120 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. 4.26: Navigating Franchise Challenges and Achieving Success

    Ep. 4.26: Navigating Franchise Challenges and Achieving Success

    In a moment of unexpected revelation, Karen Abrams found herself embarking on a journey into the world of franchising. Little did she know, this decision would lead to a rollercoaster of emotions, from exhilarating highs to unforeseen challenges. As she shares her captivating story, aspiring entrepreneurs are given a glimpse into the unpredictable nature of franchise ownership. But what unforeseen obstacles did Karen face, and how did she navigate them to achieve success?
    My special guest is Karen Abrams

    Karen Abrams, a seasoned real estate attorney with nearly 30 years of experience, stumbled into the world of franchising over a decade ago. It all began when she attended a franchise trade show out of curiosity and ended up representing franchisees on real estate matters. What started as a side interest quickly grew into owning and operating multiple franchise locations, giving her a unique firsthand perspective on the challenges and successes of the franchising world. Karen's journey from buying, building, and selling businesses, to experiencing both failure and triumph, has shaped her into a knowledgeable and insightful figure in the franchise industry. Her diverse background in the cosmetology and food industries adds a layer of depth to her understanding of the franchising landscape, making her a valuable source of practical wisdom for aspiring entrepreneurs.

     
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Gain valuable franchise industry insights from real experiences.
    Understand the importance of personal and financial considerations in franchising.
    Overcome challenges and discover effective strategies in franchise ownership.
    Explore diversification and find the path to success in the franchising world.

     

    • 41 min
    Ep. 2.25 Overcoming Entrepreneurial Anxiety: Kendall's Journey into Franchise Ownership

    Ep. 2.25 Overcoming Entrepreneurial Anxiety: Kendall's Journey into Franchise Ownership

    Does this sound familiar? You want to gain control of your financial future but need the courage to live with the uncertainty being an entrepreneur brings. Are you seeking a way to attain the insights necessary to take the leap into business ownership?
    Look no further because our guest, Kendall, will share her process of stepping into the unknown. Get ready to unlock your potential and fearlessly navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship with Kendall's invaluable insights.
    My special guest is Kendall
    Kendal Kineard joins us on Free Agent Season 4 as a brand new franchisee in the process of training and launching her business. 
    In this episode, Meg and Kendall discuss:
    Discovering the secrets to leaning on family and faith. Building trust and relationships for exponential business growth. Being scared and doing it anyway. Explore the importance of listening and paying attention for business breakthroughs.

    • 35 min
    Ep 4.24 Franchisee Conversations: Learn directly from those who have walked the franchise path

    Ep 4.24 Franchisee Conversations: Learn directly from those who have walked the franchise path

    Does this sound familiar? You're considering investing in a franchise, but you're overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information out there. You've been told to research online, read articles, and attend seminars, but despite all your efforts, you still feel uncertain and confused. The pain of not having clear and valuable insights is keeping you from making an informed decision and taking that leap towards franchise ownership. But what if there's a better way?

    My special guest is Kristine

    We are thrilled to have Kristine Givens join us on this episode of Free Agent. With a background in accounting and a successful stint as a business owner, Kristine's journey into franchise ownership is both captivating and enlightening. She shares her experiences, including the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned along the way. Kristine's story serves as a reminder that even the most informed and educated individuals can find themselves in unexpected situations. Her candidness and willingness to share the bumps and warts of her franchise journey make her a relatable and trustworthy source of insights for anyone considering franchise ownership. Join us as we delve into Kristine's story and discover the valuable lessons she has to offer.
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Discover the key factors to consider before investing in a franchise, ensuring a solid foundation for success.
    Learn why trust and intuition play a crucial role in making informed decisions about franchise ownership.
    Uncover effective strategies for researching a franchise's financial performance, helping you evaluate its long-term viability.
    Gain insights into the importance of evaluating the leadership team behind a franchise, ensuring their expertise aligns with your goals.
    Hear firsthand experiences from successful franchisees, providing valuable insights and tips for navigating franchise ownership.

     

    • 40 min
    Ep 4.23 Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Greatness

    Ep 4.23 Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Greatness

    Does this sound familiar? You've been told that in order to achieve success in business, you need to work harder and sacrifice your personal life. But despite putting in the long hours and making sacrifices, you're still not seeing the results you desire. The pain of feeling burnt out and unfulfilled is all too real. It's time to explore a different approach, one that allows you to achieve a balanced work-life while finding success in the business world.
    My special guest is Lori

    Meet Lori Karpman, a dynamic entrepreneur with a deep-rooted passion for franchising. With a background in law and a successful career as a tax lawyer, Lori made the leap into the franchise industry and never looked back. Throughout her journey, she has worn many hats, from being a master franchiseor to founding her own chain of restaurants, which she later sold. Today, as the founder of a full-service franchise consulting firm, Lori brings her wealth of experience and expertise to help businesses navigate the world of franchising. Her boutique approach ensures that every client receives personalized attention and top-notch support in areas such as legal, operations, marketing, sales, and administration. With a reputation for excellence and a commitment to delivering exceptional customer service, Lori is a trusted advisor for entrepreneurs seeking to take their businesses to new heights through the power of franchising.
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Discover the benefits and challenges of franchising - gain valuable insights into this popular business model that can help you make informed decisions about your entrepreneurial journey.
    Explore the education process for selling franchise agreements - learn the step-by-step strategies to effectively educate potential franchisees and attract the right partners for your franchise brand.
    Uncover the qualities of a successful franchise brand - understand the key characteristics that make a franchise brand stand out and resonate with customers, setting you up for long-term success.
    Recognize the importance of profitability in franchising - learn how to prioritize profitability in order to build a sustainable and lucrative business within the franchising industry.
    Navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities for women in business - gain practical advice and inspiration to overcome obstacles, harness your strengths, and thrive as a female entrepreneur or executive in the business world.

    • 41 min
    Ep 4.22 From Dreams to Reality: How Franchising Transform Lives

    Ep 4.22 From Dreams to Reality: How Franchising Transform Lives

    Do you want to unlock the key to thriving in the franchising industry? Are you searching for the ultimate way to achieve financial success and personal fulfillment through owning a franchise? Look no further, because we have the solution you've been seeking. Our guest, Monica, will be sharing invaluable insights that will empower you to attain your desired outcome of becoming a successful franchise owner. Get ready to discover the secrets that will pave your path to prosperity in the franchising world.
    My special guest is Monica

    Franchise expert Monica reveals the surprising truth about who succeeds in franchising, defying stereotypes and showcasing the determination and resilience of women, veterans, immigrants, and individuals with limited resources who turn their dreams into profitable businesses.

     
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Gain valuable industry insights and stay ahead of the competition in the franchising industry.
    Discover the key success factors that can make or break your franchising venture.
    Learn about the growing diversity in franchise ownership and how it can lead to new opportunities.
    Understand the significant economic impact that franchising has on local communities and the wider economy.
    Explore the personal and financial benefits of owning a franchise and how it can transform your life.

     

     

    • 42 min
    Ep 4.21: From Family Business To Entrepreneurship

    Ep 4.21: From Family Business To Entrepreneurship

    Unconventional and determined, free agent Jaime White defies societal expectations as she forges her own path, embracing challenges, seeking validation, and inspiring others to break free from traditional systems in pursuit of their dreams.

    My special guest is Jaime

    Jaime White is a force to be reckoned with in the world of free agency. With her vast experience as a real estate investor, entrepreneur, coach, and mentor, Jaime has carved her own path to success and is now helping others do the same. From stepping into the unknown as a young adult, running a furniture store and navigating the complexities of a toxic family business, Jaime knows firsthand the challenges and rewards of being a free agent.
    As a mother of six, she understands the importance of finding balance and creating a life that aligns with your values. Jaime's journey is a testament to the power of taking control over your destiny and embracing the possibilities that come with being your own boss. Her insights and wisdom will inspire and empower individuals seeking to make their mark on the world as free agents.

     
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Discover the inspiring journey of Jaime White, a free agent who defied expectations and carved out her own path in the business world.
    Uncover the unique challenges faced by individuals who leave the comfort and familiarity of a family business to pursue their own dreams.
    Explore the healing process and self-discovery that comes with embarking on a new journey as a free agent, and how it can lead to personal growth and fulfillment.
    Learn the importance of seeking outside help and guidance as you navigate the challenges and uncertainties of being an independent entrepreneur.
    Be inspired by the uplifting stories of individuals who bravely pursued their dreams, and discover how you can find the motivation and courage to follow your own passion.

     

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Bona and Team Capsho ,

Great show!

This podcast offers a fresh take on entrepreneurial journeys, providing valuable insights without the fluff. Every episode feels like a candid chat, revealing the heart and hustle behind business success.

From Bona and Team Capsho :)

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