With an unstable and highly competitive job market, more women are
finding an unlikely source for lucrative incomes that empower them
as individuals: franchise ownership.
From diverse backgrounds and with varied skills and bank accounts,
many women are creating their own success stories and setting examples
for their children with franchises. Their stories can be found on
Franchise Solutions' new website www.womensfranchises.com.
Here, prospective business owners can read about women who have
taken control of their lives by running their own businesses.
Franchise ownership has proven to be a great alternative for many
moms who have been out of the work force for a while, or who desire
a flexible schedule as they begin their families.
Among such women is Amy Linn, who at age 27 opened her PrideStaff
employment agency in Dallas in 2000. Linn embarked on her new career
with a background in human resources but without any experience
owning a business. With the support of her husband and the PrideStaff
home office, Linn became a franchisee.
Linn, the mother of two children, reflected on the balance she
has maintained between family and her business, "I am living
proof that a woman can be a mom and have a successful business.
On my newborn's due date, the Dallas 100 awards, a prestigious award
that is presented to the city's top businesses, was presented and
my business was on the list. That was very symbolic for me and I
know that the balance I have between my family and career is perfect!
I can't think of another career where I could have time for my family
and have a successful business."
Lori Nielson has a very different story to tell. Nielson was looking
for a business that gave her instant flexibility in her schedule
to raise her children, had strong branding which stood out from
the rest of the competition, and would please customers with exceptional
service and equipment.
Planet Beach, a tanning salon franchise, met and exceeded her requirements.
Nielson commented, "I opened my Planet Beach franchise when
my son was one and a half years old. He had a play space at the
salon, and it worked out well. My schedule is flexible and I am
now taking time off for my newborn. It's all about getting good
staff in place."
Many franchises offer their new franchisees thorough training,
so previous business ownership and industry experience is not necessary.
Sally Kinsbursky was not an interior designer when she began her
search for a business to own. Kinsbursky discovered Interiors by
Decorating Den, an interior design franchise, in 1994 and knew it
was right for her.
She said, "Decorating Den is a wonderful business to own while
raising children. Immediately, I had the flexibility I needed. When
my children were young, I did 95% of my paperwork in the evening
when they were sleeping. It worked out really well for me."
The Corona, Calif.-based business that Kinsbursky started at a
desk in her master bedroom, now 10 years later occupies a 2,000-square-foot
"This is the kind of business you can grow and ease into as
you become more comfortable and confident," she says.
Learn more about Amy, Lori, and Sally, read other womens
business buying stories, and choose which franchise might be right
for you to own by visiting www.womensfranchises.com