funds tax deferred and penalty / interest free to fund a business start-up.


Never Let The Fear Of Striking Out Get In Your Way.


                                                        -Babe Ruth



Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change?  Would you like a "sounding-board"?  As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition.  Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself.  If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491.  Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you.  I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person.


Would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a supportive, educational and no-obligation environment?   


Have a job you don’t like?  Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€.  Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€.  In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€.  If you are ready…Let’s Talk.  I can help you “Change Your View†too…




Looking for Texas Hill Country Property…

House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 165 acres.

30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera.




If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend

Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex.


Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio.  He is an attorney and CPA.  He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a â€Will†vs. “Revocable Living Trustâ€, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities.  Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy.



                                                 Do You Need Furniture Repaired... 

If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s.  I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home.  Great guy and fantastic service.   210-849-9663   Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net



                                            Home Repair and Remodeling Franchise...


One of the hottest new home service franchise opportunities in the U.S.  Provides the opportunity to customize your business from basic home repair to full-scale remodeling. Primary focus is on area development franchise options for the San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas markets. Single unit franchise territories are also available for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Home-based with minimal investment, fewer operating restrictions and on-going costs.  Investment:  $58,000 - $120,000…single unit.




Small / medium size business owners:

Would you like to grow your business by franchising.


Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I DidMy Story


Franchise Opportunity Knocks

Self-employment Beckons

Start answering the call right here.

News you can use to help you find

The right franchise / business opportunity for you.



To receive free and no-obligation monthly newsletter, which contains articles with general information self-employment, career transition, business ownership… more specific information on franchise and business opportunity (“Biz-opsâ€) options; as well as interesting concepts, or special deals, complete and submit Subscription Form


February Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below:




From the NFL Locker Room to the Boardroom


Note:  This month's newsletter; 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website.  Click on the Website link below, or go to: 




Resource Center > Newsletter


$1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000


Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest


If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out…

I’m a coach, not a sales person.


Hook 'em. 


Larry S. Powell
Franchise Quest
Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 
Skype: franchisequest


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