By Larry S. Powell
After spending 25 years in corporate employment (Human Resources), I grew tired of life in “corporate America." Downsizing. Rightsizing. Corporate politics and bureaucracy. My life as an HR executive was full of stress and true “personal time” was minimal. Work-Life balance was non-existent….it was time for a change! And, meeting my lifestyle needs was imperative.
As I had always dreamed of being self-employed, I engaged a franchise consultant and enthusiastically journeyed through the process of finding a franchise to buy. Together, we identified my personal and professional goals, as well as my lifestyle needs. With that, he helped me explore several franchise opportunities, each of which was well suited for me.
With his continued guidance, I narrowed my list of "suitable franchises" and performed due diligence on three (3) of the franchise concepts. I made my final decision - a home improvement franchise-Handyman Connection to operate in the San Antonio, TX area. Without his assistance, it is highly unlikely that I would have identified my needs and objectives, and then found concepts aligned with those goals.
The interesting thing is that for all the work my franchise consultant did with me and for me, it was never going to cost me one dime. Whichever franchise company I selected, would compensate him for his efforts. It was an ideal arrangement.
After seven years, I had grown my Handyman Connection franchise from nothing to a business with substantial equity, while providing me and my wife a healthy cash flow. Most importantly, I enjoyed a lifestyle with Work-Life balance and no corporate political games. My work-life was driven by MY values and ethics. Nevertheless, I was interested in pursuing a new challenge. With age and experience come changing priorities and needs.
So, I sold my franchise. Rather than look for another franchise, I decided to help people who were like I was - seemingly lost in a thankless and cold corporate world. I became a franchise consultant / coach. Like the man who helped me, my goal is to help people determine what they really want and need, and then assist them by identifying options that align with those goals. Then to work with them to sort through and select that "one" franchise (out of literally hundreds).
Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Do you dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? Maybe you are ready for a change, ready to live life to its fullest or ready to take control of your future. Can you continue to do what you are doing now at the same intensity for the next 10, 20, or 30 years? Do you really want to? Perhaps you have the perfect job and perfect life, but do you have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens? There is no security, except what you create for yourself. Owning your own business may provide the opportunity for you to reach your goals. Buying a franchise has proven to be a great vehicle for thousands of people to effectively transition into a new industry and self-employment with an improved quality of life, while becoming a master of their destiny.
Are you thinking about exploring your self-employment...business / franchise ownership dream? If so, contact me. There is no obligation and there is never a cost for my service. You have nothing to lose, except perhaps "that opportunity" that is just for you.