One of prevailing sentiments that we often try to communicate on this blog is that anyone can enjoy success with a franchise. Experience should be the least of your concerns. If you have access to credit and capital, and most importantly if you have a dream, you can thrive as a franchisee.
Case in point: Damien Sanchez. Some people around the Washington DC metropolitan area know him as a full-time firefighter. But many people with insect infestation issues in the area will know him as a livesaving Mosquito Squad franchisee. Sanchez was recently profiled in the Washington Post, and journalist Thomas Heath celebrated the great success he has enjoyed in business.
In just four years, his business has gone from a $4,000 loss on $68,000 in revenue to a projected $300,000 profit on $2 million in sales this year. He operates a fleet of 12 Ford F-150s — plastered with promotional images and information — that patrol the region with teams of uniformed exterminators. He said his company is the highest-grossing Mosquito Squad franchise out of about 100 across the United States.
The big question really how can he manage working for full-time as a fireman and his franchise business, billed as the best Mosquito Squad franchise in America. Commitment is what he says.
We heartily recommend you read the rest of the story to get some background on how to get the money to launch a franchise and how to balance two jobs at the same time. But the moral of the story is - you can do anything in franchising with a bit of work ethic and forward planning.