April 2015

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It’s April in Augusta, and there is a tangible vibration people feel from all the excitement anticipating the Masters Golf Tournament. Whether you play golf or not, you have heard of this revered tournament. Sports writers agree that it is the most prestigious sporting event in the world. 

After talking with my brother,  Bernard Doris, yesterday about the upcoming tournament, it occurred to me that ...

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March 2015

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Greetings!IFA convention

The International Franchise Association Convention theme of Connect-Innovate-Evolve encompassed the hot topic of applying rapidly changing technology into franchised businesses. An area of focus I found particularly interesting was how potential buyers gather information about franchises. It’s no surprise that franchise buyers gather information from and do more research online and on their smartphones than ever before.

An important point ...

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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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February 2015

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Now that it’s February, Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us. This is a great time to consider your passion when it comes to your work. Passion is a powerful force in helping you accomplish your personal, professional and financial goals and, ultimately, is the motivating factor behind your success and happiness.

My passion is helping corporate refugees and retiring athletes find the right business for them, and ...

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January 2015


If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to be your own boss, 2015 is it! Stop waiting and start doing.2015 promises to be a great year for the franchise industry. For the  fifth year in a row, franchise businesses are expected to grow and create more jobs at a faster pace than the rest of the economy. (Read the International Franchise Association’s (IFA)  Franchise ...

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December 2014

Anna Wilds 2013 Brown resizedAre you still trying to figure out the perfect gift this holiday season?  We have an idea for you and your family.

You, the real you…. The you that at some point in your past you parked in a corner so you could take that secure corporate job that was on the ...

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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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