Want to Go Green? You Can Find a Franchise for That, too!

Want to go Green? You can find a franchise for that, too!

10 Ways to Go Green with a Franchise

By Dan Citrenbaum

Recycle Reuse and Reduce. Since that iconic environmentalists’ maxim was coined decades ago, increasing numbers of people have developed an interest in going green and recycling has become big business — which is why so many franchises have popped up to capitalize on this trend.

You can find everything from shops that help people insulate their homes to those that sell alternative energy systems. There are franchises that recycle and refurbish computer equipment as well as those that repair old furniture.

So if you have always wanted to combine your interest in preservation and sustainability with making a good living, start researching green franchises today.

Not only will you get a business that aims to tread lightly on the planet, but you will get a full how-to system for running your business, everything from training to ongoing support.

10 Ways to Go Green with a Franchise

Green Cleaning Services

Everything from maid services to carpet-cleaning services that use only earth-friendly products.

Energy Auditing

These services will check a house’s energy efficiency, whether the walls are well insulated and air is leaking out cracks around windows and doors. You can help homeowners learn how to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Alternative Energy and Air Filtration

There are franchises that sell alternative energy options that help people reduce their energy costs as well as their ecological footprint.

Green Restaurants/Organic Food

A growing category, you can find companies that deliver organic food and restaurants that specialize in healthy food and green practices.

Recycle and Refurbish Computer Equipment

There are franchises that help large and small companies recycle their computer equipment. You can also find refurbishing centers that sell used equipment, which keeps perfectly usable computers out of landfills.

Repair Services

Really any repair business that helps us reuse existing products helps us go green. Lots of opportunities exist in this sector.

Restoration

In this era of big weather disasters, such as floods and tornadoes, restoration firms are flourishing to help people salvage their possessions, if not save their homes.

Green Car Washes

Like cleaning services, car washes that use eco-friendly products have been popping up in the franchise sector.

Clothing Resale

Used clothing is big business. There seems no end of people who need to get rid of perfectly good clothes and those that will snap them up just as fast. And franchises have grown to meet this need.

 

Lawn Services

Lots have been written about the damage done to the environment by pesticides used in lawn care. Find a franchise that specializes in green methods for maintaining a beautiful garden.

 

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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

Want to Start a Business? Don’t Worry About the Competition. Ask Yourself the Right Questions

When it comes to choosing a business to buy, what matters most is not a competition-free market but rather a demonstrated record of success.

Think about it. If there’s no competition, it may mean that demand for this type of service or product is insufficient. But if you see a slew of similar businesses thriving, you could conclude the market is strong for that service or product.

This is why you tend to see a bunch of fast food restaurants all in a row. We can presume lots of hungry people pass by this location on a regular basis.
What separates the wheat from the chaff will be the best operating system and business model. And the best way to get a good understanding of all of this right out of the box is with a franchise.

Instead of starting from scratch, if you choose a good franchise, you will get a time-tested operating system, as well as training and ongoing support to get you up and running in your new business. The Franchise Disclosure Document will provide you a full rundown of your upfront costs.

The hard part becomes making the selection, which is why the research phase of the process is so important. With 75 industries represented among 3,000 franchisors, you will have your work cut out for you, which is why we recommend a franchise coach who can help you narrow your choices.

When you reach out to a professional, the two of you can do a lot to pinpoint the types of businesses that would match your particular strengths and interests.

Determine What Works for You

Educational background

Create a list your strengths, based on book knowledge. No matter what career path you took in life, you still have these strengths borne out by your school experience. What did you study in school?

Are you strong in science, math, or did you excel in English class? Don’t worry if this list doesn’t include any business classes. The humanities offer great insights into human nature, which is a strength in running a business. More obviously, being strong in science and math prepares you well for businesses that require technical knowledge or numbers sense.

Career Experiences

Make a list of the different skills you’ve gained over the years in your career. Stick with the micro level — start with activities and then link the skills associated with them — so you don’t inadvertently dismiss certain skills you may not realize you’ve gained.

For example, if you worked in sales, you likely cold called, collected leads, networked though local organizations or trade groups, compiled marketing materials, cultivated regular customers, tailored your efforts to suit clients’ particular needs and established ongoing relationships along the way. These activities entail skills in communications, organization and marketing, among others.

Make the right business match

Review of the Local Economy

Do an informal audit of the types of business that are strong in your region. Possibly many of these require business services that can be provided by a franchise. Or you may discover other business types that offer room for growth. List all the businesses that meet these criteria, even if they may not seem suitable at first.

After you finish making your lists, you can see which businesses might be best suited to your portfolio of skills. Now you’re ready to start searching for an appropriate franchise.

Further research will give you a better handle on the role of the owner in operating the business as you learn the ins and outs of the franchise system.

Your preparation will help you make the right match for yourself and your local economy, so you can carve out your own place in a well-developed market and outshine the competition.

 

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

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?

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

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?

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