Finding a Franchise When Family Comes First

Patty Bergey saw the writing on the wall. The corporate life she knew was about to end.

The married mother of two boys spent 27 years working in financial services. With the economic troubles of 2008 drying up new business, the division she was working in was shutting down.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThankfully, as employees at her company were given their end dates, they were also provided outplacement services. Unlike many of her coworkers, Bergey was already pretty certain she was ready to venture out on her own and open a business.

“It was something I had thought about off and on but was never in the situation to take pause and figure out what I really wanted to do,” she explained. “I looked at franchises decades earlier, and my family owned their own businesses, so that route always intrigued me.”

Further, Bergey realized that her boys were growing up fast, and she wanted to be in a position to not only have a second career but also to be a more engaged mom.

Lifestyle served both as main motivator and crucial criterion for entrepreneurship. “I didn’t want to travel. I didn’t want to be out four to five nights a week. I wanted to be able to spend time with my sons,” she said.

Bergey’s executive career coach referred her to franchise consultant Anna Wilds at Franchise Locators.

“Anna is very professional. She spent time getting to know me as a person. We have some things in common, so I felt comfortable with her,” Bergey said.

Wilds set the expectation with Bergey to dismiss all preconceived notions about what kind of business would be right for her. Wilds recommended options that matched her lifestyle goal, skill set and financial qualifications.

“I like to identify talent and develop people,” Bergey said.

“As soon as she said that, I knew she was a perfect fit as an area representative. This involves recruiting and mentoring business owners in a given territory,” Wilds said.

Bergey was awarded an in-home senior care franchise for half the state of North Carolina. Her role in the business enables her to do what is important to her. She enjoys connecting with and developing people, having a flexible schedule and finally realizing her dream of owning a business.

“I love it! It’s a great business and extremely satisfying to know that we are helping people in the community,” Bergey said. “We allow seniors to stay in their homes, and that’s a wonderful thing to do.”

Almost three years since she opened her doors in February, 2012, Bergey is on plan with her franchise and referring Wilds as often as possible.

“I think Anna is a great resource on entrepreneurship for career coaches with clients considering owning a business,” she said. “She coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life and I couldn’t be happier.”

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