The Entrepreneurs and Franchisers Thread

Discussion in 'Finance, Investing & Economy' started by Bake McBride, May 4, 2005.

  1. Bake McBride

    Bake McBride New Member

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    Entrepreneurs and Franchisers - let's here your stories!

    I'm hate my job so much, I get paid a decent wage but it bores me to tears. I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and I know I work much harder when I have a vested interest.

    I've been reading Entrepreneur, and I've done a lot of research but it's not the right time yet to quit my job. My question is to BigSoccer, who out there owns their own business or franchise? I'm hoping this thread can be an idea and method exchange, and I look forward to sharing some of my ideas!

    Several mags list Subway as the top franchise in the US - anyone own a Subway? :eek:


  2. Matt in the Hat

    Matt in the Hat Moderator Staff Member

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    Would it be possible to be a consultant to the work you presently do? I have recently set up a business to do just that and so far, so good.
  3. Bake McBride

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    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/w...29,0,7381707.story?coll=ny-region-apnewjersey

    Here's an interesting article about "The Soup Nazi" starting franchises all over the US.
  4. Bake McBride

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    I'm in IT, and I am looking into more off hour consulting work. Do you do it full time? If you can't discuss too fully just PM me. Thanks!


  5. Sachin

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    A friend of mine is looking into opening a Melting Pot franchise in Texas. His business plan projects startup costs at $1.1 million including a small capital reserve.

    Sachin
  6. Matt in the Hat

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    Can't you melt cheese for much less that that?
  7. Sachin

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    You'd think so, but judging by the lines at the ones in DC, it must be harder than it seems.

    Sachin
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    If your friend is interested in moving to the greater NYC area, there are absolutely no Melting Pots around here. Hoboken or Jersey City are prime for one right now. Plenty of yuppies with too much spare cash and a love for quirky dining experiences.
  9. Sachin

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    He looked at it but getting a liquor license is not easy without connections.

    Sachin
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    Matt in the Hat Moderator Staff Member

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    NJ has alot of BYOB resturants. He wouldn't need it unless the parent company mandates it.
  11. mikepol

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    This thread is rather old, but I happened to stumble on it as I was reviewing the soccer site... I am in the franchise space and need to at least put in my $.02.

    The bottom line, if you are considering self-employment, take an honest look at yourself, and determine if you have the stomach for self-employment. To further comment, even those who are wired for self-employment may not be wired for a franchise business.

    What I mean by this, there are some people that are just not ever going to be comfortable in a self-employment role of any kind. They should make no apologies for this, but they are the type of people who might be on suicide watch if they don't know exactly how much money they are going to bring in each month. I call these ultra-conservative types. For these folks, staying in corporate America really might be their best option.

    On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are those that are so entrepreneurial (I call them ultra-entrepreneurs) that they would not be comfortable using the colonels secret recipe... but rather they are going to want the latitude to invent their own secret recipe.

    Either of these extremes might want to stay away from franchising... franchising businesses may put them out of their comfort zone.

    For anyone who is interested, feel free to download and take a self-assessment test that gives an indication as to how you are wired:
    http://www.franchisenorthamerica.com/files/fna-equiz.xls
    Also, another good place that gives numerous tools and whitepapers is our resources page.
    www.franchisenorthamerica.com/about/resources.html

    My final comment, surround yourself with experts such as good CPA's, franchise attorney's, and industry experts to help you navigate this space of franchising... it can be an expensive lesson learned if you choose the wrong franchise opportunity.


    Hope this helps!
  12. Rebaño_Sagrado

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    I've looked into Pollo Loco but the initial cash requirements and franchise fees are just too high for me at this time.

    Subway is looking like a good alternative. But, the market in my area seems saturated.
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    What about Pollo Campero?
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    I haven't tried their food yet.

    Pollo Loco and Subway I've tried and like. Knowing its healthy food is a plus. Which were the reasons I looked into them.
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    You can forget about Pollo Campero then. :)

    I guess Jamba Juice is pretty thick on the ground in SoCal.
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    I just started my own home-based business and it's damned fun.

    Check it out

    www.JerseyGels.com
  17. Matt in the Hat

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    What exactly is that stuff?
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    I think it's hair gel, but I'm not sure.
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    Well then Jersey is the place to be

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    Looks like an energy paste...sort of like the ones powerbar use to make back in the day. Very useful when competing or doing heats... if its what I think it is ofcourse.
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    It's vitamins and minerals in an easy-to-take form.

    I'm a marathoner myself and this is quite different from the PowerGels, which are essentially carbs and caffeine (very useful during endurance races).

    These are daily supplements in a new form.

    They taste good and are very portable.

    And I'm going to hi-jack the Guido picture for my site.

    How YOU doin'?

    jb
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    Which Rutgers fraternity is that?
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    If you plan to own a business you must also consider the responsibility of paying the business taxes.. I manage a small online business from home and these tools and resources (http://www.timedoctor.com/biz3.0/9-of-the-best-free-resources-for-entrepreneurs/) helps me run my business more smoothly and efficiently.. Managing a business can be tough if you don’t have the right tools, especially when it comes to things like scheduling, project management, and communication. :)

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