Women of Neighborly: Advice for Women Looking to Start a Franchise
Throughout the Neighborly family of brands there are women franchise owners setting the standard for success and achieving major milestones. If you’re a woman looking to start a franchise, it always helps to hear from others who have once been in your shoes. Listen to some of the advice these female franchise owners have for their fellow entrepreneurs.
Question: What advice would you give to other women looking at starting a franchise?
“Be patient with growth in the beginning. Have a plan and be flexible. Don't give up when you feel like you have put too many hours of your time and sacrifices in your life because success is around the corner if you can persevere. Always remember the ‘iceberg.’ Where everyone sees success above the water, but never sees the time, commitment, sacrifice, persistence, rejection, and hard work below the surface. If it was easy, everyone would have their own business.”
“Our women business owner network is huge and growing each and every day! There are only obstacles if you put them there yourself. We have avenues for business loans and business incentives available for any woman who wants to be a successful business owner. “
“Don't worry about if the business you are considering is a "male dominated" field. As long as you have a supportive franchisor, it doesn't matter. And, you don't have to know everything about a field to be a franchisor in that field. Make sure your franchisor has a system in place to teach you what you need to know about your field. I personally don't do much handyman work. I build and support a handyman team.“