Fear. Friend or Foe?

By Stacy Swift If you are considering investing in a business of your own I’m sure you’ve met your new friend, fear. Or is it your new foe? The answer is the one that no one ever likes to hear…it depends! Having owned several businesses over the last 30 years,...

Holidays and Head Trash

By Sherri Seiber of FranFund “Are you crazy?” “I can’t believe you’re starting a business in THIS economy!” “You’re going to quit your JOB to start a business?” “You’re buying a franchise? Is it McDonald's? Chick-Fil-A? Why not?” “Why would you leave your great job to...

4 Steps for Franchise Research

I’m often asked what the process is for researching a franchise. There are a few steps that my clients, who are considered franchisee candidates, go through to get to a decision about investing in a franchise. In this article, I will break the process down into four basic steps. There are other sub-steps within each of the four steps that I’ll discuss along the way.

Seven

No, I am not talking about George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television.” If you actually can repeat those seven words, you’ve been around as long as I have! I am talking about these words that I’ve heard a time or two when visiting small business owners:...

Paving Your Path to Multiples

By Sherri Seiber, FranFund If you’re a potential franchisee looking at multiple units, unless you have over a $1 million in cash, you’re going to need some sort of financing in place to get all of your locations open. And if you want to successfully build your ENTIRE...