Please join me in congratulating Jim Blasingame, for 15 years of The Small Business Advocate®, a business radio program he created and launched on November 17, 1997. Since then, Jim has been the only syndicated host talking to America's entrepreneurs on live radio every weekday, as well as to a global audience since his pioneering Internet simulcast began in January 1998. I’m grateful for the opportunity that Jim and his team presented to me back in 2006. They contacted me because they
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(Some Ears.) There's more than one way to skin a cat. (Don't worry, cat lovers; I'm not going to add a video about how to do that to this post.) What I am going to do is suggest that there's more than one way to learn about something that you're interested in. (In this case, franchise ownership.) Once in awhile, it's nice to break our routines. For example, if you're used to getting information about the things you're interested in from blogs like this, or maybe a news-oriented website,
This is so simple, even I could do it. Actually, I did do it. About 3 years ago, I came up with a way to help prospective franchise owners figure out a few things about themselves, before they even started looking around for a franchise or two to learn about. A few people have ridiculed it. I'll be the first one to admit that it's not scientific. That has to do with the fact that I'm not a scientist. I'm a King, and that's good enough. My limited-edition Crown I was
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Do you remember how excited you were when you got your first 64-Pack of Crayola™ Crayons? (With a built-in sharpener!) Most likely, you also received a coloring book or two-kind of a "boxed set" for kids. Good stuff. You set up shop. You started coloring. But..how did you color????
Yes, you! Seriously. Do you really have what it takes to own and run your own business? A franchise business? Can you deal with a 200-page operations manual? Will you be able to wait awhile before you start to make a profit? Are you ok with your creativity being stifled a little? Will you get resentful about paying a % of your sales to the franchisor? I'm not saying that any of the things I laid out above are negative things. They are just some things that you should think
On Veteran's Day, I was asked to join two rather energetic and engaging women on their weekly small business radio program, to discuss how military veterans fit into the scheme of things with regards to franchise ownership. I'm from this school of thought; Military veterans can be great franchise owners. It's just that we don't live in a perfect world, and some people, veterans or not, just shouldn't be small business/franchise owners at all. No way. no how. (For lots of reasons) Now back to
Jim Blasingame (Holding A Cleveland Indians baseball bat) As a small business owner, I love the fact that there are actually radio programs that discuss one of my favorite topics..small business. Not only is Jim Blasingame celebrating his 12th year of broadcasting, but his producers reached out to me a few years ago, and asked me to be a guest on Jim's show. Jim even liked me enough to invite me to be a member of his "Brain Trust." (That's a little scary) From
I met Paul Segreto either on Twitter or Facebook, I'm not quite sure. I saw that he was doing some fairly intelligent musings concerning social media in the franchise industry, and I reached out to him.We got to Tweeting back and forth a tad, and found that we shared some strong similarities; We were both non-International Franchise Association members We agreed on which franchisors were good, and which ones were weak, at best Both of our names ended in vowels He thought I was funny.
(Jim Blasingame, speaking at a business conference.) The Week of September 28th Some really smart small business experts are on tap to be interviewed by Jim Blasingame, on his daily small business radio program this week. It's syndicated in numerous cities all across the country, and is also available on the internet, live or archived. Some of this week's guests include; Barbara Weltman- Serious Tax and Small Business Advice Tim Berry- Founder Of Palo Alto Software