I am a third year franchisee in Calgary, Alberta. I ran my business half in Calgary and half in Banff.
If you are new to painting, don’t worry, you are not a painter, you are a business owner. The painting will come very quickly and isn’t that hard to learn. You should be proud of yourself that you are taking a chance at running your own business, it will likely be stressful and a lot of work but if you are willing to give up a few things and dedicate yourself to your business you will find success.
Don’t be afraid to invest your own money into your business, it will be scary investing a few thousand dollars but the return, if you do, will be much larger than if you don’t.
Your mentality is extremely important and will drive you to be better. Competition between you and your first-year competitors will be an asset to you and will push you all the way to the end of the year. You might find yourself sipping pina coladas on the beach in Mexico with the people who have been pushing you, whether it was your District Manager, the franchisee in the area next to yours, or the bugger on the west coast who you’ve never met but keeps passing you on the leader board.
Needless to say, doing well pays off, push yourself this summer and you might end up finding yourself returning to the fun and slightly chaotic summer of fun.
Good luck this summer,Mitch