Thursday, January 30, 2014

A WARM Invitation to Our FEB. 5 Webinar and Learn About Franchised Business Concepts that THRIVE in this Insanely COLD Weather!

It’s been amazingly cold outside.  A lot of the Midwest has been under a wind chill watch or winter weather advisory and, as entrepreneurs can attest, there is money to be made.

Let’s examine a few franchise categories that can still thrive when it’s so cold!

  1. Auto Repair:  The cold temperatures can create havoc on automobiles.  Batteries have to work harder.  Motor oil thickens to molasses.  All-season tires could harden and lose grip.   Road salt can lose its effectiveness as well if it gets too cold.  And, of course, there are more collisions!
  2. Restaurants Serving Soup:  Just think about those quick remedies to cold weather.  Hot soup and hot coffee.  Sounds good right now, doesn’t it?  
  3. Fitness:  Probably not something you immediately thought of when reading the title of this article, but typically – it’s cold on January 1st in Michigan.  When do you think the busiest time for a gym is?  January 1st.  We referred to New Year’s resolutions just a few weeks ago in our blog, and think about how many people joined a gym as part of their resolution.  

Take advantage of the warmth of whatever room you’re in, and take a visit over to WEBSITE to learn more about the services and events that FranNet has to offer!  Our FREE webinar on February 5th introduces various forms of business ownership, including franchising.  Visit to find out more about our other upcoming FREE events and webinars that will help you learn about franchising.

Keep in mind, all of our consultations and events are FREE!  If you have any questions, give me a call at 616-891-1374 or

Feb 05, 2014 / Online Seminar, US and Canada
Business Ownership Exploration Webinar

Feb 18, 2014 / Grand Rapids, MI
Business Ownership Options

Feb 26, 2014 / Online Seminar, US and Canada
Franchisor Spotlight: Mature Franchise Enjoying Accelerated Growth

Monday, January 20, 2014

Franchising – Let’s Find Your Dream Business

Most entrepreneurs have a dream of starting a specific type of business.  But, when they think franchises, the immediate thought is of drive-through restaurants.  Almost every type of business has a franchise concept; food services are just the tip of the iceberg.

The US Census Bureau issued a report about franchising in 2007, which included the number of franchise business units in particular economic sectors.  Take a look at the list below, can you find the sector for your dream business?

Accommodation & Food Services:  196,806
Retail Trade:  124,952
Real Estate, Rental and Leasing:  29,656
Other Services:  28,572
Administration, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services:  25,404
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services:  14,365
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation:  9,800
Construction:  6,330
Transportation & Warehousing:  6,293
Educational Services:  5,086
Health Care and Social Assistance:  4,503
Manufacturing:  1,696
Finance and Insurance:  986
Wholesale Trade:  388
Information:  286

So, what is your dream business?  The odds are really good that there is a franchise concept that is perfect for you.  Give me a call and let me help you get started on the path to your dreams.  All of my services, consultations, events and webinars are FREE to you.

Call me at 616-891-1374 or email me at, and let’s get started today!

Jan 21, 2014 / Grand Rapids, MI
Business Ownership Exploration Seminar

Jan 22, 2014 / Online Webinar, US and Canada
Business Ownership Exploration Webinar

Jan 23, 2014 / Online Seminar, US and Canada
Franchise Business Opportunities for Hispanic-Americans

Feb 05, 2014 / Online Seminar, US and Canada
Business Ownership Exploration Webinar

Feb 26, 2014 / Online Seminar, US and Canada
Franchisor Spotlight: Mature Franchise Enjoying Accelerated Growth

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thanks for Coming To Your Annual Happiness Check-up

Can you imagine a conversation at the doctor’s office that sounds like this?

Hi, I wanted to thank you for stopping in for your annual check-up.  It’s important every year to take a look at your happiness, just as much as your physical health.

I typically hear that people “can’t complain” when it comes to how they are doing.  Truthfully, that is a good place to be.  But, what if I could tell you that things could be better.

I understand that its difficult to enjoy life to its fullest when the corporate world keeps knocking on your door.  Companies are doing more with less, which means that your 40-hour weeks are turning into 50 and 60-hour weeks, and may even require even more of those dreaded business trips!

Did you know that you could start your own business, and maybe only work 20 hours a week?  Certain franchise models exist where the management team and staff does most of the work, and you just provide some ownership oversight, marketing and administration. With such limited involvement, you can even chose to keep your day job for a period of time before transitioning out of corporate life completely!

You can also broaden your scope by looking at full-time ownership options, if you’re thinking about leaving the corporate world behind.   Do you think you’d be happier being your own boss?

You might say, “Well, I’m leaving behind a steady paycheck and taking a big chance on this investment.”  That depends how you look at it. As you’ve probably taken notice, the “steady paycheck” can be yanked by a ruthless employer at a moment’s notice, and the returns of the financial markets can be less than stellar, and always unpredictable. So where’s the REAL risk?

If you think a different path will lead to more happiness, I strongly recommend you take a look at FranNet.  FranNet provides FREE consultation and educational events to help you determine if owning a franchised business is right for you.  They will educate you on the different options out there, and maybe just change your life.

Go ahead and contact them at or 616-891-1374.  You can also check out their events below and see if one of them strikes up your interest.

Thanks for stopping in, please see the receptionist on the way out, and I look forward to seeing you in 2015 to see that increased HAPPINESS!

Local Seminar:  "Franchising as a Career, an Investment, or Both "
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM NO COST
Grand Rapids
RSVP Required
more info | register now

•  Webinar:  Business Ownership Exploration
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM NO COST
more info | register now

•  Webinar:  Franchise Business Opportunities for Hispanic-Americans
Thursday, January 23, 2014
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM NO COST
more info | register now

Thursday, January 2, 2014

FranNet Can Help You be One of the 8%

You probably haven’t heard much about the “eight percent” in the news.  It’s an exclusive group, that everyone has the chance to be part of.

The number of people that complete their New Year’s Resolutions:  8%.[1]

Unrealistic expectations are bound to fail, especially if trying to change your life “cold turkey” or without a support system.  Losing weight, exercising more, finding a mate are all tough resolutions to see to fruition.

If you have one of the resolutions below, how can you increase your chances for success?     
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Be Your Own Boss
  • Create a Successful Investment
  • Working in a Specific Field
  • Matching a Career with a Desired Lifestyle

The answer is: FRANNET.

FranNet partners with aspiring entrepreneurs to help determine the best franchise opportunities to match your goals, skill sets and lifestyle.  If we can find that match, we can help you take the first steps towards owning your own business. 

We provide free consultation, seminars, workshops and webinars to help you get started.  Everything is free to you, so don’t worry about hidden costs or fees.  We even have some webinars that you can attend from the comfort of your couch.

Take a look at the list below, and sign up for one of our events or webinars.  You can also contact me with any questions at 616-891-1374 or  Remember, we are here to be your support system and to go step-by-step into examining if business ownership is right for you.

January, 21, 2014
Franchising as a Career, an Investment, or BOTH!
Grand Rapids, MI
RSVP Required

January 8, 2014
Franchisor Spotlight: Family-friendly, Community-benefiting Franchise

January 22, 2014
Business Ownership Exploration Webinar

January 23, 2014
Franchise Business Opportunities for Hispanic-Americans

[1]  University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology -