Individuals looking for a franchise business head to the Miami Convention center this week to meet up with potential franchise owners. Expo runs Jan 11-13th.
Miami , a place that conjures up images of beaches, bikinis and... businesses? Individuals from around the country are invited to attend the Franchise Expo South this week from Friday the 11th until Sunday the 13th. Held in at the Miami Convention Center, the expo draws in attendees from Florida and around the country looking for their next best thing. This year, expect to find the traditional franchise intermingled with new franchise business opportunities that have gone virtual.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started said Agatha Christie, and this week, roughly eleven thousand people will converge, searching for a business that will help them to get started. The Franchise Expo South, or FES, is held in January, when many have resolved to make new and exciting changes to their lives and a reinvestment into their future. With the increasingly uncertain path of our nations spending and taxes, many motivated men and women are making sure that they are in control of their own future, without risking all that they have worked for. Many individuals, like Peter Crane from Massachusetts, will head to FES to look at all of the franchises and analyze which is the best fit for his lifestyle and our economy. "I'm open to new ideas this year. I want to make sure I find a business that isn't too expensive but will provide for my family the next ten or twenty years. I don't want to be a burden to my kids in the future but I don't want to start a business that is a burden to me, either."
Lucky for Crane and other individuals, there will be many businesses to choose from. Starting this Friday, booth 532 at FES will be home to representatives from Dry Clean, USA . With about 400 stores in the Western hemisphere, this business is time tested, consistent and capable of becoming a multi property opportunity for a long term franchise owner. With the already competitive job market set to become even more so, booth 532 should be busy with entrepreneurs that see an opportunity for a safe investment in professional dry cleaning.
Taking up the corner booth 436 will be a completely different business type. Built around products that are either geared to grow in sales during a recession or that lower a consumers residual costs, Virtual Employment was one of the first Internet Franchise opportunities available. The team who has been building the business for the past nine years will be presenting the latest in their companies updates this weekend. From solar power to Voice over Internet Protocol, new franchise owners will sell products that are future forward. "We also added insurance to our franchise opportunity," says owner Tim Woods. "Through ADP, we have a great partnership that will give every one of our business owners the comfort of medical insurance."
Other companies promoting their franchise opportunity include Eco Safe Pest Control, Hardee's and Bill.com. Considerations for attendees this year are: ongoing costs of business; number of employees needed to operate a potential business; and overall income potential. The Franchise Expo will run from eleven am until five pm on Friday and Saturday and from eleven until five on Sunday. Admission is five dollars if purchased by the tenth and ten dollars at the door.