Ron and his partner Bob saw franchising as a way of starting a career in business. Ron had worked for 20 years as a property manager. Bob had 19 years' experience as an accountant. Both were ready for a career change and had built up a sound financial base.
"We knew we wanted to do something different," Ron says, "but we didn't want the stress of starting a business from scratch. We wanted to go into a business with a solid track record." For more than a year, Ron and Bob researched franchise opportunities. "We're both cautious by nature," Bob explains. "We wanted to be sure we selected the right franchise for us. We had read about people who rushed into signing an agreement and then discovered that the franchiser didn't come through with the promises and that included some well-known franchisers."
They finally decided to buy a travel franchise. As successful franchisees, Ron and Bob have to follow strict guidelines. As Ron points out, "The franchisee must be willing to work as part of a team, be flexible and work with the head office 100 percent. In return, the franchisee gets to share in the overall success of the whole franchise network. This way, many of the unknowns can be eliminated, especially for people like us who are new to the business world."
Last revision on December 10, 2008