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Friday, 03 July 2015 07:04
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Paul Altero and Bill Hart opened the first Bubbakoo’s Burritos restaurant in 2008 in Point Pleasant, N.J. The restaurant was in a 1,200 square-foot location connected to a Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurant. It was an instant success.

A Loyal Following on the Jersey Shore

Since its opening, Bubbakoo’s has been in high demand for residents of the Jersey Shore. So much so that its founders opened more restaurants along the Jersey Shore.

The eight restaurants have all flourished, to the tune of average unit volumes of around $725,000 in 2014, with two locations, including the first and smallest one in Point Pleasant, grossing more than $1 million.

Why the name Bubbakoo’s? It was coined by Altero and Hart and meant to evoke a place of escape and happiness, so each restaurant is beach-themed.

Bubbakoo’s has also relaunched delivery, after a two-year hiatus, and even has a mobile app for ordering and payment. So, what’s the next logical step for this growing chain? You guessed it. Bubbakoo’s is ready to start franchising. As opportunities arise, they’ll open new restaurants in neighborhoods where they can build bridges with local residents.

More Than Just Another Burrito Joint

As the name implies, the restaurant focuses on burritos, but what’s different is that Bubbakoo’s offers 16 different proteins, including six types of chicken (shredded, grilled, fried, Buffalo, barbecue and ghost pepper), carnitas, Sriracha pork, barbecue pork, steak, ground beef, Buffalo shrimp and a steak-and-shrimp combo. For vegetarians, Bubbakoo’s offers bean-cheese-guacamole or batter-fried jalepeños.

If that’s not enough, how about panko-crusted fried rice-and-cheese balls covered in nacho cheese with a choice of toppings, including mango, bacon, peppers and onions. For dessert? Chocolate tacos, fried Oreos and “Love Chips,” fried tortilla chips drizzled with caramel or raspberry sauce.

Looking for Franchisees

Bubbakoo’s is looking for high-energy, motivated professionals with ample restaurant management experience and a passion for guest service. Does this sound like you? Then think about owning your own Bubbakoo’s Burritos.

Bubbakoo’s team of experts has developed a one-of-a-kind support system, designed to provide you and your staff with the training and tools required to run a productive business. With your access to the Bubbakoo’s Burritos business franchise model and brand, you will be given the following tools and support: location assistance, headquarters-based training, supplier assistance, ongoing training and field support and marketing assistance.

So what are you waiting for? Become the next Bubbakoo’s franchisee!

For more information on Bubbakoo’s Burritos, click here.

 
Friday, 03 July 2015 03:30
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Do you own your own business? If so, you’ve probably learned that it can be pretty lonely at times. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you’re any less in need of help. Actually, you probably need advice more than anyone. Well, below is some indispensable advice that should help make your role just a bit easier.

Never Forget What Makes Your Business Special

The reason most startups succeed is because there’s something special about them. Sometimes it’s the product, of course, but a lot of times, it’s the approach. Maybe it’s even their marketing that helps them stand out and turn heads.

RELATED: MAKING IT THROUGH YOUR FIRST YEAR AS A BUSINESS OWNER

Never forget what this is. “Special” is a commodity other business owners would kill for. Whatever you do, don’t compromise and conform, even when that seems like the obvious way to go.

Never Get Comfortable

You’ll hear a lot of successful entrepreneurs give the advice to stay lean the first few years. These are words to live by, for sure. Too many businesses fold because their owners got a bit too ambitious with the credit card before it was smart.

However, it’s really never a good idea to get comfortable. The moment you assume a supplier will always deliver or your marketing plan will keep working is when your business is suddenly vulnerable. Instead, come into work every day ready to put in a full eight hours of improving your company.

Never Lack a Plan Either

When you were first starting your business, you probably had a plan. Then you had an actual “business plan” for your company. At some point, though, you may have stopped planning. You may have even become comfortable with a business plan that no longer made sense (no getting comfortable, remember).

No matter what it’s for, once you have a plan, stick to it unless it becomes overwhelmingly clear you’ve made a mistake. However, you should also develop plans for every aspect of your business. Every detail should be considered. Then reevaluate them regularly to ensure sticking to them still makes sense.

Always Network

Networking is one of the most powerful tools available to you. If you and someone else has the exact same idea for a company, the one with more connections is going to succeed, without a doubt.

It’s also been easier than ever before to network. You can use LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter, hold discussions through Skype, attend local chamber of commerce meetings, and much more.

For the most part, networking is also free or incredibly affordable. It would be a shame for your company to fail simply because you didn’t invest enough time into something so easy, yet so powerful.

Always Look to Sell More

This is obvious, right? Of course you want to sell more. However, you also want to be sure you’re selling more to each customer, too. Always look for opportunities to upsell or otherwise get more revenue from every customer who buys from you.

RELATED: 4 REASONS TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Owning a business is never easy, but it can also be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. With the above advice, hopefully it will become a bit easier and a bit more rewarding.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:17
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A fixture in Ocean City, Maryland since 1976, Fractured Prune Doughnuts is a ‘design-your-own doughnut’ franchise with 25 locations in the US and counting.

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This specialty shop produces hot and crispy doughnuts and leaves the rest up to the customer, giving them a blank canvas on which to slather the glazes and toppings of their choice. For those unsure of where to start, not to worry. They have over 25 specialty doughnuts to help in the decision-making process.

A ‘Virtual Franchise’

The franchise has undergone a transformation, however, since being purchased by now-CEO Dan Brinton in 2013. He spread the doughnut love by opening new franchises across the U.S.

But Brinton has a different way of going about things. This is a franchise without a corporate headquarters, and that’s the way Brinton wants it. As a ‘virtual franchisor’ he believes in a hands-on approach. Instead of running the company behind four walls and a mahogany desk, he travels around the country visiting each and every one of his stores — locations that vary from South Carolina to Maryland to Colorado — and addresses the needs of each individual one.

Are you ‘Prune-Worthy?’

Do you have what it takes? Fractured Prune franchisees need: a passion for the product, an entrepreneurial spirit, good customer service skills, a positive attitude and must be a hard worker.

RELATED: 20 UNIQUE FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES

The total investment required to begin operation of a Fractured Prune varies based upon the site selection and construction scope. The franchise fee for each location is $30,000. Fractured Prune franchisees are required to have a net worth of $500,000 and cash and/or equivalent of $100,000.

For more information on the Fractured Prune franchise, click here.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 05:23
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Nick-Anthony Zamucen is leading the charge in the crime and trauma scene cleaning industry. His franchised company, Bio-One Inc., dominates in 36 different states and is growing at a rapid rate. It is the first and only successful crime and trauma scene cleanup franchise.

Nick-Anthony, founder and CEO of Bio-One Inc., has taken his industry knowledge to Hollywood and beyond, teaching and demonstrating proper techniques and creating realistic murder scene setups for several television and movie production shots. He is also a published author, business strategist and an award-winning serial entrepreneur that has had tremendous success in various business ventures.

We recently sat down with Nick-Anthony to discuss his core belief that “Success breeds success” and how he has drawn upon his own experiences to create a highly successful franchise with proven results — a perfect 100 percent track record of business owners. All aspiring entrepreneurs should pay close attention to what he has to say — good things come to those who do.


What’s special about the franchise?

Bio-One Inc. is the world’s first successfully franchised crime and trauma scene cleaning company. Others have tried and failed miserably. A good cleaner doesn’t equal a good businessman. Bio-One Inc. coaches entrepreneurs to become successful business owners. We have never had a franchise fail or close once opened. We have a 100 percent track record, that speaks for itself. We focus on helping first and doing the business second. It’s got to be more than just money, you need to have purpose.

What is the idea behind the Bio-One Inc. franchise?

Crime and trauma cleaning is such a fragmented industry that before we started the environment had very little to no standards. We wanted to change that, provide a better quality of business owner, a stronger entrepreneur and help people reach their dreams. We don’t want just someone with a strong stomach who wants to make a buck at the expense of others.

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How does it compare to its competition?

Bio-One Inc. franchises aren’t taught to fear or focus too much attention on our competition. We can’t control what they do nor how they do it, so it’s a waste of valuable time. Most if not all of our competition is mom-and-pop shops that are gone within a year. Rather, Bio-One Inc. franchises are coached to drive their business, put people first and always help where you can. I have a motto, “The more I help, the more I’m helped.” I live by that on a daily basis and try to instill that belief and make it a conviction with our franchise owners.

Who benefits from Bio-One Inc.?

More people then you know. Turn on the news for a few minutes, you’ll get the idea. We run a very clandestine operation. Our Bio-One Inc. franchises are in and out with the utmost respect and full digression, usually before the general public even knows there was a situation. That’s how we coach our franchises and hope that we can assist in that manner.

Where do you see the franchise in five years?

I see Bio-One Inc. continuing to grow, advance our market share and dominate every state. We most likely will begin in the next two years expanding internationally. We’ve had many requests to do so, we just want to make sure before we do every franchise receives the support our domestic ones do. Support and training is something we take very seriously, and I believe because of those two items, we haven’t had anyone fail in our system.

Can you describe a typical day in the life of a franchisee?

When a Bio-One Inc. franchise starts their day, they always have a marketing mindset. The only reason they wouldn’t is if they’re on a job helping someone in their greatest time of need. If they’re not on a job, they’re meeting with local municipalities, fire stations, care facilities etc. They are always coached to be on the ground every day working their business.

What’s your background?

I’ve been an entrepreneur most of my life. I’ve owned restaurants, fitness centers, care homes, investment property etc. I know the mindset of an entrepreneur and what they think on a daily basis. It helps me relate to someone who has been just “downsized” from their current position, or deciding to take that leap of faith in themselves, to see what they’re worth. I like to coach and council new entrepreneurs. I’ve walked in their shoes. I can show them the way, if they want to be shown.

What motivates you to keep going?

I live to help people. I try to do so in every facet of my life, whether it’s my church, my community or our franchisees. The more I help, the more I’m helped. It’s a great way to live.

If you were to start again, what would you do differently?

I would not have always looked for what I thought was the perfect Bio-One Inc. franchise. I’ve taken, what I felt at the times, was a gamble on some people. They really have shown me that with the right attitude, the proper coaching and counseling, and the belief in yourself, great things can happen. I thank them for that and applaud their success.

Please tell us your secret to success…

Success breeds success. I believe success large or small leaves clues. When you see a clue, follow it, see where it takes you. Believe in yourself and those around you and success will come to the surface… with ample amounts of hard work of course. Success isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

What is the worst job you have ever had and what did you learn from it?

I washed cars at a car lot when I was 14. I learned that it rains most days you wash a car. It’s incredible.

What is one thing that really excites you?

Seeing the anxiety and enthusiasm of a new entrepreneur. You can almost smell it on them. It’s intoxicating. It gives me a rush to know we’re on the verge of changing their life. It’s a great feeling.

Any final words for aspiring entrepreneurs?

If you’re going to make that leap and find out how much you’re worth do it 100 percent. No tiptoeing, jump in and go for it. You have to have the mindset that, someone is out there, out working you and trying to take your money. Don’t let them. Fight harder, be smarter and create the life you’ve always dreamt about. Fear isn’t real, danger is, but fear is something you make up in your head because the demons of self-doubt get to you. Control them and be the person you were meant to be. We only have one shot at this, so let’s make your life worth living. I believe in you.

Where can people find out more about Bio-One, Inc.?

Visit the website here.

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Thursday, 02 July 2015 02:58
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Depending upon your work history, you may or may not have a great deal of experience evaluating resumes. Regardless, it’s important to note that the people you hire to work in your franchise are representing you. Also, having the right people on board when you first open is incredibly critical to your long-term success.

RELATED: HIRING ADVICE FOR NEW FRANCHISEES

Hiring for your franchise, as with any other business, begins with combing through resumes. Therefore, we thought we’d provide a refresher course on the things you should look out for when evaluating them. These signs will help you weed down the number of applicants and will hopefully put you in touch with the most qualified job seekers.

1. Bad Speeling and Not Good Grammar

Even though you don’t need Marcel Proust to man the cash register at your franchise, poor spelling and grammar on a resume are signs that the applicant doesn’t care. The English language may not be that applicant’s forte, but he or she must certainly be aware of the importance of proofreading (or having someone else proofread) such an important document.

2. Irrelevant Work History

This is another warning sign that speaks to an applicant’s level of care. While job seekers typically send out resumes by the tens these days, those resumes should be tailored to the position being applied for. If it’s not, then it just shows that the applicant is throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it will stick. Is that the kind of person you want on your team?

3. Being Overqualified

To a certain extent, this one may not matter for your purposes. In most cases, though, it should. While an applicant may have perfectly valid reasons for applying to a position for which he or she is overqualified, you probably don’t want to gamble on that. Ultimately, that person may just be using your position as a placeholder until something else comes along, and that means you’re going to have to make the investment in hiring for the position again sooner rather than later.

4. Gaps in Employment

Again, this may be another circumstance where there is a perfectly reasonable and understandable explanation, but do you want to waste your time getting that explanation? More often than not, lengthy gaps in employment are a sign that someone is either unmotivated or doesn’t know what he or she wants out of life. When you’re building your franchise’s team, especially at the beginning, these people can be poison.

5. Job Hopping

Alongside gaps in employment, there’s job-hopping. In this instance, the applicant may very well be perfectly motivated — he or she has maintained steady employment, after all — but you can be almost certain that the applicant has no idea what he or she wants. These kinds of applicants could be perfect for seasonal work, but never consider them as people that could be a part of your core team.

RELATED: WHAT MAKES A FRANCHISE SUCCESSFUL?

Use Your Best Judgment

If you’re new to resumes and hiring, then make it a point to be as engaged in the process as possible. It’s the only way you’ll ever get a feel for it, and over time, you’ll be able to read the tea leaves of any given applicant’s resume. This will ultimately allow you to develop sound hiring judgment, which will serve you well over the course of your franchising career.

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