Archive for May, 2011

Beyond Fast Food Franchises – Consider the Service Industry

May 19th, 2011

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So you’ve decided that you want to be your own Boss, set your own hours, and work closer to home.  Your next step would be to decide what kind of franchise you want to buy. 

Now, there are lots of Franchise opportunities from which to choose.  Have you thought about a Service Franchise? Here are just a few Service Franchises to consider: Automotive, Cleaning, Education, Financial, Healthcare, Home Improvement, Personal Care, Pet Care, Real Estate, Technology and Travel.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know that the International Franchise Association says there are over 1500 franchise opportunities!?!  Wow…how do you choose the right one?  Well, we’ll get to that.

You may have noticed that I didn’t include Food Franchises.  I have nothing but good things to say about Fast Food franchises; but I’d like you to put that idea on the back burner for right now and think about Service Franchises.

One of the great things about a Service Franchise compared to a Food Franchise…and I’m talking in general…is that your “Open for Business” hours are shorter.   And you’re more apt to work “normal” hours, whereas fast food Franchise owners sometimes work 15-18 hours per day. They’re up preparing for the morning rush, working through lunch and dinner, and then cleaning up the kitchen to start again the following day.

People love their pets and this is a great lifestyle business for people.  You may not get rich, but you’ll love what you do and can very easily make a very good living with the right Pet Franchise.

Also, most Franchises (in just about every category) offer the opportunity to add locations, area development contracts for expansion in cities or states, at a reduced cost.  These opportunities are called area development or Master Franchise Agreements.  So, theoretically a person could start small with a single site, and then grow their business and income through area development or Master Franchise Agreements

All right! SO, how are you going to choose the right Service Franchise?  What are you passionate about?  Is it numbers, or cars, or education? Do you like working with seniors, such as home care or health care? Do you enjoy working directly with your hands – like painting or fixing furniture or as a handyman?  Or you love to clean – but at what level?  Would it be residential, commercial, or restoration after a fire or flood?  You love to travel…what about sharing that experience and showing other people how to do that less expensively?  Or maybe you’re more interested in the personal care area, such as hair salon, fitness, or a nail shop.

Now you’re ready for the next step in taking charge of your future.  But you don’t know what you don’t know.  What are the right questions to ask, and to whom do you ask them? How can you get past those hurdles? Ask an expert!  Ask someone who is in your corner, on your side, and wants you to succeed!

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IFA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE FRANCHISES

May 12th, 2011

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The International Franchise Association (IFA) announced it has partnered with the Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative (PAFI) to connect the professional athlete community to the franchise industry through education, research and interaction in advance of the 2011 PAFI Franchise Summit, July 10-12, in Atlanta, Ga. 

As the oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide, the International Franchise Association is dedicated to promoting and protecting franchising through educational programs such as the PAFI. IFA will be a leading sponsor of the 2011 PAFI Franchise Summit, the premier event designed to introduce professional athletes to the basic architecture of the franchise industry. The summit also serves to educate franchisors about how to leverage athlete participation in their franchise growth initiatives. The classroom curriculum is crafted by franchise leaders and supported by franchisors and others geared toward tooling the professional athlete for transition.

“PAFI’s mission to educate athletes about value of franchise ownership as a second career supports IFA’s mission to raise the awareness of franchise ownership for all individuals as part of our strategic plan,” said IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira. “Professional athletes are strong leaders on the field who understand the importance of working as a team and as part of a system to achieve success – many of the same characteristics of successful franchise systems.”

The 2011 PAFI Summit is hosted by Stan Friedman, CFE, senior vice president, FranConnect, and 2011 IFA Ronald E. Harrison Diversity Award Winner. Summit host committee members include IFA members Geoff Hill, vice president, Roark Capital Group, Kay Ainsley, managing director, Michael Seid Associates, Miriam Brewer, director of education and diversity, IFA, and Nick Powills, CEO, No Limit Media Consulting. For a complete list of speakers and education contributors to the summit, or for more information about PAFI, please visit www.thepafi.org.

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