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Are You Ready for Your Next Career?

Owning a FirstLight franchise is a great second act for retirees Are you a retiree who’s just not ready to retire? Maybe you were offered early retirement. Maybe you were downsized from a corporate job. Maybe you’re “retirement age” but a life of leisure isn’t for you. Whatever the reason, it’s never too late to start something new. Here are some of the ways that franchising with FirstLight makes sense for retirees. Business Experience Retirees, both civilian and military, have a wealth of experience that makes them great entrepreneurs and franchisees. Strong work ethic, organizational skills, self-motivation, leadership ability, and…

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The Best Places To Retire

Where are the most desirable places for senior living? The answers can be very subjective, depending on exactly what you are looking for. As the cold weather sets in across many cities in the United States, it depends if weather, safety, cost of living, transportation and housing prices is most important to you. And then there’s the money factor. If money were no option, the list might look much different. Hawaii might be at the top of the list, but with the average price of a home being $550,000, it’s out of most of our price ranges! Will you need…

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How To Find The Right Franchise Business For You

Prospective franchisees pose some really excellent questions to me.  I hear many of the same questions again and again.  Because I believe that others can benefit from the answers, I have started to share these Q&A with our Facebook followers on a weekly basis.  A couple of weeks ago, I posted a question and answer on our Facebook page regarding the tough subject of finding the right franchise business for you.  It’s a question that keeps rearing its relevant “head” because it’s such an important one.  It is a question that all future franchisees should ask.  So, I’d like to reiterate…

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Women and Franchising: A Growing Trend

By: Clay Neff, Director of Franchise DevelopmentThe other day I ran across an extremely well written and researched (past) article on www.franchising.com about women and franchising.  The article was so articulately written that I shared it right away through our Facebook profile.  However, I most definitely want to give credit where credit is due, so I would like to reiterate that Kerry Pipes wrote the article.  I would like to share it once again through our Independence Blog. Happy reading… Women in Franchising: This business is not just for men anymore By Kerry Pipes The franchise business model is no longer a man’s game. More and more women are finding a business…

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Being the CEO of Your Future

I would say that approximately 10% of the people that I know really enjoy what they do professionally.  They are in an enviable position because I would say the remaining 90% are just staying with their current job (working for someone else) because of the lack of job security these days or there are simply too many bills to pay.  But, every once in a while, you meet someone who gives you a glimpse of what real passion looks like.  Maybe it’s professional passion or possibly it’s personal passion, but regardless, it’s eye opening and inspiring.  Yes, I know, it’s…

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Four Important Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Franchise Business

Spreading your entrepreneurial wings through the purchase of a franchise is a BIG deal.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Potential franchisees who are considering spending their hard-earned savings should have some hesitation before “signing on the dotted line.”  And, not every franchise is right for every franchisee and vice versa.  It truly needs to be a good fit from both sides.  So, with that said, here are four very important questions (and answers) that should be posed and pondered before jumping into the franchise world. What is a FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)? If you are serious about a particular…

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