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The Entrepreneur’s Source: A Gift For Father’s Day

Turning Stress into Success: A Gift For Father’s Day. It’s no surprise that parents are under A LOT of STRESS these days. Stress to pay the bills. Stress to save money. Stress at work. Stress at home. Heck, we’re even stressed about being stressed!

As the Visionary Founder of The Entrepreneur’s Source®, I’ve talked to many parents over our 34 years in business  and you know what I’ve discovered; they’re scared. They’re stuck in jobs that they hate – jobs that leave them feeling miserable and stressed out. At The Entrepreneur’s Source we call that “Battered Career Syndrome”. But here’s the thing – no matter how miserable they feel, they’re too scared to leave because they’re also scared about the future. They’re frozen with indecision and it’s making them miserable.

A Gift to Give Yourself

For those dads out there feeling stressed, what if this Father’s Day you give yourself permission to look at the possibilities? The possibility of taking your future into your own hands is very real. What would your income be? What kind of lifestyle would you live? What kind of wealth and equity would you build? What would you do if you weren’t frozen with fear? Here at The Entrepreneur’s Source we call that your I.L.W.E., and we can help you use it to uncover your Possibilities, Options, and Dreams.

Fatherhood and Stress

It’s the fear of failure that holds us back; the fear that we won’t be able to keep the lights on or pay for college. But, what we should fear is not living our true life. We should fear not setting that example for our children. More and more research is showing that parental stress actually can affect children in a negative way. What if the way to be the best father that you can be is to make sure you are the best version of yourself first? You can do that, and you don’t have to do it alone.

Your Career 2.0®

Entrepreneurship puts you in control. We’re not saying it’s easy. We’re not saying you won’t have another day of stress. What we are saying is that all that hard work and pressure will be benefitting YOU AND YOUR FAMILY – not some faceless corporation so they can enjoy the condo in the Bahamas and the ski chalet in Colorado!

At The Entrepreneur’s Source®, our alternative career coaches will help you explore and define your unique goals, needs, and expectations. The process will help you focus and gain clarity about what you want your life to look like. Our coaches have three main objectives:

  1. Create Awareness
  2. Provide Education
  3. Hold You Accountable to Your Dreams

Your TES  Career Transition Coach can stay with you and help you make the transition from office drone to self-employed! They’re there to help you stay on course and see the dream become a reality.

Achieving Results: Step One

For Father’s Day, give yourself this gift: take the time to sign up for your complimentary registration to our exclusive Start a Business Weekend. It’s an exclusive online event brought to you by The Entrepreneur’s Source. Your free all-access pass will allow you to explore and compare over 170 franchising opportunities, discover funding options to finance a new business, and listen and learn from our inspiring speakers. You can do all this while sitting at home using any desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

Maybe I was crazy to start a franchise coaching business back in 1984. I was a stressed-out dad staring rock bottom dead in the eye. I knew I had to do something and I wanted to set a good example for my kids. You can do it, too.

So, this Father’s Day, go ahead and exclaim over that new tie. Laugh (and maybe even tear up a bit) over that homemade card. After you put your kids to bed, begin your search for the franchise match that could change your life and change your stress into success!

 

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The Entrepreneur’s Source: Your Answer to this Question will Determine Your Success

The Entrepreneur’s Source: Your Answer to this Question will Determine Your Success:  Have You Identified Your Possibilities, Options, and Dreams (POD)?

The Entrepreneur’s Source on Examining Your POD

In today’s New Career Economy®, there isn’t a traditional career path, and this career uncertainty is triggering many people to consider business ownership as an alternative to a standard 9-5, corporate job. However, many of these aspiring entrepreneurs don’t know where or how to start. When beginning your entrepreneurial journey, Identifying your Possibilities, Options, and Dreams (POD) that stand before you is one of the first steps that you should take when looking to join the millions of Americans who are striving to become self-sufficient in their work. Today, The Entrepreneur’s Source® will explain what your unique Possibilities, Options, and Dreams may be and how an alternative career coach can help assist you on your entrepreneurial journey.

What is POD?
Before we talk about how you can identify your Possibilities, Options, and Dreams, let’s first take a minute to understand the difference between these three terms.

  • PossibilitiesThere are hundreds, probably thousands of possibilities when it comes to businesses to invest in, but many hopeful entrepreneurs put on their blinders and solely search for familiar possibilities, which can be extremely harmful. The key to determining one’s possibilities is discovering avenues beyond your comfort zone and even your area of expertise. In fact, The Entrepreneur’s Source® alternative career coaches find that 95 percent of the time their clients capitalize on opportunities they previously hadn’t considered or may have formerly warded off.
  • OptionsIn today’s New Career Economy®, working a standard 9-5 is no longer a viable route to achieve self-sufficiency. In order to truly achieve career control, business ownership is one of the best routes. Once an individual has the ability to recognize this, prospective entrepreneurs can derive new options that better support with their Income, Lifestyle, Wealth and Equity (I.L.W.E.) Goals that they dream of achieving.
  • Dreams: Most of us have dreamed about what our future would look like from a young age, but oftentimes we put these dreams on hold due because we fear they aren’t realistic or due to extenuating circumstances. But if you think about it, if you don’t dream big, will you ever truly be satisfied in your career? You can’t move from Employment to Empowermentwithout rediscovering your dreams and creating a plan to achieve them.

How to Achieve Your POD
Now that we’ve identified your Possibilities, Options, and Dreams, it’s time to start putting systems in place and asking yourself questions to identify what possibilities and options are the best to capitalize on, and how to get started.

  • Possibilities: Daydream back to your childhood days where the possibilities for your future seemed as if they were limitless. You believed that you could do or be anything and had the ability to focus on your ultimate goal without fearing the hurdles that stood in your way. Entrepreneurs should use this same mindset when questioning one’s possibilities.
  • OptionsHave you fully considered all of your unique opportunities? First, you should investigate the options that exist in your current career. Is there room to mature professionally, or does your career path seem to be stagnant or sinking? If you find that you aren’t satisfied with the options that are provided in your current job, then you’ve likely realized next move should be transitioning fromEmployment to Empowerment. Identify what you didn’t like about the options that You 1.0 had and brainstorm what options align with what you would like to be in You 2.0.
  • Dreams: What future are you aspiring to? No dream is too big when fantasizing of what you’d like your future to hold. Would you like to have the flexibility to attend all of your son’s basketball games? Do you want to provide yourself the opportunity to retire early? Are you looking to have the means to travel the world? Well, these dreams may not be too big to achieve with business ownership as a vehicle.

The Unique Coaching Difference with The Entrepreneur’s Source®
Taking the time to: is the first of many steps to becoming an entrepreneur. However, doing so isn’t always easy on your own, and that’s where an alternative career coach can come in handy.

“The coaching experience that The Entrepreneur’s Source® takes clients through is a journey of discovery that allows potential franchisees to learn about themselves and about the franchise opportunities they are a considering.” The Entrepreneur’s Source® Terry Powell said. This proven Discovery Process at The Entrepreneur’s Source franchise is devoted to helping aspiring entrepreneurs pinpoint their Possibilities, Options, and Dreams and identify how they can be achieved.

If you’re looking to move from Employment to Empowerment in 2015contact an E-Source coach todayhttp://www.entrepreneurssource.com/contact.html.

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At The Entrepreneur’s Source: Show Your Military Appreciation: Share This Post With A Veteran

Show Your Military Appreciation: Share This Post With A Veteran. They’ve put their lives on the line for our safety and security. At The Entrepreneur’s Source®, we celebrate our military and their families every single day, but May is special as it’s designated Military Appreciation Month. Imagine if we could show our appreciation by giving an unimaginable gift— the gift of living your dream. It’s a gift you can give yourself and The Entrepreneur’s Source can help you do it.

 

The future…post-military

The Department of Defense estimates that as many as 245,000 enlisted service members and officers will leave the military each year through 2019. Will you go back to a job that feels like basic training all over again? That may work for some, but don’t you owe it to yourself to consider entrepreneurship? While you were out making the world a safer place for everybody, a few things changed in the business world. The “New Career Economy” has many people, veterans and civilians alike, re-evaluating their futures.

 

8 Reasons Veterans Make Great Franchise Owners

Think about this – one out of seven franchise businesses are owned and operated by veterans of the U.S. military. There’s a reason veterans are such successful business owners — actually, there are more than one! Read over this list and consider your own Goals, Needs & Expectations.

  1. Natural leaders – Leadership is a skill that you can’t buy — and it’s a skill that’s needed to become a successful business owner. During a career in the military, this skill is developed and refined, and it comes in handy if you’re in charge of a team of employees.
  2. Work ethic – Nobody says owning a franchise is easy. It’s hard work and long hours, at least at the beginning. The key here is that you do that hard work and put in those long hours for yourself and not somebody else!
  3. Stress management – Veterans know a thing or two about stress, from combat situations to deployment and family separations. Opening a new business that could make your dreams come true? You got this – you won’t be fazed.
  4. Following a system – From day one of a military career, you’re given orders. Let us explain how that translates into successful franchising. A franchise is built on a plan, with pretty much every detail worked out by the people who’ve tried it and tested it before you! It’s a system for success, but it’s up to you to execute it. The franchise system gives you the recipe to be successful, all you have to do is follow the system and make sure the plan is executed! Not everyone has that focus and follow-through.
  5. Start at the top – This is especially true if you are retiring from the military. Do you really want to go somewhere and start at the bottom doing grunt work, or are you more interested in an Encore Career? An Encore Career puts you in the driver’s seat of your destiny.
  6. Commitment and loyalty – Franchisors can be picky! They have to be — their success depends upon your success. They are going to award their franchises to people they can trust to take care of business. With all the sacrifices most military men and women make for their country, you can’t question their commitment and loyalty to something they believe in.
  7. Teamwork – This may seem like a no-brainer to vets, but not everyone understands the concept of teamwork. As veterans, your job, or even your life, may depend on someone else doing their part correctly. Apply this skill to your own business, and you’ll reap the benefits.
  8. Perks – You’ve earned them, now enjoy them! There are a number of benefits extended to veterans who want to own their own business, from favorable lending rates to tax breaks. That already provides you with the incentive to dig deeper into entrepreneurship.

 

Moving forward

So how do you move forward? It’s simple. You can contact The Entrepreneur’s Source and one of our Career Transition Coaches will get in touch with you and answer all of your questions. Or join us for our exclusive online expo — Start a Business Weekend. It’s a virtual expo you can join from the comfort of your own home. You can explore and compare over 170 franchising options and discover funding opportunities.

Share this post

Buy a veteran a cup of coffee. Shake their hand and tell them thanks! These are all great ways to show your appreciation for our military members this May. But if you really want to give them a gift, share this post with them and open their eyes to a world they might not have ever considered. After all, they’ve made huge sacrifices for us — showing them how to make their dreams come true is showing them true appreciation.

If you are a veteran, or know a veteran, who would be interested in learning more, get started at https://www.franchisematch.com/.

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The Entrepreneur’s Source: Go From Employment to Empowerment

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, you can transform from You 1.0 to YOU 2.0®… and move from Employment to Empowerment®.

In the post-recession economy, workers are still struggling to gain a foothold on their professional growth. Nearly half of all middle-class Americans are not confident in their ability to save sufficiently for retirement. For many, all it takes is a small bout of joblessness for any savings that people have managed to put aside to disappear.

 

Unsure of where you should start?

Achieve YOU 2.0® by setting clear goals for yourself.  Below The Entrepreneur’s Source® explains 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.

Why not invest in yourself and your future 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® 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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The Entrepreneur’s Source: Don’t Be A Slacker When It Comes To You!

The Entrepreneur’s Source explains why the promises we make to ourselves are the most important

Remember all those big plans you made for yourself at the beginning of the year? Maybe you promised to exercise more and eat healthier. Maybe you promised yourself you would find a way to live a life that felt more like living and less like existing!

Now let’s assume you started the year with an idea in place and plenty of motivation. Maybe you actually went and joined a gym or saw a nutritionist. Maybe you actually decided to leave your dead-end job and pursue your dream of entrepreneurship. Remember all the enthusiasm and excitement you felt when you committed to reaching those goals?  For months you might have actually gone to the gym and you might have actually researched a few business ideas. But then… life happens.

It could be that you got sick and missed the gym for a week, then decided you might as well have a hamburger, too. At work, you got hit with a huge project that’s taking hours of your time. And all that effort working on somebody else’s dream meant you couldn’t even take a step toward your own. The coaches here at The Entrepreneur’s Source® want you to remember those feelings of enthusiasm and excitement; because it’s not too late to recommit to yourself and achieve your Income, Lifestyle, Wealth, and Equity goals!

 

In fact, it’s so common to lose steam as summer approaches that May is known as National Recommitment Month. If you have that dream of owning your own business — or love the idea of working to live instead of living to work, then keep on reading, because our alternative career coaches have five reasons why you should ditch the day job and recommit to yourself

  1. When you help yourself, you can help others. There’s a reason the airline safety demonstration tells you to put your oxygen mask on before helping others. Happiness is kind of that way too. If you are miserable at your job, constantly traveling or working on the weekends, then it’s unlikely that you’re happy. The Entrepreneur’s Source calls it the Battered Career Syndrome. If you start the journey toward making yourself happy, you are in a better position to make those around you happy as well.
  2. You should dare to dream. What would you do if you weren’t afraid of failure? Our proven methods will show you that not only is it okay to dare to dream, but also that you really can achieve it. Our coaching process is all about your possibilities, your options, and your YOUR WILLINGNESS to explore and define your unique goals, needs and expectations is one of the main catalysts for success.
  3. Hardships deserve rewards. Here are a couple of examples: You put in years of hard work and long hours at a company where you’re just another drone. Maybe you’ve busted your butt and sacrificed your family and now you’re being rewarded with a layoff notice! Those are the hardships — going into business for yourself and working toward your goals is the next step AND the reward.
  4. Stop settling. Some people spend their lives settling for less than they really want. Sometimes settling is a compromise that’s an understandable sacrifice: sure, you’d rather have the luxury sports car instead of the minivan, but that’s a sacrifice you’re willing to make for your family. But is sacrificing your happiness at work worth it? According to Psychology Today, the average American spends 90,000 hours on the job over their lifetime! That’s a lot of misery if you’re unhappy on the job. With the help of The Entrepreneur’s Source®, we can help you find the best way to achieve your ultimate goals — maybe it’s wealth, maybe it’s more time with your family. Remember that the business is NOT the dream… it’s how you achieve the dream.
  5. Set an example for your kids. Every parent has hopes and dreams for their child. We doubt too many of them dream of a future for their child that’s filled with commuting for hours every day, clocking in, clocking out, and then falling into an exhausted sleep at night so you can do it again the next day. But remember, parents are the prime role models for their children. If you want them to live happy, exciting, and fulfilled lives, shouldn’t you do so yourself?

 

Change is scary; but good. We’ve been helping people go from Employment to Empowerment® for more than 34 years now. If you’ve lost the motivation, here’s an easy way to get it back: The Entrepreneur’s Source® Start a Business Weekend®. It’s a Virtual Expo that will allow you to explore and compare over 170 franchising opportunities and discover funding options to finance your new business.

Recommit to yourself and to your dream by taking these easy first steps.   And when you’re ready to find your franchise match that will propel you forward, head to https://www.franchisematch.com/.

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