Franchising For New Business Owners

Tampa Franchise Show

Calendar Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by tmiltz

FlipFlop Dogs Attends the Tampa Franchise Show

 

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 Seeking Dog Lovers At the Franchise Show

 

FlipFlop Dogs will be exhibiting at the Tampa Franchise Show from February 28th- March 1st. Our goal is to reach dog loving entrepreneurs looking to make a lifestyle change by becoming a FlipFlop franchisee. The FlipFlop franchise differs from every other franchise because of the numerous benefits we offer our franchisees. Attendees at the Tampa Franchise Show will be able to speak with FlipFlop representatives to learn how our benefits will lead to a lifestyle full of flexibility, freedom of owning your own business and success!

 

FlipFlop Dogs is based on the internationally proven business model, UK’s Barking Mad, bringing the alternative to kenneling to the U.S.. FlipFlop Dogs is an exciting opportunity for dog lovers, and poses as an ideal business opportunity given the tools and benefits we offer. Franchisees are able to focus on the success of their business with ease as FlipFlop franchisors provide a Customer Service Call Center to answer any inquiries and set up new appointments, as well as, having a custom Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to easily sync your appointments and show influential marketing stops. FlipFlop franchisees find success as they network with dog owners, use our developed marketing tool kit and find day-to-day happiness as they meet with new dogs and dog lovers. The FlipFlop model is turnkey as there is no physical building space needed, which means less on-going expenses and a cashflow positive business.

 

The FlipFlop team will be taking the Tampa Franchise Show by storm this weekend, as we meet with individuals looking to grow their career success and start loving what they do as a FlipFlop franchisee! If you are unable to make the show and are interested in learning more, please fill out the application: Franchise Request Form. At the Tampa Franchise Show, we will be located at Booth #202. We look forward to meeting dog lovers looking for a change in their lifestyle and seeking more from their 9-5 job, by becoming a FlipFlop franchise owner.

 

 

Podcast with Barking Mad

Calendar Posted on Feb 04, 2015 by tmiltz

Podcasts with Barking Mad

Barking Mad and FlipFlop Dogs’ Get Social

 

Barking Mad-FlipFlop Dogs - Version 2

 

UK’s Barking Mad Social Media Manager, Richard Darcy and FlipFlop Dogs’ Jordan Miltz sat down to talk about what they provide for their franchisees, customers and how they continue to grow their brands through Social Media. The FlipFlop model is based on the award-winning Barking Mad franchise. After spending several months learning from Barking Mad’s founders, FlipFlop founders started the franchise in Ohio. Almost four years later, Barking Mad and FlipFlop meet again, in sunny Marco Island, FL. During this time we spoke about our business strengths and bounced ideas off one another. We had several great meetings and felt rejuvenated with numerous concrete ideas for future plans.

 

During this time, Richard and Jordan discussed their social media tasks, tools and best practices on a franchisor and franchisee level. Take a listen to the podcast below, by pressing play, and you will hear an engaging conversation on what we provide for our network partners and how you could become more social as well.

 

Start getting social with FlipFlop Dogs’ and Barking Mad!  Find Barking Mad’s insights and the original post here: Barking Mad Franchise Podcast.

Five Keys to Happiness

Calendar Posted on Jan 28, 2015 by tmiltz

Finding Happiness through Five Factors

Research shows what factors into your happiness

 

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A recent Business Insider report suggested the main keys to happiness.  Everyone strives for happiness in their life but not all are able to achieve it. Without a doubt, we go through happy and sad times based on the circumstances of our life events. Focusing on the factors that you can control, there is a reason why business owners, franchisees and entrepreneurs are happier than those working for at a routine, office job. This study is important to show how changes in your life can lead you to living a happier life!

 

There are five main factors that psychologist have discovered over the years that make you happy: achieving goals, meaningful work, experiences, exercise and seeing the people you love. Here’s our inside look on what these five factors mean in conjunction with being a FlipFlop franchise.  Writing down achievable goals and seeing them cultivate makes you feel accomplished and successful! At FlipFlop, we are consistently getting together as a franchise network to talk about our goals, explain our plans to achieve them and then discuss the results. This creates an accountability as a group and makes sharing the successes more fun. High fives all around!

 

Having a fulfilling, meaningful career is one of the keys to happiness. You spend majority of your time working, which is why it’s so important to seek out a career that you feel a calling toward. One of the best ways to figure this out is to think about what you enjoy doing when you are not working, or what you would do if money was not a factor. Do you enjoy caring for people? Do you enjoy volunteering at your local humane society? Do you look forward to running home to be with your dog? If you are a dog person, FlipFlop franchisees live a fulfilling career as they build their own business based on their love for dogs.

 

“Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

 

 

We’ve all heard that “money can’t buy happiness”, which is true, unless you are talking about going somewhere or doing something. Going on a vacation or spending the day on a boat- having experiences–  is one of the main links to happiness. The expensive couch that you wanted for years becomes just a place to sit after the novelty of it wears off. Being a franchisee, you are able to make your own schedule and are making a considerable income, which allows you to go on vacation. There are no numbered vacation days, as you own your business. Experience the world with your favorite travel partner or go enjoy the beautiful beach day with your children. We want you to be happy and experience things!

 

Exercise equals endorphins. As a FlipFlop franchisee, you have a flexible schedule. You are able to schedule your marketing stops, meetings and appointments with what works best with you! If you like to take an afternoon spin class, go for it! You won’t have to miss out on an exercising opportunity because of your strict working hours. We don’t babysit you or require certain hours. Happier, healthier you is possible.

 

Lastly, spend time with those you love. Being around your friends and family is a wonderful feeling. FlipFlop franchisees don’t miss their son’s soccer game or a friend’s birthday dinner because work ran late. You get to spend more time with the people you care about. Being there during these fun events will make you happier and will make your life less stressful. Stop missing out on family and friends time because you have a restrictive job. Become a business owner and you will make your own schedule to have the flexibility to enjoy the time with your loved ones.

 

This was our take on the recent Business Insider article, read the full study here. We feel strongly that happiness is important for our franchisees. FlipFlop franchisees enjoy going to work every day. They chose to leave their desk jobs to become a successful business owner. If you are looking for happiness and love dogs, we’d love to speak to you about our exciting opportunities. We are looking to expand our FlipFlop network in 2015. Contact us today at: info@flipflopdogs.com, fill out an application or give us a call at (800)-710-1740×106.

 

 

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5 Reasons A FlipFlop Franchisee Has More Fun

Calendar Posted on Nov 19, 2014 by tmiltz

Why Being a FlipFlop Franchisee Means You Have More Fun

 

Bring Your Work Week Up to Speed with Your Weekend Life

 

Being a FlipFlop franchisee is not just a career, it’s a lifestyle change that leads you to have a more fulfilling and enjoyable work week. Hate sitting in a desk chair staring at a computer screen all day, but love going home to your  furry best friend? Do you daydream of having a career that provides a flexible schedule and makes you as happy as a puppy licking your face? You are in luck and we are going to tell you how to start loving what you do with our five reasons why a FlipFlop franchisee has more fun than majority of adults.

 

Playing and meeting new dogs happens every day.  If you aren’t a dog lover, this is probably not the franchise right for you. Our  franchisees meet new doggy customers (“sniff” around for potential customers), return happy vacationing dogs and are surrounded by dogs all day. Dogs happen to be the most fun customer and we’ve found that they really love going on vacation. FlipFlop franchisees prosper with doggy kisses, wagging tails and snuggling with the cutest pups!

 

Helping dog owners go away by providing an alternative to kenneling. As a dog owner, going away is hard. The options of kenneling, having a pet sitter or relying on friends and family have proven to not be the best methods. Your dog does not receive the one-on-one desirable attention that you provide, in a comfortable home, while maintaining their home life routine. FlipFlop franchisees provide all of that, and more! FlipFlop franchisees enjoy providing their local dog owners with the ability to go away, without having to worry about their dog receiving proper care and attention.

 

Matching dog lovers with vacationing dogs. A great vacation is all about having fun, being comfortable and relaxing. FlipFlop franchisees place vacationing dogs with certified dog lovers who have similar schedules, live in similar home environments and enjoy the same amount of daily exercise. Meeting dog lovers means talking about dogs. If you love dogs as much as we do, that’s a pretty fun day. Then you get to match those great dogs that you met with the awesome dog lovers, to make for the best vacation for all! This is explained in more detail when you become a FlipFlop franchisee, but we’ve got a full-proof way for you to easily match the dogs with their best Companion. FlipFlop franchisees get to play matchmaker, but with dogs, and more smiles (and virtually no failing relationships).

 

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Not sitting at a desk all day. I don’t know how much you like to sit in uncomfortable, stuffy offices with an impersonal desk and a close, smelly coworker, but it just wasn’t for us. FlipFlop franchisees have a home-base, but spend most days meeting customers, networking with influencers and collaborating with dog organizations at fun events! Yes, going to dog events do help your business and, yes, they are extremely fun. FlipFlop franchisees seek out different tasks each day, which makes work weeks less boring and allows you to look forward to Mondays!

 

Forget the strict schedules and demanding deadlines. As a FlipFlop franchisee, you own your business, which means you have a flexible schedule. You have the liberty of scheduling your appointments, visiting influencers and going to events based on the schedule you create for yourself. Remember your kid’s soccer game you missed or your dog’s obedience training class?As a FlipFlop franchisee, we want you to be able to live your life and enjoy going to work. You create your project deadlines, your monthly and weekly goals and we provide any assistance along the way. Stressful deadlines and strict schedules are not conducive to a positive work relationship. We put significance on work life balance so that our franchisees remain happy because happy business owners are successful business owners!

 

Our FlipFlop franchisees are overall happier regarding their work life because they are able to live out their dreams of working with dogs and enjoy the aspects of owning their own business. If you are a dog lover, start doing what you love and join our FlipFlop team of franchisees. Request franchise information today!

 

 

 

Mission Main Street Grants, Vote FlipFlop Dogs

Calendar Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by tmiltz

 

Help FlipFlop Dogs Grow

 

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FlipFlop Needs Your Vote for Chase’s Mission Main Street Grant for Small Businesses

 

FlipFlop Dogs is entered into the Small Business Grant for Chase, but needs your vote to get them to the 250 votes for the next round. With the Mission Main Street Grant, FlipFlop Dogs would be able to provide more dog owners with the solution of an alternative to kenneling when they are away. All it takes is a click of a button and 30 seconds to vote!

Here are the quick steps:

  1. Go to: FlipFlop Dogs Mission Main Street Page  
  2. Click on the “Vote Now” blue button on the right hand side. You will have to be signed into Facebook, but they will not post on your behalf.
  3. That’s it! If you would like to share the voting page on your social media profiles, you can do so right after you vote.

 

Thank you so much in advance! Your one vote really contributes to us reaching our goal in proceeding to the second round for the Mission Main Street Grant. 

VetFran Press Release

Calendar Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by tmiltz

FlipFlop Dogs Announces Veteran Franchise Giveaway

 

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International Franchising Association Group, VetFran, Informs of One Honorably Discharged Veteran to Win a FlipFlop Dogs Franchise

 

VetFran.com, August 11th, 2014 It’s no secret that America’s skilled veterans are struggling to transition from their military careers and into the workforce. In fact, there were more than 720,000 unemployed veterans in 2013.

Looking to provide a business opportunity for one of these American heroes, FlipFlop® Dogs, a new franchise concept in the U.S. provides the Alternative to Kenneling®, and will not only be giving a job to an American Veteran, but also the ability to run a business on their own. For anyone who loves dogs, this might be a dream business.

FlipFlop Dogs is proud VetFran member and excited  to announce its Franchise Giveaway Contest which will give military veterans a chance to win their very own FlipFlop Dogs franchise.

Kicking off August 18th, 2014 contestants visiting the Veteran Giveaway Page can enter to win by providing their contact information, along with a 500-word essay explaining why they would make an ideal FlipFlop Dogs franchisee. Following the submission deadline on September 21, 2014, 15 Veterans will be chosen based on quality of submission and invited to submit a video. The Top 10 videos will be chosen and posted to the FlipFlop Dog’s Facebook page, allowing the public to show their support for the contestant they feel is most deserving.

In an effort to reach more veterans, please share this story along with reaching out to the veterans in your network. We believe that all veterans deserve to live out their career dreams in the United States and that they would make ideal FlipFlop Dogs franchisees. Thank you to those who served and the sacrifices you made for our country.

Read More the Full Press Release by clicking here. 

FlipFlop Dogs is a unique franchising opportunity. Offering a market-tested business that allows our franchisees to establish and manage their own successful business. Our franchisees are home-based, mobile (no storefront needed), have a protected territory and are coached by a management team with over 65 years of pet industry experience. The FlipFlop Dogs concept is based on Britain’s Franchise of the Year, Barking Mad. Bringing this concept to the U.S.,  FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to kenneling your dog. If you love dogs and working from home, being your own boss and controlling your own schedule, a FlipFlop Dogs franchise could be a perfect match for you! Find out more by clicking here: Franchising Information.

Top 5 Reasons to Join an Emerging Franchise

Calendar Posted on Jul 08, 2014 by tmiltz

Why Becoming a Part of a Young Franchise is Beneficial

 

Investing in any franchise is a risk. You’re counting on franchisors for guidance; other franchisees for support and you’re investing a ton of money to build your business. Now add the risk factor of investing in an emerging franchise, a franchise with only a few franchisees. Does it add risk? Maybe, but there are far more benefits of investing in an emerging franchise that the little added risk, is a fleeting concern. Your voice is not only heard by the franchisors, but it’s also helping to make positive changes for future franchisees.  Take a extremely large franchise such as, McDonalds or Hilton. Can you imagine a franchisee picking up the phone to call the President of the company to share an idea they had on how to make franchisees daily operations more efficient? In an emerging franchise, you are able to have a close relationship with the corporate team behind the concept and your ideas will be taken seriously. They believe in you as much as you believe in them. Here are five more reasons to join an emerging franchise:

  1.  Make the Difference. When a franchise is starting out, they rely heavily on their few franchisees because they are looking to perfect and develop their model. Franchisors seek advice and look for solutions during this time so it’s a fun opportunity to voice your opinion. If you continue to be a strong franchisee, you’ll see your ideas transpire to other franchisees. Consider stepping up to the challenge of voicing your opinions when you have an idea, and you’ll be rewarded as a crucial part of their team.
  2. Seeing the Growth. The risk-reward benefit is a balancing act when choosing to invest in an emerging franchise. Once you find a concept that you truly believe in, the reward will undoubtedly outweigh the risk.  Investing early allows you to be an integral part of the growth throughout the lifetime of the franchise. When new franchisees come on board, you would be an essential part of explaining your daily operations and validation through your success. You don’t just see your business grow, but you proudly see the franchise’s network of similar minded entrepreneurs grow too.
  3. Expansion Opportunity. Emerging franchises should have territories mapped out, but they most likely will not be filled. If you start as part of their first few franchisees, you will have room to grow and expand your territory. Show your strengths and capabilities and you could earn your surrounding territories. Once the territories are taken, you will not have this opportunity.
  4. The Excitement. Rather than investing in a large, mundane franchise, an emerging franchise is new and exciting. Although brand recognition will be a work in progress, you get to do the gratifying part of educating consumers and seeing their reaction of how cool your business is. Having an emerging franchise allows you to be a true entrepreneur of owning your business, educating consumers and being the brand image. With an emerging franchise, you help to create and shape the brand.
  5. Importance in the Team. In a franchise, the franchisors are the coaches, the veteran franchisees are the captains and the others are the players. Franchises are a team that makes up a network of individuals with similar mindsets of believing in the franchise concept. With a cluster of 150+ franchises having a close franchisee to turn to, is hard. When you start with an emerging franchise, you will be among few franchisees enabling you to get close with the others. Your team will be a close-knit group. You’ll feel comfortable calling someone who you’ve known from the ground up and have had similar experiences.  As a note, be kind and incorporate new franchisees in when the network gets large- they’ll appreciate it as much as you did!

 

 

While looking at potential franchise opportunities, consider these 5 benefits of joining an emerging franchise. Above all, ensure that you believe in the concept before investing to become a franchisee.  Are you looking for an opportunity with an emerging franchise?

FlipFlop Dogs is a unique franchising opportunity. Offering a market-tested business that allows our franchisees to establish and manage their own successful business. Our franchisees are home-based, mobile (no storefront needed), have a protected territory and are coached by a management team with over 65 years of pet industry experience. The FlipFlop Dogs concept is based on Britain’s Franchise of the Year, Barking Mad. Bringing this concept to the U.S.,  FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to kenneling your dog. If you love dogs and working from home, being your own boss and controlling your own schedule, a FlipFlop Dogs franchise could be a perfect match for you! Find out more by clicking here: Franchising Information.

Bloomberg Interview with FlipFlop Dogs

Calendar Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by tmiltz

Bloomberg TV’s Segment, “Taking Stock with Pimm Fox”,  Featuring the FlipFlop Dogs Franchise

 

On Monday, June 16th, President and Co-Founder of FlipFlop Dogs, Taffy, interviewed with Pimm Fox in discussing the FlipFlop concept in the U.S. Coined as an alternative  for “dogs that don’t like kennels”, the FlipFlop Dogs franchise provides peace of mind to dog owners while they are away as their dog stays in a safe, loving home environment. Capitalizing on the ever-growing pet industry, the FlipFlop franchise gives dog lovers an opportunity to own their own business with a successful business model, which is then adapted to their territory.

 

Watch the video below to see the full interview of Taffy and Pimm Fox from Bloomberg TV.

 

 

 

The Business Side of the Pet Industry

Calendar Posted on Jun 05, 2014 by tmiltz

Where Success Meets Passion, in the Pet Industry

 

The pet industry receives attention for its, almost, half a billion dollar in expenditures each year and its ability to show its continued strength by having a high growth rate. Which leads to the understanding of over 100,000 pet businesses in the U.S. that are all trying to take a bite out of the profitable market. Starting a business takes time, money, resources, marketing and development and lots of knowledge of how the business and industry works. While the pet industry looks like a great opportunity, the opportunity is only present if you have the means necessary. This infograph serves as an informative measure in learning why the industry has grown, where the money is coming from and how to take action on this wonderful, and fun-loving, pet industry.

 

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Rather than starting from scratch, franchising is a great opportunity to own your own business, without having to figure out the whole business side of things. Franchising offers continuous training, support and a marketing program to help you hit the ground running.  Many pet industry franchises cost less than $150,000 and will enable you to be more profitable within the first year of business. Franchising in the pet industry is widely successful and for good reasons. Franchisors love going to work, have a network of business partners and are able to better dog’s lives in their community! Are you interested in pursuing a career in the pet industry?

FlipFlop Dogs is a unique franchising opportunity available in select cities. Offering a market-tested business that allows our franchisees to establish and manage their own successful business. Our franchisees are home-based, mobile (no storefront needed), have a protected territory and are coached by a management team with over 65 years of pet industry experience. The FlipFlop Dogs concept is based on Britain’s Franchise of the Year, Barking Mad. Bringing this concept to the U.S.,  FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to kenneling your dog. If you love dogs and working from home, being your own boss and controlling your own schedule, a FlipFlop Dogs franchise could be a perfect match for you! Find out more by clicking here: Franchising Information.

What Does It Mean to Be a Franchisor?

Calendar Posted on May 22, 2014 by tmiltz

 

What does being a franchisor mean? What are, not only, the responsibilities but also the method in approaching and coaching the franchisees?

Being a franchisor is not just allowing an individual (franchisee) to run your business idea in a specific location, but expanding your brand, maintaining the quality reputation through monitoring, protecting your trademark, and of course, editing your FDD. The main themes of being a franchisor are, for this discussions sake, networking to grow, trial and error feeding into efficiency and profitability, branding and connecting with support.

 

  • You conceptualized a unique idea that is a proven business concept. Now, be excited to see your ideas grow and expand as your franchise network increases in numbers. Franchisees are a great way to carry out your business model and to develop lifelong business partners that share your common goals to drive your brand to the next level. They are your foot on the ground go-to team in learning how to tweak and grow your concept to become more successful. This is an extremely important tool: listen to their ideas, even when you believe they are way off track. On the contrary, franchisors also need to know when to step in if a franchisee has gone way off track and how to guide them back toward the right direction (without micromanaging).

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FlipFlop Dogs Meeting with Barking Mad of England

  • If you started with a company owned store and then expanded, you probably worked out a lot of the kinks before opening it up to franchise investments. Either way, franchisors are responsible for figuring out what works and what does not work for your franchisees. Franchisors go through the painful (or fun!) process of trial and error, of running into the brick wall, but still finding a way out- just so that the franchisees do not have to. Being a franchisor, you want to give your zees the best opportunity to become a profitable and successful business owner. Through this process, you give them all of the tools they need to run their business. While the FDD and Operations Manual are required, knowing the process, tools and supplemental support goes a long way in building their success. You want to make their job as easy as possible to provide efficiency and profitability.  For example, if your franchise model is owner/operator, how are they able to answer inquiring new customer calls while also doing their daily tasks? Providing a Call Center would be one solution to create a professional and standard first impression, while allowing the franchisee to continue running their day-to-day business. Lastly, be open to change. There will be new tools and strategic innovations to help your franchisees in the years to come. What works today, may not in two years from now.

 

  • After you’ve taken the time to build a foundation, you want to protect it. Franchisors should spend a sufficient amount of their attention on building the brand. The franchisees are paying you monthly fees, including one for a national marketing budget. As a franchisor, your job is to build your brand, not only for franchise sales, but also to create awareness for your actual product or service. Have a PR company to communicate your message correctly and get your business in the right publications. Do spend the extra money to be in the news, in the targeted national ads and having specific marketing campaigns- it’ll be worth it. Even McDonald’s spends money on marketing and building their brand, and I assure you, everyone knows who they are. While you are spending the time to build your name, keep the gas pedal on monitoring your franchisees to ensure that they are carrying out your brand that your spending time and money on. Every franchise is different in learning how monitoring their zees would be best, but figuring out a way is crucial in maintaining consistency in delivering a clear message. Having one franchisee that is unprofessional, unruly and unable to communicate their products/services, can be a huge downfall for the whole company. As a franchisor, you are responsible for your brand.

 

  • Before official training begins, through the lifetime of a franchisee’s business: support, support, support. Franchisors are there to provide guidance and a support system for their business partners. They invested in your idea because they did not want to take a risk on building a business from the ground up. In the beginning stages, it is especially important to establish a positive, enriching and supportive relationship between the franchisor and the zee. This culture will allow the zees to be more comfortable in approaching you, excited about their business and have more of a drive to bring their business to its full potential. Take the time to know the franchisees on an individual basis and they will be forever grateful, knowing they are an important part of your network. Create bi-weekly conference calls to keep them up-to-date with anything new that’s happening on the corporate level, start annual conferences or schedule one-on-one calls bi-annually. Staying connected and providing an open door relationship only helps in increasing their motivation. Overall, provide a warm, enriching and positive environment to allow a franchisee grow within the system.

 

 

 

There are many more aspects that go along with being a franchisor, such as determining territories, doing market research, establishing a team of corporate employees to provide all the needed assistance, etc. We focused on only a few aspects to get the conversation started. Now we want to learn from you, what is your favorite part of being a franchisor? What does being a franchisor mean to you?

 

 

FlipFlop Dogs is a unique franchising opportunity. Offering a market-tested business that allows our franchisees to establish and manage their own successful business. Our franchisees are home-based, mobile (no storefront needed), have a protected territory and are coached by a management team with over 65 years of pet industry experience. The FlipFlop Dogs concept is based on Britain’s Franchise of the Year, Barking Mad. Bringing this concept to the U.S.,  FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to kenneling your dog. If you love dogs and working from home, being your own boss and controlling your own schedule, a FlipFlop Dogs franchise could be a perfect match for you! Request more information by clicking here: Franchising Information.