Do you think youve got what it takes to own and operate one
of Americas premier franchises? If so, Mr. Handyman and FranNet
are offering a unique opportunity to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Mr. Handyman, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., along with Carlsbad, Calif.-based
FranNet, one of the worlds largest networks of franchise consultants,
are embarking on a nationwide search. Theyre looking for the
person who best fits the criteria to own and operate a Mr. Handyman
The winner will join more than 135 existing Mr. Handyman franchisees
across the country and will be chosen by an evaluation of responses
to FranNets industry-leading confidential questionnaire that
has earned them the nickname of the franchise matchmaker
in the industry. We are known in the franchise industry as
the company that provides the best-quality candidates for franchise
systems, said Howard Bassuk, who founded FranNet in 1987.
The territory fee of $30,000 will be waived for this candidate,
said Todd Recknagel, president of Mr. Handyman. However, the
candidate still must meet the minimum financial requirements (found
on the website) and pay the $9,900 franchise fee for training, documentation,
and a grand opening kit, along with $9,500 for our Dell computer
software package. He or she must also possess enough working capital
to operate the awarded franchise. But for the right person, this
is a dream come true.
Although FranNet does not charge prospective franchisees for its
services, it is waiving the finders fee it normally charges
the franchisor for placing a candidate.
We are so proud of our current franchisees and their success,
said Recknagel, that we have decided that this is the thing
to do to celebrate entrepreneurship. Of course FranNet has a long
history of placing just the right candidates with Mr. Handyman,
so its only logical that they choose this one!
Contestants will be directed to a confidential questionnaire through
a special web site www.givemeafranchise.com
- designated specifically for the giveaway. The site will also explain
the specifics of the contest in much greater detail, along with
a link to www.mrhandyman.com
to learn much more about those companies and the opportunities.
FranNet is the oldest and most recognized name in the franchise
consulting industry. The network of 90 advisors in the United States
and several foreign countries is market-specific, meaning advisors
are focused only on serving people in their specific, local market.
FranNet advisors also host numerous informational seminars and educational
programs that are open to the public each month throughout the country.
The network is responsible for placing thousands of franchisees
in the past nearly two decades.
What makes our network unique, said founder Bassuk,
is the amazing expertise and years of experience in the field
that our associates have. Many of them have been franchisees or
involved with the inner workings of top franchisors before becoming
FranNet associates. They know what it takes to own and operate a
franchised business. They serve as a counselor of sorts to the many
that walk through their doors to get profiled.
The FranNet questionnaire being utilized in the giveaway is one
of many important tools that FranNet uses to evaluate individuals
and match them to the right concept. The questionnaire is simple,
asking candidates such things as what attributes best describe them,
their strengths and weaknesses and what is most important to them.
But it is by combining the questionnaire results with its personal
counseling and modeling that allows FranNet to seamlessly match
its clients with franchisors.
The franchise giveaway winner will be joining a network thats
already a proven winner. With more than 400 service vans on the
road nationwide, Mr. Handyman caters to a potential market of 100
million U.S. homeowners and commercial customers requiring property
maintenance and repairs.
Mr. Handyman handles repairs and odd jobs for those who dont
have the motivation or resources to take care of routine and minor
maintenance themselves. Its uniformed, bonded technicians drive
well-outfitted trucks bearing the Mr. Handyman logo. And unlike
most independent contractors, office staff handles scheduling and
customer questions, allowing for superior service.
But franchisees dont handle the actual repairs; thats
left to the technicians. Instead the franchise owner concentrates
on managing and growing Mr. Handyman.
Mr. Handyman doesnt want franchise owners who fix things,
said Joel Libava, the FranNet associate for Cleveland who is heading
up this search for the nationwide network of associates. They
want individuals with operations backgrounds, individuals who are
good at team building and going out and shaking hands and building
a customer base.
Libava said the changing demographics of America over the years
have provided Mr. Handyman with a populace in need of its services.
Millions of aging Baby Boomers are nearing retirement age and the
segment of dual-income families is always an ever-present force.
Both have disposable income that theyre willing to spend for
services such as Mr. Handyman as a solution to having time of their
According to Libava, an ideal candidate for a franchised business
is someone accustomed to working within a system, with sound business
philosophies, a strong work ethic and the willingness to take a
But the best part of franchising is that you have the opportunity
to find out what the business is like before you invest in it,
Libava said. You can find out what a typical day is like from
those who have done it already or are doing it now. Theres
no other business where you can do that kind of research.