FR A NCHISE OPPORT U NITIES
’09 Opportunities List
Franchise From garages to kitchens and baths, 2009 could be a good year to take a new direction.
emodeling contractors are entrepreneurs by nature. And this year, If you are currently not meeting your business goals and aspirations, there
more than any other year in recent memory, those entrepreneurial are two basic types of opportunities that might fit, says Case.
skills are being put to the test. Most remodelers are in the process
1. New Business Engine: Add a new arm to your business to improve short-/
of right-sizing their business, finding the right blend of cost reductions and
mid-term cash flow, effectively add new clients and to enhance the stability
marketing know-how to grow the top line, all while keeping a firm hand on
of your business. There are a number of options like gutter licenses, sun-
expenses. For many remodelers, this may well be the year to strike out into
rooms, etc. Case’s new “Handyman Express” licensed product gives you the
new directions, to re-examine the opportunities offered by the many remodel-
tools to add Handyman services under your current business name/brand at
ing industry franchise networks and dealer opportunities.
a low level of investment.
A recent discussion on Qualified Remodeler’s LinkedIn group page (www.
linkedin.com) featured points made for and against seeking new opportunities 2. Franchising: Franchising is more akin to getting married than the
at this time. Ron Cowgill, president of the Chicago NARI chapter, cited the options outlined above. This approach is good if you are ready, willing
upfront costs and the potential for a delayed payback as reasons for holding off and able to make a larger investment of time and money to embrace the
on exploring the franchise option this year. systems of the franchise. If you think you’re ready for franchising, plan
Likewise, Bruce Case, president at Case Design/Remodeling Inc., recom- on spending a good deal of time researching your options. I’d recom-
mends a thorough analysis before proceeding in a decision to explore purchas- mend giving franchisors a “test drive” first by experiencing their educa-
ing a remodeling franchise or dealership. tional or licensing products. |
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