Friday, August 28, 2015

The Kids are Back to School, What Should I Do With All of This Free Time?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  The kids are heading back to school.  Whether you have older kids heading to college or younger kids heading to elementary, the house might be a bit quieter than it has been for the past three months.

What might you accomplish with all of this time on your hands?  Could you imagine starting a business?

Depending on your financial situation, starting a business may be a viable opportunity for you.  With a proven franchise concept, you could reduce the risk of owning a successful business.

Semi-absentee Ownership Still Will Give You Time With Your Kids
The semi-absentee ownership model puts the operating responsibilities on a manager that you hire.  After getting the business off the ground, you focus on supervising from the 10,000 foot level.

Business Ownership Could Be An Investment Towards Your Children’s College Education
College is expensive.  Bank savings accounts and CDs don’t offer that much interest.  What if you can invest in yourself right now, and in essence, be investing in your children’s future?  Running a successful business can help you towards the goal of paying for your children’s college, or adding retirement security

Owning a Business Can Provide a Job For Your Soon-To-Be College Graduate
Have a child that’s about to enter the “real world?”  What if you can groom your child to be the next manager of your business?  With job markets being tougher and tougher, you can give your child a head start on landing a job and getting great experience.

FranNet Provides FREE Consulting and Events to Help You Learn More About Franchising
Contact me at or 616-891-1374 and lets talk about your goals, your interests, and the lifestyle you want to maintain.  We can talk about FranNet's exclusive matchmaking system that can pair you up with different franchise options that could be just for you.



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Make It Your Business to Help Others

If you have a passion for helping people, and have also been bit by the entrepreneurial bug … there is a perfect franchised business concept waiting for you.

  • Rehabilitation Therapy – Help the healing and restoration of normal life activities with those that may have suffered illness or injury.  Your team will work directly with patients, educating them on what they can do to restore function and return to routine daily activities. 
  • Senior Care – As they age, sometimes those we love need a little extra help.  That is where your business can come in.  Providing special care to our seniors is truly a noble act.
  • Vitamins / Nutritional Products – Being healthy is being cool. Through providing vitamins, supplements and other important products – you are helping educate and improve the lifestyles of your customers searching to reach peak human performance.
  • Massage – Americans suffer from back pain, other muscle pain and routine stress, which are the primary reasons people seek their first massage. Bring the benefits of high-quality, superior massage services to your community
  • Health Care Supplies – Wheelchairs, C-PAP machines, oxygen tanks and more.  Help provide needed supplies to those needing specific supplies that can’t be commonly obtained through pharmacies and supermarkets.
  • Weight Loss – Help people lose weight via long-term behavioral modification and coaching. You and your staff can help your clients live a lifetime of healthy habits and wellness.  

There are many different concepts in the world of Health and Wellness that you could be a part of.  Remember, franchises are more than just fries.  In the case of health/wellness, it’s the direct OPPOSITE of French fries.

Learn more about various different franchises at my upcoming workshop, “Is Buying a Franchise Right For Me?”  The workshop takes place on August 13th in Caledonia, MI.  For more information and to RSVP, please visit  You can also contact me at or 616-891-1374.



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Your Computer Screen May Hold Your Future

FranNet is presenting over a week of webinars that can help you decide to take the next step towards being your own boss.

Wednesday, July 15 – 2pm
Franchisor Spotlight – B2B Profitable Franchise Opportunity
Leverage your high energy and expert management skills to succeed in this $122 Billion Dollar Industry.  This concept excels in large, protected territories and eliminates the need for multiple units with its high earnings potential.

Wednesday, July 15 – 2pm
Light Manufacturing Business Opportunity
Traditional business hours, few employees with high skill levels and high repeat business (80% of sales are generated by 30 to 50 corporate accounts) are the highlights of this opportunity.
Thursday, July 16 – 2pm
Finding the Right Business for Baby Boomers
If you are an entrepreneurial older American seeking a new adventure, this webinar is right for you.  We’ll examine the advantages to starting a business, look at franchise ownership, build your personal business model and more.

Wednesday, July 22 – 8pm
Is Business Ownership Right For You?
Stop climbing the corporate ladder and create one!  Learn more about franchise ownership, our proprietary process of matching a person’s talent and goals with the right franchise choice, and more.

If you can’t make a webinar, or maybe want to ask questions directly, you can always contact me to talk more about franchising.  Contact me at 616-891-1374 or



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

B2B? B2C? What about HB2B?

There are many different types of business structures out there. All of them fall into two broad categories as to the targeted market, those being Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C).

Maybe you are looking for something different.  You want to be your own boss, but you need a bit of flexibility.  What about HB2B?

What’s that?  Home-based-to-business.

You don’t even have to start something from scratch.  There are plenty of franchise business concepts to meet your entrepreneurial needs.  Let’s take a look at the potential:

  • Consulting:  Your home is your base, and you go out to meet with your different business clients.  Create value for your clients, making money as they make money.  A total win-win.
  • Sales:  Your clients might think you work out of a big office building.  Combine your sales and marketing skills, charming personality, and a franchised business concept – and you have a winning combination.
  • Services:  IT, digital marketing, facility maintenance and repair and many other options can easily hit the road.  Bring your talents to the people, and reap the rewards.

One of the great things about working as a HB2B franchised business concept, you have a franchisor that will provide you with the training and the tools.  You even have a network of other franchisees as a sounding board.

Want to know about more about franchising?  You can learn more by watching one of our upcoming free webinars listed to the right.  On July 15th, learn more about a B2B opportunity.  On July 16, we'll look at finding the right business for baby boomers.  On July 22nd, we'll examine if business ownership is right for you.  Either click on the links to the right, or visit for more information.

You can also contact me directly if you would like to set up a one-on-one free consultation.  All of  FranNet's consultations, events and webinars are FREE!  No fee, no obligation.  You can contact me at or 616-891-1374.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Be Different. Franchises are More Than Just Fries.

Two Webinars to Highlight Two Different Franchise Opportunities

When you hear the term franchise, there are two things that usually pop into mind.
  • Restaurants
  • Pro Sports Teams

Experian reported in 2014 that the top choice for entrepreneurial startups was restaurants.  10.6% of new businesses were restaurants.  Personal services accounted for 6.9%, miscellaneous retail for 6.6%, business services for 6.3%, and general contractors 5.5%.

According to the National Restaurant Association, there are already 1 million restaurant locations in the United States.  (70% of those are single-unit operations).

Here’s your chance to be different.  There are two FREE webinars coming up on Wednesday, June 24.

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Take a dive into a light manufacturing opportunity in a professional, business-to-business format.  Some of the highlights include:  traditional business hours, few employees with high skill levels, and high repeat business.

This webinar will feature the founder and president of the company, as well as several business unit owners in varying stages of growth.

8:00pm – 9:00pm
This concept offers two options, an owner-operator model or a semi-absentee model.  This high value franchise concept features a low start-up cost, a simple turnkey model and flexible schedules.  This concept also emphasizes a large charitable component within its community and offers not only the opportunity to make a difference, but also to make a living.

If you have ever considered starting your own business, please reach out to FranNet.  We offer NO FEE and NO OBLIGATION consulting to those committed to starting their own business.  Our exclusive matchmaking process can help identify potential business concepts that fit your needs and goals, and our experience will help coach you through the research and decision process.

Any questions about our webinars or starting a business?  Please reach out at 616-891-1374 or 



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FranNet's Wednesday Webinar: Have You Thought About Business Ownership

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

This webinar takes place tomorrow (6/17) at 2pm ET.  For more information and to register, please visit  As all of our FranNet webinars, this is a totally free webinar that you can enjoy right from your couch.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 616-891-1374 or



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Start a Business: Three Ownership Options

Join me for the kickoff of my summer series “Focus on Franchising” on June 2.  Learn about three different business ownership options, including franchising.  Each have their advantages and disadvantages.  What are they?  Is one option perfect for you?

We’ll also cover franchise facts such as structures, industries and investment. 

Focus on Franchising is presented by FranNet of West Michigan and SCORE.  Please contact 616-891-1374 or with any questions.