Friday, November 29, 2013

Giving Thanks for Work-Life Balance

Have you heard horror stories about corporate workers bringing their work home with them, not having a family life? What about owners putting in 100 hour weeks to get their business up and running?

With more and more retail shops opening up on Thanksgiving, some hourly workers are even losing a bit of their work-life balance?

So, how can franchising restore a work life balance?

  • The systems are already in place: The beautiful thing about a franchised concept is that the systems are already in place. Other franchise owners of the same concept have been successful using the same systems, and you can literally take pages out of their playbook to use in your market. You may also benefit from an overall corporate marketing strategy that will drive business to your front door. Don’t lose your valuable time working and fretting about trying to re-invent the wheel.
  • Different ownership models: Owning a business doesn’t have to mean working it “Full-time”. The semi-absentee ownership models allowed by some franchise concepts allows the owner to work approximately 20 hours per week. Knowing this in advance can help you control your schedule and work life balance, rather than feeling out of control. 
FranNet is here to teach you more about franchising, and how you can maintain the work-life balance you want. If you’re feeling like you’re sacrificing your family life for your work, it might be time to learn more.

If you’re ready to explore opportunities that will provide work-life balance, visit The site will tell you about all of my FREE services, including webinars and events. You can also contact me at 616-891-1374 or

Monday, November 18, 2013

Giving Thanks for a Support System

Being an entrepreneur can be tough. But those that took the jump into business ownership through franchising have thanks to give for the support systems that make it a little easier to deal with those ups and downs business owners experience.

With franchising, franchise owners have access to two key components of a support system:
  1. A Franchise Family – The minute you launch your new franchise, you have access to a franchise family – a group of individuals that have been in your shoes before, and know what its like to start up a franchise in your specific brand. Not only that, but they all share a vested interest in helping THE BRAND succeed. 

  2. Franchise Support Team – Remember, as you do well, your company does well. That’s why you’ll find dedicated members of the corporate franchise team assisting with your ongoing support needs. And, since most franchise models require a royalty fee go back to the main company, this seems pretty obvious – it’s one of those services you get as a franchisee in return for your royalty payments. 
And don’t forget about FranNet! Because we’re a local based franchise consulting firm, you’ll have the support of our network as you launch your new business too! Whether you’re looking for real estate, need a cleaning company or handyman, or even are looking for office furniture, FranNet can help.

If the aforementioned sound like a great ways to be in business but you aren’t sure how to find a franchise that is best for you, consider contacting FranNet. We are here to help match you up with franchised concepts to research that fit your lifestyle and goals. And keep in mind; all of our consultations, seminars and events are FREE to you!

Don't miss my free seminar, "Franchising as a Career, an Investment, or Both," TOMORROW in Grand Rapids!  To learn more and to RSVP, please visit  You can also contact me at or 616-891-1374.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Starting Up a Business? GIVE THANKS for Someone Else's Idea!

One of the hardest parts of starting your own business is coming up with that million-dollar idea. Has someone else already tried your idea? What if you miscalculated this, or underestimated that? What if your idea fails?

That's one of the reasons for entrepreneurs to give thanks for franchises. Now, keep in mind, you are paying to use someone's idea... But you are also reducing your risk. Whether it's a restaurant, accounting firm, dry cleaners or anything you can think of - the franchised brand shows a track record of success.

Success isn't a guarantee though, there’s still a lot of work to do! But why not take advantage of all the franchise has to offer to help position you for that success?

For more information about franchising, I am putting on a free workshop on November 19th in Grand Rapids, MI entitled "Franchising as a Career, an Investment, or Both," we will examine the pros and cons of various different business ownership options while taking a deep dive into franchising. For more information and to register, please visit or call 616-891-1374. You can also email me at

Just a reminder, ALL of my services, workshops, webinars and seminars are free to you!