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From Hardship To Triumph For BrightStar

When committing your business future to a franchise, it's far more satisfying to be working a business that is personally and spiritually satisfying. One of the advantages of working with one of the country's many leading health care franchises is that you can work with a business that allows you to make a direct effect on people's lives.

The Wall-Street Journal recently profiled the evolution of BrightStar, one of America's exciting health care franchises. Interestingly, the business was born out of a personal tragedy for the founder Shelly Sun. Her husband's grandmother was ill and needed 24-hour-care that her and husband simply couldn't provide. They launched a business that would provide such a service, investing $100,000 of their own money and $100,000 of credit and now 10 years later, their business is woth $160 million and there is talk, according to the WSJ, considering an 2015 IPO.

Ms. Sun did a short interview with the great business paper last week and we thought we'd specifically highight this interesting snippet:

WSJ: How did you come to see at-home care as a potential business?

Ms. Sun: I'm a certified public accountant so I'm very comfortable doing a lot of analysis. I figured out by researching that there would be a shortage of health-care labor to meet the demands of clients.

Our first nurses and certified nursing assistants, whom we interviewed, background-checked and drug-screened, were recruited through Our local hospital referred us to some of our first home-care clients.

Health-care workers have no more than a 45-minute drive to our offices…We're available to our families 24/7—no answering services.

Congratulations to BrightStar on their success and if you're considering a home-care franchise, this is a business to consider.

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