Think about the times that are most important to you, the ones you think of when no one is around and you are not near an electronic device that is pinging you with notifications.
How many of those were of work, your boss, a project, commuting to work or traveling on business?
How many were of your spouse, your kids, family, travel, your passions?
Not only do we need to give some thought to how we work, we also need to give some thought to how we live! Prioritizing the most important things will allow us to figure out how we need to be working.
There is little point to grinding out long hours at work if we miss the most important things in life. But during the entire time of the Industrial Revolution we have been trained to trade long hours and time away from family for some sense that we will be cared for when we can’t work like that any more in retirement.
What that meant for many people is that they missed a lot of important family events as they worked late or were traveling. It meant that they didn’t get to explore their passions or hobbies.
The opportunity that we have today is to change the way we work and earn so that we build the income streams that support our lifestyle, not have those work roles become our lifestyle.
The Fall and Winter holidays are upon us, we will carve out time for celebrations with friends and family. Is this your time to look around you and evaluate how you want to work and what priorities you want to emphasize beyond your work? It is a great season to reminisce and to plan for the future.
If you just need to move from working Nationally or Internationally but you desire to work a normal work schedule, a local franchise business of almost any variety can get you to that goal.
Do you have kids at home and want to be able to attend sports events or recitals? An executive model might give you that local business but add a manager to give you time flexibility. While you may work a somewhat typical number of hours you can often shift them to adjust for family events.
Do you want to go all in with your family, passions and hobbies? Then maybe a semi-absentee business is what you need to be building. You would have a manager or management team that
If you want to have a business that also contributes to your community, there are options to do that. Although, if you build a successful business you can still contribute to your community in your own way. Your business itself does not have to be the contribution.
Is creating jobs in your community important to you? Whether hourly starter jobs, technical blue-collar jobs or white collar professional jobs there are franchises that would give you the ability to help those in your community stay gainfully employed and to move their careers forward.
In some cases we can find a franchise that ties into your hobbies or interests. The one thing to be cautious with there is that sometimes turning your hobby or interest into how you earn money takes away the ability for you to enjoy it.
If someone that loves golf left a corporate job to become a golf pro they might find that golf pros don’t play a lot of golf. They manage sign-ins at tournaments, give golf lessons, make sure the course is properly maintained and much more.
Would turning your passion into your income stream be a good idea for you if it meant that you could not do it yourself as often anymore? For some people it is the joy of sharing their passions, and they can give up doing them a bit to provide that experience for others.
So, this year as you are holding your eggnog and spending time with family by the fire maybe give some thought to what is most important to you and how to create the life that rises to meet your greater goals. Without an intervention by the lottery we all need to make money to support and provide for our families. How we do that is completely open to interpretation.
Franchising offers the benefit of a proven system, training, support, R&D, Marketing, supply chain and much more. For many corporate professionals the ecosystem that they find with franchise companies feels a lot like what they are used to in corporate America. They are comforted by the idea that they are not out there meeting challenges and opportunities alone.
With any luck when this season circles back around next year you will be looking at what are the subsequent rounds of steps you want to take on your path to independence, control and happiness.
My suggestion for the coming month is to pick up a notebook and start making notes about what is important to you, how you want to work, what kind of lifestyle you want to have and the goals you want to pursue. The more you jot down the clearer your parameters for a franchise will be.
Then ask your family what they wish you would do with them, where they want to go with you and the experiences they feel are important.
I know it may initially seem odd to begin planning how you will earn by figuring out what you want to prioritize outside of earning. This will all make sense when you apply those rules to the companies you look at, I promise. Over 20 years helping people achieve their dreams has shown me over and over again how looking at the full picture makes all the difference.
What is your success story? Let’s go find it!
George Knauf is a highly sought after, trusted advisor to many companies; Public, Independent and Franchised, of all sizes and in many markets. His 20 plus years of experience in both start-up and mature business operations makes him uniquely qualified to advise individuals that have dreamed of going into business for themselves in order to gain more control, independence, time flexibility and to be able to earn in proportion to their real contribution. Contact the Franchising USA Expert George’s Hotline 703-424-2980.