Beware the Ambush

It’s a jungle out there! A wise man once observed that everyone is an expert in at least two areas: raising your kids and leading your life. Maybe we should add: owning your business. It’s just human nature. We have opinions and we love to give them, valuable or not. The only event more flattering …

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Living a Life Without Regret

One of Mark Twain’s many sayings is:  “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…..”  And if you think about it in your own life, that’s probably true.  I know it is for me!  Of course, it is also how my …

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Job Security Is A Thing Of The Past….So Now What?

Rob had grown up with the mantra of his parents about how to be successful firmly entrenched in his mind:  “Go to college – Get a job – Pay off the house – Retire.”  But after being laid off for the 5th time in 7 years, that model was losing its ring of truth as …

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Is Franchising Right For You? 

And are your misperceptions keeping you from a great opportunity? A lot of people tell us, “I’m just not a franchise kind of guy (or gal)” Let’s look at why people say that.  First, they confuse franchising and French fries.  The truth is less than 26% of all franchise businesses are food-related.  Those just happen …

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Passion: Friend or Foe?

  We all want to be passionate about what we do for a living, right?  After all, with the amount of time we spend working, we’re a lot better off if we feel passionate about our work, right?  And if we’re thinking of actually starting our own business, well, heck, we better really feel passionate …

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Overcoming the Fear of Starting a Franchise

Alex had been successful in the corporate world and had no intention of leaving it.  Sure, there was the inevitable corporate politics, bonuses that didn’t come through, and periodic moves to multiple cities to climb the corporate ladder.  But it was familiar.  Comfortable.  “The Devil You Know.”  So when Alex lost his job in a …

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Myths vs Facts when Deciding if Franchising is Right for You – part 2

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about business ownership and probably more still about franchising. This week, we’ll look specifically at the myths related to the kinds of franchises available and what makes a “good” franchise. MYTH: : Franchising isn’t for me because I am not interested in food or automotive franchises FACT: …

Myths vs Facts when Deciding if Franchising is Right for You – part 1

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about business ownership and probably more still about franchising. To help you decide if franchising might be right for you, let’s separatesome myths from facts.Here, we’ll look specifically at the myths related to franchising and money… MYTH:Franchising isn’t for me because franchise businesses are too expensive FACT: …

The Benefits of Owning a Franchise

It’s been estimated that less than 12% of the businesses in North America are franchised, but they account for over 50% of all North American retail sales –more than four times their share of the dollars. And there’s areason why franchisees get more than their fair share of the market. In general,franchisingoffer you: Experience: franchises …

7 Reasons To Use a Qualified Franchise Consultant

Education: There are a lot of myths and misperceptions about franchise ownership,and sorting out the fact from fiction can be confusing. A consultant can provide valuable information that will enableyou to make a truly informed choiceabout what your options really are, what the owner’s role in various businesses really is,and what it takes to succeed …