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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.

Gratitude; What Are You Grateful For?

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This is the time of year that many people reflect on their relationships, their lives, what they have, and what they don’t.

If we focus on what we don’t have, that list can be long and expensive.  If we focus on what we do have: a ready smile, a helping hand, a caring heart…those are things that are free. And, you can give away as many as you want, and you are no poorer.

When you think of the last twelve months, do you remember the joy you felt when you saw the sun rise on a crisp fall morning? Or the happiness you felt on the first day of the New Year? So many things you resolved to change, to do or not do? Or the sight of the first flower of spring?  Or, the breathtaking beauty of a summer sunset?

What about your experiences? When was your last “Random Act of Kindness?” Have you ever been on the receiving end of someone “paying it forward?” You are giving joy without expecting anything in return. And, you both win. You did something nice for someone, and it brought a smile to their face and gratitude in their heart. And, maybe they passed it on.  Like that old Herbal Essence shampoo commercial (…and they told two friends, and they told two friends, etc.)

I’m going to gather my thoughts, reflect on what I have and hold that in my heart, and be grateful for what I have. I know that living in gratitude will affect my outlook and my health. And, I want to be grateful for a good long time!

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Gratitude Jar

I saw this great idea – want to try it too? It’s a Gratitude Jar. You can either use a plain Mason jar or jazz it up so you’re more likely to keep it front and center. (Make sure it’s a good size; you’ll have 365 memories in there!) Starting tomorrow, write one good thing that happened to you that day. It might be a goal you accomplished, a sweet memory, good news, moments that made you laugh, what you’re grateful for, etc. That’s just a simple list; I know you’ll have more ideas.  Then, one year from tomorrow, open up your jar and start reading!  It’s sure to bring smiles and tears…but they’re happy tears!

What am I grateful for…well, I’m going to write it down right now! So, what are you grateful for?

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