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The Entrepreneur’s Source: Kick-start your vision for 2019

So here we are at the end of yet another year, and what a year it has been. We take great pride in the fact that our company and our outstanding team of Alternative Career Coaches from The Entrepreneur’s Source® (TES) have had a direct, positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of people for more than 30 years.

As we head into the new year, TES will continue to impact thousands by offering education, awareness, and discovery on an unbiased platform to help all individuals who seek self-sufficiency reach their income, lifestyle, wealth, and equity goals they desire (and deserve!).

Kick-start your 2019 vision for the life you’ve always wanted for your family and yourself. If you missed any of our most informative articles, now is your chance to catch up!

Here are the 10 Most Impactful Things You’ll Ever Read in 2018!

If you would like the opportunity to have more control over your professional life, while enjoying the Income, Lifestyle, Wealth, and Equity you deserve, The Entrepreneur’s Source wants to talk to you. Just go to http://www.entrepreneurssource.com/about_us.html — to take the first step toward your new alternative career.



The Entrepreneur’s Source Asks: Is It Smart To Open A Franchise With Your Children?

Originally Published in Forbes: Nov 7, 2018. The Entrepreneur’s Source Asks: Is It Smart To Open A Franchise With Your Children?

Many businesses don’t start off as family businesses. They become family businesses about the time the parent is thinking of retiring. Then, instead of selling the company to a stranger, he or she sells or hands over ownership to the kids, and with a second generation at the helm, you have a family business.

Franchised family businesses often work out differently. Many adults buy franchises when they already have a substantial career behind them, and they’re looking for a second act. Often, they already have children who are grown up — and perhaps looking to advance their own careers. That’s why you and your adult kids may be wondering: Should we buy a franchise together?

The answer is maybe — but maybe not. As the visionary founder of alternative career coaching franchise The Entrepreneur’s Source® (TES), I have seen many parent-child teams buy franchises and go on to have wildly successful businesses. I’ve also watched parent-child teams purchase franchises and later discover that going into business together was the last thing that they should have done. So, before you make any decisions, you’ll each want to ask yourselves a few questions.

What are we each bringing to the franchise?

One of you may feel that you have more money to invest in the franchise, and another of you may feel you have more time. Or maybe you both want to invest an equal amount of time and money. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, but obviously this is going to go better if you both feel you have something to add to the partnership.

Are you both equally enthusiastic?

I hope so. In my years in franchising, I’ve encountered parent-child partnerships where it’s clear that one person is more excited about being a franchise owner than the other. Two friends, colleagues or acquaintances would probably never start a business together if one was enthusiastic and the other wasn’t, but when it comes to family members, whether a parent and child or two spouses, sometimes the dominant personality will drag the other along, insisting that this is going to work out well.

Maybe it will, but if one of you seems less than enthused about investing in a franchise, you might want to reconsider going into business with one another. The excitement should be shared by both individuals.

Do you enjoy spending time with each other?

This, too, is very important. You love each other, but are you able to spend a significant amount of time with each other and, more importantly, work with each other? Will you be fine seeing each other throughout the day, every day — and then continuing this outside of the workplace, like at your son or granddaughter’s soccer game — and seeing each other over the holidays? These are important questions to consider.

Do you both respect each other?

You love each other, but do you respect your family member as a businessperson? That’s so important. If you respect each other’s abilities, you’re going to lessen the chances that you’ll be critical of one another — and you’ll more likely stay in your own respective lanes.

For the right parent and child team, owning a franchise is an excellent idea.

Owning a franchise together can offer both generations and your family’s future generations the opportunity for economic stability. Family is forever, as the saying goes, but if you pick the right franchise and you both have a solid partnership, you may always have your business’s income stream, too.

Are you interested in learning more?   The Entrepreneur’s Source® wants to talk with you. Just click on this link http://www.entrepreneurssource.com/contact.html to get started.



The Entrepreneur’s Source Coaching Success Story

The Entrepreneur’s Source Coaching Success Story: Career Transition Coach Ken Cave And Lee Putman – Patience Is A Virtue

The franchise model isn’t the dream; the franchise is simply the vehicle that gets you to the dream.

That’s one of the basic tenets of The Entrepreneur’s Source® experience . Here’s an example: Not too many kids dream of one day changing diapers, disposing restaurant cooking oil, or picking up dog poop for a living! But here’s what makes The Entrepreneur’s Source so successful in helping make the dream of thriving self-employment a reality for so many: We understand — and eventually help YOU understand — that the type of business you choose is less important than its ability to get you where you want to be…helping you achieve your ideal Income, Lifestyle, Wealth and Equity (I.L.W.E).

For nearly 10 years, Career Transition Coach Ken Cave has been helping people do just that.

“The vast majority of clients would not have picked the businesses they start,” said Cave. “That’s the value we bring to our clients. We understand what our clients are looking for and then provide the education, awareness, and discovery needed while exploring the possibilities. ”

As it turns out, that’s exactly what he did for with Lee Putman.

Lee is the President of his own commercial cleaning franchise in Indianapolis, and right now he’s working on the dream. Before that, he was a lot like many of you — traveling across the country working in corporate sales until one day he realized, “I don’t want to travel anymore!” That’s when he began to think about owning his own business.

Lee began working with his coach, Ken, who helped him begin his Journey of Discovery. “For me, it was a good process. I was learning about what excited and motivated me, but also what didn’t! That was just as important,” Lee says. “For example, I wanted something that didn’t require a ton of direct employees. I wanted a local business, and I wanted flexibility as I went down the road.”

After careful consideration, Lee decided on a commercial cleaning franchise which is North America’s leading provider of green commercial cleaning and janitorial services, and provides several different franchise opportunities. “When Ken first presented this possibility to me, it wasn’t jumping off the page at me,” says Lee . “But, the more I looked into it, I realized that it checked all the boxes.”

The Entrepreneur’s Source is different because we do not broker or sell. We just help people explore and coach them through the process,” says Cave. “The Entrepreneur’s Source process empowers our clients to look at business models they would have never thought of on their own or may have prematurely dismissed.”

Lee is happy he went on the “journey,” and he’s happy to have Cave along with him. “He’s a very good listener. He was genuinely interested in my long-term success. Ken was not trying to sell me a franchise; he wanted to make sure I made a good choice.”

Cave sees the process both ways — from the coaching and the client perspective. “As a coach, you need good listening skills. You also need to be able to probe further and not just take at face value what you are told. You need to dig deeper into the “why” or the motivation of what your clients are saying.”

On the flip side, there are certain expectations of clients as well. “Clients need to have the desire or an entrepreneurial itch to take control of their own destiny, but maybe more important, they need to believe in themselves.

“Ken challenged me to see some things I didn’t see in myself,” Putman says.

He continued, saying he was thankful he went on the journey with Ken because it changed his life. “I have control of my own fate. No one is going to downsize me at 61 years old. I have complete control of my career.”

Lee has been so happy with his coaching experience , he’s recommended Ken Cave and The Entrepreneur’s Source to at least three other people. “If you desire to be in business, I think this is a great process.

If you’re interested in moving forward and learning more about yourself, and the vehicles that can help you arrive at your ultimate destination, contact The Entrepreneur’s Source. Even the most life-changing journeys begin with that single step.



The Entrepreneur’s Source Franchise Coach Success Story

The Entrepreneur’s Source Franchise Coach Success Story: A New Chapter, New Challenge for “Retiree”

Americans are redefining aging! Getting older used to mean retiring from your decades-old career, maybe spending a little time puttering around your house, maybe playing some golf, and generally just figuring out what retirement looks like for you.

But today, people toting AARP cards are deciding to zig rather than zag and The Entrepreneur’s Source® (TES) is helping them do it. Americans are living longer, are more health conscious, and considering the ups and downs of the economy, are still looking to build upon their income, lifestyle, wealth, & equity goals.   Few retirees are looking to work a 50-hour work week, face daily commutes, and return to the daily grind. Older workers, rather, are redefining retirement, and our Alternative Career Coaches are helping them write the next chapter.

Rick Weaver is a great example. After working as an executive for 50-plus years in the Detroit area, Rick found himself at a crossroads. At the age of 64, many people are looking to wind down; but Rick was starting a whole new adventure.

“To be honest, when my last position ended, I did not give any thought to retiring. I enjoy working and helping people whether it is brightening their day or helping them find hidden talent.”

Rick considered taking another shot at the day-to-day corporate grind. “I tried to find another position, but my wife and I have always dreamed of owning our own business, so we began to examine the possibilities.”

It was during a trip to Yosemite National Park, surrounded by the majestic beauty of raw nature, where the silence from society beckons thoughtful reflection and contemplation that Rick received a sign.

“Suddenly my phone rang. In the tranquility and remoteness of that park, cell phones are not much good other than for taking pictures. Yet, suddenly, my phone rang,” Weaver says. It was Career Transition Coach Greg Manzer. Stunned that the call had gone through, Rick and his wife took it as a sign.

Manzer and Weaver began the process. “For us, this is about an education, not a sales process,” says Manzer. “As long as the person on the other end of the phone is open to possibilities, this is about providing them with access to information they wouldn’t otherwise get.”

With TES, clients set the pace. “Ultimately, if they are open to exploration, they are going to get to a point of clarity on whether or not business ownership is right for them ,” says Manzer. “It doesn’t cost anybody anything other than investing time in education, awareness, and discovery.  In Rick’s case, he quickly realized where he wanted to go. He knew what he wanted, and he went for it.”

For Rick Weaver, he trusted The Entrepreneur’s Source process… and his coach. “Over his career, he (Greg Manzer) developed his communication skills which allow him to listen with true empathy.”

As Manzer got to know Rick, a couple of things began to stand out. “Rick is a family guy, and he really wanted the flexibility to spend time with them. He’s also a people person. He truly likes people and helping them.”  Rick decided on a business in the professional services industry. “Rick knew his strengths, and he knew the business would be a good fit for him,” Manzer says.

“Now I feel I have personal value in my work. I am loving the business and can see the impact it can have on others. Best of all, I can enjoy being involved in the business today and will have continued pleasure when I step back into the role of absentee-owner,” enthuses Weaver.

The Encore Career trend is rising, and franchising can offer the perfect fit for those looking to the future. At TES, our coaches work with clients, taking them on a discovery process that ultimately provides a point of clarity — a point where the best way forward ultimately presents itself.

“The Entrepreneur’s Source® has a great process,” Rick says, “and with people such as Greg taking the time to so actively listen, they have the processes for success.”

Is retirement in your near future? Would you rather “zig” while everybody else “zags”? Rick Weaver says go for it! “If you still have the passion to work with others, want to figure out problems utilizing what you have learned and yearn for challenging situations in which you can resolve issues… then keep going!”

The Entrepreneur’s Source® can help. Contact us for a one-on-one with an alternative career coach today!