Franchise Operator Spotlight: Breaking Free From A Career Behind Bars

Mark and Alena Huntjens, Victoria, British Columbia franchise operatorsAs longtime correctional officers in Victoria, British Columbia, Alena Huntjens and her husband, Mark, spent 17 and 20 years, respectively, working inside a jail.

However, they recently realized that their careers — and their futures — were being locked up along with the prisoners they watched.

“We just got sick of working for the government, being told when to take our lunch breaks, being told when to take our holidays, and just being restricted,” Alena explained.

Worst of all was the fact that, despite the long hours, the dangerous conditions and the high stress levels, the couple still worked extremely hard, but didn’t see a return for their effort.

“It’s not a job where the harder you work, the more money you make,” said Alena. “So we just thought that we would try our own business.” Continue reading “Franchise Operator Spotlight: Breaking Free From A Career Behind Bars”

Stay Solvent: The 5 Best Accounting Tools For Small Business

an abacus is not the best accounting tool for small businessYou might know that starting a franchise is a great way to make more money. However, unless you are an accountant by trade, you probably don’t know how to keep track of it all.

But don’t worry! Even if you have an unhealthy affinity for an abacus, confuse balance sheets with balance beams or think that an allowance is only something you give to your kids, there are some great small business accounting tools out there that you can use to manage your money—and manage your business.

Here are our picks for the best accounting tools for small business: Continue reading “Stay Solvent: The 5 Best Accounting Tools For Small Business”

Should You Quit Your Job To Start A Business? The Pros And Cons

Transitioning from the workforce to franchise ownership can be one of the best things that you can do for your career, your finances, your family and your future. However, the best time to make that transition isn’t so clear cut.

For some, it makes sense to leave their day jobs behind and jump right into running the franchise on a full-time basis; for others, it is better to establish their businesses before making such a bold leap and leaving their former professions behind.

So which approach is right for you? Continue reading “Should You Quit Your Job To Start A Business? The Pros And Cons”

8 Important Questions To Ask When Evaluating A Franchise

asking the right questions are critical during the franchise vetting processIf you are searching for a career option that will provide you with enhanced work-life balance, great earning potential and a whole host of other benefits, then becoming a franchise operator may be the answer to your needs.

However, before you buy into a franchise, you’ll need to ask the right questions in order to pick the right franchise for you.

To help you do just that, here are eight critical questions to ask when evaluating a franchise. Continue reading “8 Important Questions To Ask When Evaluating A Franchise”

Franchise Operator Spotlight: Knowing The Value Of Local Contractors

Mark Crossett is the Bin There Dump That founder and franchise operator of Mississauga BTDTMark Crossett knows a thing or two about building things. In fact, for most of his professional life, he was in the home renovation business, constructing, reinforcing and improving residential properties throughout the Toronto area.

While working on a project in a multimillion dollar house in a beautiful neighborhood, he noticed something that stuck out — the old, heavy, rusty and ugly dumpster that sat crushing the cobblestone driveway.

Seeking a cleaner, lighter and more residential-friendly alternative, he began researching other options, only to find that there really weren’t any available. That’s when he decided to build something entirely new — Bin There Dump That.

Mark founded the company in 2001 and, since then, he has seen it flourish. There are now more than 60 franchise operators throughout North America, with 100 trucks on the road.

However, as the head of three franchise territories and a member of our leadership team, he wants to see his own business, and the franchise itself, continue to build on its success. To do so, he recognizes the importance of building relationships with local contractors. Continue reading “Franchise Operator Spotlight: Knowing The Value Of Local Contractors”