As an entrepreneur, Kenny Chapman believes it’s important to ask yourself, “Are you serving your business, or is your business serving you?” Also known as The Blue Collar Coach, Kenny is President and Founder of the Blue Collar Success Group. When he was 30 years old and working as a self-proclaimed ‘sewer rat,’ he set the ambitious goal of retiring at the age of 40. After experiencing some setbacks, Kenny decided to take a hard look at how he was running his business, and how it was running him. Before anything else, decide what your endgame is and what your goals are as a business owner. Once you understand these and focus on your purpose, it will help guide you and your decisions every single day. This focus has allowed Kenny to look at retirement from a completely new perspective. Instead of building your company and eventually selling it as part of your retirement plan, why not create systems and build leaders within your company that allow you to keep the company forever, and never retire. Kenny is an author, business coach, speaker, consultant and above all else, a very successful entrepreneur. He has some great experiences and his no nonsense, down-to-earth style is a perfect fit for our show.
Basic business principles put each and every employee at risk, regardless of the industry. Are you an owner, or are you an employee? Have you ever thought about starting your own business but have been overwhelmed by the possibility of failure? Jim Rhodes has a passion for educating and consulting with executives, small business owners, and emerging entrepreneurs alike. Jim has honed his skills over the last 20 years, successfully implementing business development, strategic planning and government relations management for a variety of industries. Multiple Fortune 500 companies have benefited greatly from the business development expertise of Jim Rhodes, as he is a natural at seeking out and creating revenue streams. In this episode of the Landscape Business Pro Podcast, Jim talks about a number of ways in which his knowledge and experiences can be applied to helping contractors, landscapers, and aspiring entrepreneurs turn their goals into thriving businesses.
Jim discusses three ways to start a business:
- Start a business from scratch
- Buy an existing business
- Buy into a franchise
Leveraging the proven business model of a franchise can be a great way to become a entrepreneur/business owner while capitalizing on established systems, therefore minimizing the risks that come with business ownership. The freedom and security that comes with owning your own business is invaluable. When you own you own business you control so much more. Work hard, stay positive, and you will succeed. Jim has found a way to greatly improve the rate of success enjoyed by entrepreneurs through his franchising experiences and guidance. This is a great interview, and will open many people’s eyes to the idea of franchising as a tried and true option for any entrepreneur, both seasoned and aspiring. Jim’s insights and strategies not only make perfect sense, but they are focused, well thought-out and articulated beautifully.