When passion prevails, this career coach advises clients to explore franchising

Kathy Crawford Arrowsmith spent more than 25 years of her career helping others find their professional calling. A career coach for the past 15 years, Kathy specializes in coaching, assessments and career clinics that benefit thousands of people throughout the Southeast.

When those people seem like candidates for entrepreneurship, she calls Franchise Locators’ CEO Anna Wilds.

“Not a lot of folks will initially come up with franchising,” Arrowsmith said. “They want to start their own business, or work from home, or have ...

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Fact Check: Don’t I need some experience with a product or service to become a franchisee in that industry?

A former chief executive of agricultural trade groups now owns a franchise of technology gurus.

A woman who spent 27 years working in financial services runs a franchise specializing in in-home senior care.

A gentleman who recently finished a 30 year career doing home appraisals is opening a franchised kickboxing studio this spring.

Say what?

Fact: Experience doesn’t matter when choosing a franchise. Skills and lifestyle preferences do.

When Drayton Mayers decided to trade the career that had him traveling around the world on ...

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Goodbye Corporate America, Hello Business Ownership!

At 42 years of age, Tom Finley was fed up.

He wasn’t approaching retirement, nor had he been laid off. But after decades of working in corporate America, Finley was ready to take his career in a new direction.

“I was tired of working for somebody else,” Finley said. “I was sick of the bureaucracy. When a problem came up with a client, I wanted to be able to handle it, not go through the corporate process. I was ready to go ...

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Guest Blog by Bill Seagraves: 401k Franchising Funding Myths Debunked!

In case you aren’t exactly clear on how to use your retirement dollars to fund your franchise, I’d like to go over the basics as well as clear up a few myths you may have heard. As the founder and president of CatchFire Funding, I’ve helped more than 1,500 entrepreneurs fund their small businesses and franchises through 401k rollovers.

Traditionally, an early distribution from a retirement account could cost you up to 50% in ...

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5 big reasons career coaches love franchise consultants

Career coaches spend their time helping other people take their next career step. That’s a big responsibility — often involving clients that are highly emotional from the loss of a job or the uncertainty of what’s ahead.

“Often the people that I deal with in transition are pretty emotional,” said career coach Kathy Arrowsmith. “They’re dealing with low self-esteem. Lots of them are in their 50s, even in their 60s, and thought they were in a life-long career. It’s hard for ...

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Fact Check: If I buy a franchise, does that mean I’ll be flipping burgers?

When most people think of a franchise, their minds immediately think fast food. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone.

“I had a real lack of understanding about franchising. “When I thought of a franchise, I thought of something more traditional, like a fast food chain,” said Raymond Lee, CEO of careerminds, a national outplacement firm.

Fact: There are more than 3,000 franchise opportunities in the United States, most of which are not in the fast food sector.

Franchising is a ...

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