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Looking For a New Tradition? Add a Fun Game!

Beautifully Wrapped Presents

Maybe you want to add something fun to a Christmas Eve party. Or, add a new game to your small gathering of friends. If you are looking to start a new tradition, here’s an idea for you!

The Basic Idea

There are 3 wrapped gifts for each person who is playing. These are neither serious gifts nor expensive.; they are items you could pick up at your local Dollar store, or even the free items at Harbor Freight. These could include individual festive tissue packets, Q-tips, pencils and erasers (for kids), notepads with the magnet on the back, deodorant, candles, tape measure, extension cord, etc. Collect them throughout the year (or, run out now to get them!  Why not? It’s a great idea!)

At Christmas time, get two gift cards and a $50 bill. These three things are hidden (separately) in the gifts before they are wrapped. At the gathering, pass out numbers (if there are 8 adults, 3 gifts each, so numbers 1-24) on little slips of paper. The numbers determine the order of picking and opening the gifts. So, in the appointed order (from 1 to 24), go around the room and people start selecting (shaking) and opening (carefully!) the gifts. 

Rules of the Game

Each gift can be stolen 3 times. So, if the person who draws #1 picks up a gift and opens it, and then person who draws #2 wants that gift, he or she can steal it. After the steal, the person who was stolen from goes back to the pile and picks out another gift. Start where you left off in the number order. But after a gift has been stolen 3 times, it’s dead. It can’t be taken again. 
 
You can also have a rule that you have to show people what you open, but you don’t have to take out and show the whole thing. You can be sneaky…. make people think you have something special so they steal it and you get to try again! (But, that can backfire if you have a masterful gift card/cash hider.)

How To Get Ready for the Game

1. Start collecting gifts as far in advance as possible. Anything goes. There’s the free stuff you might pick up at local fairs & festivals, chamber of commerce gatherings, conferences, and dollar store finds.  It’s mostly a bunch of practical, everyday-use kinds of items that are inexpensive but useful. 
 
2. Hide the gift cards (restaurants, movie tickets, etc.) in the items. You’ll get more ingenious as you do this! Often, the person who has the gift card or the cash doesn’t even know it!! Tip: Make a tiny slit in the Q-tips container and slide the $50 bill in. No one would see it. No one would find it. Also, make sure you write down where you’ve hidden the goods! With a couple dozen wrapped gifts, it’s easy to forget. 
 
3. Give yourself a good chunk of time to wrap the gifts. It may take 2-3 rolls of wrapping paper for this year’s game (so if you want it all to match (not that it has to), be sure to pick up a few rolls. Find a great audio book or holiday movie and enjoy wrapping!

It’s a fantastic Christmas tradition for older kids, you know, once they’re too big or too cool to sit on Santa’s lap or other younger family traditions. It would also make an awesome Christmas party game for an office or group of friends, or any other group of human beings who love a good time.

It you tried a new tradition last month, starting one this month will add to your joy!

Hope you love it! I’d love to hear how yours turned out!

Gratitude is More Than a Feeling

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Expressions of Gratitude

There are various words used to express gratitude: grateful, acknowledge, appreciate, treasure, and thankful, to name a few.  For many people, this time of year is when they start counting their blessings and looking back on the past year. They gather their thoughts and reflect on people or experiences for which they are grateful. People believe that gratitude is what feeds their soul. What does gratitude mean to you? How do you show it? Looking for ways to express that gratitude in a meaningful way? Below are examples of how you can show your gratitude to the people you know and love.

How Is Your Gratitude Expressed?

Gratitude is more than a feeling, and it’s not enough to just feel grateful.  You need to do something with it – that’s where acknowledgement comes in. For example, tell your friends and family why you’re grateful to have them in your life. Acknowledge the impact of their friendship, their support or their love. Whether you sit down to write a note (or email or text), be specific about how they touched your life. Make them feel your gratitude.

How Do You Show Appreciation?

What do you appreciate about your life? Is it your family? Or your job? Or your health? Or your community? As we and our loved ones, get older, we may not remember his name (Augusten Burroughs), but we remember the quote: “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters.” And that is SO true! When you’re in ill health, it’s hard to think of much beyond your personal situation. Being healthy allows you to be more active in your life, business and community.

There are many ways to show appreciation in your community for the gifts and blessings you have. Maybe you can assist someone who’s house-bound or bed-bound. Or, start a food drive to help your local food bank, or drive the van that takes meals to senior citizens. What about a coat drive for foster children – for some, gratitude is a warm coat.

How Do You Make Them Feel?

Do you treasure the people in your life? Do they know who you feel about them? And, I’m not just talking this time of year. How do you show them, in small ways, how much they mean to you? It doesn’t take much – a heartfelt message written in soap on the shower door, having dinner ready on the table for you after you come home from a long day, or clean and folded laundry! Just that fact that someone notices and treasures what you do for them on a daily basis is another form of gratitude.

Whether you are giving thanks for a thoughtful note, a visit from a friend, a delicious meal or a thank you for our service members for keeping this the land of the free and the home of the brave, keep that feeling in your heart all year.

Remember this thought as you go through life – “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ~ Unknown.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by good food and great family. I plan on having an “Attitude of Gratitude!” Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy every moment!

Right Franchising September Monthly Newsletter

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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

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Value is the Key to Building Relationships

Leaders can improve relationships by understanding their personal value and finding ways to show other they are valued, writes John Maxwell.  “You invite people into relationship when you as a leader regularly serve others, are quick with a kind word, and are first to encourage someone.”  Read more!


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The Measurable Value of the Franchise Consultant

written by Natalie Barnes, president of Business Alliance, Inc.

Is there measurable value when it comes to working with a franchise consultant to find a franchise? Make sure the time spent with a franchise consultant brings direct value to you. And that value should be measurable!  Here are THREE areas that are measurable when it comes to working with a good franchise consultant:

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We only have so much time in a day. A good franchise consultant will save you time! They will only show you companies that fit your goals. If they don’t, you will know right away and you move on! Our BAI franchise consultants listen, understand you, and focus on alignment of your goals to the franchise company. A win-win for all!

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Which is better; one concept or a few hundred? Our BAI franchise consultants represent a few hundred franchise companies. They are not focused on one brand or one industry. They are focused on you and come from an unbiased perspective!

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Relationships matter! Now, this may be subjective but it is measurable! The franchise consultant will develop a relationship with you to understand YOU. They will show you franchise companies or industries you may not have thought of or concepts that are out of the box! The results lead to finding the RIGHT franchise that will meet YOUR goals! Now that is measurable!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FRANCHISING, PLEASE CONTACT:

Gayle Sutton, Right Franchising, LLC.

EMAIL: Gayle@RightFranchising.com

PHONE NUMBER: 281.642.8280

Gayle Sutton is an experienced franchise consultant who will share her inside secrets into the world of franchise ownership with you. Right Franchising has developed a unique successful process for matching our candidates with the right franchise, providing the expertise and tools to help each candidate make an informed decision. Right Franchising prevents costly mistakes and has successfully placed candidates and investor groups in franchising in 12 years. 

What Our Family Learned From Harvey

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Prior to August 25th, Hurricane Harvey was a nonevent for Texas and was elsewhere. Our world of business was focused on delivering to our clients, managing our business and occasionally enjoying life.

Then Harvey hit. It actually sprang up very quickly for Texans. First, it was crossing the Yucatan and then it was at our front door. There are many views from many people and with humility, I am expressing how we viewed our time under Harvey’s control.

My husband and I live at a Marina. We love being near the water! We have a condo on the 3rd floor, but look out on a beautiful little marina where our boat, Faith and Hope, is almost in sight. We presently are “dirt dwellers” that is what “Liveaboards” call people who live on land. We lived on Faith and Hope for 15 years. We understand Liveaboards and why they do it. It is simple living and it brings with it a serenity that provides a great sense of nature, peacefulness, strong bonds and beauty.

Needless to say, we have many friends that are presently Liveaboards. And, Harvey was more than a challenge…it was a nightmare! The water came up FAST and created almost an island effect. These Liveaboards could not get off and they had no electricity. We could only text and email them from our lofty perch three stories up surrounded by water. Although there were many more that were far worse off than our friends at the marina, my heart still went out to our friends coping with Harvey. Liveaboards are a different breed who almost hear a different drum. They want simple living where neighbors are true neighbors and one can stop over for a quick chat or a great meal whipped up for a crowd. We have often had 20 or more on one boat; and one time we fixed an entire Thanksgiving dinner (pies and all!) for many.

So what do you do? You have everything. They have nothing. Well, my husband and I focused on their possible needs…cell phone charging and food. Water is always on a boat so that was not a problem. But, how do you get it to them? Remember they cannot see the docks anymore or know where to step. Well, a miracle happened! The water calmed for just a small window of time. We walked down to the marina and contacted our friends. They decided to try getting off. Now, you can’t see where the dock is or where you should put your next step. My husband grabbed a paddle and our friend had a boat hook to gingerly try to find the next foot hole that is dock and not deep water! They worked together to get our friend off. This was not easy going with a pretty good current. He was tired and wet and wanted something hot. We made hot scrambled eggs with bacon; and I only had pita pocket bread but it worked! He was able to charge his phone and then, because his wife was still onboard and they have two beloved cats, he went back to his boat. We shared what food we had with them.

We were lucky but so many lost everything; some lost their lives. A good friend of mine was flooded twice. Once was the Tax Day flood in 2016 and now Harvey. We could only call her and tell her we will be there once we are no longer an island! We are grateful to Harvey in some ways because we had so many people reach out to us and were concerned about us. We were so touched. Unfortunately, we could only help a few.

Now, as Irma is churning through Florida, our thoughts turn to the many Floridians; we are sending our thoughts and prayers to them as they cope with Mother Nature at her worse.

Are You Seeking The Hottest Franchise?

(c) Can Stock Photo / alexmillosAs a franchise coach, I am often asked, “What is the hottest franchise?”

The answer is one that most people don’t like, “Well, it depends.”  What may be  a good franchise good for your brother Joe may not be good for you.  You may have different requirements, different dreams and different goals than your brother Joe.

So, how do you find the “best” franchise for you?  Most of our clients ask this question:

What is a good franchise that I enjoy, and that will work well in my market and for my life?

When I Googled, what is the hottest franchise, my search returned a lot of companies advertising all sorts of brands.  It was more gloss than substance.  You want to move beyond the gloss and ask these six questions:

  1. How much does it really cost?
  2. Will it work in my market?
  3. Can I still have the lifestyle I want?
  4. How much money will it make and when can I start making it?
  5. What type of support will I get?
  6. How stable is the franchise for long term growth and development?

Where Do You Start

To find a good franchise that works will in your market and for your life, start with yourself.  Write down the pros and cons of your last three jobs.  This will give you an idea of what you like.  Ask friends and family to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.  You can also use our free business assessment to learn more.

Click here to start our free business assessment.

Funding

Visit with a good financial advisor, banker or 401K rollover specialist.  Learn what your options are for funding your new business.  It is always best to put together a plan of both your personal and business financial goals.  You want to be able to afford the business, as well as pay your personal bills, as the franchise starts to build and grow.

Your Market Area

Use data to understand your market better.  A good resource is www.citydata.com.  Notice the salaries in the area and the distribution of commercial versus residential.  Notice the average age of the residents in your area.

Family

Does your family support your decision to buy a franchise?  Most everyone has bought a house or car.  Buying this kind of business is a much bigger decision even though franchises are highly successful.  Your family needs to be involved and support you.  Ask these three questions.

  1. If we buy a business, will you support me?
  2. What type of support will we give one another to make this new business work?
  3. Who will do what if a family member wants to be actively involved in the business?
  4. And, finally, do you all agree on the overall budget for the business? Do your homework on funding.

Learn to Involve Subject Matter Experts (SME)

Are you an “Unconscious Incompetent?” Do you know what you don’t know? This is where SMEs can be handy.

Your SMEs should be a good franchise coach, accountant, franchise attorney and banker. Do your due diligence on the business. (Investigate the business long before you write a check)

There is a lot to due diligence.  But speaking with the other franchisees (owners) in the franchise system is where you will uncover a wealth of good solid information including true earnings, challenges and rewards of owning this business.

“Other factors to consider when deciding on a franchise: how long locations have been open, net
location
openings in any given year; and growth potential of the concept’s given industry. Finally,
investors should talk to established franchisees in the system.”  The Street

What is the hottest franchise?  It is one that fits you, one you can afford and one in which you have completed your due diligence.

Right Franchising helps our clients with finding the right franchise for them and then we provide all the tools to help them complete a thorough due diligence on the franchise.  We prevent costly mistakes.  And, most importantly, we help our clients make well-informed decisions.

Gratitude: More Than a Feeling

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

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There are various words used to express Gratitude: grateful, acknowledge, appreciate, treasure, and thankful, to name a few.  For many people, this time of year is when they start counting their blessings and looking back on the past year. They gather their thoughts and reflect on people or experiences for which they are grateful. People believe that gratitude is what feeds their soul. What does gratitude mean to you? How do you show it? Looking for ways to express that gratitude in a meaningful way? Below are examples of how you can show your gratitude to the people you know and love.

Gratitude is more than a feeling, and it’s not enough to just feel grateful.  You need to do something with it – that’s where acknowledgement comes in. For example, tell your friends and family why you’re grateful to have them in your life. Acknowledge the impact of their friendship, their support or their love. Whether you sit down to write a note (or email or text), be specific about how they touched your life. Make them feel your gratitude.

What do you appreciate about your life? Is it your family? Or your job? Or your health? Or your community? As we and our loved ones, get older, we may not remember his name (Augusten Burroughs), but we remember the quote: “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters.” And that is SO true! When you’re in ill health, it’s hard to think of much beyond your personal situation. Being healthy allows you to be more active in your life, business and community. There are many ways to show appreciation in your community for the gifts and blessings you have. Maybe you can assist someone who’s house-bound or bed-bound. Maybe start a food drive to help your local food bank, or drive the van that takes meals to senior citizens. What about a coat drive for foster children – for some, gratitude is a warm coat.

Do you treasure the people in your life? Do they know who you feel about them? And, I’m not just talking this time of year. J Do you show them, in small ways, how much they mean to you? It doesn’t take much – a heartfelt message written in soap on the shower door, having dinner ready on the table for you after you come home from a long day, or clean and folded laundry! Just that fact that someone notices and treasures what you do for them on a daily basis is another form of gratitude.

Whether you are giving thanks for a thoughtful note, a visit from a friend, a delicious meal or a thank you for our service members for keeping this the land of the free and the home of the brave, keep that feeling in your heart all year.

Remember this thought as you go through life – “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ~ Unknown.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by good food and great family. I plan on having an “Attitude of Gratitude!”

A Veteran, a Franchise, and His Mother – Part III Evaluating

Part III:  Evaluating a Franchise Opportunity

Evaluating - Thumbs Up Thumbs DownBefore we talk about evaluating, let’s look back at Bill’s journey to find the right franchise for him:

Right Franchising presented four solid secure franchises that fit Bill’s criteria, investment range and his passion for a business.

Next step:  Evaluating the franchises that are a good match for Bill.

So, how do you evaluate a franchise?  Most people find this a daunting task and one in which they have little or no experience.

Let’s take it one step at a time:

Step 1:  Learn More About Your Preferred Franchise

Right Franchising will schedule a call with the right person for each franchise.  This will help us take a deeper dive into the details of each franchise.

Have you thought about the questions you should ask of each franchise?  Right Franchising suggests the following:

  1. What is unique about the product and services this franchise offers?
  2. What are the long term goals & growth strategy of your company?
  3. Tell me about how you will help me attract customers or clients.
  4. Tell me about the training and help in the field I’ll need.
  5. How much working capital will I need? What do you suggest?

Step 2:  The Franchise Disclosure Document.

Some of my clients refer to this as a good “door stop” document.  You will receive a federal document that has some great information in it but it is “HUGE.”    Most can be anywhere from 300 to 800 pages or more!

So, how do you take a bite out of this part of the elephant?

Next month, we will discuss Step 2 of evaluating a franchise —The Franchise Disclosure Document.   I will show you the best kept secret about how to quickly go through this document and get the information you are seeking.

To find the right franchise for you and make an informed decision, please email Gayle@RightFranchising.com for a free consultation.

A Veteran, a Franchise and his Mother…Part II

Bill’s Franchise Story – Part II

The Franchise story continues about Bill, a franchise and his mother.  Previously, Bill, my client had followed all the steps for finding the right franchise for him.  He completed the online assessment and completed the questionnaire.

franchise, canstockphoto6704318We spent 30 minutes understanding what interests him and what categories of franchises were of interest.  Bill and I talked about his skill set, types of businesses he has thought of and his investment range.  But, more importantly, we talked about what he really likes to do each day and what motivates him.  Without someone asking the right questions, it is hard to really know what motivates each of us.  This is where Right Franchising provided value with our experience and focused approach.

Here is what we discovered together:

  1. Bill loves to help people.
  2. He has great organizational skills.
  3. Bill needs a business that is flexible with his work schedule and family.
  4. He wanted a business that was a niche business with little competition.

There was more but you get the idea!  It is all about asking the RIGHT questions and a targeted strategic search.  My team spent four days searching franchises and business opportunities that fit Bill’s criteria and investment range.  We also made sure that the territory was available for each franchise or business opportunity selected.

Now, for the fun part of what Right Franchising does: I presented four good solid franchises that matched Bill’s criteria in every way.  This four was narrowed down from hundreds of franchises that either did not fit or were unavailable in Bill’s area.  We save our clients time, money and frustration with our targeted strategic focused approach.

We talked about the pluses and minuses of each franchise.  We also talked about his vision about how each franchise would work and what his day-to-day would be like.  He was excited about two of them because he liked them and wanted his family, particularly his mother, to be a part of the business.  They both have respect and regard for each other and felt they could work together comfortably.

So, now, we have four solid franchises that fit Bill’s criteria and investment range.  Each is successful and we are ready to evaluate them.  So, how do you evaluate a franchise?  Look for Part III entitled “Due Diligence”. 

If you would like to take my online assessment which helps you learn what types of businesses may fit you, please click on the assessment link.

A veteran, a franchise and his mother…

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My franchise story this month starts with my client, Bill.  Bill is in the armed services. He has made a career out of the army.  No, he doesn’t strap on his field boots and gun every day, but he does wield a sophisticated system that trains hundreds of our men and women for combat.

I started working with Bill when he knew he wanted something more…something that was rock solid.  He said the government is great but there are constant restrictions and cutbacks.  So, we began our process of finding the right franchise for Bill that would give him that feeling of security and peace of mind.

Part I—The Assessment (10 minutes) which gives fast and accurate information about Bill.

First, Bill and I worked on understanding what interests him.  We spent about 30 minutes together and I was able to get to know him better.  We talked about his skill set, types of businesses he has thought about and his investment range.  But more importantly, we talked about what he really likes to do each day and what motivates him.  Bill loved to help people and has great organizational skills.  All of these are good transferable skills to a franchise.

Next, Bill took Right Franchising’s online assessment.  Ten minutes to find out the following:

1.        Should Bill actually own a business?

2.        If so, what values should that business have that Bill holds dear?

3.        What type of franchises would fit Bill’s skill set and risk-tolerance level?

Once we completed the Assessment, his Interest Inventory and a questionnaire, I went to work.  There are 4000 franchises out there and many are good; but some are not. As a certified franchise counselor, I work with franchises day in and day out, and know the ones that are good franchises with excellent return on investment and strong financial performers.

Right Franchising found four good franchises that fit Bill’s criteria and met his investment range.  We also made sure the territory was available.

Next week, I will post our results and how Bill chose the right franchise for him and, oh yes, how his mother became an integral part of his business.

To learn more about franchising and if it is the right path for you, please reach out Gayle at 832-864-2687 or Gayle@RightFranchising.com.