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Is Buying a Franchise a Good Idea?

Buying a franchise

The thought of being your own boss is what most of us dream of, but is it possible? One of the best ways to start your own company is to buy a franchise. Starting your own business from the ground up can take a lot of sacrifice. It can take years before a profit is made if a profit is made at all; most businesses fail in the first two years. The economy is weak, but slowly making its way back. It’s time to get in on the ground floor and make an investment that will pay off in the decade to come. Buying a franchise offers safety nets that are crucial in today’s economy. If you are looking to buy a franchise, just remember to think R.I.C.H

R-RESEARCH

          In deciding to buy a franchise, the freedom to research the company is available. When doing research look for a few things like reviews on the business, success rates, competitors, location, and economic demand.

I-INSURANCE

          Not all but some companies will offer guarantee profit from insurance companies. After researching different franchise opportunities, make sure to look into the benefits each company offers.

C-CLIENT

          The best business incentive to buy a franchise is the built-in cliental, as opposed to building your own following. A franchise offers brand recognition with costumer loyalty that a business can only gain after time. The main responsibility as a franchise owner in regards to marketing is expansion, which is much more achievable than start-up.

H-HOURS

          Being the boss has its advantages and the best is setting the hours! Depending on the type of franchise, it is possible to not even leave the house. It is true, owning a business comes with a lot of demands and a lot of hours, but the beauty of a franchise is the establishment the company already has, so it’s up to the buyer to create their own schedule and keep it up.

So remember all you future business owners, think R.I.C.H!

 

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“HASH”it OUT

Get in to the conversation with BlueGrace’s newest topics!
Check out the latest hashtags that will be featured throughout the month of October. We’ll be looking for our newest PowerTweeters this way too!

 

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Top 3 Halloween Traditions

BlueGrace Franchisee’s Favorite Halloween Traditions.
We reached out to our franchise owners this year to find out what their favorite Halloween traditions were. Here are the TOP 3!

 

#1 BlueGrace Jax

BlueGrace Jacksonville

“Our favorite Halloween traditions is to dress up, and donate candy to Clara White Mission Families to help uplift their spirits.” Jeff Lavallee, BlueGrace JAX Franchise Owner

 

#2 BlueGrace ORD 

BlueGrace ORD

“Halloween party with friends, costumes, and a photo booth with green screen. I (Randy) actually started a photo booth company a few years back. I closed the business since but we still use the booth.” Randy Vlasic, BlueGrace ORD Franchise Owner

#3 BlueGrace Long Island 

BlueGrace Long Island

“Attending a Halloween Party is what I typically do. I really don’t have any other tradition. Just going out and having a good time with friends.” Joe Parinello, Vice President BlueGrace Long Island

BlueGrace Logistics Launches TOP Program (True Ownership Plan), Provides Exclusive Incentives For Entering the Award-Winning Freight Franchise System

BlueGrace Logistics (www.mybluegrace.com) is now offering up to $250,000 in signing bonuses for the industry’s elite of logistics freight agents. BlueGrace recently announced the launch of the TOP Program (True Ownership Plan Program), providing exclusive incentives and benefits to join BlueGrace’s award-winning franchise network.

In 2014, BlueGrace was recognized by several media for the growth and expansion of their franchise opportunity. Since franchising in 2011, the system has added over 50 franchises across the United States and seen over 60% growth year over year. BlueGrace will use TOP to promote true business ownership; giving converted agents customized initial and ongoing training, operational support from the corporate office and more.

“We created this program to encourage industry entrepreneurs to own their own businesses. Their experience and passion for the trade will add tremendous value to our franchise network while providing them with the true support they’re unable to receive elsewhere,” says Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics.

Logistics agent programs became popular during the financial of the 2000’s, when the job market was weak and businesses needed to lower operating expenses. At the time, the logistics agent model provided a mutually beneficial relationship for the both the agent and company. However, as the economy began to recover and agents began to book more business the fine print on agent contracts looked a little bigger. As many were looking for support, training, control of their book of business and breaks on commission splits; expectations were not met. BlueGrace created TOP to address this situation, helping agents become true business owners.

Carrier Direct (logistics consultancy) wrote the white paper “The Impending Death of the Logistics Agent Model”, clearly the demise of agent programs. Click here to read. 

TOP by BlueGrace is now open to all logistics freight agents, seeking true business ownership. The dedicated TOP Program team is currently accepting inquiries. You may contact the TOP team directly at [email protected]m, by calling 888.752.0441 or simply fill out the form below.

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Education vs. Experience – by Dusty King, Franchise Owner of BlueGrace Atlanta Northeast

I believe I suffer from a wonderful condition called ADHD… like most entrepreneurs do. Either that or I’m as stubborn as my wife says I am.

I decided from a very early age that school and the classroom were not for me and I couldn’t be convinced otherwise. Not that my parents, teachers, and counselors didn’t try I just was’t hearing it! At the time I couldn’t find any reason why I needed to be sitting in a classroom learning (X-Y+Z = 3) or memorizing the elements on the periodic table.

I felt these formulas and theories did not apply to my quest of owning a business. Whether this was a correct way of thinking is another topic in itself.

I never envisioned myself climbing the corporate ladder. I always planned on building my own ladder and didn’t need to climb someone else’s to get to where I wanted or needed to be. When I get an idea and know the direction I want to go there is no force on this planet that will sway or derail me. It’s just how I’m wired. Not everyone’s path is the same. There is no “right” or “wrong” path to take in my opinion.

In bypassing the college route, I had a much earlier start in the s0-called “real world” than if I had gone to college and partied for 4 years. This is how I envisioned college.

I had done enough partying in high school for a life time and it was time to start working, making money and gaining real world working/business knowledge that would benefit me when the opportunity came to start my own business.

I knew I would benefit more from “real world” experiences over sitting in a classroom for four years being lectured about them. I am a hands-on learner, and the only way for it to stick was to learn from my mistakes.

To me, each job I worked was like earning credits toward earning my “major” in business. The opportunities were about learning the business and thinking of ways to do the job better as if it were my own.

I didn’t work for paycheck, I worked to live the dream… I worked to learn how to become an entrepreneur. The older I get, my thirst for knowledge grows tremendously. There is a part of me that wishes I would have pursued an education at an earlier age and one of my goals is to do so in the future. I am not one who shuns education alltogether. In fact, I have placed education on a very high pedestal and will do everything in my power to put my children on the path to a higher education when their time comes. I guess I was just a unique case.

The biggest thing I lacked from not going to college was building strong organization, time management & processing skills that I ended up having had to learn the hard way. This is an aspect of business that I lacked for some time.

If you’re trying to decide what path you should take to live your dream (whatever that may be), I would say think long and hard about it. Entrepreneurship is hard enough as it is, so don’t set yourself back to the beginning if you don’t need to.

There are VERY valuable skills that one develops at college outside of the classrooms and books. Life has a funny way of showing these things and they become clearer as you get older. To be an entrepreneur, you must realize that you’re going to have to be more driven and self-reliant than ever. Skipping college doesn’t mean that your education is over, it’s really just the beginning. So take every opportunity to learn from your peers and take it upon yourself to self-educate and stay ahead of the curve. Be creative and listen to those around you.

You CAN do it, it’s just gonna take a little more fine tuning on your own. But again everyone is different and no one knows YOU like YOU do. At the end of the day you are accountable for your decisions and no one else.

Dusty King, franchise owner of BlueGrace Atlanta Northeast
Dusty King, franchise owner of BlueGrace Atlanta Northeast

MSNBC’s Your Business Invites BlueGrace President & CEO as B2B Social Media Expert

Sunday, January 4, 2014:

MSNBC’s show Your Business invited BlueGrace Logistics President & CEO to their show to speak on B2B Social Media Strategy as a subject matter expert. The CEO of America’s fastest growing Transportation and Logistics Firm and franchise listed on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List brought insight and tips to educate other businesses of America to better understand social media. The interview briefly reviewed the company’s standing in today’s marketplace followed by examples of how BlueGrace utilizes social media, primarily Twitter (the company’s primary platform for social media integration) to build relationships.

“You don’t just want marketing handling your Twitter or your Facebook, you want to everybody engaged,” says Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace in the interview with MSNBC.

Bobby Harris continued sharing the importance of why it is a mistake to overlook social media in the B2B World.  Check out the video!

Follow BlueGrace Logistics on Twitter (@MyBlueGrace) and Bobby Harris himself (@BobbyBG_CEO).

 

Highly Effective Social Media Strategies in a B2B World, Bobby Harris President & CEO of Blue Grace Logistics on MSNBC’s Your Business

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BlueGrace Logistics Sponsored Chael Sonnen at UFC Fight Night 26

At the main event of UFC Fox Sports 1 on August 17, 2013, Chael Sonnen surprised the crowd with an explosive performance over former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Sonnen was a slight underdog entering the fight, but his

BlueGrace Logistics sponsored Chael Sonnen during his big night as he tapped out Shogun in the first round with a guillotine choke in a dominant, one-sided performance. The loss was obviously devastating for Shogun, but Sonnen leaves the fight with multiple fight options.

Another major highlight from the fight, was when Sonnen called out “The Axe Murderer” for a fight during the post-fight recap with Joe Rogan by stating “Wanderlei Silva, six feet tall and 205 pounds, boy, until I met you, I didn’t know they could stack crap that high,” and ended it with “Wanderlei Silva, three months, you and the bad guy.”

BlueGrace is very excited for Chael Sonnen on his win and looks forward to his next fight, probably against Wanderlei Silva.   BlueGrace Logistics was a proud, visible sponsor and can be seen in many of the pictures from the fight! Check out some of the awesome pictures we have posted from the fight on the BlueGrace Logistics Facebook page.

 

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BlueGrace Announces New Franchise Website

BlueGrace Logistics is proud to announce the launch of the new franchise Web site –www.BlueGraceFranchise.com. The new site will take the lead in providing franchise specific information for those interested in starting a BlueGrace Logistics Franchise. BlueGrace Franchise site will also provide information on the franchise process, D2: Discovery Day, resources, in addition to providing details on how to apply.

Having been recognized as the fastest growing logistics and transportation company by Inc. 500, BlueGrace offers a powerful franchise opportunity for those who desire growth and success. Franchisees not only gain an industry leading brand name in BlueGrace, but inherit multiple layers of support, BlueShip technology, and resources that will guide any franchise owner whether or not they have experience in the industry.

BlueGrace is also a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and supports IFA’s VetFran strategic initiative in creating opportunities for veterans to start franchises.

Visit BlueGraceFranchise.com for more information. To speak with one of our franchise development reps, please call us at 800.MY.Shipping

Low-Cost Franchises Rise in Popularity – Discover BlueGrace Logistics Franchising

What could fitness businesses, mosquito control and third party logistics companies all have in common? The opportunity to be your own boss with no tricky investments! A recent CNBC article on franchise opportunities discusses the rise in popularity of low-cost franchises in the US. BlueGrace® Logistics Franchise is proof that popular and low-cost franchise opportunities do exist. A BlueGrace franchise is a service-type business growing in a $600 billion dollar shipping industry that does not require a large office space, staff, or industry experience.

Think you can’t afford to go into business for yourself?
Think again.

Financial independence is well within reach thanks to the prevalence of these inexpensive franchising opportunities. It’s simply a question of which one best fits you! There are outstanding low-cost franchise options available for entrepreneurs and experienced business owners alike. You can change your life through business ownership or diversify your business and lower your risk with proven business models like BlueGrace Logistics Franchise. The initial investment and startup costs are minimal and no previous industry or business ownership experience is necessary.

Though the investment may be smaller, you should still place thorough research at the top of your to-do list before jumping on-board the franchisee train. Below are some tips to help you succeed before and after signing on the dotted line.

  1. Understand the marketplace. You don’t need to be a subject matter expert. In fact, many franchisors prefer their owners to house their talent in sales and marketing to drive the business.
  2. Pay attention to consumer trends. Keeping a watchful eye on emerging industries and the fluctuating economy can help you stay on-top of what will be the most profitable for your business.
  3. Choose a franchisor that offers ongoing support for your team. Do they provide in-depth training to get you started out on the right foot? Do they offer advertising and marketing support?

You can see by the growing popularity and affordability that benefits to owning your own business are clear. So the question now becomes, “How can I afford not to?” 

Are you attending the International Franchise Expo (IFE) in NYC this week? We’d love to meet you – Stop by Booth #364 to meet our team and discover if a BlueGrace Franchise is right for you!