Franchising and Expanding

Franchising and Expanding – Week Sixty-One

Back to normal at prayer time with Liz and Josh talking about how their Lubbock catering and Lubbock lawn care businesses were faring. Ches, our newest member (the guy who handles fire damage claims in Dallas) also reported that he was doing well at his business. All had positive reports. It seems like none of us have much bad to report about our jobs anymore. Having these guys to bounce ideas off of has really helped me keep my focus on the growth of my business. Before it was like weeks just came and went and I had no accountability to deal with. Anyway, we prayed for the city of Lubbock and its health as a city. You really can’t have a successful business unless the town it is in is doing well. We also did our typical surrender of our families to God. We all said that we have been spending a lot more time with God in our personal times and we all said that we were gaining more intimacy with Him. This is always a good way to start off the days.

As for the larger business gathering we had a woman named Kelly who spoke to us. She spoke on the subject of franchising our businesses to other cities. She said that we could always grow out of our original town and that we should be ready to expand with other regional and national entities – if we have a great reputation. I understood what she was saying but I couldn’t imagine ever selling franchises to other people based on my business. Nor did I see any reason to even set up satellites in other towns. I figured that every city has its own heating and cooling businesses and that we don’t have anything especially special about our company to warrant an expansion. I will say that Kelly was very good at speaking and explaining the process of doing what she was suggesting. And I could see how people like Liz might benefit from what was being said, but it was not a talk for me to sink my teeth into. Who knows? Maybe someday…

I did get a chance to speak with the other guy who ran the short-term furnished apartment business to see if he wanted to grab lunch sometime. I had heard we had a lot in common and that we might be able to give insights to one another – or at least become more than acquaintances. We made plans to grab a meal in the next week. Maybe we can at least figure out some way to barter what our businesses gave to the public.

 

So readers, have you ever franchised your businesses? Or have you bought into a franchising group? If so, how did the process go? It sounds pretty difficult to do, but it might just be because I’m not trained in it. Feel free to comment and give me your thoughts.

Born Leaders?

Born Leaders?

Ever since I was a child I have been known as a leader. I always had a little tribe following me around trying to do what I did and talk like I talked. This leadership continued through all of my school years as I was Captain of my sports teams and President of the Student Body This went on as I took over a University Bible Study and then ran several ministries. As a result of these things, I have always been known as a “born leader”. No one ever told me how to lead but I was always the leader who helped others grow in their lives. I have always provided direction for people. So I guess there is a case to be made for me being a “born leader” but I think there must be a lot of leadership development that must occur so that I can be the best leader possible. I may have been born a leader, but I think I need to improve. Born leaders need to be made leaders too.

I currently work for a leadership coach who focuses on leadership development. This guy’s name is Dr. Andy Neillie and he is known for helping leaders become better leaders. He has taught at international and national conferences and has trained several Fortune 500 companies who want to turn their managers into better leaders. He believes no matter how great your leadership skills are, you can always sharpen them. I love to learn from him through direct contact and by way of his writings. He is a humble person who is always searching for new ways that he can grow as a leader too. He reads leadership books and sits in on leadership seminars so that he can glean as much new information as possible. Anyway, one of the main things I have gotten from him is that good leaders know how to motivate and inspire their followers. Great leaders don’t just expect everyone around them to be “born leaders.” They search for ways to help people to become the best leaders they can be by using incentives, outside voices and regular continuing education.

Are you a “born leader”? Do you motivate your followers and managers to become the best leaders they can be? No matter what your leadership level is at this point, I recommend finding a leadership mentor as I have. Or you can also make use of Dr. Andy Neillie’s writings and speeches – some of which can be found at his website (http://neillieleadershipgroup.com) so you can grow as a leader. Regardless of who you choose, just make sure you choose someone. There’s always room to become better.

Winter Fires

Winter Fires

In Dallas, it’s still cool outside which means that fireplaces are still being used. And who doesn’t love a crackling fireplace giving off that special smell and allowing you to sit in front of it to get some normal heat. I remember watching my dad building fires every winter and I loved sitting beside it and watching it do its thing. It brings back great memories of time with him before he died. The problem with building fires in your home is that sometimes we forget to tend to them properly. It’s easy to enjoy, but sometimes we don’t put them out all of the way. This can lead to popping and can lead to an unexpected fire in the home – the sort that can cause major fire damage and smoke damage to your property. This sort of disaster can cause all sorts of problems, not the least of which is getting your insurance claim settled by a competent insurance claims adjuster. The process of getting a fair settlement from an insurance company can be quite tough and I know I have needed help from outside representation to get everything settled. That’s where the help of public adjusters comes into play – they work with you to get a great settlement for your fire damage in Dallas and they hold the insurance companies accountable to being fair. And by fair, I mean getting back the amount of money you need to buy new things to replace the old.

We all have possessions that cannot be replaced by money – pictures and memorable objects, which cannot be recovered with mere money. This is too bad for sure. But when you are at least able to get back those things that can be replaced, it’s a blessing and even an expectation. I know a couple who had to file fire damage claims in Plano and it was an insurance mess from the beginning. But by using the expertise of a public adjusting firm in Dallas (Abba Claims), they ended up redoing their entire house and now it actually looks 100% better than it did before the fire. They were completely satisfied with the way this firm went to bat for them as advocates between them and the insurance company.

So, I guess in summary, I am saying to do all you can to avoid fires in the home. Who needs that sort of mess when trying to live a normal life? But, I’m also saying that if you can’t avoid an accidental fire, make use of a public adjuster firm that will help you navigate the process of insurance claims. They understand the process very well and will get you back on your feet.

So readers, have you ever had to fight with an insurance company to get what you think is a fair settlement? What happened? Were you satisfied with how you were treated? Ever thought of using a public adjustment firm? Feel free to comment on these things.