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Accelerate your growth with SEO (in 5 minutes)

There are four main pillars: technical SEO links. Content is really important and there is also all the user engagement and experiencing we are on Halloween. I think that it could be fun to imagine that, together with you guys, we are like an online candy store.

The first step, really important step is to really identify your kubera. It’s not really a matter of it’s about how you can do with those tools. What you want your cheer to be, is you want them to have a high search volume? You want them to have low competition, that is to say that the fewer people are competing to this specific keyword, the better. But if you have competitors, it’s it’s good to look at them and look at their strategy keywords.

The second step is we to optimize the architecture of your website. You remember our competitor. The structure of their website is this kind of structure. You have the homepage, you have the product, one product to product people, root for product, 5, etc, etcetera, and this type of structure is particularly wrong for su. The ID is to structure your website through what we call consummate. You should structure your website through different things.

Semantic things that are important for your business. If we still take our example, it will be like that we are again the store, so there is a homepage, Halloween candy. This is the the page. We really want people to go in. We can do the different project. We have both, but what could be interesting is also to develop concern to run big questions. The user have instance what types of kanji for Halloween we can make a page around this type of keyword and also how to prepare all Halloween.

So all of this imagine there are pages and the idea is. I have these pages that will talk about these different themes and the more you go above the more you will detail around the keyword you are targeting. After that we talked about keywords. We talked to better architecture, it’s about producing your own content, so remember this scheme when we try to have like a concrete example about it. This page how to prepare Halloween could be on this model.

Here you have how to prepare a Halloween here. We will have best mark best makeup for Halloween, so we will write a few words about what could be the most make up best makeup for Halloween and so on, and you will directly link to this other page that will only deal with best makeup tips. For you and the last part is to source different backlinks. So a back link, it’s quite simple! It’s just that a website is linking to your website when one of the strategy you can do after that is contacting all the this website and say: hey I’m doing a kanji Halloween themed page.

Can you put a backlink here on your website that link to my website? Another different strategy is a pure. It’s always good to ask the media’s if they could make they could put a link to in their articles to your website. So, as you can, you help you increase the traffic of your website and the different steps that we saw is one really intensify your strategy keyword to really think about the architecture of your website produce your own content and last step is really to sorcerer the different Thanks,


 

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What Are Backlinks For SEO?

Now backlinks are one of the top ways that you can get free traffic to your website and what they are. It’s a better website or high quality website linking pointing people from their site to yours.

That shows search engines that you have a trusted website, because other websites are referring people to you and it also builds up your search, ranking in the search engines. Now some ways that you can get backlinks are social media is obviously number one. You can post your articles in your links to bring people back to your website on all the social media blogs like LinkedIn, Cora and medium. Those are some of the blog examples that you can use now when another sites linking to you is signals, the search engines that your website is getting stronger and more trustworthy right, just like if a new customer meets you, you build that trust with them.

Now, you’re building trust with the search engines. So some other things you can do is you can write articles? You can share your highest quality content with other web sites for free. You can say, hey post. This just make sure you post a link back to our site and that’s when you’ll really start seeing those Google rankings now for automation, links, that’s what we’re focused on is giving our links into other web sites that are higher than us better than us.

So we’re writing articles making articles and sharing that content with them just to get those links back to the site and that’s what will bring us to the first page of Google now. Are you already doing backlinks? Have you even heard of it before leave a comment below if you have any questions about how they work or if you need any help, we have our website a link com where you can actually post your profile in your business and link back to your website That was the whole reason we created it, so you could go there, get links back to your site and start building up your authority on search engines.

Thank you so much for reading and listening. Please leave a comment below if you’re already doing this technique or share the article with somebody that needs to hey there. My name is Brad Smith, owner and founder of helpless, it’s my mission and my passion to help others with their business. So if I could be your coach, your mentor help you in any way that’s my goal. My goal is to bring you value, so let me know if there’s anything I can help you with, and I look forward to working with you.


 

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🎧 How to Become a Franchise Owner with Giuseppe Grammatico | Influencer Networking Secrets 🎤

There are always positives and negatives surrounding franchising, and that’s really at the heart of what I want to get to. But I wanted to start off with a little bit about you and your own words. You know I do the bio when we start the interview, but I always like to these things that the guests knows that I don’t know.

So, let’s start with a little bit about your background. You know you mentioned Wall Street, you mentioned being a franchise owner. How did how did how did what’s the story behind becoming what you are today great Paul thanks for having me, I am really excited. You know. As far as the history goes, I’m a first generation my parents were born in Italy and I’ve always aspired to be a business owner.

My parents owned the restaurant for over 40 years. I had worked in that restaurant and parents always said you know what you need to get a college education. So I pursued my undergrad and eventually my graduate degree worked for some of the larger companies out there, such as UPS and JP Morgan and after experiencing corporate America realizing the industry was great. I learned a lot in financial service.

It just wasn’t the best match. For me, it was, I felt like it was more of a number than that anything else. So, after my you know being in Wall Street learning about investments, I decided to go to business ownership. So I took a look at some existing businesses for sale in my area and I decided also to take a look at franchises and since they had such a great proven system, I didn’t have to kind of recreate the wheel and put some information online and a Bluebird, not a franchise consultant almost 15 years ago, had contacted me and we went through the process took.

I would say about almost a year at most to do my due diligence since I was working going, back-and-forth commuting to New York City and after my due diligence, I decided on a franchise here and it’s been great. It’s been 13 years of business ownership and the part I kind of make everyone laugh about is the day after purchasing the franchise I kind of went back to the consultants said. You know what I really enjoy the process.

How do i? How do I become a franchise consultant and he had a kind of a you know. Excuse me a chuckle and said you know it. We could definitely explore that opportunity down the road, but you know run the business for a while learn about business ownership firsthand, and we can explore that opportunity down the road and sure enough that was in 2007. I purchased. My first of many franchises leads us to today and now a franchise consultant so know took a little you know took, took a while definitely gained a better appreciation of what a consultant does.

But I definitely love what I’m doing and I’m here to help in any way possible. I’m glad you did I’m glad you started off that way. Giuseppe and the reason is, I think, a lot of entrepreneurs. I’ve certainly been guilty of this. I share this with you know, with with my clients and people that I work with, there’s just really no shortcut if you’re going to be in the consulting, if you’re going to be in any kind of thought, leadership position, there’s no shortcut around the hard work that You have to go through to have the expertise in the first place and I think a lot of people really want to skirt that.

Somehow, and and that’s one of the reasons I don’t claim – you know the title of business coach or something like that, because I don’t feel like that’s – that’s really something that I can legitimately say. Oh, I’ve run a business, you know for X amount of years and and that kind of thing, so I’m really glad you put it that way, because it’s a great it’s a great starting point, particularly if we’re going to talk about people who are you know, maybe On the fence about jumping into business ownership, you know, but but so I actually do want to drill on that a little bit, and that is to say, if you knew, if you, if France, I his ownership, was your first experience in business ownership.

What was the, what was it like to to springboard from that into the understanding you have now I mean: how long did it take you to become comfortable as a business owner? That’s a great question, so I helped to manage my my family’s restaurant, so that was so. You had some experiences there with managing people hiring firing dealing with financials so with the the franchise. I was involved in her that a few are I was involved in.

It took a little bit of an adjustment period to you know. Now, I’m investing my own money. This is my. This is my sole income going forward, so there was a few month adjustment of just trying to figure it all out. Luckily I was with a great franchise system, so everything was put in place. It was a newer company, so we were at the time developing new new ways of streamlining the process from billing to taking care of customer.

Maybe that wasn’t fully satisfied. So you know I come from an environment of much larger companies where you’re giving a smaller task. They’re saying, okay: this is what you’re going to do every day, you’re going to sell financial service products to this part of the country, whereas now you’re, you become a jack-of-all-trades, and I took me, I think it took me a little bit longer because I wanted to Be an expert in all areas I wanted to.

You know the accounting I’ve done accounting before this was a little bit different, so I wanted to explore every opportunity. I wanted to go out and work with some of the other franchises since I was a master franchisee. So I got some other franchisees in our territory, so my approach was very hands-on because I wanted to know the business inside out. I think it gave me a better appreciation of the overall business and really helped me to grow the business and to put people in place that could run the other business on a day-to-day mmm-hmm.

So then this goes over over about a period of 12 years. Would you say about maybe halfway through that finally had all settled in and you were just operating like a well-oiled machine, or did it come sooner or later than that it took several years? I don’t remember the exact year where we hired a general manager to take over the business, but for me it wasn’t that the systems were in place. It was more of a trust factor.

You know hiring finding that right person, you know, we’ve had management, asked to find someone that could manage the entire business and not just one part of the business. So it took a few years once we found that that person, that person actually was hired as a sales rep for our company and after speaking with them and knowing his background, had a lot of management, experience and sure enough.

A couple months later, we ended up hiring him as a a general managers to run the the entire business. I was still involved, but I had him dealing with a lot of the day-to-day questions and counting that that comes up. You know I like this just sends me off on a on a complete tangent, but it it’s funny. You should mention that, because recently, on a personal note, I’ve been exploring the concept of manage of stewardship and management versus ownership as part of my spiritual life, and I and I just you know, I really, I really think in view of what I read every day.

I think good managers have got to be harder to find than good owners. Would you would you agree with that as a sort of a rhetorical statement, not altogether true, but you know true a lot of the time good managers so hard to find somebody who doesn’t own the what you what you put them in charge of but handles it Like they do, I agree with that, because you’re looking so with the manager you’re looking for someone to run the day-to-day business, there’s that rust factor, you know, there’s no black and white.

This is just your role. You’re just handling one thing: you’re handling multiple things, and you know I was part of a smaller company that was growing, so you have to learning into that right. It’s not just this is the way it’s going to be every day is, is you’re going to start out here? Have your calendar filled and then end up at point. You know at point Z, will say from A to Z and today: you’ll have your your day plan that and then something will come up, and so you have to kind of adapt and say: okay, I’m going to I’m going to reschedule my day or maybe push My sales meetings to later in the afternoon just to address a customer that has a concern, but, yes, I would agree hundred percent, it’s the management or even stepping back employees.

Finding good quality employees is crucial to your business. There are some very strong franchises out there and, at the end of the day, some some are going to be more involved to help you find those key employees and some are just going to more or less give you a job description that you should use to Find those employees, but the employees, the the management extremely important, not every owner – is going to run the business the same way.

Some well-managed managers, you know more of a semi absentee ownership and some are going to be involved in the day-to-day and just delegate certain tasks to certain people, but extremely difficult to find good quality employees – and you know when you find them hold on to them, make Sure that happy take care of them and so that they stay, and you know at the end of the day you want. You want those employees as you grow, to bring people and just like themselves kind of like a franchise company.

They find a really good franchisee. They wan na they kind of want to in a way, I jokingly, say, clone you and find laws apply themselves yeah, yes, yeah. I want my employees to you, know, attract and bring people just like them, so makes my life a lot easier and just makes for a great overall working environment. Well – and that goes back to the whole – and I I’ve got it the questions gadget we will, but this just brings up a fascinating point.

I’ve had this discussion with a couple of the previous guests, and that is that the friend of mine Ron, Karrueche who’s, a consultant here in the Seattle area, said you know everything you do in your business has to further the vision and the the unique value that You bring to the marketplace and, if you’re not scaling off of that you’re not going to scale, and I think that I think that’s what you’re getting at there.

The franchise is looking to clone themselves because they’ve got a successful starting set of principles, visions, values whatever their and then they look for people who want to replicate that and right down to the lowest level employee. A good manager is going to do the same thing. So great way of putting it absolutely so I’ll get to the next question now now that weird now that we’ve we’ve we’ve tackled your intro and mined it for gold, and it’s been good – it’s been great so far a vague perception I would have my you know.

I think I mentioned to my dad was once in a franchise group. It was in Southern California, it stood up for a little while and then collapsed, and the CEO who was also the the majority owner was a great. I mean just a fantastic salesperson, so he could sit down a business owner or somebody of some degree of means who could invest in a franchise and he could just take a talk him into it. You know he could get them and he could transfer that enthusiasm.

So well that they would say you know this. This looks like the way forward, but it was the Peter Principle. The classic you know the guy should not. The guy should have been in charge of acquiring new accounts. He should not have been in charge of running the company, but he was the majority shareholder. So who was going to stop him now? Would you I mean? I don’t know that you pay attention to this, but would you say there’s a lawful lot of people in your industry kind of like in any other industry, where it’s it’s too much push and make the sale and get to the deal and all that and not Enough thinking it through and actually identifying, is this the right fit? Would you say that’s common in your industry as well? You know, I’m sure you know, as with any industry, you’re going to come across, that you know a lot of people looking to own a franchise.

They get excited, they get excited about a product, so sometimes it’s not even the sales force they’re just sold because they had a sandwich or a slice of pizza at a certain franchise, and that’s that’s the franchise they want. So the way I would answer that is, you know when you’re dealing with people sure I’m sure it happen. But ultimately I think I see from the candidates and people I’ve worked with and just friends and family.

You know throughout the years as people get excited and they invest or purchase a franchise for the wrong reason is okay. I can. I can even take a step a step further. So when you’re Frank choices is I’m an independent consultant with Fran choice, they don’t run since 2000, one of the innovators and what we do. We have 70 consultants total that that work for work with Fran choice, Fran choice. Our back office will actually bet that you know there’s over 3,000 franchise companies and we worked with less than 200 companies out there and why we do that is our franchise.

We’ll take a look and make sure that the companies are stable, that they’re growing, that they have great validation. You know they don’t want fly-by-night companies that just started. You know the put together at the franchise disclosure document in contract two weeks prior times. They definitely like to bet and make sure they’re dealing with some solid companies, and the reason I bring that up is not every franchisee is, is equal right? It’s not it’s not created exactly the same.

So there’s. Definitely some really good things that a lot of the franchise companies have put together, but ultimately, as a investor in a franchise, you want to make sure that fit is a good fit for you. So you are at the end of they. After working with someone like myself, I’m going to put you directly in touch with a franchise company, so you’ll be a with their franchise development person, their VP of franchising, and they will.

It’s almost like, like a two-way street. They’ll they’ll do a little bit of an interview figure out if you’re a good fit for the company, but you’ll also be interviewing that see if it sounds like a good fit. So, there’s a lot of a lot of things that that come into play, and I know I’m jumping around a little bit but kind of it’s the long answer, but it’ll cover all aspects through you, I mean when you work with someone like myself with a franchise Consultant and the reason I work with a consultant is you know we don’t I almost don’t even care about the actual franchise itself.

We kind of put that on the back burner. I want to learn about you. I want to figure out Paul, you know Paul. Are you a you good match for owning a business in general and you’ll say? Well, what do you you know? What do you mean could match them? I’m contacting you about a franchise or a small business and I’ll say well, a lot of people will get into it for the wrong reasons. Moon, you know they they’ll lose their job, they were, they were downsized.

You know the company’s going through a merger which, unfortunately, I’m coming to they’re three community. Last three companies prior being a business owner. I went through a merger, so so they’ll they’ll dive into it thinking the grass is, the grass is greener and I’ll push back a little bit and say the grass isn’t always greener. It’s not a good fit for you, let’s figure out if you’re doing it for the right reason, so we’re having a one to two hour conversations before the any mention of franchise.

More of learning about yourself learning about goals, activities hobbies any anything, you’re interested in figuring at the peace of being a good fit for business ownership, and once we get past that you know a so we’re working together, I can’t work with everyone right if they’re, if They’re not what I mean by that is, if they’re, maybe not the best fit for business ownership, I’ll give them my reasoning.

What we’ll talk it through? Sometimes maybe I misunderstood something, maybe maybe we we had kind of a aha moment as I call it and I’ll stay in touch with them. You know and say you know, maybe things will change, maybe give it a little bit more time. Give it a little bit more thought and maybe we’ll talk in six months to a year, so we have those conversations I’ll do I’ll put together a monthly newsletter that I’ll send out monthly or quarterly so I’ll.

Get that for me and then I’ll hear back from them down the road for the people that I feel are a good fit and we’re in agreeance, and we move forward we’ll sit down in and once again, not look not actually looking at a franchise say like An actual name brand well we’ll sit back and say what are you looking for, so we’ll look at attributes and characteristics which are how many do you want to work seven days a week, if you want to when you wake up in the morning view vision yourself Getting dressed and putting a key in that door and open up a location, maybe in a shopping, mall or office.

Where are you more inclined to stay in your pajamas and and go onto your laptop every day and not have to leave the house so we’ll go through multiple characteristics and only after figuring out those characteristics? I create a fully customized model. You know from my from my experience from our conversations, whet went and I’ll send them their model and say this is your ideal franchise model what it should look like from there? We would make some recommendations, typically to or through franchise recommendations.

I’m going to. We don’t even get into brands or discuss that until or just even you know, we don’t even talk about. Is food the best fit for me or fitness, we’ll figure out that model and really hone in on what you know, what type of business you’re looking at and then we’ll figure out through my research and due diligence? What are those brands that best fit that model? And you know with that being said: the behind the scenes stuff is also let us you know, we may find a brand that fits your model to a tee, but you live in Georgia and the whole state of Georgia is sold out.

So we’ll have to go to plan B and maybe look at another concept. That’s in a similar industry and or mention are you available? Are you open to possibly moving to the next state or the next city, or you know, whatever territory, we’re taking a look at so there’s a lot of back and research that we’re doing to make sure find not only the right fit for you, but also is There, a territory and availability in your market – hmm fascinating.

So so it sounds like to me, on average at least that falling in love with a certain brands, product or service is not the best reason to look at going into franchising, going in well being a franchise owner right, you’re, better off remaining just a happy loyal Customer maybe getting a job with the franchise but not owning it yourself, necessarily well what 100 % thought you know from experience, you’ll see people that maybe they had a specific brand in mind and it just happens to work out.

You know we’re not saying it’s it’ll. Never work, never yeah yeah, but it’s you know tough talking to some under some other people in the industry. It’s one of the biggest pitfalls for failure. You know people will just be so in love with the product, and I said you could be in love with a product, but not after she owned that restaurant or owned that whatever product or service the business is in so yes, I highly recommend you know being Open kind of starting clear, we call it a clean slate in our industry and just keeping an open mind.

I asked that as a favor, that’s one of the first things we talk about and if there is a particular brand that you just love and really want to consider we’ll put that aside and we’ll definitely bring that up and see how it falls into the model. Because it may just be, it may end up being a perfect fit for them, yeah yeah! No, I like that. I mean it’s so um not so long ago. I had this wonderful physical transformation and lost a whole bunch of body, fat and weight, and now I’m on the Saturday I’m competing for the first time in men’s physique and all along a lot of people have told me.

Well, you should start, you know your own training business. You know you should start your own fitness consulting her and I’m like. Oh hell, no, because I already know right III know from just anybody that I meet people I network with people. I talked to that. I am singularly driven the way you know like I mean you cannot keep me out of the gym and you in and you would have to force-feed me food that is not beneficial to you, know, maintaining low body fat and having an excellent physique, and I like To you know, stand there in a pair of shorts and hit these you know poses that.

Make me look like I’m on the cover of a magazine or something, but most people don’t like that stuff and most people, don’t you know hate going to the gym, love eating food that you know packs on the pounds and are extremely self-conscious and don’t want to Be out there on stage, you know wearing almost nothing and that kind of thing, and so I immediately made the connection and said I this is, this is a passion, but if I go out there and try to spread this, be the Evangel for this, and you Know get other people to do it and and and charge them for it.

I’m going to. I just know enough about the industry and enough about the average New Year’s resolution to say no this. This would this would turn me off of fitness if I turned it into a business, so kind of a similar principle, I’m observing there. Yes, I agree I had am just something probably to know about me. A lot of people don’t know about me in college. You know you start, you know, there’s there’s information overload on the internet and you start hearing people saying follow your passion, you know what do you enjoy doing every day? That’s what you should do and I’m not saying never to follow your passion.

But at the time I was at a big article game as a kid and you work with some nut smaller companies out here in the East Coast and did it for about six months and after six months couldn’t couldn’t stand a articlegame and stepping back and and And now I’m knowing what I know now, this is many many moons ago I turned something I enjoyed upon my downtime that I enjoyed to relax or after work or after after college after classes to a job and it kind of just lost it kind of just Lost lost interest completely, and so I I spin it the other way and say find a find, a business that will give you the freedom to do and follow your passions in your hobby.

So if we can find your business that will free up your nights and weekends and allow you to take a week off every month or every quarter so that you can go to travel over so layer games are to spend extra time at the gym. Why not you don’t have to actually own a business? You know in the fitness industry or in the article game industry, so something I’ve learned the hard way, unfortunately, but definite gain a better appreciation overall.

So yeah definitely now that one absolutely I mean that’s that’s pretty much what Arnold Schwarzenegger did while he was becoming the world famous bodybuilder. Was he had a side business that he ran when he wasn’t in the gym so that he could be in the gym and do all of the things that he did? You know he just he didn’t have to worry about how he was going to pay the bills, because he already had a couple of mail-order businesses that could be done piecemeal and for a couple hours a day.

And so you know he before he even became a silver screen superstar. He was already you know a millionaire plus he had all this prestige from winning all these titles, and that was what he enjoyed doing in life and so for me same thing. One question I wanted to run by you you’ve sort of touched on this already, but I thought of a couple of while I was still in the insurance business. I did. The online surveys for a couple of large corporate household names in insurance.

State Farm was one of them and they rejected me has the right kind of candidate, and I don’t know if state, for if those type of insurance agencies qualify as that quite the same as franchise, but it is practically. It certainly strikes me that way. You know you take on their brand and all their branding and logos and corporate practices, and you know you subject yourself to their corporate governance, but even I mean this was this was a guy with you know, four or five years by that time, experience selling insurance And I’d done very well and you know, would regularly field offers of recruitment, or you know people prospecting me over LinkedIn and that kind of thing.

So I looked back at that, though, and I totally agree with State Farm. I would have made a terrible State Farm agent because I’m I’m a rogue, you know I’m Kirill guerrilla marketer. I don’t do stuff according to their. They have I’ve had enough friends who are State Farm agents to know that they’re there box, so to speak, that you have to fit into would had driven me absolutely berserk. So, together with what we’ve already talked about, do you get? Do you get a fair amount of people who fail to consider the limits they’re going to place on themselves? You know subjecting themselves to creative in functional oversight.

Do you think they’ll do a lot of people that you that you end up talking to leave that out or do they generally come in and they they’re aware of it very good question that all a lot of that information comes out in our consultation, which is Typically, the second call, typically, I like to keep them at an hour and a half to two hours really dig deep to find out about them and then in there you make two two determinations number one is: are they business ownership material? In that you know? Are they just not? Are they doing it for the right reasons and number two is franchising, a good fit so obviously franchising.

I don’t really call it an industry in that it’s a it’s almost, you know jokingly I’ll, say a business in a box. It’s a business that it’s a structure of the system. That’s been proven and created for you, so I tell everyone: if business ownership is the right fit and you want to be in the cleaning business, you can own your start, your own cleaning business or purchase a cleaning franchise. You know so when I ask them, are they if we take a look at a specific franchise and I’ll say these are the services the franchise has to offer you? Okay with that and I’ve had people say, that’s great, that’s I don’t want to do anything more than that and then I’ll have other people say well, I want to branch off and do you know wearing cleaning, but I also since we’re at the office complex.

I also want to do oil changes and detail cars, and and and just things that are just complete outside of what the franchise has to offer. So when people want to add and have a lot of that additional flexibility and be able to offer additional services at any point in time, I may step back and say you know as a franchisee, you need to follow that their system and and sell the product Or sir, is that the franchise has created that you had it messed it in.

If you aren’t planning on doing all these other extra things, maybe we should look outside of franchising and I have a good friend of mine who could be able to help them out outside of the franchising industry. So mmm franchising, isn’t you know we may find that model or the put together that franchise model of franchising may not always be the best fit and you’ll get a lot of that just from what they’re looking for you know another way to approach, it is, if You want it to offer additional services you may want to look into if you have the capital, maybe two different franchises.

One is a mobile service that maybe services your car, the oil changes and detail, I’m just making this up, showing them your second business. Maybe commercial cleaning so that’s also an option, but I I want to be clear that if you’re investing in a commercial cleaning franchise you’re going to be filing that product or service, there’s not much more you’re going to be adding. So some people love the structure in that they can focus on.

You know the four or five revenue streams or versus worrying about how many more to add and some people just want to keep it open and just say I want to sell food. I want to clean, I want to offer tax services, they want to do it all then I’ll, just kind of step back and say: maybe franchise membership may not be the right fit for you. Yeah no yeah and made me think of it used to drive me crazy Liberty, Mutual.

When I worked there, they had their corporate marketing department, you know and everything is sanitized and branded and you can either fit the box. You can’t well. I couldn’t and the funny thing was you know they. I couldn’t get cooperation from their marketing department. It wasn’t that they were telling me. I couldn’t go out and market the way I was marketing. They just told me: you can’t get our branded materials and are in the kind of support you’re looking for in order to do it the way you think it should be done right and I think there’s there’s some degree of shortsightedness to that.

But at the same time you know made it is their company and they’re certainly at liberty to do that and and say you know, you know this is how we’re going to do it, and this is what we believe the marketplace wants and we’re not going to, And we’re going to limit that, and so I think I just think that you know that’s one important thing to consider. What would you tell somebody, though who’s listening to this thinking? Okay? Well, maybe maybe I should start looking into a franchise.

What’s the? What do you recommend people do as preliminary research, maybe even before getting on the phone with you? I do yeah that’s an excellent question so before even speaking with me, because you know – and we can we’ll talk about this in a little bit – but you don’t have to go through a franchise consultant, you can contact the franchise company there right, we’re there and instead Of looking at, as I mentioned, the product or service, so I want to get into the food about money and get into you know.

Tax services, like you just mentioned, do love us a little bit of soul-searching figure out number one. If you can see yourself as a business owner, talk to other business owners, franchise and non franchisee, if you have a friend that maybe owns a specific franchise and have them, you know shadow that would be step number one see if they can see themselves doing the Exact same thing, and it doesn’t matter the actual business, it’s just seeing what that owner does on a day to day basis, buy them dinner, buy them lunch of drinks and shadow them for a day or two a week, and then, once you establish business, ownership sounds Like it may be a good fit figure out what you want that business to look like, and you know, don’t don’t try to figure out what I’m going to make the most money at just figure out.

Okay, these are these are certain things I like. So I always start off with money aside, we’ll just we’ll figure out do I do I want to go to a physical location everyday, or do I want to work at home off a laptop that alone will narrow down your your your search over offer for a Franchise you’re out, as I mentioned before the attributes, do I want to deal with a lot of minimum wage employees and seven days a week, and you know where my business is constantly open and food costs and things like that rising.

You know kind of you see. Food costs go up, it’s kind of like the stock market, they’re going up in demo, and you know when I tell people, does that sound of interest to you and they say no and I said well, I basically just described the restaurant industry, yes and right away. They’re, like that’s a very, very good point and I leave in a Lehman I’ll, even ask them and say: well, you know what is it about a restaurant that you that you enjoy and they’ll say well, there’s a line out the door they have to be killing It and I said well so you’re, basically looking for a product or service and high demand, so we kind of step back and figure out what that line means because if you know there’s certain franchises that will sell their product at cost just to bring people in The door hope it hopefully up selling them a new product or services naming any names, but so so going back figure out if business ownership is right, figuring out what your day looks like you know what you, what you anticipate doing, that they basis if you’re, you Know you can run a franchise and have a manager run it, and if you just love sales, and that’s all you want to do you take over the sales role, you can just show up once a week for an hour and make sure everything is getting done And manage managers, so that’s the part you should really figure out and it doesn’t hurt to go a franchise Expo or a show or go online.

But it’s information overload. I I always say knowledge is not power. It’s it’s applied, applied knowledge. It is truly power and what you do with that knowledge, so mister got your hands on a copy of my book before I released it, because that’s what I said wide knowledge is everything man, knowledge information is cheap, yes, no, and – and if you talk to I Used to work with a business coach and he said believe it or not, he goes.

I don’t know if you know this, but 99 % of the stuff we’re going over is free online. You can access it right now, and I said you know why the heck am I working with you then, and he said well, because that 1 % that’s not available is me actually helping. You apply it and holding you accountable to make sure you’re actually following it. What a sales pitch I go! That’s uh! You definitely sold me on that.

So, needless to say, I had signed up with him and we worked together for a while, so but yeah it’s that there’s no right or wrong. I, as a franchise consultant, can help you get through that process. Maybe a little bit quicker, we’ll figure out the business ownership aspect. We figure out those attributes we’ll take it one step further and say through frame that will narrow them the number of franchise.

We should look at because many of them don’t meet our our criteria. Many of them are brand new or they’re, not growing, or a lot of their lot of their franchise owners are going out of business, so frame choice will bet and help with the process, and I didn’t I didn’t tell you the best part, but the best part Is our services or 100 % free there’s, never a contract, there’s never a fee for our services, and you know many people say well yeah.

You do this because you love it. I mean. How do you get compensated? I absolutely love it. I’ve been successful in my last franchisee ventures and business owning multiple businesses. We do we do get compensated, but that compensation is like a real estate agent or a headhunter where we’re paid by the franchise company themselves so bright, red new after the after the agreement has been reached and all the betting has been done and the due diligence Has been has been covered yep, that’s it just a bit, so there there’s no there’s no sales, there’s no pressure.

If you decide to to invest in a franchise great in many cases, it’s just not a good fit in other cases. It may not be the right time and we’ll stay in touch. You know, are any general questions you have. I apply, you know I’ve worked. I basically apply all my work experience, so I have the experience of being a franchisee and franchisor. I’ve been on both sides. I’ve worked for corporate America, I’ve been downsized, you know through a three mergers.

The last three companies that work I’ve worked with I’ve had the two-hour commute on the train and two into New York City, and it just one day. I said enough is enough. I am getting back in to believe it or not. People think I make this up and it’s the god-honest truth February. 2Nd of O 7 is when we, when I decided I’m going to sign that that contract directly with the franchise company and I’m going to move forward as a business owner and three days later, we found that my my wife was expecting.

So we had 10 years. Look, it was, I guess, the the definitely some great motivation and I’m not saying everyone should go out and do that right. It just happened to one way for it to happen. That’s so that’ll put some fire under your under your under your seat. There were small, multiple fires. Yes, absolutely so you know I’m here to help I I was part of a newer franchise, so there was pros and cons where there were certain things being developed, which I choose nice, because I got to give a little bit of feedback and some areas took a Little bit longer to grow them and that’s fine as well.

You take you, take the pros, there’s some pros and cons, but I learned a lot ie from my experience. I can definitely add value. I can definitely narrow that in your search and hopefully speed up your search so that if we rule out business ownership, you didn’t waste years and years of calls and and going to franchise discovery days and possibly going out of business to help you out and we As I mentioned, there’s never a cost for the service, and not only do we assist with the figuring out of everything we just discuss on the call, but I will also make a recommendation.

You have a few partners that could help with funding, because many people that will call us will say I have you know 50,000 or 100,000 Bank, and I said well, you know what else do you have to invest and they said well, you know that’s all. I have I just have the money to bank to find out, they may have a million dollars in a 401k, and our investment partners will take a full up. They take a holistic look, they take a look at just about everything and figure out.

Okay, well not sure if you realize that, but you can use your 401k or retirement assets for your first business or for any business and use that to purchase the franchise. Startup cost next off the salary without any type of any type of penalty. And coming from the investment world, I always told people or was taught never use your retirement assets they’re going to want to wait and use those. You know it use that for retirement only and over the years I said okay.

Well, that makes sense, but as a franchisor business owner, you know this is a much more active investment. I’m going to be actively managing my future and maybe taking a hundred thousand out of a 401k that was in a mutual fund, which is, let’s face it. Passive investment – it’s just sitting there and you’re hoping to make your whatever you’re making as far as returns sure. But why not? You know when I grab some ownership and say I’m going to take this $ 100,000 and I’m just using a number as an example and apply that to myself myself invested in myself in a business that I have full control over and not have to wait too.

Read about what the holdings did on CNBC or whatever, whatever station you’re reading, so it’s taking control, I’m not, and I’m not advising everyone to use their retirement assets, but where it’s not dim yeah, we could definitely give you some additional options as to how to actually Invest in the franchise or maybe keep your job for the first year, while you know managing someone, that’s running your business for the first year, while you transition out of you’re out of your job, so we’re able to bring some really good people to the table to Help out and basically give you all the options available to you, mmm mmm, that’s good.

The last thing I wanted to cover here, Giuseppe is: have you got a story, maybe more than one that you could share real briefly. If somebody you’ve come into contact with who’ve, you know, they’ve got some painful lessons. They’ve had to read, had to learn as a result of not consulting with you or somebody like you with Fran choice or any other franchise consultant before getting into it. To you. Have you met people and have you you know collected any short stories like that, then maybe you could share one or two of them just to give people sort of an illustration of the the painful lessons they’ve had to learn right.

So some of you know – and these are more shorter lessons but number one a lot – a lot of people don’t know that franchise consultants exists myself included. When I, when I was first looking at franchising, I actually fill out a form online. They didn’t understand exactly what the company did and I was was put in touch with a local company and that’s how I started speaking with a consultant and then sure enough, you know, became a franchise consultant.

So what I’ve seen what I’ve seen in the past? And this is through some family who’s for this specifically with with family, is they have fallen in love with a concept and they went full full steam ahead? You know went to the bank first and was reading the figuring out loans and things like that to find out the territory was completely unavailable and in another case the franchise was not available period.

They were just not registered in a particular state. So you know one thing that I do is: I am NOT going to show you a franchise that is not available in your territory or that may not be I mean I’m in New Jersey. We cover the whole country and there’s one brand that I truly love and we they’re not available in my home state. A friend of mine was asking about it and then just said you know we do all that that diligence for you so those there there.

Luckily, they’re not, I wouldn’t call them stories where they have lost lots of money. It was just more of they, they got their hopes up in disappointment and there are some friends of mine also that have went directly with this. This is another thing that came up. They went directly with a franchise company, they called them direct and purchased the rack, and I asked well, why didn’t you utilize the services of a consultant and they said? Well, you know I didn’t wan na, you know I figured it would cost more and, and that union said going back to our fees.

If we don’t charge any fees, the franchisor who pays us, they are not going to charge you more or less. When you bite the right, we’ll do that, so the the process is definitely, you know involving there. There’s a lot of work involved a lot of time saved by going through a consultant, but we will do all that back end research for you and to take it a step further. I am speaking directly with the contact.

It can be the owner. Typically, it’s the VP, some a VP of franchise development and that’s the exact person I’m going to put my candidate touch with so before the candidate. Has that intro call don’t know everything about I’ll, create a I’ll send them over a questionnaire that the candidate has the left for us, which covers likes dislikes financials, and things like that, and I always tell the candidate and send information over I’m going to send over That exact franchise model to them and say, I think, they’re a good fit.

This was there, and these are the reasons so they’ll have a full picture of them and on occasion the franchise company will say this. This may be a red flag or you know I think, they’re a really good fit and we talk it out and if we feel like it’s a good fit, I let the candidate know if they’re, okay with it, I send over the information directly to the franchise Company and they get a call within 24 to 48 hours.

Hmm football and they’ll get a a franchise disclosure action document, which is the actual franchise agreement directly sent to them. So the ball is rolling immediately. They already know a lot about the candidate. You know the the other, I would say this is not their experience, but a UH. Just a general pitfall is the candidate that the first time business owner just say, that’s looking to buy a franchise, they don’t they don’t know what questions to ask um.

What are you asking? Well, what kind of money can I make or what’s the royalty that that’s great, they can answer that, but what about setup and and how many employees you need, and you know the marketing spend there and all that kind of information they won’t. They won’t know what questions they’ll be given a lot of that information and the franchise disclosure document. But if you don’t know, if you’re not asking the right questions you’re going to make, I guess an uninformed decision or misinformed whatever you want to go you just you.

Don’t have the right amount of information to make that to make that decision. So I see that as a common theme. So I tell everyone you have nothing to lose, but maybe some time that you, you know maybe a few hours on the phone after the the first and second call but we’re here to help – and you know when I speak directly with the franchise company. Your name is going right on top of the list. They know you’ve been qualified, they know you sound like a good match.

They’re excited, you know, they’re excited to speak with. They want people that have been qualified, both as a good fit financially and they want to speak with. That. First is maybe a few hundred leads they may randomly receive through their website. Oh someone, Fran choice leads someone like myself. Sending over lead is going to be fully qualified. You know, we think they’re a great match and it just makes the process so much yeah yeah.

No, I agree I mean I I would rather have that one person who fits like a glove then a hundred names and phone numbers of people – I’m not you, know, know nothing about them. That’s that’s a ton, more work and yeah. You might get something out of it. You might strike a strike build in there, but I’d rather just get to that one person who fits the bill because that’s where that’s where the money is right, that’s where you get the eventually is the franchise or you know, you’ve got the right person who’s going To be is likely is to be successful, running that business and so that in the long term, that’s income that you don’t really have to work for all that much.

You know the way I perceive it anyway: you’re just you’re collecting those franchise, royalties and fees, and and that’s it yeah. Well, Giuseppe. This has been a wonderful conversation, I’m looking forward to seeing the audience reaction to this and and I’m looking forward to getting this into their hands it’s into there in front of their eyes and in their ears. It’s been great having you on the show.

If people want to know more about you or get in contact with you or learn about what you do with Fran choice, where should we send them? You can contact me directly. Nine. Oh, eight, eight, seven, three, six one, three, four! You can call or an airline people eat the tips nowadays, so you can call or text that number the email address is G gramatica. So I’ll spell it so long when it’s G G RA mm a TI, co @ Fran choice, so f, ra, n and the word choice.

Com definitely take a look. Send me a send me an email I’ll, be more than glad any questions you have on this. Podcast or article any general questions you have on franchising, I’ll, be more than glad to help and when I can guarantee you is, I don’t know the answer, I will get it for you and if I don’t specialize in that area, I do have someone that I Can refer you to so don’t feel bad, don’t there’s no silly questions any any any information any help.

I can be of definitely definitely give me a call all right. Well there he goes to simply grammatic. Oh thanks. So much for joining us on influence or networking secrets. Well, thanks again, I really appreciate it take care you too thanks for joining us for another, exciting episode of influence or networking secrets, please be sure, to hit like comment and subscribe and share this article. If it’s been useful for you with anybody, you know who might benefit also be sure to check out the show notes in the description below that’s where you can order a copy of ten secrets.

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What that means to us is this year’s. Coming to a close there’s, a lot of opportunity to pull as much sales revenue as humanly possible out of these last couple of weeks for us when de Amazon sales, usually right around 18th to 20th right Amazon sales start dropping actually maybe early 20s, like 20th 21st. Basically, when people can’t buy something and it can be at their house for the holidays, that’s when Amazon sales stop dropping off.

So right around that early 20s, 20 20. First people stopped buying as much on Amazon, and then we see some of our slowest sales phase on Christmas. Specifically, New Year’s is pretty slow and the days in between it’s just not our best week. It’s probably our worst week all year, except for that week. Maybe in July, where everybody travels on vacation travel, yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s true yeah, but there are some ways to increase those sales and not only increase those sales.

But there are some things you should be looking at. Taking that time of slow sales, instead of refreshing, your sellers app 67 times to make sure you’re making money to plan for the future and that future is 2020 a brand new decade to crush it. That’s exciting, are you excited about 2020 yeah? I didn’t realize. There’s a brand new decade till you said it yeah like a whole new decade. That’s crazy! This decade was crazy.

Yeah and years. Yeah was 2010 yeah 2010. What were you doing in 2010? Oh, it was a good year. 2010 was 2010 according to Sebastian was a good year, just not for me just according to Sebastian. It was a good year for everybody else, just not for him, but 2019 was a phenomenal. 2020 is going to be even better, so yeah yeah 2020. It’s going to be a game-changing year for us, we’re continuing to innovate within our warehouse and within our production and within the realms of control.

We have, within the Amazon Marketplace, to kind of continue to grow, become and maintain. Our presence is one of the largest Amazon sellers in the country, which is it’s it’s a challenge: yeah, of course, the market, the environment, the products are constantly changing fluctuating and we want to stay ahead of the curve, whether it’s the way we source products or whether It’s the technologies that we’re bringing to help us be more efficient, mm-hmm, absolutely absolutely so.

Some things to keep in mind to grow your Amazon business in 2020. Now that the years coming to an end – or you know definitely building as many relationships as possible in 2019, especially in these last couple weeks, right before everybody is on vacation for the holidays, is creating as many accounts, if you’re, if you’re going the wholesale route, as Humanly possible, or even if you’re doing, the private label route talking to as many manufacturers as possible and even if you’re doing retail arbitrage building relationships with the managers of the stores that you’re doing retail arbitrage with right.

So you can get that backroom access that side door access right. You can get access to those pallets that they have an influx of or the returns or or the discounted products before they hit the shelves and with December 1st right around the corner. If you have not, I’m going to assume you had a profitable year, but if you have not spoken to a CPA, yet you need to in order to try to lower your tax bracket and and lower what you’re going to be paying for 2019.

Well. In April of 2020 for 2019, you know we’d like to meet with our CPA, at least quarterly, at minimum and same thing with you guys, if you have any last-minute purchases that you can make, if you’re planning to make a big purchase in 2020 December might be The time to make that purchase to lower your expenses, but I would first of course, speak to your CPA. If you don’t have one, you need one at the end of the day, cost a couple dollars couple shekels, but it could save you a couple.

Shekels yeah and then some yeah, like some things, we’re going to what are some purchases we’re going to close out before the end of the year. We just talked about some travel expenses from looking booking some trips for next year. The end of this year, we’re also going to be your house equipment. Yes, that’s a warehouse system, warehouse equipment. Also, some advertising, yes, it’ll – be going a little more aggressive spending some more money on advertising.

So we can write that off as well. Also, some other equipment like camera equipment and lighting equipment. Stuff like that so anywhere, you could spend additional money. It’s it’s definitely good for those 2019 taxes, but, like Sebastian said we’re not CPA. So talk to some talk to a professional right. Now we operate a 90 percent wholesale business, 10 % private label. The private label is growing Sebastian just created it’s actually sitting over here about three feet from us.

We got a full pallet of products that Sebastian created and I’m super excited about them. We’re currently building the listing as we speak, he was just on the phone with one of the team members who’s, helping us build this and and we’re excited about it, but something to consider right. We built this business Sebastian built this business on retail arbitrage, and I think something that a lot of you may not be capitalizing on is what we touched on a couple minutes ago and that’s building relationships with with store managers and and what that could look like Is like you have to sell yourself to them and make them know believe that you can bring them value all right.

It’s something that comes to mind is like explaining to them the time they can save by offering you those discount racks before they even have to load up the racks, because what that means is hey, they give you a call: hey, John, hey Stacey, whatever your name Is I got 50 products I’m about to put on the discount rack? Do you want to come pick them up? It saves them time. They don’t have to pay an employee to fill that discount rack just to have you come in with your arm and swipe it all into your grocery cart, and then they have to reload it again and refill it again.

And then you come the next day and swipe it all into the grocery car. So by you presenting this idea to them, it could actually save them time, which saves them money and save you time, which saves you money, so it works out for all parties. I mean right from the get-go. You want to try to build any relationships you can. That could be advantageous to your business early on in our a you know. For us, we also became close with some of the manager at the different stores and some of the employees there, and they would reach out to us like Eric said, and let us know when things were going on, sale or for palette of a product came in.

They would call us before they even put it on the floor. Knowing that, like Eric said, we could come load it up in our van and and just leave, and they would never have to even put it on the show floor, and we also, of course took care them. You know, throw throw them some holiday money. You know just just really take care of them, and so it was advantageous for both parties, us and them yeah, really any relationship you’re building.

You need to look what value you could bring to that relationship if you’re, just looking for what you can take from the relationship that relationships not going to work Sebastian talks about all the time. It’s like a girlfriend boyfriend relationship or any significant other relationship. It’s a take give take given the gain relationship you can’t just take, take, take and expect the other person to reciprocate.

It just doesn’t work like that, and business relationships are the same exact way, so you need to give in order to receive and it’s revolutionary it’s. It’s it’s. How we’ve built the relationships we’ve built right, yeah yeah, I mean listen. We’ve had a lot of help from some of our our suppliers. You know billion-dollar companies why? Why do they want to team up with us? Well, they want to team up with us.

A because they know that the way that we handle our business is with integrity and B, because it’s a take give relationship where we’re always trying to help them grow and any opportunities that we see come to the marketplace. We bring it to them and bring up ideas to them about moving certain private label products that they may carry, or just inventory that they might have that stale. So it’s not always about what we can gain from them.

It’s also about. How can we help them to grow yeah? We continue to build relationships. It’s still the foundation of our business Sebastian just smashed a catalog on my desk from a a new distributor that I plan on starting to place an order with this week. So I’m excited about that. It’s one of my favorite things to do is place new orders with new companies, but with placing new orders with new companies comes a lot of sometimes a lot of issues, especially with some of the companies we worked with.

Like I forgot, it was like the small little toys, but they came like K packed with six different kinds. You know – and you know so, there’s issues and the first time you place that order. Sometimes we like to be a little less aggressive. So if there are issues with the products coming in, we didn’t go, spend $ 50,000 on a first order rule. Maybe you only spend $ 5,000? So if we have to eat some of those issues because we’re we don’t want to call them and be on the phone with them complaining for 20 minutes about the mischiefs or the the mishaps, because that’s not good for a relationship, we don’t invest a huge amount Of money in that first order, so it doesn’t tarnish the relationship if something goes wrong with it right and with any new new supply.

You may pick up, please be conservative at first, just because the character said kind of just. To reiterate, you don’t know the quality of the product, you don’t know the quality of the company, you don’t know how they’re going to handle your delivery. I mean remember there was that one company we were dealing with and they had the Sun on the products. Yeah, a couple of their products had like just a heavy layers, warehouse yeah, and so you, you don’t know you know when you’re first ordered with a company.

You really don’t know how they handle their products, and so you want to be conservative on the first. Second order, and then from there you know you, you start growing, that hmm absolutely absolutely so. What are we doing in these next couple weeks to kind of wrap up the year for the Amazon business? Well, we’re kind of looking at our numbers we’re going to sit down like we always do and kind of look over the year.

Look over the data and see areas where we can improve and then we’re going to pass that information on to our managers pass that information on in meetings with our buyers, with our warehouse with our developers and really set the goals in the agenda for next year. You know last two weeks of December is really about Synagogue goals for next year, where do we envision ourselves being and how we going to get there kind of building the roadmap yeah? Absolutely it’s exciting time and and something one of my favorite things that we do at the end of the year is we review all our distributors and – and sometimes this is one of the most challenging things I think for for us to do sometimes is let go Of a distributor that for years produced us ton of revenue, ton of profits, but now their product costs just aren’t cutting it for us anymore.

So it’s it’s important to know as a business when that retail store you’re going to the prices just aren’t competitive anymore or when that man facture you’re dealing with for your private label product the prices just aren’t competitive or when that wholesale or distributor their prices. Just are too high and you need to let them go it’s important. It really separates the winners from the losers when you can make that conscious decision like I need to find a new company to do work with and even on a more micro level to just a since we’ve had a since that we were selling truckloads of truckloads Of and because the climate of the Amazon environment is always changing, we’ve had to let go and it was hard, but every time we let go, it gives us opportunity to find another one and we do and we do and so will you so just because a Aysen that was once profitable, maybe right now isn’t doesn’t mean you need to hold on for dear life, hoping that we’ll get better again.

Sometimes you need to let go and look for a new investment, a new Aysen, to really take over that space of where that last one was yeah. We have them speaking at good asons. We have some killer asons right now. In November man we got. I was just looking: we have so many scenes, bringing us three thousand over three thousand dollars a month in profits and their seasonal yep all right. So these are products that the rest of the year would bring us little any profits if any, it would just build up storage fees if we sent it to Amazon, but because it’s tis the season we’re crushing it pulling in $ 3,000 in gross profits a month From these products yep and we have over 4,000 activations, you know – and you know it fluctuates, but I always say building that healthy portfolio, that healthy online account that healthy business – and this is how you do it.

You have those high profit items that might move a little slower. You’ll have high profit items that move high-volume, then you’ll have low profit, low volume and everything in between and that’s what builds a healthy business where year-over-year we continue to grow this year is, but by far our most profitable year and last year was a most profitable Year today, as well so – and it’s like that, every single year, as we continue to redevelop – and I think part of that goes into looking at the year kind of looking back, seeing the things criticizing ourselves seeing where we could improve and then building the roadmap.

For next year, yeah yeah, so based on that trend, 2020 is going to be killer, killer killer, no seriously where we have some cutting edge stuff for 2020. You know I went to. I went to Costco the other day huh for our Thanksgiving party to get some pumpkin pie – scamming yeah I wanted to I wanted to, but they got the bill deals on everything over there. Well, we used to do a lot of purchasing from Costco 20 years ago and uh, and it’s just every time I go there.

It takes me back just special and I would go there for six seven hours a day and just scam products, and you remember that transition right where it was like where he went from doing it five days a week to four three even one day a week Was challenging because the wholesale part took over call and people always ask us like? When do you know it? Just kind of happens, you’ll know because it happens, because you have a wholesale, a cow or multiple wholesale accounts that are taking up so much of your time that you don’t have any more time for all right, yeah and then – and it’s just like even at the End there we were still going once a month yeah we were placing monthly orders from our from our retail stores.

We were doing business with to supplement some of the income that in the revenue, so we could continue to grow. So it’s like it didn’t. It took. Probably a year and a half before we completely cut off retail arbitrage and we came, you know 90 % wholesale business mm-hmm so so get it where you can get it get it. What you know if you’re selling books right now and books, are your bread and butter and you’re trying to switch to retail arbitrage, don’t stop selling books, keep selling books? That’s your bread and butter if you’re doing retail arbitrage and want to switch to wholesale.

Don’t stop going to stores and buying stuff? That’s your bread and butter keep going doing retail arbitrage if you’re doing a wholesale want to do private label, don’t stop doing wholesale, get a few private label products and do both do all four yep can’t hurt. So any last words to wrap it up better yeah, it’s hustle o’clock, everyday hustle o’clock. You know wake up. I think the best way to operate for me personally is I just wake up ready to tackle the day.

It’s some days, I’m not ready to tackle the day, but I just reflect for a couple minutes on all the beautiful things half of my life and it makes coming to work it makes meeting with new people. It makes just being a presence in life with family friends, business relationships. It just makes all that that much easier, so really at the end of the day. It’s about my perception on life and and I change my perception and I changed my life.

What about you Sebastian? My last words are evaluate your business mmm, build a plan and get ready to conquer the next decade. Mmm next decade, Wow tis the season to seize it, stay late. They let everybody


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