Great American Cookies opened its first location in Atlanta's Perimeter Mall in 1977.
Great American Cookies was the first cookie franchise in the U.S..
In 2008, Great American Cookies was acquired by Global Franchise Group; that also owns Marble Slab Creamery, Maggie Moo's, and Pretzelmaker.
Use Your IRA/401K
to Fund Your Business
If you have retirement funds that you have not yet paid taxes on, you can access those funds to capitalize a business. You can then use those funds to buy a business, for any business expense, and to pay salary!
You are in control, you decide how much of your retirement funds you wish to use for the business. When working with a company that specializes in this funding option, and follows all of the IRS guidelines, you are able to buy a business Debt Free and Equity Rich (from the rollover of your IRA/401K funds). Additionally, you'll have a new 401K/Profit Sharing Plan that you can begin to contribute Tax Deferred.
to learn more about using your retirement account and other funding options that are available.
The Fear Factor of Buying a Franchise
Buying a franchise is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, so feeling fear is not only normal, it is entirely appropriate to the situation.
Who has fear? Everyone! Fear prevents us (most of us, anyway) from jumping out of a moving car or going over a waterfall in a barrel. Fear helps us make choices that are less likely to endanger our lives. Fear also prevents us from gambling our life's savings on a horse race or marrying someone we've known only a few days.
However, when we feel we have enough information about a subject, we can often get over fear and do things that were beyond our comfort zone.
If you are one of those people who has done your homework and found the franchise opportunity you've always dreamed of but can't seem to commit to a decision, then the final doubts you have are probably about your own abilities rather than the franchise itself.
This is where a qualified franchise consultant can help you. By assessing your interests, skills and experience, a consultant can guide you to a decision where risks are at an acceptable level and the benefits, while not certain, are well worth the effort.
The only problem with fear is when you allow it to stop you from doing something you know will make a positive difference in your life. Don't let fear stop you from reaching your goals!
1. Work with a consultant, he/she already knows the answers to most of your questions.
2. Take your time.
3. Identify your financial goals.
4. Understand your marketplace.
5. Compare several franchise options.
6. Attend the Discovery Day.
7.Validate information with current franchisees.
8. Consult with a franchise attorney prior to signing any documents.
9. Begin your journey as a successful business owner.
Did you know...
One out of every 12 businesses operating today is a franchise.
What are some of the benefits to owning a franchise?
1. It's an established, successful brand.
2. There are proven operating systems in place.
3. Volume purchasing power.
4. Shared experience with other franchisees.
5. Formalized training and marketing programs to help ensure your success.
The goal of our newsletter is to help educate and inform individuals about franchising and business ownership. Each month we highlight five businesses from our database of hundreds that can fit a variety of budgets and skill sets. If you have that entrepreneurial spirit and would like to explore your options, give us a call. There is never a cost or obligation for our franchise consulting services.
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Cash Needed: $23K
Total Investment: $23K
Franchise Locations: 10
GreenBuildingAdvisors is a green energy consulting firm specializing in educating commercial property owners and businesses on how to drastically improve cash flow through a suite of niche & innovative cost recovery and energy reduction
solutions. With thousands of commercial building owners paying for green services to reduce their utility expenses in the coming years, the energy reduction, conservation and renewable energy business will be one of the biggest wealth transfers of the 21st century. Rising fuel costs, government tax programs, new construction mandates, and environmental responsibility has created an unprecedented business opportunity for someone ready to take charge of their career.
The benefits of owning a GreenBuildingAdvisors franchise are:
- Low start-up cost
- Turn key business
- Home-based business
- Proven support, training, and marketing systems
- Repeat business from current clients
Because companies are more environmentally conscience, the retrofitting business is a booming business, right now. At GreenBuildingAdvisors, their motto is "find green, go green, make green."
Cash Needed: $75K
Total Investment: $75K
Franchise Locations: 172
Today's Valpak is a direct marketing franchise system that provides mobile, online, and print advertising solutions to businesses across North America. Since the company's founding in 1968 with their flagship Blue Envelope, Valpak has evolved into a sophisticated direct marketing system that helps businesses reach their target audience through direct mail, online coupons, websites, e-commerce, mobile apps, and more.
A Valpak franchise is a perfect opportunity for sales-minded individuals who would like to build a business with a proven brand that has delivered significant results for hundreds of franchisees and thousands of advertising customers. Their franchisees enjoy the advantages of:
- No Royalties / No Inventory
- Low Start-Up Costs
- Multiple Revenue Streams
- Extensive Training, Marketing & Operational Support
- Exclusive Territory
- Multi-media partnerships with HGTV, CBS Television, Food Network, Universal Pictures and more
Valpak has helped hundreds of franchise owners achieve their income, lifestyle and legacy goals; find out if they can help you.
|Home Care Assistance
Cash Needed: $50K
Total Investment: $143K
Franchise Locations: 77
Home Care Assistance is a unique business concept that targets consumers who need 24 hour, 7 days a week, live-in home care. This under-served market segment consists of people who have chronic, low level health problems, but who are also quite capable of living at home - they simply need additional support to live independently.
Home Care Assistance is so committed to building brand equity as the 24/7 Live-In Specialists that they secured a nationwide phone number for consumers who need their service: 1-866-4-LiveIn. They also trademarked their name for this service "In Home Assisted Living"™ and are the only company in the industry to offer an exclusive "We Will Be There"™ Guarantee.
The top five reasons potential franchise owners choose Home Care Assistance are:
- They have the largest, most lucrative territories in the senior care franchise industry
- Franchisees can build a Million Dollar Business with only 20 clients
- Their weekly client billings are nearly triple the industry average
- Their focus is on live-in care, which attracts the highest-value cases and the highest-quality employees
- They provide unparalleled training and support for franchise owners to experience rapid growth and long-term success
If your passion is owning a home care business that provides high-quality, consistent care with screened and trained caregivers, then Home Care Assistance is for you.
Cash Needed: $150K
Total Investment: $248K-$385K
Company Locations: 279
AlphaGraphics is a global leader in marketing and print communications and is a one-stop shop for all of your marketing and printing needs. They can help you create and send direct mail campaigns and brochures to your targeted consumers.
Each AlphaGraphics center is locally owned. Therefore, they know the customers in your market. Their marketing and print professionals understand how to effectively and efficiently reach your audience. Unlike other direct marketing firms, they work closely with you to integrate all of your tactics with the goals of your marketing.
An AlphaGraphics franchise provides an established product or service that has already achieved brand recognition, so your business benefits from established customer awareness. Their proven operating system is recognized as one of the most powerful and detailed in the industry. They have researched, tested and integrated their systems and materials for their franchisees.
The many benefits of being an AlphaGraphics franchisee are:
- Continuous training and support-no print or industry- specific experience required
- Site selection and lease negotiation assistance
- Assistance with interior layout and design
- Budgeting, accounting and financial analysis programs
- Buying power via global contracts with major suppliers
- Complete advertising, marketing, and public relations programs
- Management consultation
- Ongoing regionalized field and sales support
- AlphaGraphics Learning Zone™ Web-based Training
- On-Site Mentor Training
- New Franchise Training Program
- Continuing research and development
When you join the AlphaGraphics network as a franchisee, you are off and running with a well-prepared plan to be as successful as possible.
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Cash Needed: $175K
Total Investment: $389K
Franchise Locations: 90
Massage Heights is a membership based therapeutic massage franchise concept that focuses on giving the best guest experience in the industry. Member rates make it affordable for the guests to "Elevate the Every Day" by receiving massages more frequently.
Massage Heights has multiple revenue streams, a full line of branded retail products and high profit margins on Elevated Services such as hot stone therapy. With more than 90 locations, their high-end, spa-like atmosphere accompanied with professional and affordable massage and facial services, create real value and convenience for satisfied guests across the U.S. and Canada.
As a new Massage Heights Franchisee, you will undergo two weeks of intensive training at Massage Heights University called Base Camp I and Base Camp II, both classroom and in-Retreat, covering all aspects of the Massage Heights Franchise Business including product and service knowledge, operations, client communication, billing, customer service, cash management, advertising, promotions, and opening and closing procedures. You will also receive:
- Regional support
- Comprehensive Grand Opening Marketing Plan and supporting marketing materials
- National Marketing Campaign
- Real Estate and Development- Lease Negotiation
- On-site "Grand Opening" support
- Proprietary Software Program
- IT support
- Annual Conferences
- Ongoing support for the life of your business
As the awareness of massage benefits continues to grow,
there are many people not only looking to enjoy those
benefits, but also wanting to provide them. Are you one of them?
|What is a Master Franchise?
Some franchises have opportunities known as Master or Regional Developers. This involves the development of a geographic region that can be as small as a portion of a state or as large as an entire state or country. You purchase the right to develop a designated area and share in the franchise fees and royalties with the franchisor. You work closely with commercial real estate agents, business brokers and consultants in the development of your area. The investment needed to secure a Master or Regional Developer opportunity can start as low as $150K depending on the franchise and geographic area.
If you would like to learn more about this month's Featured Business Opportunities or have questions about business ownership, you may contact me directly by calling 800-401-9154. There is never an obligation or cost to you for our franchise consulting services.
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