As experts at matching clients to the best franchise that fits their needs, FranNet’s consultants are at the top of their game. From time to time, the FranNet Blog will sit down with several FranNet consultants to gauge their thoughts and opinions on some of the issues facing franchising. The Executive Round Table is an opportunity for FranNet’s experts in the field to share their thoughts on trends and themes seen in franchising. Here are some notable points from the conversation.
On being a sounding board
Cari Lyn Vinci, who’s based in Roseville, CA, discusses one of the most important roles in her position. “My goal is to enable clients to make fact based decisions. I am their sounding board. I tell them there will be roadblocks and the fear factor always sets in, but I will be there to help them through it.”
Helping people realize their full potential
Ted Fireman’s a FranNet consultant based in New Orleans, LA. He elaborates on how appealing being your own boss is. “Having grown up in a family with a dad that owned a small business, I appreciated the freedom he was allowed. Additionally, I have noticed throughout my career there are several people I have met that feel that their jobs don’t utilize their full intelligence and talents. Many are constantly dissatisfied, and want to be doing so much more with their careers. I really enjoy my job because I enable people to explore something different, to do something they feel truly passionate about.”
Being the local expert matters
Stacy Swift of Denver, CO mentions a key differentiator for FranNet is the location of its consultants. “We are the local trusted franchise expert. I could help someone buy a franchise in Miami or another city, but I do not want to. I do not know that area and would be unable to give them the best consulting services based on their geographic location. I like the face to face component. It is important for me to get to know my clients, and develop a personal interaction with them.”
Finding the right fit – even if the right fit is nothing
Pat Deering, based in Tampa, FL, discusses why the FranNet process is so wonderful to help small business hopefuls at finding the perfect franchise to buy. “I get just as many referrals from people who do not buy because they appreciate the fact that we help them find direction. I am not going to push someone to do something that’s not right for them.”
Being the coach
Gordon Dupries of San Francisco, CA elaborates on his role as coach in helping people realize their dreams. “From recent college graduates to boomers, I enjoy making a difference, teaching and mentoring people, in ways that can open up new career opportunities and income streams. I don’t know that it is always life changing, but it can be. When you’re in the thick of it, creating value for someone and coaching them through the self- employment question, covering their interests, experience, goals and potential pitfalls, it is extremely rewarding and a lot of fun.”
If you’d like to get in touch with one of FranNet’s locally-based consultants to discover if business ownership is for you, simply click on the directory and find the consultant in your area.