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Heather Rosen

Market President, Franchise Consultant

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What is a FranNet Franchise Consultant?

A FranNet consultant is your one-stop-shop for all franchise information and services. Our job is to ensure you find the right business that maximizes your odds of success and happiness and allows you to meet your lifestyle, career and financial goals

How do we help?

We help you by providing assorted research and information that will help you investigate different franchises to start your own business. We can introduce you to many different franchisors, so rather than having to go from place to place to learn about specific businesses, you can learn the basics about several options all in one spot! This saves you time and money.

FranNet Consultants helps save you time and money in several ways: by educating you about franchising; by helping you research your business; by identifying the right structure and strategic mix of the businesses you are interested in; and by introducing you to the franchisors that fit your model.

We’ll encourage you to thoroughly research any franchise that you are investigating, and we’ll even help you find franchise attorneys and other advisors so you can gain more information before you buy. We believe that the more you know, the better the odds are that the choice you make will be a good one. As a result, we stress that you spend the necessary time to research before you buy. Once you’ve bought the business, it’s too late to change your mind.

How much do we cost?

FranNet Consulting Services are 100% Free For Our Clients. Like a real estate agent, we make our commission only if and when a deal closes and are paid by the seller, not you, the buyer.

How can we work together?

  1. Take Our Franchise Readiness Assessment
    • Take our free proprietary Readiness Assessment to evaluate your business owner profile, including a personality analysis and an investment range determination. From here, our algorithm can help determine what franchise options in your local market may be best able to meet your goals.
  2. We Will Review Your Readiness Assessment
    • Once you have your Franchise Readiness Assessment results, you may request a free, no-obligation review session with your local franchise consultant. During this meeting, you can gain more insight into what franchise opportunities may be best for your goals.
  3. We’ll Discuss Your Franchise Options
    • After the review of your Readiness Assessment, we work with you to determine what local franchise options may be worth exploring. Your local consultant will present you with a number of options and depending on which ones you are interested in, your consultant will make an introduction.
  4. Introduction To Your Ideal Franchise Brands
    • We will help facilitate those introductions and coach you on the due diligence process, providing guidance on questions to ask, how to understand Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), and tools on how to rank the franchise opportunities for yourself.
  5. Introduction to Existing Franchisees of the Brands You Like
    • Once you've learned more about each franchise opportunity that you are interested in, you will be able to speak with active franchisees in their respective organizations in order to validate the business, support, and overall success of each.
  6. Attend a Discovery Day
    • Prior to making a formal commitment to a franchise opportunity, you will attend a Discovery Day, usually on-site at the corporate headquarters of the specific franchise you're interested in (In the wake of COVID-19, many franchisors are offering virtual Discovery Days). This Discovery Day is a great opportunity for you to meet the top management team, see their operational facility and learn more about the day-to-day life of owning a business under their brand.
  7. Making a Final Decision with FranNet By Your Side
    • Once you return from a discovery day, you'll be in a position to decide if that specific franchise is the right fit for you. If it is, we'll provide the necessary referrals to franchise attorneys, accountants, and funding partners to help complete your franchise due diligence. From there, it is your choice to sign the final franchise agreement and become a franchisee.

WELCOME

I joined FranNet for the same reason that I became a lawyer - it is extremely rewarding to help people achieve their business and personal goals. Most people would love to have their own business but fear they might not be successful. I can tell you about the pros and cons of buying a franchised business – a tried and true business concept – and help you choose among the 3,000+ franchised businesses in existence to find the ones that best fit your skills, budget, personal needs and financial goals. If you are looking for franchise opportunities in Washington DC or franchises for sale in Northern Virginia then call me for a free consultation. I can help you work toward your goal of becoming a business owner or if you own a business, expand your holdings through a franchise purchase.

If you are interested in owning a business in Northern VA or Washington DC, please keep in mind that franchise ownership, while not for everyone, has many advantages over traditional start-ups, such as having access to proven successful marketing strategies, business plans, and industry-specific human and informational resources right from the very start. Feel free to contact me anytime to learn more about exciting franchise opportunities. Do you have what it takes to transform your life in the next 90 days by becoming a successful business owner? Let's talk franchise.

ABOUT HEATHER

Heather is the President of FranNet of Virginia, part of a leading franchise advisory and development services firm with over 50 offices worldwide. She is also an attorney who previously advised small and medium sized businesses including sole proprietors on contractual matters, mergers and acquisitions, litigation strategy, corporate structure, bankruptcy matters, and real estate acquisitions and refinancings. In 2001, Heather became an in-house consultant to large, international law firms based in Washington, DC, advising partners and firm management on strategic planning, client targeting, marketing budget allocation, and proposal writing.

Heather left the legal services industry in 2009 to open FranNet of Virginia, extending FranNet’s reach and expanding her family’s 15 year old franchise consulting business.

As a franchise consultant for FranNet, Heather works with clients in Northern, Central and Western Virginia and Washington, DC. She also conducts franchise educational seminars throughout the region. Seminars are conducted in partnership with career transition agencies, Small Business Development Centers, SCORE offices, the US military, and federal, state and county government agencies. Heather is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Franchising as a Career, Investment, or Both

Would you like to be the successful owner of a business service, consumer service, retail, auto, or food franchise in the DC Metro Area? Which franchises have been successful in this or similar markets, which one is right for YOU, and how well do you understand the local requirements, regulations, the various contacts you may need to sign? There is no franchise that will work for every individual and in every market. Come and learn how to successfully select and open a franchise in the DC Metro area. Topics will include:
  • Franchise requirements that are unique to the DC Metro Area
  • How to determine if franchise ownership is right for you
  • How to quantify and maximize your financial returns in a franchise business
  • How to correctly select and research franchise opportunities that will thrive in the current economy
  • How to recognize and avoid the pitfalls that can lead to failure in franchise ownership
  • What other agreements may be required?
  • Absentee ownership, master franchise and multi-unit opportunities in the DC Metro Area
  • How to consider the various financing options available

Franchise Ownership as a “Retirement Job”: How to Open a “Lifestyle” Business in Arizona

Have you ever wondered whether it would be possible to move to your dream house by the water or in the mountains now…while you’re still in your income-earning years? Every year, people leave their big corporate jobs and move to the places where they have always wanted to live. Why wait until retirement when it may be possible to start a business in your favorite part of the world and draw a good salary in a short amount of time through a proven franchise? Some franchises offer flexible or even part-time schedules so you can have more of a life outside of work. We call these “lifestyle businesses”, and this month, we will focus on lifestyle businesses in Arizona!

Franchise Ownership 101

Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability, and some of them require as little as $50K to start and simply operate out of a home office – there is no food and no retail space to rent. But how do you find the good ones and not pay too much (or too little) for your business? Learn everything from how to find the right franchise for you, to which state and local regulations you must be aware of before signing a franchise agreement, to which franchises do well (and don’t do well) in our region. We will also cover funding options.

Briefing: Business Opportunities in Times of Crisis and Recession

For anyone going into business in the next few months, money will be cheaper to borrow, space will be cheaper to lease, and with more supply than demand, labor will be cheaper too. Some of the franchises are already implementing new marketing programs and operational processes in response to the public health crisis. Whether you are thinking of starting a business or looking to learn best practices from the franchises, you won’t want to miss this industry update.

Franchise Ownership as a “Retirement Job”: How to Open a “Lifestyle” Business In Florida

Have you ever wondered whether it would be possible to move to your dream house by the water or in the mountains now…while you’re still in your income earning years? Every year, people leave their big corporate jobs and move to the places where they have always wanted to live. Why wait until retirement when it may be possible to start a business in your favorite part of the world and draw a good salary in a short amount of time through a proven franchise? Some franchises offer flexible or even part-time schedules so you can have more of a life outside of work. We call these “lifestyle businesses”, and this month, we will focus on lifestyle businesses in Florida!

NEW Business Briefing: Recession Resistant and Essential Services

Without a doubt, COVID-19 and social distancing have changed the way we live and do business. By all indications, this is a situation that we will be living with for several months to a year or more. While some industries are hurting because it is harder for them to pivot and adapt, several recession-resistant and/or essential franchises have adapted or even profited from continuous or increased demand for their products and services. If you are on an entrepreneurial journey and trying to position yourself for the greatest amount of success during and after the crisis, this is one webinar that you do not want to miss!

Franchise Ownership 101

Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability, and some of them require as little as $50K to start and simply operate out of a home office – there is no food and no retail space to rent. But how do you find the good ones and not pay too much (or too little) for your business? Learn everything from how to find the right franchise for you, to which state and local regulations you must be aware of before signing a franchise agreement, to which franchises do well (and don’t do well) in our region. We will also cover funding options.

How to Weather the Storm by Adapting Your Business During COVID-19

Franchises are often the first to pivot and adapt when there is any kind of threat to their business model because franchisees are sharing ideas and testing new programs. Learn what some of the franchises – as well as some very experienced independent businesses – are doing right now to weather the crisis (and even come out ahead!)

NEW Business Briefing: Recession Resistant and Essential Services

Without a doubt, COVID-19 and social distancing have changed the way we live and do business. By all indications, this is a situation that we will be living with for several months to a year or more. While some industries are hurting because it is harder for them to pivot and adapt, several recession-resistant and/or essential franchises have adapted or even profited from continuous or increased demand for their products and services. If you are on an entrepreneurial journey and trying to position yourself for the greatest amount of success during and after the crisis, this is one webinar that you do not want to miss!

Semi-Absentee “Investment” Franchises

Looking for a way to exit Corporate America in the next 2-3 years? Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability and a few franchises offer a “semi-absentee manage-the-manager” model where franchisees run the franchise while they work in a M-F job. Once the business is profitable enough, some of them leave their day job to grow their business while others acquire several absentee franchises and build a business investment portfolio. Find out how it’s done and what you need to know if you live in the DC metro area or Central or Southeastern Virginia.

Semi-Absentee and Seasonal Franchises

Looking for a way to exit Corporate America in the next 2-3 years? Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability and a few franchises offer a “semi-absentee manage-the-manager” model where franchisees run the franchise while they work in a M-F job. Once the business is profitable enough, some of them leave their day job to grow their business while others acquire several absentee franchises and build a business investment portfolio. Find out how it’s done and what you need to know if you live in the DC metro area or Central or Southeastern Virginia.

Franchise Ownership 101

Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability, and some of them require as little as $50K to start and simply operate out of a home office – there is no food and no retail space to rent. But how do you find the good ones and not pay too much (or too little) for your business? Learn everything from how to find the right franchise for you, to which state and local regulations you must be aware of before signing a franchise agreement, to which franchises do well (and don’t do well) in our region. We will also cover funding options.

Franchise Ownership 101

Franchise Ownership 101 Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability, and some of them require as little as $50K to start and can operate out of a home office – with no food and no retail space to rent. But how do you find the good ones? Several recession-resistant and/or essential franchises have already adapted to the current public health restrictions and some have even experienced an increased demand for their products and services. If you are on an entrepreneurial journey and trying to position yourself for the greatest amount of success during and after the crisis, this is one webinar that you do not want to miss! Topics will include: • Pros and cons of franchise ownership • What types of franchises are people launching right now? • Semi-absentee and add-on businesses • Business to Business (B2B) vs. Business to Consumer (B2C) franchises • How to find the best franchises • How to think about selling your franchise (or buying an existing location) • Loans and other funding options – is it easier with a franchise?

Franchise Ownership as a “Retirement Job”: How to Open a “Lifestyle” Business in Carolinas

Have you ever wondered whether it would be possible to move to your dream house by the water or in the mountains now…while you’re still in your income earning years? Every year, people leave their big corporate jobs and move to the places where they have always wanted to live. Why wait until retirement when it may be possible to start a business in your favorite part of the world and draw a good salary in a short amount of time through a proven franchise? Some franchises offer flexible or even part-time schedules so you can have more of a life outside of work. We call these “lifestyle businesses”, and this month, we will focus on lifestyle businesses in the Carolinas.

Semi-Absentee and Seasonal Franchises

Looking for a way to exit Corporate America in the next 2-3 years? Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability and a few franchises offer a “semi-absentee manage-the-manager” model where franchisees run the franchise while they work in a M-F job. Once the business is profitable enough, some of them leave their day job to grow their business while others acquire several absentee franchises and build a business investment portfolio. Find out how it’s done and what you need to know if you live in the DC metro area or Central or Southeastern Virginia.

Multi-Unit and Area Development Franchising

A few franchises offer unique opportunities to share in the franchisor’s revenue when expanding the franchise in a new region. Find out how it works, what franchisors are looking in a developer, which franchisors are currently searching for developers, and what type of investment is typically involved.

NEW Business Briefing: Business Opportunities in the Current Environment and Beyond

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, the way our families live, the way we do business, and many of our priorities. By all indications, this is a situation that we will be living with for several months to a year or more. While some companies are hurting badly and may never recover, others are resilient, and some are thriving because they have become essential or are meeting a new need. If you are on an entrepreneurial journey and trying to position yourself for the greatest amount of success during and after the pandemic, this is one webinar that you do not want to miss!

Franchise Ownership 101

Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability, and some of them require as little as $50K to start and simply operate out of a home office – there is no food and no retail space to rent. But how do you find the good ones and not pay too much (or too little) for your business? Learn everything from how to find the right franchise for you, to which state and local regulations you must be aware of before signing a franchise agreement, to which franchises do well (and don’t do well) in our region. We will also cover funding options.

Work From Home (WFH) Businesses

Many people have enjoyed working from home (WFH) during the pandemic. They were extremely productive and most importantly, they have felt safe. And parents of young children learning from home will need to WFH until the schools re-open (which might not happen until next year). This has been particularly challenging for parents with jobs that require them to be on calls and meetings throughout the day. Now as employers have begun to call workers back to their offices or facilities, more and more of them are looking for flexible WFH options. Join us to learn about proven, lucrative WFH businesses that are available in the DC and Richmond metro areas.

Franchising for Veterans

Leadership skills and perseverance learned in the military make veterans attractive candidates for several franchises, and some of them have successfully recruited large numbers of veterans by offering special discounts and perks. But there is no one-size-fits-all franchise for military veterans, so how do you find the best one for YOU? This webinar will cover incentives and programs for veterans who want to start a business with the help of a franchise, funding incentives, as well as which military skill sets best align with various types of franchises.

Semi-Absentee and Seasonal Franchises

Looking for a way to exit Corporate America in the next 2-3 years? Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability and a few franchises offer a “semi-absentee manage-the-manager” model where franchisees run the franchise while they work in a M-F job. Once the business is profitable enough, some of them leave their day job to grow their business while others acquire several absentee franchises and build a business investment portfolio. Find out how it’s done and what you need to know if you live in the DC metro area or Central or Southeastern Virginia.

WFH Businesses

Many people have enjoyed working from home (WFH) during the pandemic. They were extremely productive and most importantly, they have felt safe. And parents of young children learning from home will need to WFH until the schools re-open (which might not happen until next year). This has been particularly challenging for parents with jobs that require them to be on calls and meetings throughout the day. Now as employers have begun to call workers back to their offices or facilities, more and more of them are looking for flexible WFH options. Join us to learn about proven, lucrative WFH businesses that are available in the DC and Richmond metro areas.

Franchise Ownership 101

Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability, and some of them require as little as $50K to start and simply operate out of a home office – there is no food and no retail space to rent. But how do you find the good ones and not pay too much (or too little) for your business? Learn everything from how to find the right franchise for you, to which state and local regulations you must be aware of before signing a franchise agreement, to which franchises do well (and don’t do well) in our region. We will also cover funding options.