You’re not buying a job; you’re creating a lifestyle
That’s my Tannerism #12. Over the years I have counseled hundreds of out-of-work individuals who lost their jobs and viewed franchising as a way to buy themselves back into the jobs’ market. We’ll sit down and I’ll listen…however long it takes. I’ll let them vent about their last boss, the politics of corporate America, the inefficiencies of big business, their 24/7 workweek and its strain on their families, the toll it’s taken on their health, the vices they’ve taken on, you name it—I’ve heard everything. What I find interesting is that when they’re finished, or they’re exhausted from speaking, or they’ve lost their voice, it’s almost like a body cleansing: They’ve purged themselves of their bad juju. I let them catch their breath and then we talk about the future. That’s typically when they start in on, “I want to be in control. I don’t care how hard I have to work. I want to put the profits of my labor into my own pocket.” All admirable aims—building wealth is after all your number one priority—but creating a lifestyle, a work-life balance, should be a high priority of all franchise owners. You left (or were let go) from your last employer because you had no lifestyle. Why not make having a life a goal of your next career as a small business owner? During your investigation process, ask owners what a typical day and week are like in the business. Is their time for family? Is their time for you? Don’t put yourself back in the non-stop frenzy of your last job. As a franchise owner, it’s not a job, it’s your business. Invest in a franchise that allows you to set your watch to your schedule. There are any number of adages that ring true: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Yes, bettering your life is about making more money, but being able to enjoy it is just as important.