Monday, February 23, 2015

Spring Training for Future BUSINESS OWNERS Kicks Off With a Webinar Doubleheader on February 25


MLB Spring Training has started, and while it might not be sunny Lakeland, FL, you can get business start-up training Wednesday from the warm comfort of your home or office with two online events. Also, the more hardy souls can join us in a Clarkston on Tuesday in a toasty library for franchise basics. Read on...


WEBINAR ONE:  Light Manufacturing Business Opportunity – Webinar
Wednesday, February 25, 2:00 – 3:00pm EST

Learn the ins and the outs of one of FranNet’s unique business opportunities that offers many of the features and benefits of a franchise, but with NO ROYALTIES and NO RULES!

  • Light manufacturing, professional business-to-business format:
  • Leverages owner’s marketing/sales/management skills
  • Traditional business hours (M-F, 8:30-5:30)
  • Requires few employees and with higher skill levels
  • Offers recession-resistant products that every business needs.
  • High repeat business: About 80% of sales are generated by 30 to 50 corporate accounts.
  • Hear from the founder and president of the company, as well as several business unit owners in varying stages of growth.

Our economy has for generations been fueled by manufacturing, both heavy and light. Light manufacturing is an environment with no loud noises, no noxious odors, no dangerous chemicals, and no dangerous equipment.  Much of the light manufacturing over the years has gone overseas due to economics.  Some manufacturing remains here due to different factors including; technology, unique raw materials, the need to be close to the customer, or the custom nature of small run production.




WEBINAR TWO:  Semi-Absentee Ownership Model in Health Care Industry
Wednesday, February 25, 8:00 – 9:30pm EST

This Franchisor Spotlight will explore a franchise situated in a multibillion-dollar industry and growing. The franchisor highlights are:

Semi-absentee opportunity
Multiple revenue streams provide residual income from repeat clients and product sales
Staff ratio: Dedicated franchisor staff to franchisee ratio
Quick ramp up potential
Ongoing franchisor support and marketing and PR assistance.

With a proven business system, the franchisor is a leader in its category, providing clients with a comprehensive program that blends one-on-one support and education with cutting-edge technology. Whether you’re looking to take an active role in the operation of the franchise or hire key personnel to manage the franchise as a semi-absentee owner, this offers both!



FREE EVENT IN CLARKSTON:  Is Franchising Right For You?
Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 – 8:30pm EST

Have you been considering business ownership as a career change, a supplemental income source or an additional layer of retirement security? Have you stopped short of looking into franchising because you think it’s all fast food, or it’s too expensive?

Linda Belford, franchise placement specialist from FranNet, will bust some common franchise myths, and enlighten you on the wide-range of categories and investment levels available today. She will also discuss the various entry strategies available in the world of franchising, ranging from single unit owner/operator to semi-absentee investor to regional developer.

You’ll learn whether franchising could be a path for achieving your goals, and if so, how to go about finding the RIGHT fit for you!

Following is a brief outline of the topics covered in FranNet’s seminar:
General discussion of the reasons that compel individuals to start their own business in the first place.
A comparison of the pros and cons of starting a business from scratch, buying an existing business or starting a franchise.
How franchising can provide a desirable alternative to traditional employment by reducing the risk of ownership to an acceptable level through proven business systems, comprehensive training and ongoing support.
Basic information on franchising, including the range of industry categories, entry and long-term strategies, investment levels and fees.
The legal regulations governing franchising that protect the buyer.
A strategic approach to defining your personal business model, quantifying your returns and safely researching and selecting the business opportunity that’s right for you.
Growth trends and choices in franchising that offer stability and success in weak and strong economies.
A brief overview of FranNet’s no-fee, no-obligation consulting service is also provided.



Are you ready to get out there, show the world what you’ve got and make the big leagues!  Even the great pros need coaches. Let me be your coach as you begin a strategic franchise search. As a FranNet Consultant, I have helped many people find a great franchise fit and start on the road to success.  If you have any questions about franchising, my free events or my free consultation, please reach out by calling 616-891-1374 or emailing bbetser@frannet.com.

Also, keep an eye out for other free events and webinars listed to the right side of the screen.

Spring training is the time when the Big League roster is determined and the chosen few head north. Are you ready to be amongst leaders and best!


Friday, February 13, 2015

It’s a Week About Love … Do You Love Your Career?

Valentine’s Day is filled with hearts, chocolate, cupid and roses.   Love is in the air.

I think before we go any further here we need to first consider what the definition of love is.  And we need to realize that the definition of love may be different for each of you.  It may also be different within each scenario in which it is applied.

Love can be such a strong word.  You can love those shoes.  You can love pepperoni pizza.  You can love your significant other.  But did you know you can “love” your career too?


LET’S LOOK AT LOVING YOUR CAREER
According to a Society for Human Resource Management survey (SHRM), 81% of US employees reported overall job satisfaction with their current job (2013).  This is unchanged from 2012.

Now, this may be a bit surprising.  You might have been expecting a lower satisfaction number.  But, do all of those people truly LOVE their career?  Or are they just “satisfied”?


WHAT ARE THE KEY COMPONENTS TO CAREER SATISFACTION?
The SHRM study reported the top aspects of Career Satisfaction rated as “very important” by employees.  In order, they are:

  • Compensation/Pay
  • Job Security
  • Opportunities to use skills/abilities
  • Relationship with immediate supervisor
  • Benefits
  • Organization’s financial stability
  • The work itself

What hierarchy would you put these topics in?  Are there others, like flexibility, community impact, or personal financial growth that should be on your list?

Becoming a business owner may actually take those satisfied with their career to the next level – loving their career.  If you want to “love” your career as a business owner, you’ll need to find passion in a business that provides the opportunity to meet or exceed personal and financial goals.  The key to loving your business is finding a great fit!

And, that’s where I can help!  As a FranNet Consultant, I can introduce you to FranNet’s exclusive matchmaking process.  We take into account your skills, abilities, financial goals and lifestyle ambitions to connect you to different franchise concepts.  We’ll get to know what you are passionate about – and find the right franchise for you.

http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Documents/14-0028%20JobSatEngage_Report_FULL_FNL.pdf


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Do You Need an Original “Recipe” to Start a Business?


“Everyone says they’re just trying to get their piece of the pie.  They don’t realize the world is a kitchen, you can make your own pie!”   This quote probably makes you hungry as well as motivated.

It also starts the baking metaphor.

You are working for another baker, following their recipes, sweating in a hot kitchen to craft a product that someone else takes credit for.

You are ready to make the jump.  You love baking, but think you could do better running your own bakery.


You just need an original pie recipe.  But, what if you can’t find that “million dollar recipe.”

Franchising allows you to be an entrepreneur and use someone else’s recipe!  Buying a franchised business concept allows you to use that proven concept to start your own business.  It takes one of the “ifs” out of the equation – the product (or service).

Let’s go back to the bakery metaphor.  You have heard of this great pie being served in a different state.  You can bring that recipe to your area, become a formidable competitor with existing bakeries in the area, and be your own boss.

TIME TO FIND THE RECIPE
I would like to invite you to one (or more) of my upcoming webinars.
  • 2/5/2015:  Franchise Business Opportunities for Hispanic-Americans
    Una franquicia es como el apoyo que uno puede ver dentro de una familia. Los franquiciadores ayudan a los franquiciados con los temas administrativos, operativos y de mercadotecnia, un apoyo similar al que muchos encontrarán en sus familias. Y los franquiciados dialogan entre ellos para compartir las mejores prácticas y encontrar oportunidades para el mejoramiento de negocio a un nivel inicial. Y con las ventajas que ofrecen la tecnología e Internet, el apoyo se ha vuelto mucho más fácil y ha permitido que se aborden las barreras lingüísticas y culturales de una manera mucho más sencilla.
    More Info | Register
  • 2/18/2015:  Business Ownership Exploration
    Join us for this free, detailed webinar from the business experts at FranNet. Designed just for you to answer all those initial questions on business and franchising basics, we’ll cover the advantages to starting a business, a look at franchise ownership, misconceptions about franchising, building equity as a strategy, how to find the right franchise and more.
    More Info | Register
  • 2/25/2015:  Franchisor Spotlight – Semi-absentee Ownership Opportunity in a Growing Industry
    Join us for a FranNet Franchisor Spotlight featuring a franchise situated in a multibillion-dollar industry and growing. With a proven business system, the franchisor is a leader in its category, providing clients a comprehensive program that blends one-on-one support and education with cutting-edge technology. Whether you’re looking to take an active role in the operation of the franchise or hire key personnel to manage the franchise as a semi-absentee owner, this opportunity offers both!
    More Info | Register
You can always contact me directly to learn more about my free events and consulting.  Contact me at 616-891-1374 or bbetser@frannet.com.  You can also connect with me by clicking the social media links below.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

More than Half of US Workers to be Independent by 2020?


In 2011, MBO Partners (a provider of management services to independent professionals) made a prediction that freelancers, consultants and other independent workers will reach a total of 65 to 70 million by 2020.  This will make up over half of the expected workfare at that time.

Just recently, the same organization, MBO Partners, mentioned that 2015 would be a Key Pivot Point for the future of work.  It was noted in the discussion that it would be this year that Americans accept and adapt to the rapidly growing self-employment trend, focusing on ways to make it an easier and safer work arrangement for all involved.


Are you prepared for self-employment?
Whether you are looking to remain in the industry you’ve been in for years, or are looking to make a change into a completely new environment, self-employment can be attainable by many.  However, education on the options is key to finding the best fit for you.

Let us help you explore the options:  Independent Contractor, Entrepreneur, or Franchise Owner.  Begin by attending one of our free educational events on Business Ownership Options where we’ll discuss the reasons individuals explore business ownership, as well as three business ownership options.  There will be a deep dive into the franchise industry during this program, including regulations, investment levels, debunking myths and finding a great fit. 

Our next featured event will be web-based on February 18, 2015.  Learn more and register here: www.frannet.com/bbetser

You can also look to the right of the screen for any other local seminars or webinars that are coming soon. 

About FranNet
As a FranNet franchise placement specialist, I provide free services and consultation to help aspiring business owners focused on franchising – including our exclusive matchmaking system that can help you pair with a franchise looking to expand in the area.  We’ll take your transferable skills, values and interests into mind – as well as other factors including your lifestyle and whether you would like to own a business as a career, an investment, or both.

Remember, all of my services, consultations and seminars are totally free.  You can contact me as well at bbetser@frannet.com or 616-891-1374.





Sunday, January 25, 2015

Franchisor Spotlight: Low Cost, Home-Based, Mobile Service Franchise Opportunity

Starts:01/28/2015 @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Ends:01/29/2015 @ 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Description:
This Franchisor Spotlight will explore a low cost, B2B franchise situated in a $10 billion industry. The franchise provides immediate on-site repair and equipment service and sales through a dedicated network of highly trained and successful industry professionals.
With the potential to be a home-based business, this is an opportunity that provides for a flexible lifestyle with regular business hours; Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Owners will be in charge of providing fast and affordable service to their customers. No employees are required to operate this business.
Franchisees can expect ongoing support from the franchisor, beginning with six weeks of extensive training. Support will continue in the form of field support, annual meetings, advertising, central purchasing and more. Plus, the franchisor’s internal sales team makes outbound sales calls for new customers.
Ideal franchisee candidates will have excellent networking and customer services skills, an outgoing personality and the ability to handle administrative tasks. Some handyman skills are needed. This recession-resistant business offers franchisees the ability to succeed as single-unit operators, as well as seek potential opportunities in multi-unit ownership.
Franchisor at a Glance:
1. Home-based mobile service franchise, catering to the B2B sector
2. Low cost, high margin business opportunity
3. In-house support systems, including training, advertising, internal sales team and technical support
4. Recession-resistant business
5. Multi-unit growth opportunity
If this sounds like a good fit for you, we invite you to join us for this informative Franchisor Spotlight. Get started on your way to financial and personal independence!
City & State:Online National Webinar
Contact:
Questions please email webinar@frannet.com
Additional Information:
Registration:Click here to sign up.




Monday, January 19, 2015

A New Career as a Franchise Owner? Two Free Events on 1/21 to Tell You More


Just think about it… 

“I’ve got a new job – I’m the boss.”

It’s as simple as that.  As a franchise owner, you are the boss.  No corporate ladder, no busting your rear end for the benefit of someone else.  It’s all about you.

It may sound too good to be true, but franchise ownership could be much more attainable than you may think.  Let me tell you more….

"Careers in Franchise Ownership" - Grand Rapids Workshop
As the West Michigan based FranNet Franchise Placement Specialist, my role is to educate those interested in business ownership on the opportunities that franchising provides and I am hosting a FREE, no-fee, no-obligation workshop on January 21st in Grand Rapids, MI at the Michigan Works office on Straight Ave.

During this event, we’ll cover the basics on business ownership through franchising.

Here is a brief outline of the topics covered in the “Careers in Franchise Ownership” workshop:
  • How franchising can provide a desirable alternative to traditional employment by reducing the risk of ownership to an acceptable level through proven business systems, comprehensive training and ongoing support.
  • Basic information on franchising, including the range of industry categories, investment levels and fees.
  • The legal regulations governing franchising that protect the buyer.
  • A strategic approach to defining your personal business model, quantifying your returns and safely researching and selecting the business opportunity that best fits your unique personality, skills, needs and goals.
  • Growth trends and choices in franchising that offer stability and success in weak and strong economies.
  • A brief overview of FranNet’s no-fee, no-obligation consulting service.
Join us on 1/21 Michigan Works on Straight Ave at 11:30am for this informative program.  Whether you have been thinking about becoming an entrepreneur for a while, or this article somehow caught your eye and peaked your interest – you can learn more and determine if franchsing is right for you.


To register, please visit frannet.com/bbetser.  Seating is limited.  You can also contact me directly at 616-891-1374 or bbetser@frannet.com.

"Business Ownership Exploration" - Online Webinar
At 8pm on January 21, join me for this free, detailed webinar from the business experts at FranNet. Designed just for you to answer all those initial questions on business and franchising basics, we’ll cover:

  • The advantages to starting a business
  • A look at franchise ownership
  • Misconceptions about franchising
  • Building equity as a strategy
  • How to find the right franchise

Stop climbing the corporate ladder, and create one! If you’re considering business ownership, it’s essential to use the best available resources so you can get it right the first time. At FranNet, we use an established, proprietary process to match a person’s talents and goals with the right franchise choice. In a recent study we conducted on clients we’ve placed into business, we found that:

  • Over 91% of clients we place are still in business after two years
  • More than 85% of our clients are still open after five years
  • Nearly 15% of our clients are top performers in their franchise
  • These are all “Best in Class” numbers for our industry
There are other franchise brokerage-type services out there, but what makes FranNet unique is how we look at your career options first, and then jointly decide if business ownership is the right option for you.   All of our consultants are locally based and bring face-to-face attention to your needs so that we’re personally there for you every step of the way. And perhaps the best part is that our services are completely free to you throughout.

This webinar should last about 60 minutes depending on group participation. Let FranNet help you become what you’ve always wanted to be.

To register, please visit frannet.com/bbetser.  You can also contact me directly at 616-891-1374 or bbetser@frannet.com.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Is 2015 Your Year to Start a Business?

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the Grand Rapids region is the closest area to a full gross domestic product (GDP) recovery in Michigan. Our area is only 0.4% below its peak in 2005. In comparison, the Flint region is 16.9% below its 2003 GDP peak.


Does this mean it’s the time to start a business in West Michigan?

In addition to the GDP recovery in the area, Global Trade Magazine identifies Grand Rapids as among the top 10 “Emerging Cities” in the US in its report about “America’s Best Cities for Global Trade.” Our area had $6.8 billion in exports from 2009 to 2012 with an annualized growth rate of 13.4%

In April of 2014, Forbes named Grand Rapids the second best city in the nation to raise a family. Two years prior, Grand Rapids was number one. For companies that are looking to relocate, what a better place to have their employees live.


Now’s your chance to think about getting into your own business and be a part of the growth in West Michigan … If you have ever had the entrepreneurial bug, you can learn more about different business ownership options at one of my upcoming FREE workshops or webinars listed to the right.

If you’re unsure, you won’t want to miss one of these events. There are a lot of myths that will be debunked during the programs on franchising, and I’m certain you’ll learn that there really is a franchise out there that will give you the chance to meet your lifestyle and financial goals.

You can also give me a call if you are interested in learning more from FranNet. We offer no-cost, no-obligation consultation that will help you learn if franchising is right for you, and match you with concepts that could be a good fit. I can be reached at 616-891-1374 or bbetser@frannet.com.





SOURCES
http://bridgemi.com/2014/11/michigans-economic-comeback-promising-but-incomplete/ http://www.grbj.com/articles/80999-grand-rapids-ranks-among-top-10-emerging-cities-in-us-for-global-trade