76 episodes

Inspiring conversations with real people who took the leap into business ownership, franchising, and freedom. Hosted by franchise guru, consultant and trusted small business advisor, Meg Schmitz.

If you're looking to make the next phase of your life the best phase, this podcast is for you.

From corporate refugees and executives tired of the desk job life, to entrepreneurs and investors looking for more support in their business journey, you'll hear from real people who stepped into the unknown, took control of their destiny and became their own boss.

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Inspiring conversations with real people who took the leap into business ownership, franchising, and freedom. Hosted by franchise guru, consultant and trusted small business advisor, Meg Schmitz.

If you're looking to make the next phase of your life the best phase, this podcast is for you.

From corporate refugees and executives tired of the desk job life, to entrepreneurs and investors looking for more support in their business journey, you'll hear from real people who stepped into the unknown, took control of their destiny and became their own boss.

    Ep 3.12 No H2O: The Waterless Car Wash for a Cleaner Environment

    Ep 3.12 No H2O: The Waterless Car Wash for a Cleaner Environment

    When professional car racer, Emmet O'Brien is introduced to waterless car washing technology, he takes the leap into self-employment and becomes his own boss.

    • 38 min
    Ep. 3.11 How to Review Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD)

    Ep. 3.11 How to Review Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD)

    This week, I interviewed one of my favorite attorneys, Andrew Bleiman. In this episode, Andrew and I have a lively exchange around these topics:
    Understanding the FDD: it’s just as important what is omitted as what is included War/Horror Stories that are informative and meaningful to your potential investment Red flags that you can find and research on your own about any franchise opportunity  

    • 41 min
    Ep 3.10 Using Franchising As an Exit Strategy

    Ep 3.10 Using Franchising As an Exit Strategy

    Brian Garrison is significant in the world of franchising as the President and COO of Buzz Franchise Brands.  Of greater importance is that Brian served for more than 22 years in the Navy with an impressive career in leadership, building teams and systems.  He’s also a pilot, and knows the thrill of aviation as well as the dangers of active duty.
    In this episode, Brian and I discuss;
    The compelling arguments for franchising as an Exit Strategy The transition from military life to civilian How the military culture of team work is missing in the world of independent business ownership.  

    • 39 min
    Game Face On & Ready to Rock

    Game Face On & Ready to Rock

    A super dynamo in franchising, my interview with Cary Tober was further proof that once the Entrepreneurial Spirit hits the gene pool, it never goes away. It just gets stronger and more exhilarating!
    In this episode, we discuss;
    Becoming an entrepreneur during adolescence Learning leadership and transparency through challenges Rep M plans for continued exponential growth

    • 36 min
    Ep 3.8 Finding Confidence During Tumultuous Changes

    Ep 3.8 Finding Confidence During Tumultuous Changes

    Erik Haass was referred to me during his job search.  He had a great career with a great company, but was locked in a silo without room to maneuver. Although owning a business hadn't really been on his radar, it was for his wife, Rebecca!Listen to our frank discussion about;
    - Making the time to learn
    - Focusing on franchising
    - Finding the confidence during tumultuous changes 

    • 35 min
    Ep 3.7 Creating Insurmountable Strength Through Community

    Ep 3.7 Creating Insurmountable Strength Through Community

    Adam Griggs is a small business coach, and a serial entrepreneur.  He is as self-aware as they come.  Energy, enthusiasm and excitement drive Adam to support his business community.  He freely shares his experience and knowledge with me, and got me to admit my own weaknesses and fears while rebooting my business.

    • 34 min

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