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Franchising Can Provide a Lasting Legacy

There are basically three paths to business ownership. You can start your own venture from scratch and custom-build an operation that suits you. You can also buy an existing business from a current owner-operator. Or—like most like-minded entrepreneurs—you can choose the franchising route. There are numerous advantages to the franchise business ownership model, upping the [...]

Thriving through Covid: Steve Bergfeld – UNITS Moving and Portable Storage Owner

  Steve Bergfeld is the proud owner of a UNITS Moving and Portable Storage franchise in Columbus, OH. UNITS Moving and Portable Storage competes in a $42 billion industry that includes self-storage, on-site storage, self-service moving and long-distance moves. He opened his franchise in Jan. 2020, just before the pandemic hit. Below, Steve opens up [...]

65 and Trying NOT to Retire

  By the time most folks reach their late 50s, they’ve begun to shift their thinking towards the next chapter. In the book, Halftime, Bob Buford described this as “a time of revitalization and for catching a new vision for living the second half, the half where life can be lived at its most rewarding.” For [...]

It’s High Time for Home Service Franchises

While the pandemic first upended the U.S. economy, no one could have predicted its effect on industry and commerce. But the ways in which we adapted to mitigate our collective health risk is paying dividends in unexpected and surprising ways. Industries who suffered the most, bars and nightclubs, seem to get all of the headlines, [...]

The Power of (Your Own) Essential Business

Back in March, as the pandemic began its rapid spread across the U.S., shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders were issued. And a new term entered our lexicon—essential businesses. In essence, these establishments were duty-bound to remain in operation due to their importance in keeping society functioning. Grocery stores couldn’t just close up. Nor healthcare providers and [...]

How Franchising Helped Matt Loving Come Full Circle

Matt Loving has a story to tell and it’s all about coming full circle at the intersection of both life and career. Matt is proud of the fact that he grew up in the heartland, working on his family’s Kansas farm. No doubt he learned a lot about work ethic with the dawn to dusk [...]

A Franchisee’s Journey: Getting to Know…Mark Potts

Mark Potts owns the CertaPro Painters franchise in Missouri City, a suburb of Houston’s sprawling metroplex, which ranks as the fourth largest city in the U.S. He opened the doors for business in November 2019, the culmination of a multi-year journey to establish more control over his own life, liberty and especially the pursuit of [...]

A Franchisee’s Journey: Getting to Know Michael Lee

Michael Lee is the CEO of his own business, Fitness Machine Technicians of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The company specializes in fitness equipment repair and maintenance for both residential and commercial clients. But his burgeoning small business is miles and miles away from his past life. You see, Michael Lee was once an Aerospace [...]

A Franchisee’s Journey: Getting to Know Aaron Grohs

Anago Commercial Cleaning Services Master Franchisee Aaron Grohs has a plan to grow his brand in one of the most business-friendly states in the U.S. They say there’s no substitute for experience and Aaron Grohs of Anago of Austin is a prime example. Having led one of the most recognizable franchise brand names in the [...]

Is a Pandemic the Right Time to Start a Business?

It just might be, says the NY Times. We’re seeing a common thread among those who achieved their goal to own their own business in the spring of 2020. It’s the realization that in times of uncertainty, there’s no better place to invest than in yourself. Here are a few FranNet clients (many in career [...]