Spend enough time researching franchise opportunities and you’ll inevitably encounter the phrase ‘no previous experience required’. While that statement is often true, it also is worth mentioning that whatever previous life or work experience you have will often help you as start your own franchise.
Entrerpreneur Magazine has written a great story about Dawn Costanzo, an undercover narcotics officer in Charleston, SC who gave up her badge and now owns, along with partner Paula Tharp, an Interim Healthcare franchise, which is the only licensed pediatric home healthcare operation in South Carolina.
Costanzo had been an undercover cop for about 5 years. A mother of two, she had decided to enter the nursing field and went to nursing school. But when a friend's wife with a serious illness chose home care, Costanzo witnessed firsthand exactly how beneficial home care could be.
In the story, she tells a beautiful anecdote about the difference that home-care franchisees can make in the lives of other people.
One of our patients stopped getting services and ended up going into a bad depression. One day out of the blue she called. Paula and I went over to her house, which was in disarray. She couldn't walk, and she had lost 30 or 40 pounds. We cleaned her house up, took care of her and helped her get on the right medication. She's still one of our clients, and she feels like family. If ever there was a story I'm proud of, it's that one.
If you’re looking to make a difference in business, there are many exciting health-care franchises out there.