A formula for success? Find a franchise to fit your life.
Everyone wants it, admires it, strives for it, but what exactly defines success depends on who you ask. So when you want to start your own business, first you have to decide what you mean by success.
Not only are there different kinds of success — think Wall Street Banker with a seven-figure income or principal of a highly regarded high school — there are also different levels of success, such as entry into the college of your choice, achieving a happy marriage while having work you enjoy or completing a marathon. Each can be as satisfying and validating as the next.
The definition of success, like beauty, really is in the eye of the beholder.
When it comes to your career, some people care most about maximizing their income and enjoy working long hours in a job they love. Other folks prefer a niche that allows a healthy work-life balance: time for family, hobbies, play and work, in no particular order.
The hardest part of all may be deciding what works for you because if you start down a path but take no satisfaction from your promotions or fattening paycheck and only daydream about hobbies left unexplored, you won’t feel successful.
When you seize an opportunity to start your own business and take charge of your career, you have the ability to carve out the perfect future for yourself.
In the wide world of franchising, with some 1,000 different franchises across 75 industries, you can find a franchise for every lifestyle choice, from those that require only part-time work to others where you might aspire to one day own multiple units and build a mini empire.
So before you get into the nitty gritty of starting your own business, answer for yourself what you mean by success. Then consult a franchise coach who can help you choose a franchise to suit your life.
Consider the various ways people define success then rank them in order of importance for you.
- Getting rich?
- Enough money to buy a house?
- Having a job that you love?
- Having a family?
- The ability to send your children to college?
- Having the time to give back to your community, whether that means volunteering at your local food pantry or serving on the PTA?
- Having a spiritual life, full of exploration and learning?
- Combining the goals of your life and your career, which may mean working in health care or education?
- Making a contribution to a goal larger than yourself, such as making the world a better place?
- Feeling self-worth?
- Being happy?
The list represents a continuum, from goals most associated with money to those completely disconnected from income. Which end are you on?
So think about what you want from your life, then I can offer multiple ideas for franchises that allow you to have a career that gives you the life you desire.
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Contact Dan Citrenbaum to help you create the career you’ve always wanted. As a franchise coach, Dan brings years of experience helping people select and buy a franchise or existing business. You can reach Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (484)278-4589.
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