How Our New Franchise Owner Found Opportunity in Crisis

How Our New Franchise Owner Found Opportunity in Crisis

A Silver Lining Amid a Tough Year:

How Tim Busbee Discovered Our Flooring Installation Franchise

We’ve had a stellar year at Footprints Floors, as our flooring installation franchise is absolutely thriving. But that hasn’t been the case for everyone.

It’s been a bumpy year and a half for many, like Tim Busbee, one of our newest Franchise Owners, who is up and running in North Atlanta. Tim found our flooring installation franchise after losing his job due to COVID-19 layoffs.

Tim is a native of Savannah, Georgia, a seat of history, charm, and southern hospitality.

“I grew up in Savannah, Georgia and have spent most of my life here in the State of Georgia. I grew up loving sports, being outdoors and doing anything competitive,” Tim says. “My family is my passion but beyond that, I am an avid Atlanta sports fanatic, I love being outdoors and I’m a mechanical watch, wine, and equestrian enthusiast.”

Flooring installation Franchise Owner Tim Busbee

Tim’s Road to Franchise Ownership

Tim’s built a good life for himself and his family. He turned a solid education into a thriving business career at one of America’s largest companies. 

“After graduating from Georgia Southern University, I went into corporate America and eventually ended up starting a career with Enterprise Holdings in the metro Atlanta area,” Tim says. “Along the way I met my wife, Dani and moved twice for promotions. We welcomed our daughter Avery into the world while in Wilmington, North Carolina.”

Family and work go hand in hand for Tim. He’s achieved levels of success that many only dream of, and in a relatively short period of time. 

“I spent over 10 years of my professional career with Enterprise, rising through the leadership ranks, running multiple multi-million-dollar operations, and managing hundreds of employees.”

Tim worked his way up to the top of his field, but that didn’t mean he was safe. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, his upper management position was made redundant. Tim lost his job and had to scramble. He turned to his personal network for support.

“After losing my career with Enterprise due to COVID layoffs, I was in search of what my next career chapter would look like. In talking with my mentors and inner circle, the idea of franchising was brought to my attention,” Tim says.

‘Going back to corporate America was the last thing I wanted to do’

In talking with his personal network, Tim became aware of his latent love for entrepreneurship and desire to move away from corporate life. And this discussion is what started Tim’s journey to our flooring installation franchise.

“I realized going back to corporate America was the last thing that I wanted to do. Tired of office politics and companies not doing what they say they believe in. I had a vision for a better future for myself and my family,” Tim says. “I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. It was that entrepreneurial spirit burning inside me that paved the way for success in my professional career. COVID provided me this amazing opportunity to pivot and take that entrepreneurial spirit to the next step.”

Tim realized that his existing career skills would easily transfer into entrepreneurship through franchising. Unlike starting your own business from scratch, franchising with the right company plugs you into a business that’s structured, tested, and proven successful. You simply need the right personal traits to make it work.

“It was never about the cars at Enterprise, it was about people. It was about service and operating a system with a relentless pursuit of excellence. I realized that those ingredients are the same that make a successful Franchise Owner,” Tim says. “I never considered owning my own business before that conversation but what I realized is that what made me successful at Enterprise was I had an entrepreneurial spirit, loved running a business and could execute a proven business model with consistency.”

Flooring installation Franchise Owner Omar Linton

Journey down the franchising rabbit hole

The dream of being your own boss is almost universal. But not everyone has the courage to take the leap, particularly in troubling times.

Tim’s not that kind of man. Once he considered it and decided that this was the right move for his family, it was a done deal.

Tim moved forwards by consulting an expert – one of the many franchising consultants who’ve referred investors to our flooring installation franchise.

“I was referred to a franchise consultant, Anita Best, whom my father-in-law has known for years and thus began my journey down the franchising rabbit hole,” Tim says. “After getting to know me, Anita started putting a few franchises in front of me to review and Footprints was one of the very first ones.”

Industry consultants are increasingly referring their clients to Footprints Floors. They do this because of our great metrics, economics, and ease of operations. When Tim was introduced to our flooring installation franchise, his business acumen went straight to work.

“There were certain things I was looking for in a franchise: service industry, smart business model, good economics, low cost to entry and scalability,” Tim says. “I realized Footprints checked those boxes quickly. Intangibly, I was also looking for a company with a certain culture and set of values that I identified with. Footprints’ ability to also check that box is what ultimately led me to come on board.”

Flooring installation Franchise Owner Omar Linton

A Smart Franchising Decision

So, Tim wasn’t arbitrarily drawn in by Footprints Floors. He was specifically looking for a strong franchising opportunity in the services industry.

“I like the home services industry because it has a lower investment to entry, requires a skilled person to travel to your home and turn a screw or hammer a nail. That type of service will always be in demand, you can’t outsource it and the internet can’t do it.”

Operating in the home services market gives us a definite advantage over franchises in other industries, like the restaurant business. There are certain advantages that are just built-in, like no real estate investment or staff requirements. 

“The business model is really smart and has good economics. There is a lower cost to entry than other businesses, there is relatively no overhead because you are working from home and carrying no inventory. The expenses are related to operating and marketing expenses and are within your control.”

And our proprietary IP and outstanding customer care take it the rest of the way. Tim puts it this way: “Footprints brings a professionalism and sincerity for quality service to a fragmented marketplace where consumers are thirsting for it.”

It all added up to a smart decision for him.

“There was no single ‘a-ha’ or ‘lightbulb’ moment for me. As a cautious risk-taker, I had many boxes that I wanted to check off in order for me to make this commitment,” Tim says. “For me, Footprints’ ability to check off all of those boxes during each part of the validation process was what confirmed it for me.”

Tim clearly took his time making the decision. Much of this happened during his Discovery Day process, where he met the people behind Footprints Floors.

“Meeting [Founder] Bryan [Park] and the corporate team was an essential part of my own process for choosing a franchise,” Tim says. “If I was going to commit to becoming a business owner in this franchise system, I needed to ensure that the people I would be working with at the corporate level and the support system met my standards for excellence.”

We feel the same about our Franchise Owners. And we look for potential new owners who share our values of family, good solid work, and dedication to service. Our Discovery Day process is a mutual evaluation. 

“Meeting Bryan and the corporate team confirmed the culture of the company and the set of values that the business was founded on and continues to operate on today,” Tim says. “I liked that I didn’t ‘discover’ anything new. It was a confirmation that everything I learned through the validation process was verified in person and even expanded upon.”

Discovery Day is the beginning of a relationship marked by trust and open communication. “The corporate team has been a great example of the culture of the company,” notes Tim. “They are extremely welcoming and professional. They have already offered support and guidance and there is an exciting enthusiasm about their role and the company overall.”

Freedom and Flexibility

Tim is fully on board now and has had some time to reflect. “I’m looking forward to putting my success in my own hands and I’m excited about the flexibility and financial freedom that I can provide for my family.”

“I believe that success comes down to people, and how you treat them. If you take great care of your employees and contractors, then they will take great care of your customers,” he says. “If you build a culture that is customer-centric and everything you do and say backs up that you care about providing a quality of workmanship and professionalism of service, then customers are going to take care of you.”

And this top business executive turned flooring franchise entrepreneur has some solid advice for anyone looking for a solid franchising opportunity.

“My advice to a potential Franchise Owner is to get to WHY. Most of the validation process is figuring out the WHAT the company does and the HOW the company does it,” he says. “Although super important, the real question you should be asking is WHY does the company exist, WHY do they get out of bed in the morning, WHY are they successful and does that line up with your own WHY.”

President John F. Kennedy introduced the world to the idea that every crisis presents an opportunity. This was based on a misinterpretation of a Chinese word. However, it’s an idea proven true by enterprising folk like Tim Busbee.

We’re proud to have Tim as one of our Franchise Owners.

Are you interested in having your own flooring installation franchise? Our exclusive territories are increasingly popular, going quickly, and won’t always be available.

Please visit our franchise website to see what’s available in your area and to get more information.

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Former Banker Opens Paramus, NJ Flooring Installation Franchise

Former Banker Opens Paramus, NJ Flooring Installation Franchise

This Former Banking Exec Escaped the Corporate Grind, Thanks to Our Flooring Installation Franchise

Here at Footprints Floors, we’re in an absolute boom time. Our flooring installation franchise is expanding right across America, penetrating into markets of all sizes, and attracting sharp investors.

Our latest Franchise Owner joins the ranks of finance professionals who are choosing to invest in our flooring installation franchise. Omar Linton purchased two Footprints Floors territories in Paramus, a small New Jersey suburb about an hour outside of New York City.

We had some time to speak with Omar about his life, career, path to Footprints Floors, and personal outlook for his future.

Flooring installation Franchise Owner Omar Linton

Omar’s Journey to Franchise Ownership

“My professional background is in finance,” Omar says. “I’ve worked in various senior level roles in operations, finance, and client service at various large banks.”

Omar worked in this high-pressure field for close to 20 years. And he eventually had enough.

“I was tired of the grind of the 9-5 and I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and control my own career,” Omar says. “I have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and I know that hard work will produce amazing results, especially in this business.”

Omar spent his career in New York City. He says, “I enjoy traveling both domestically and globally with my family. I enjoy exercising daily. I’m a big foodie and I enjoy trying out new restaurants.”

The banking grind may not have left Omar with much time for anything else. With the flexible hours afforded by our flooring installation franchise, he now has that time back to pursue his interests and spend time with his family.

And Omar’s new territories are right across the river from Manhattan. A perfect location for taking advantage of everything the city has to offer!

How Omar Discovered Our Flooring Installation Franchise

As with all our new flooring installation Franchise Owners, we were curious to know how he found us. Omar says, “I initially learned about Footprints through a franchise advisor, Don Brammeier who represents DB Franchise Advisor.”

Don Brammeier isn’t just a franchise advisor, he’s also one of our Franchise Owners. Don represents over 500 franchises, including Footprints Floors. And once he got to know our business model, Don decided to purchase three exclusive flooring franchise territories for himself.

This one-of-a-kind business model convinced Omar that our flooring installation franchise was right for him.

“I think that the business model is very unique,” he says. “I don’t believe that I’ve ever seen a business model like this one before. With the growth of the flooring services industry, I believe there is a ton of growth that will take place here.”

A Ground Floor Opportunity…in a Surging Industry!

There’s definite growth available in the home services industry. And our flooring installation franchise gives aspiring business owners the opportunity to participate in this. 

Footprints Floors’ industry-leading model is designed to lower the barriers to business ownership. Then we make it easy to scale up, by taking care of the hassles of management.

Flooring installation Franchise Owner Omar Linton

“I was sold on the business model and how efficient and effective it was,” Omar says. “I also really like the contract labor model and I believe there will be a lot of growth in the flooring business in the years to come.  The initial investment and the return on that investment were also very attractive to me.”

Working with subcontractors helps reduce costs, minimize overhead, and eliminates the burden of staff management. Having these issues removed was a big sell for Omar.

He says, “I really like the labor contract aspect of it and not having to worry about selling actual product or material.  Also, the fact that the franchise helps with driving the advertising to bring in potential business is great.”

It all works together. Omar says, “I realized how efficiently the model worked, i.e., the lead generation process and the subcontracting business aspect of it.”

Omar has a few tips for anyone thinking of investing in their own flooring installation franchise. “During your vetting process, pay close attention to the process and model, and how it works to see if it’s a good fit for you.”

A Firsthand Look at Franchise Owner Life

All these details were covered in Omar’s Discovery Day, where he was introduced to Footprints’ Founder Bryan Park and our corporate support team. We asked Omar to share some of his recollections about his time with our team.

“The discovery day was a lot of fun. Being able to ask Bryan Park various questions and his strong transparency around the business and how the model worked was great,” Omar says. “Being able to see the process of how an estimate was conducted and the daily process of checking up on the various outstanding projects was also very cool.”

We get all our Franchise Owners started off right. An important part of this is having personal introductions to who they’re getting into business with.

“They are all so likable and down to earth,” he says. “They look to be a very supportive team that will be by my side for this entire journey that I am about to embark on.” 

We work closely with all our Franchise Owners. Omar’s Discovery Day was only the beginning of this long-term relationship. 

“All of the senior executives were very down to earth and very transparent,” Omar says. “There was no question that I asked that they couldn’t answer with relative ease.  They made me feel like a part of the family as soon as we all met.”

Flooring installation Franchise Owner Omar Linton

Ready to Grow!

With the support of our team and his new network of fellow Franchise Owners, Omar is ready to develop his flooring installation franchises.

“I look forward to learning lots about the flooring business and growing my business very aggressively,” he says. “I also look forward to being able to service my clients and customers to the best of my ability way beyond their expectations.”

The aggressive growth that Omar wants is possible because our business model is flexible and responsive. Our flooring installation Franchise Owners can grow at the speed that’s right for them, without worrying about the drawbacks found in other opportunities.

“At this point, I am not looking to hire employees,” Omar says. “That could change down the line, but the way this model works where employees are not necessary was very attractive to me. I also see a tremendous amount of growth potential in this industry.”

Omar’s ready to build his flooring installation franchises. “I believe that my strong work ethic and my ability to work well with and service clients and customers will make me successful in this business,” he says.

We’re confident he’ll make this venture successful. Omar has what it takes to make this happen: motivation, drive, and great people skills.

He has an excellent track record from his 20 years in banking. Omar’s high-level experience in management and client service is a great asset for him.

Not all our Franchise Owners have a background that’s strong in business, management, or finance. At Footprints, our Owners come from all walks of life. What they have in common are the staple traits that lead to success. They’re hard-working, conscientious, and friendly.

If you’re interested in one securing a flooring installation franchise for yourself, please visit our franchise website for more information. Territories are going fast.

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Wall St. Veteran Invests in our Hardwood Flooring Franchise

Wall St. Veteran Invests in our Hardwood Flooring Franchise

This Wall St. Veteran Just Made a Solid Investment in our Hardwood Flooring Franchise!

As Footprints Floors grows, word of our hardwood flooring franchise continues to spread through the home services industry. And seasoned investors are eager to capitalize on the opportunity at hand.

Our newest Franchise Owner knows a thing or two about making a solid investment. As a former Wall St. investor, the financial aspects of the Footprints Floors opportunity was the driving force between Bill Evans’ decision to purchase three exclusive territories in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’re proud to have him on board!

Bill is quite busy with his new territories, but he made some time for a conversation about his journey to Footprints Floors and his experiences with our hardwood flooring franchise.

Hardwood flooring franchise owner Bill Evans- Las Vegas

Bill’s Journey to Hardwood Flooring Franchise Ownership

The first thing we wanted to know was, what drew a finance guy towards our hardwood flooring franchise?

Bill says his aim was “to further challenge myself, serve my community, as well as have more control over my professional life and destiny.”

His professional life is impressive. Bill comes to us from an extensive career in finance and upper-level management. He says, “I spent the first decade of my career in investment management and corporate finance in New York, including a handful of years on Wall Street. The second decade of my career has been owning and managing small and medium-sized businesses.”

But there’s far more to Bill’s life than work. He has an active family life, along with several personal hobbies to enjoy, when he can.

“I spend time with my three children and their extracurricular activities,” says Bill. “My personal interests are running, hiking, snow skiing, and water skiing, as well as skydiving and hang gliding in my younger years!”

Bill sounds a lot like many of our other Franchise Owners. He’s hardworking, well-rounded, and needed a business opportunity that would support a more balanced life. 

After first hearing about the Footprints Floors opportunity through a franchise broker in Hawaii, Bill was curious to see whether our hardwood flooring franchise model was as impressive as it sounded on paper.

He was particularly drawn to the outstanding economics of our business model, citing the “low-cost investment with a relatively quick path to positive cash flow, strong gross margins, and the potential for a decent ROI” as a key reason for taking a closer look at Footprints Floors.

However, for Bill, it was the tremendous franchise support and healthy work-life balance that accompanies this potential for profitability as the main thing that set us apart from other franchise opportunities. He notes, “I’ve seen some franchisees work extremely hard in other models and make little to no money. I feel like Footprints Floors understands that it is in its best interest to keep the royalties and fees modest so that the owners are able to thrive and survive, which in return is the most sustainable path for the Footprints Floors organization in the long run.”

Flooring installation Franchise Group Shot

Meeting the Footprints Floors Team

Bill was able to gather this level of insight during his Discovery Day process, where he met our Founder, Bryan Park,  and the rest of the Footprints Floors corporate team.

“I felt like Bryan and his team were real and transparent in discussing the good & bad about the opportunity versus other companies that sell a skewed picture of the real day-to-day experience,” he reflected. “Bryan and his team have strong experience within the industry and the right balance of work and play. They are down-to-earth and likable.”

We do our best to give every potential Franchise Owner a realistic picture of what it’s like to own our hardwood flooring franchise. That includes going into everything we provide to support our Franchise Owners and create mutual success. This careful approach, backed with our proprietary systems, is what sets us apart from other franchising opportunities in the home services space.

Interacting with the Footprints Floors team at our Colorado headquarters helped to solidify Bill’s decision to franchise with us. He remarks, “Unlike other franchise models where there is often an economic imbalance between the franchisor and franchisees, I think Footprints Floors has a good cost-to-benefit ratio in terms of the royalties and fees paid in exchange to services provided such as a CSR, digital marketing, lead generation, key partnerships with national flooring product vendors, and so forth.”

Flooring installation Franchise Difference

The Footprints Floors Difference

It’s not just about the numbers. Bill also likes the industry in which our hardwood flooring franchise resides. He finds carrying out home services to be more appealing and rewarding than other common franchise options, like the restaurant industry.

At Footprints Floors, we’re more than a hardwood flooring franchise. We also offer design, staining, tiling, and floor restoration services. This gives our Franchise Owners multiple revenue streams, customer options, and keeps things interesting.

“I like the real estate and construction industries,” Bill says. “In particular, the daily activities of managing a business, performing estimates, overseeing jobs and crews, and serving homeowners in Las Vegas is a worthwhile pursuit in my mind.”

Bill’s looking forward to running and operating his new hardwood flooring franchise territories. He says, “I enjoy the process of building businesses, solving problems, and contributing as a team member to our small business. Work is a blessing.”

He has a lot of work on his hands, with three territories to develop at once. But this finance veteran understands his path to success.

“Making modest incremental personal improvements every day and week,” Bill says. “From past experience, these actions sum to a lot when you apply yourself over an extended period of time. Also, I try not to take myself too seriously and find ways to have fun on the job.” 

Bill has a bit of advice to offer anyone thinking of acquiring their own hardwood flooring franchise. He acknowledges that “buying, building, and managing a business is a long-term commitment. It’s a marathon as opposed to a sprint.”

There will be a definite learning curve for our Franchise Owners who are new to entrepreneurship. But with our support, this process is structured and smooth. We have over ten years of experience in successfully duplicating our business model and continually improving these processes.

Bill isn’t in this alone. We’re here for him, along with all our Franchise Owners, who get to handle the face-to-face customer interactions and other, more satisfying activities involved in a home services business, while we take on the lead management and administrative chores. 

Bill says, “The corporate team are not only talented and experienced, but they also take a genuine interest in the Owners’ development and success. They are all around good guys and gals and this comes through.”

Footprints Floors is still developing, right along with our Owners. We aren’t just expanding our territories. Founder Bryan Park and our corporate team are still improving and refining this company. There’s much growth ahead in the home services industry. And we’re planning to make the most of it, with our unique flooring franchise opportunities.

Are you interested in investing in your own hardwood flooring franchise? Or in scaling up to a veritable flooring empire of your own? Just visit our franchise website for more information. Our exclusive territories are going quickly and there won’t always be time to secure the location of your choice.

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