There is at least one point in most people’s lives when they have doubts about their career and how they spend most of their waking hours.  Maybe it comes when they are being transitioned out of their job.  Maybe they are finally retiring, but are not ready to stop working.  Or maybe they are looking to leave corporate America and start their own business. Or maybe they’ve always dreamed of running their own franchise of a major chain and now feels like a good time to try it.

But what is a responsible adult to do once these thoughts creep into their head?  Plenty of people start their own businesses, but it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 50% during the first five years, and 66% during the first 10. Those aren’t great odds.

In this episode of the Fiscal Fitness Podcast, Michael interviews career transition coach Loren Kutsko.  Loren helps people who feel all of those things identify and launch a franchise that fits their personality, lifestyle, and goals.

From our interview with Loren:

“Most of the people I work with tell me that they didn’t even know what I do existed. But primarily the reason people come to me is because they don’t know what to do next. They’ve had successful careers, they’ve managed teams, they’ve balanced budgets, they’ve been successful time and time again.  But then they end up feeling frustrated, or angry or inspired about opportunities that they see they are not able to take advantage of.

They get frustrated with a boss or a long commute or not spending enough time with their family or have done everything they can financially and they say, ‘Is there something I can do or are there businesses that I can run and put some of my own money in it and possibly see a better returns than I would leaving my money in traditional investments.'”

Notes from the Episode:

  • Starting a well researched and planned franchise may get you better returns than traditional investments.
  • Do research in franchises first by searching the internet but also talking to owners of the franchises you are interested in.
  • When considering owning a franchise, you shouldn’t pick based on what product or service you like (like a bar) but should be based on your lifestyle goals, the time needed for the job, and your investment goals and personality.
  • Franchises are more than just chain restaurants.  So if you are considering owning a franchise, do you due diligence by really evaluating your goals and how much time, effort, and money you want to put into it.
  • Franchises don’t have to be sexy and visible.  You want something that has a tried and true business model, little to no competition and repeat business.

Resources:

Want to learn more about owning franchises? Here are a few resources to get you started:

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