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Franchisee Connect with Michael G Pullman

On Franchise Connect, Michael Pullman interviews top performers in the franchising industry like top 50 franchisee Jeff Tews, Franchise King Joel Libava, Eagle Boys Founder Tom Potter and many many more. Franchisee Connect was created for YOU - the franchisee, independent or executive who has big ambitions and wants to grow FAST. If you want your drive to work, your morning walk or your 'zone out' time to be more productive Subscribe to Franchisee Connect now! Each episode features an expert guest and we explore their experience to find the nuggets and pearls of wisdom you can use RIGHT AWAY to make your business more awesome. If you CARE about your team, want to GROW your business and LOVE what you do, you've found the right COMMUNITY! Each episode ends with rapid-fire questions about the guest, their worst moment in business AND what they LEARNED from it, how they met the people they TRUST in business today, and a piece of advice for aspiring multi-unit franchisees. The heart of Franchisee Connect is the community! Join us in the Facebook Group, LinkedIn or Twitter by searching for Franchisee Connect! Become part of a community of passionate franchisees who want to grow and profit together! Hit SUBSCRIBE now!
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Dec 22, 2015

Donnie P., entrepreneur and author of “How to Catch a Mouse with No Cheese: Real World Lessons and Experiences from an Entrepreneur,” realized early in his professional business career that he was equipped with the necessary drive and determination that would allow him to start a business from the ground up without any money. Immediately upon graduation from Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Donnie assumed every role that was required to most effectively run a business by becoming an expert in the areas of finance, sales, marketing and operations. Today, with nearly 20 years of experience, Donnie is also a Franchisor of A Caring Home Care Services business and develops business platforms that uplift others.

More show notes are at FranchiseeConnect.com/039

Donnie firmly believes that when starting a business you have to have the end goal in mind. Always have a level in mind at which you’ll cash out and move on to the next opportunity. Start a business, find a way to add value, and have an exit in mind. Use each successive business as a building block to the next one.

Donnie’s story takes him from a counselling business right out of college, then to a product business - pecan candy - then starting his home services business. He grew the home services business to the point where he could franchise in 2012, and sold his first franchise in 2013. Donnie is now selling franchises with a end goal of listing on the stock exchange (an initial public offering, or IPO).

Starting the business from scratch, Donnie used word of mouth and three basic principles:
working at it every day
being on time
answering phone calls whenever they come in.
Each incoming phone call could be an opportunity! It takes drive and motivation to start a business but you can do it!

Donnie’s worst moment was hiring a family member that didn’t go so well. The relationship ended with the police arriving to take the family member away!

Donnie’s tips for automating in the early days are:
outsource your accounting as soon as you can
outsource your staffing - have someone filter the resumes and do the inital interview for you
always have an attorney
outsource your marketing but be careful - this can be expensive.

5 principles to succeed in business:

  1. Faith - in yourself and in your creator
  2. Truth - honor your handshake agreements and always tell the truth, because everyone in business talks to each other
  3. Self-awareness - know what you are good at, and what you aren’t. Discover this by pushing your comfort zone - trying new and different things all the time. But step incrementally outside of your comfort zone, not one huge step!
  4. Self-discipline - keep your eyes on the end goal, on the prize at the end and don’t let distractions take you away from that. [Something I’m experimenting with at the moment is writing down my goals for this year every day -Michael]
  5. Service - live a life of service to other people.

Donnie’s number one piece of advice for franchisees is to have discipline. Stay inside the system because that’s what works!

Get in touch with Donnie at AuthorDonnie.com and buy the book on Amazon.

 

Dec 16, 2015

Rick Nicholson is a host at The Restaurant Ninjas, a podcast for restaurant operators. The podcast is all about food service.

Rick started as an accountant for an advertising agency, then started working in sales on marketing programs for national chains. He did the jump into marketing for a major national restaurant franchise.

Rick could see that ‘Fresh’ was a new trend in food service. Tim Horton’s were promoting fresh food, as were Subway. Rick identified a franchise called Cora’s Breakfast and Lunch and ran the numbers; this payback worked out well and he bought in.

More show notes are at FranchiseeConnect.com/038

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Dec 10, 2015

Here’s part two of the interview with Eric Slater from Pan De Vida in Nicaragua!

Eric has just completed the 1117 Mercedes Benz food truck that we were talking about last episode. There’s pictures and videos right here

Partnership with San Juan Del Sur brewery who will provide the beer, Pan de Vida provides the food - party truck made in heaven!

https://vimeo.com/147894629

Eric has bought back the original franchise store from an absentee franchisee who didn’t want to be involved any more. Celebration time!

When the truck is complete they’ll roll up to parties and provide the freshest eats and a wild party!

Maxim magazine just published an article about Nicaragua’s lifestyle.

Eric is providing stellar service and a luxury experience that is unlike anything else in Latin America. Eric, with his tongue in his cheek, calls it ‘gringo service’ because it’s pretty unique :)

Operationally, the food truck runs a brick oven inside, with a Honda generator for power. An iPad provides the POS, and there will be 3-4 crew plus a driver.

Eric puts new franchisees through 10 days of training, which has been formalised into an operations manual.

The next plan is to put some brick ovens on trailers to run mobile event catering. Investment here is 10-15k and you’ll pull in $2k to $3k a weekend. What an awesome ROI!

Eric’s going to do some school catering with his newest franchisee.

Pan de Vida recently entered a partnership with Claro, a large telecoms provider in Latin America to do some marketing. They needed some cool content and Eric’s got heaps of that! Check out this mouth-watering video

Get in touch with Eric on Pan de Vida’s Facebook page

On Twitter

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