Choose a Franchise for the Long Run: Growth Opportunities for the 21st Century Economy

Choose a Franchise for the Long Run: Growth Opportunities for the 21st Century Economy

While everyone’s always looking for the next big thing, the smart money is on the long term trend — in franchising as much as any other business.

So rather than cruising your neighborhood in an effort to ascertain the types of businesses most in demand, look to the larger economic trends to guide your search for a new business.

While great opportunities abound in the wide world of franchising, you have to research market trends to winnow down your choices to those that work for you and offer the best long-term growth.

The decision on what type of business to invest your hard-earned savings and labor requires as much of your business acumen as you will have to apply in operating your future business.

Plan on spending up to six months or longer on research, beginning with general reading in business and trade magazines then eventually getting specific materials from various franchise companies. Your job is to peruse these, possibly with the assistance of a good franchise coach, then move on to interviewing franchisees who can show you the way or possibly warn you off.

We like two main categories for today’s economic climate: businesses that succeed even in economic downturns and those that capitalize on our new economy.

Businesses resilient during hard times offer conveniences time-strapped families can’t do without or services that cannot be postponed. These include:

Services Always in Demand

Senior Care

As we all know, the Baby Boomers are swelling the ranks of senior citizens, setting a great growth trajectory for senior care. Franchisors galore operate and thrive in this segment.

Companies that retrofit homes for accessibility and child-proofing

Firms like 101 Mobility capitalize on the trend for more older people to stay in their homes well into their very old age. And with Millennials now having babies, you can find good opportunities with firms that child-proof homes.

Property Damage Repair

No matter the rate of unemployment or growth in GDP, natural disasters will continue to occur, and families whose homes have been damaged by fire, flood and hurricane will require clean-up.

Services that capitalize on economic trends

Temp Staffing

In this age of downsizing, many companies now routinely use contract workers and temp staffing project by project.

IT Support

As an integral aspect of 21st business, most small businesses outsource their IT support, and many franchisees have had success fulfilling this need.

Business Coaching

Along the same trend line, as people now have to reinvent their careers on average every three years, a sizable number require assistance to help them determine their next strategic move. If you have read this far, you know what I mean!

Digital Advertising

As the “Mad Men” age of advertising fades into distant memory and social media is now king, lots of established businesses need help in reorienting their advertising strategy toward the digital sphere.

You can find plenty of opportunity in franchising in all these economic sectors. And a franchise coach can help you navigate the crowded field.

 

Ready to make your dream of becoming an entrepreneur come true?

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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 dcitrenbaum@gmail.com or at (484) 278-4589.

© Dan Citrenbaum 2015

Choose a Franchise for the Long Run: Growth Opportunities for the 21st Century Economy

Choose a franchise for the long run: Growth opportunities for the 21st century economy

By Dan Citrenbaum

While everyone’s always looking for the next big thing, the smart money is on the long term trend — in franchising as much as any other business.

So rather than cruising your neighborhood in an effort to ascertain the types of businesses most in demand, look to the larger economic trends to guide your search for a new business.

While great opportunities abound in the wide world of franchising, you have to research market trends to winnow down your choices to those that work for you and offer the best long-term growth.

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Get the Balance You Crave in Your Life With a Franchise

 

            Whether you’re ready to slow it down after a lifetime in the workforce, or to restart your career after primarily being home with your kids, franchising has multiple opportunities for you to work at home.

Locating your business at home allows you to set your work hours around the needs of your life. So you can watch your grand-daughter’s afternoon softball game or take your kids to school without spending valuable time commuting. Or have more time to pursue hobbies or volunteer activities.

Working at home, in fact, is a growing trend, having increased 46 percent between 1997 and 2010, for people who work at least one day per week at home, according to the U.S. Census.

Increasing numbers of full-time workers are setting up their businesses at home, thanks to new technology that allows us to easily connect via the Internet. In its most recent survey, the Census reported that more than half of all businesses that responded to its 2007 Survey of Business Owners operated out of someone’s home.

The other main benefit of setting up a new business at home is the ability to significantly lower your overhead costs.

The advantage of a franchise is you don’t need any experience in your business of choice. A good franchise comes with a tried-and-true system, training and ongoing support to help you gain the skills you need to make a good living.

Of course, your responsibility is to do the research necessary to help you make a good match with your interests and your experience. This includes reading Franchise Disclosure Documents and talking to franchisees to fully understand not only your complete costs, but potential snags, as well.

After all, you don’t want to choose a business that requires an outgoing personality when you prefer solitary work, such as research or perusing spreadsheets. The good news is opportunities abound to suit every area of interest.

Home-based franchises range across many industries, from various cleaning services, assisted living or home health care, business to business services, tutoring and fitness training.

Characteristics of a home-based franchise include:

    • Few or no employees
    • Interaction with clients mainly by telephone or by you bringing your business to them
    • Technology easily available at home
    • Lower space requirements            We recommend you start looking into various franchises online, starting with the International Franchise Association, and then consult a franchise coach to help you fine-tune your selection.            Choosing a new business can be among the most exciting moments in your life. So let your goal of creating a balanced life with a business you enjoy be your guide and get started today!
    •             Spend the time upfront on a thorough due diligence and you greatly improve your chances for long-term success.

Ready to make your dream of becoming an entrepreneur come true?

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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 dcitrenbaum@gmail.com or at (484)278-4589.

© Dan Citrenbaum 2015

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.

Is success:

  • 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.

Ready to make your dream of becoming an entrepreneur come true?

Get your free evaluation today!

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 dcitrenbaum@gmail.com or at (484)278-4589.

© Dan Citrenbaum 2015

Want to Start a Business? Get Past the Fear!

Want to Start a Business? Get Past the Fear!

By Dan Citrenbaum

You know the line about luck happening when opportunity meets preparation. Turns out that bit of wisdom goes all the way back to the ancient Romans, to Seneca, the philosopher and statesman.

Seneca said lots of wise things, but, nowadays, luck too often becomes a handy explanation for why others succeed. You chalk it up to luck and go on wondering why you can’t be lucky, too, but the only thing lucky about success is the realization that it requires a great deal of preparation and hard work.

So when it comes to feeling fear about putting yourself and your money on the line in a new business, remember, the more you know, the better prepared you are and the more you can reduce your risk.

That’s the beauty of a great franchise system — you can find out everything you need to know before you put a dime of your money on the line. You can learn how much money you will need and how long it might take before you start earning a profit — so you can be sufficiently capitalized for the long run.

To make a good selection requires excellent preparation, from reading background materials to conducting interviews. You also want to consult with the experts: an accountant, franchise attorney and a franchise coach.

Your preparation should include:

Reading the Franchise Disclosure Document

The Federal Trade Commission requires every franchisor to disclose a list of 23 items to potential franchisees, and the document must be written in plain language. You will find a panoply of information from litigation history, how much your initial outlay will be and the type of training and support that will be provided.

Interviewing franchisees

Franchisees, having been in your shoes, have every incentive to tell it to you straight. Would they purchase this franchise again? Are they making money? Have the training, support and franchise system been everything they hoped for?

Meeting with executives of the franchisor

You will meet and speak with multiple executives from those franchises under serious consideration. Assess their competence, their accessibility and the quality of their team. Do you like them? Would you be comfortable working with them over the long term?

When youre done, you should know:

  • How established is the franchise system?
  • How good is the franchisor’s support and training?
  • What will your total financial outlay be?
  • What exactly is involved with the franchise system; Can you comfortably follow it?
  • What restrictions and/or rules does the franchisor impose?
  • Are most franchisees making a good living and pleased with the franchise?The process may take a few months, but only by doing your research can you create the conditions to make the perfect match to a franchise that works for you. Your research helps you create an opportunity for success.

Ready to make your dream of becoming an entrepreneur come true?

Get your free evaluation today!

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 dcitrenbaum@gmail.com or at (484)278-4589.

© Dan Citrenbaum 2015