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The Entrepreneur’s Source: Go From “Having a Dream” to “Living the Dream”

The Entrepreneur’s Source: MLK Day Business Inspiration: Go From “Having a Dream” to “Living the Dream.”

It’s Martin Luther King Day – a time for our country to celebrate one of the most, if not the most, important and transformative Civil Rights leaders in American history.   Dr. King is celebrated for his peaceful yet passionate leadership style and the unwavering resolve he displayed under the toughest circumstances as a civil rights activist.   And while his actions and advice have obviously benefitted other political and spiritual activists, he shared wonderful lessons for business owners, too!

Take, for example, some of Dr. King’s most famous quotes.   Jeremy Goldman highlighted six key quotes that inspire business success in a recent Inc. article.    At The Entrepreneur’s Source, we believe three of those are particularly powerful and parallel the advice we share with prospective franchise owners seeking an alternative career.   These three quotes are as follows:

  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”
  • “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”
  • “The time is always right to do what is right”

We agree wholeheartedly.   From our perspective, while his intended audience was different, we believe the message rings true for potential business owners – When faith and hope are combined with hard work, anyone is capable of “doing what is right” and going from “having a dream” to “living the dream” of business ownership.

Speaking of dreams, let’s dig a little deeper into Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.   There are key business lessons to learn from that speech itself.

All American citizens have the “unalienable rights” of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”   It is our job as citizens, however, to exercise those rights and truly pursue the dreams that lead to happiness.   At The Entrepreneur’s Source, we believe the pursuit of happiness includes your ability to set your own expectations regarding the Income, Lifestyle, Wealth, and Equity (I.L.W.E.) you want to enjoy and develop an action plan to achieve it.

Also, dreams are one of three things we encourage aspiring business owners to identify on their road to being self-sufficient.   These three things are Possibilities, Options and Dreams.   Similarly, King always tried to help his followers uncover their own possibilities, options and dreams and stop at NOTHING on their path to realizing them.   He said, “we cannot walk alone…and as we walk, we must take the pledge that we shall always march ahead.   We cannot turn back.”

Here’s the beautiful thing.   You shouldn’t walk alone in your journey toward business ownership…and you don’t have to!   At The Entrepreneur’s Source, we have all the tools and experience necessary to help you march ahead toward your goals with a purpose.   In fact, here are three other people just like you who used The Entrepreneur’s Source to turn their dreams into reality.   We’ll be sharing blog posts highlighting their fantastic “dream come true” stories in the coming weeks!

  • Jeff Smith, City Wide Franchise Owner in Indianapolis.   Jeff’s dream come true = “The pivotal moment for me came when we visited my ill father (who has since recovered) in the hospital.   He was a self-employed physician and he told me he thought I’d be much happier working for myself than someone else.   He was right.   And thanks to the help from The Entrepreneur’s Source, I am enjoying wonderful lifestyle changes and building lasting wealth.”
  • Don Grindle, Money Pages Franchise Owner in Ormond Beach, FL. Don’s dream come true = “I worked a lot of Saturdays and rarely travelled when I was the Sr. VP of Operations for a national sunglass company.   But today, I can work from home whenever I want, give back to my community and finally visit those destinations we’ve been talking about.”
  • Tony Espeseth, Fish Window Cleaning Multi-Unit franchise owner with five locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.   Tony’s dream come true = “For the first 17 years of my life, I was working my tail off for someone else.   With this franchise company, I’m able to invest in myself and my franchise opportunity while enjoying much more time with my family.   I now have the cool and awesome lifestyle I’ve always wanted.”

They had dreams…and they’ve living it.   Don’t you have dreams, too?  Isn’t it time you pursued it?   Touch base with us at The Entrepreneur’s Source to get started.

For more information about how you and your family can find the ideal family business franchise match with The Entrepreneur’s Source® and Franchise Match®, please visit www.franchisematch.com.

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The Entrepreneur’s Source Discusses How to Know Which Franchise Concept is Right for You

The Entrepreneur’s Source® Discusses 3 Questions to Ask Yourself  Before Deciding Which Franchise Concept is Right for You.

You may know that you’re looking to move from Employment to Empowerment® by taking the avenue of business ownership to achieve self-sufficiency, but do you really know what business opportunity is right for you? When looking at the franchise industry, there are various segments that call for several requirements and necessities from business owners in order to thrive. There are hundreds, probably even thousands of business opportunities out there, but not all of these opportunities are right for every entrepreneur.

Are all of the options overwhelming you and causing you to rethink your entrepreneurial dreams? Think again. Here The Entrepreneur’s Source franchise examines how to identify which business opportunities are right for you.

Know Thyself: Here are 3 Questions to Ask Yourself before Choosing a Franchise Concept


1.    “Why?”

One of the most integral things that an entrepreneur must do before choosing a franchise opportunity is ask themselves why they want to be a business owner. Do you want to achieve self-sufficiency? Do you want to build equity? Are you looking for a secondary source of income? Depending on how a prospective entrepreneur answers these questions, they will be better equipped to identify the opportunities that may or may not be the right fit for them. There’s a reason why this is one of the first steps in the business coaching process that The Entrepreneur’s Source offers. Once an entrepreneur is able to examine why he or she wants to invest in a franchise, then they will be better equipped to explore the possibilities and available options.

2.    “How Involved Do I Want to Be?”

Although many individuals assume that franchise owners need to be ever-involved in their franchise business, this isn’t always the case. With the growing popularity of semi-absentee businesses, not all franchise owners need to be invested in their franchise at all times. The semi-absentee business concept is a business that entrepreneurs can start on the side while they have another job or obligation, as opposed to a full-time franchise business, which requires your complete effort and wouldn’t allow for you to do something else in addition. Depending on if a prospective franchise owner wants to be there full-time or on a semi-absent basis, then certain opportunities may be eliminated.

3.    “Do I Need Help?”

Many entrepreneurs fall into the trap of naively thinking that they can do everything on their own, when in fact, they cannot. Even if you’re not a first-time franchise owner or have a vast knowledge of the franchising industry, it’s wise to seek help when investing in a franchise. You may not need help with every aspect of opening your franchise, but consulting with a business coach can help an individual narrow down which models may be the most fitting for a prospective entrepreneur based on his or her Income, Lifestyle, Wealth and Equity (I.L.W.E.) goals and other factors that are sometimes overlooked when choosing a franchise concept. Although this step is commonly overlooked, it is almost always the most necessary for future franchise owners to ask themselves.

For more information about how to decide if a franchise opportunity is right for you, consult a business coach at The Entrepreneur’s Source® today.

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The Entrepreneur’s Source: How to Accomplish YOU 2.0 in 2017

The Entrepreneur’s Source: Accomplish YOU 2.0 in 2017 by Analyzing Your Dangers, Strengths, and Opportunities.

Around the first of every year, the majority of us start thinking about making New Year’s Resolutions. This yearly tradition, which dates as far back as Ancient Rome, is a time we quietly check in with ourselves and see what we can improve on in the coming year. While one in three Americans starts the year off by making a New Year’s Resolution, sadly, less than 10 percent of us will actually achieve our goals.

While many of us strive to become autonomous in our employment, we oftentimes fall into the trap of staying unhappy in our careers due to fears of taking a leap and making a change. If you’re unsatisfied in your current career and are looking to turn your employment situation around, 2017 can and should be the year that you transform from You 1.0 to YOU 2.0®. Make this year’s New Year’s Resolution to achieve YOU 2.0® and move from Employment to Empowerment®.

In 2017, you can achieve YOU 2.0® by setting clear goals for yourself. Are you unsure of where you should start? Below The Entrepreneur’s Source® will explain how you can begin your journey to YOU 2.0® by analyzing the Dangers, Strengths, and Opportunities that come with achieving self-sufficiency.

 

Dangers

Dangers are the thoughts and ideas that keep you up at night, the obstacles, stressors and issues that are currently facing you or what may face you in your future. Dangers make an individual feel as if they have no control over their destiny and often discourage an individual from following through the goal that they have set for themselves. Some common dangers that people are concerned about include:

  • How long will I be able to keep my current job?
  • Are my skills transferrable?
  • Is my age a limitation in my career?
  • Do I have the ability to build the wealth and equity for my family?

The dangers you face should not paralyze you; there are ways to be proactive and overcome these circumstances. Every individual has the power to take control of his or her career by aligning themselves with a coach who will guide you to see beyond your current blind spots, and empower you to overcome these perceived roadblocks.

 

Strengths

Strengths, in short, are what you’re considered well at: Your talents, capabilities, and skills. These are what you should capitalize on when creating YOU 2.0® because they can act as the tools to achieve your dreams. Start by asking yourself what you believe your strengths are with these guiding questions:

  • Do you have an immaculate work ethic?
  • Are you adaptable and resilient when it comes to change?
  • What transferrable skills do you possess?
  • Are you possibilities focused?

There are dozens of questions that an individual can ask themselves to determine what his or her unique strengths are, the ones above should only be a starting point. When looking into your strengths, don’t wallow in your weaknesses because dwelling on these can hold you back from self-sufficiency. Instead, focus on the positive.

 

Opportunities

Opportunities are the circumstances and possibilities that get you excited and motivated to make a change. It’s not always easy to see what possibilities are out there because dangers sometimes overshadow the opportunities, but you can overcome this by focusing on what you want in your future, not what will stop you from getting there. Some opportunities that an individual can focus on include:

  • Your hunger to create the lifestyle of your dream
  • Your desire to spend more time with your friends and family
  • Your yearning to become financially independent
  • Your aspiration to become more passionate about your career.

It’s easy to get inspired by the opportunities that stand before you because in reality, they are endless. By writing down the most important ones to you, this can help you become more driven to actually set a pathway for you to accomplish them.

 

Achieving YOU 2.0® is a process and may take some time, but by starting the transformation by identifying your Dangers, Strengths, and Opportunities as the first step in the process, by the time 2018 rolls in You 1.0 can be long gone.

Why not invest in yourself and your future this holiday season and get yourself a copy of the book: Your Career 2.0®: A Survival Guide for the Battered Career® and Investor Syndrome®.

Contact a Coach at The Entrepreneur’s Source®

If you’re looking to achieve YOU 2.0® in 2017 but need some assistance, contact an alternative career coach at The Entrepreneur’s Source franchise today http://www.entrepreneurssource.com/contact.html.

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