From Sales Pro to Flooring Franchise Owner- Meet Steve Namio!

From Sales Pro to Flooring Franchise Owner- Meet Steve Namio!

At Footprints Floors, our flooring franchise family is endlessly proud of our Franchise Owners and the hard work they do to build their businesses. All of our Franchise Owners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, so it’s always interesting to catch up with them and talk more about what drew them towards owning a Footprints Floors franchise. 

Steve Namio, a married father of two and passionate Packers, Badgers, and Brewers fan, is our very first Wisconsin Footprints Floors Franchise Owner, so we were excited to chat with him about his Madison-based flooring franchise business. 

Steve’s Journey to Flooring Franchise Ownership

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Steve is no stranger to working in sales and building relationships with customers. While he started his career in sales and customer service, he transitioned to the life of business ownership with his own sports pub a few years ago. His wife, April, also owns a gymnastics gym, and he often helps out with her business when he’s not working on his own. 

After years of owning his own sports pub, Steve decided it was time for a change, and his wife discovered Footprints Floors as they were searching for franchise opportunities. Steve was immediately drawn in by the idea of running a business where he could work in in-person sales, but without needing to maintain his own premises or hold an inventory. 

Steve was also inspired by his wife to take the leap into franchising. “I’ve watched my wife become a successful entrepreneur, and I’ve been lucky to be a part of her business,” Steve says. Having watched her work hard to build her gym, Steve knew that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. 

Flooring Franchise Owner Steve Namio points to his Madison, WI territoryWith his visions firmly set on a flooring franchise business, Steve made his way to the Footprints Floors Discovery Day after spending time learning more about us with our Franchise Development Director. He says the highlight of his day was meeting with our Founder, Bryan Park, and seeing real Footprints Floors job sites. 

It’s here that he learned more about the Footprints Floors business model, which he says is the biggest reason why he wanted to own a Footprints Floors territory. Learning more about the personal call center support we offer each of our Franchise Owners, Steve was thrilled to learn that our call center team would set appointments for him, as well as handle appointment bookings and lead generation. 

Through his years of experience working in sales, he also knew that he wanted a business that gave him the flexibility to approach customer relationships in his own way. Thankfully, he found that Footprints Floors gave him the freedom to do just that, which is when he decided that Footprints Floors was the franchise opportunity for him. 

Steve credits the ease with which he set up his Footprints Floors business to our corporate team, whom he says were “accessible, friendly, and helpful.” While he knew starting his business would come with a lot of ups and downs at the start, and he’d be facing a steep learning curve having never worked in flooring before, he knew he could count on the support and guidance from our corporate team to help him every step of the way. 

With over 120 hours of training before Steve opened his Footprints Floors business and all the marketing tools he could ever need, Steve’s passion for customer service and family values were all he needed to shine as the newest Franchise Owner of our nationally-known flooring franchise. 

Looking Ahead to Flooring Franchise Success

Since investing in Footprints Floors and opening his own business, Steve’s been working hard to grow the franchise throughout Madison and the surrounding areas. While his wife inspired him to be his own boss and work hard to make his business successful, he also appreciates that he doesn’t have to do everything alone. With regular training opportunities, webinars, and a robust support network behind him, Steve’s safe in the knowledge that Footprints Floors will continue to help his flooring franchise territory grow. 

Flooring Franchise Owner Steve Namio with Founder Bryan ParkHaving owned a Footprints Floors business for a while now, we asked Steve how owning a franchise in the service industry differs from his experience working in the restaurant industry. “I like that I don’t have to deal with employees,” he tells us, particularly as he used to find managing teams stressful. “I also enjoy the one-on-one [conversations] with customers, and [seeing] an awesome finished product when you’re done.”

As one of our Franchise Owners, Steve has the added benefit of never needing to hire employees to fit or renovate flooring. Through our industry-leading system, Footprints Floors helps Steve to manage subcontractors to complete the work for his customers, which allows him to pass on the cost savings from not needing any employees on the payroll. 

That’s not to say it’s all work and no play for Steve, however. Outside of work, Steve loves putting his personal trainer certifications to good use and spending time with his family. Along with his wife April, he loves riding his bike around Madison’s beautiful riding trails and walking his two German shepherds. With two grown children, Alli and Joe, and five grandchildren in the area, Steve loves that his Footprints Floors business gives him the flexibility to schedule time away from work and spend quality time with his family. 

If you’re looking for a franchise opportunity that treats you like family, supports your growth, and allows you to work from home, then look no further than Footprints Floors. We’re proud to have ranked #463 on this year’s Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list, and we can’t wait to continue building on our and our Franchise Owners’ success in the years to come. 

Want to learn more? Have burning questions you need answers to? Head over to our franchise website, where you can find out more information about how to invest in a Footprints Floors territory and the unmatched level of support we offer our Franchise Owners.

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Own an Entrepreneur 500-Ranking, Affordable Franchise!

Own an Entrepreneur 500-Ranking, Affordable Franchise!

Looking for an affordable franchise opportunity that lets you work from home, gives you unmatched levels of support, and only requires a relatively small investment? 

We’re proud to announce that Footprints Floors has been ranked on Entrepreneur’s prestigious Franchise 500 list for 2021. It’s fantastic news for us as an affordable franchise business, not to mention our wonderful Franchise Owners and folks like you who are considering joining our flooring family. 

What is Entrepreneur.com and the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 List?

Entrepreneur is the world’s biggest magazine for business owners in the USA and beyond. Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business, want to compare different growth strategies, or just want to read advice from the top entrepreneurs in your industry, Entrepreneur magazine is the leading publication for business owners everywhere. 

As a well-respected publication, Entrepreneur publishes two yearly lists – the Entrepreneur 500 and Entrepreneur Franchise 500 – that score businesses on a range of data points. 

For franchises to make it to the Franchise 500 list, they have to submit their FDD, or Franchise Disclosure Document, which details information about fees, required investments, number of locations, Franchise Owner support, and more. Franchises also have to have at least 10 locations, with one of those locations being in Northern America. Entrepreneur takes over 150 data points and scores them, and the higher a franchise’s score, the higher they are on the yearly list. 

People who are in the market for an affordable franchise opportunity that also provides them the freedom and flexibility to enjoy a healthy work-life balance will come face-to-face with Footprints Floors when they look at this year’s Franchise 500, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

affordable franchise opportunity entrepreneur 500Why Footprints Floors is an Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Business

We’re proud to rank #463 on the 2021 Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list. To be considered among so many esteemed franchises is an honor, and it’s even more exciting to know that out of the 1,116 companies that applied this year,  Footprints Floors made the cut. 

Footprints Floors is an affordable franchise that our Franchise Owners are proud to be a part of. Let’s take a look at why Footprints Floors is an Entrepreneur Franchise 500 business, and why it’s a great business to operate in any market in the U.S. 

 
Low Overheads, High Revenue Potential

All of our Footprints Floors Franchise Owners are home-based, meaning there’s no brick-and-mortar location to rent, no office equipment to buy, and no employees to hire. Our Franchise Owners work exclusively with subcontractors to perform jobs, so you don’t even have to worry about HR costs or payroll. 

With a minimum initial investment of $68,130 and average yearly revenue of $747,401*, you could be enjoying an average ROI of up to 1,097%! However, that’s not to say the revenue potential ends there. Our highest earning territories earned $1.9 million* in 2020, and there’s nothing stopping you from achieving the same financial success. Not bad for an affordable franchise that starts under $69K!

*Numbers obtained from our 2020 FDD.

One of the many reasons why our Franchise Owners love their Footprints Floors business is that many of them were able to recoup their investment within 3-6 months of opening their territory. This is significantly quicker than if you were to open a brick-and-mortar franchise store, which comes with a lengthy buildout process and higher overhead, and can often take between 2-3 years to break even.

Unmatched Franchise Owner Support

At Footprints Floors, we maintain our own call center to support our Franchise Owners with their business. Not only do we take customer service calls for our Franchise Owners, but we also schedule all appointments for them based on their chosen availability, as well as manage their lead generation, so all they have to do is focus on providing a great customer experience. 

support in an affordable franchiseAll new Franchise Owners also get over 120 hours of training before they open their business, split between classroom and practical learning. Once their business is open, the learning doesn’t stop there, because we offer regular support calls, training opportunities, and even a unique support network that connects Franchise Owners together. 

We’ll also provide you with all the marketing tools and training you need to get going. From social media management to websites and SEO, we’ll help you to build and maintain your digital presence and begin attracting customers. 

 
Freedom and Flexibility

Footprints Floors Franchise Owners don’t typically work extensive hours, with most operating a 9-5 business life. We stand by the importance of a healthy work-life balance, which is why all of our Founders can tailor their work around important family commitments, vacations, and special events. 

We also don’t require that you have any background or experience in flooring to join our family of Footprints Floors Franchise Owners. All you need is a passion for community, a growth-oriented mindset, a friendly personality, and strong leadership skills. 

 

home based affordable franchiseWhat Does This Mean for Footprints Floors Franchise Owners?

Being listed on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list is a big accomplishment for Footprints Floors, as it’s effectively a huge stamp of approval from the world’s leading resource on business. 

It’s an exciting time to own a Footprints Floors franchise, and we’re thrilled that Entrepreneur has recognized not only us as a franchise, but the hard work and dedication of our Franchise Owners. 

We’re looking forward to welcoming some new faces into the Footprints Floors family and now has never been a better time to take the leap into owning your own franchise. 

 

Own an Award-Winning, Affordable Franchise in a BOOMING Industry!

If you’re passionate about helping customers build the home of their dreams, or you’re simply looking for an affordable franchise opportunity that understands the importance of a work-life balance, then Footprints Floors is the business you’ve been looking for. 

As a Franchise Owner, we don’t expect you to spend a small fortune on renting an expensive showroom, buying stock, or hiring employees. We’ve designed the Footprints Floors business so it’s easy to run from home, leaving you with more time to spend with your family and more money in your pocket. 

So, if you’re interested in owning your own affordable franchise business, head over to the Footprints Floors website to learn more about us.

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Why is This Former Oil and Gas Exec Starting a Flooring Business?

Why is This Former Oil and Gas Exec Starting a Flooring Business?

Starting a flooring business is about more than making money- it’s about helping people feel proud of one of the biggest investments they will ever make- their home. We here at Footprints Floors pride ourselves in our expanding family of passionate Franchise Owners that represent our brand on a daily business. One of the things we like the most is the unique experience and story that each Franchise Owner brings to our company. Our latest Franchise Owner, Jimmy Whitehead is no exception. We sat down with Jimmy to understand why a successful oil and gas executive would make the jump into starting a flooring business in Oklahoma City.

Jimmy grew up in Choctaw, OK, which is only a 30-minute drive on Route 62 outside of Oklahoma City. After marrying his wife Jennifer in 1995, they moved to Dallas so he could complete his education by graduating with an MBA. His stay in Dallas only lasted 8 years as he found himself back in the OKC area after being hired by Devon Energy in 2005.

Jimmy Whitehead starting a flooring business in OKCFrom Oil & Gas Marketing to Starting a Flooring Business

His time in the natural gas marketing industry was an undeniable success as he rose to the ranks of executive and ran a team of 15 marketing professionals. However, in his quest to climb the corporate ladder, Jimmy discovered that he wished to be the one making the decisions in his business, rather than having to follow others’ plans with little to no say in the matter. The core reason Jimmy wanted to explore entrepreneurship was to have control over the entire decision-making process instead of having to run things by several levels of management first.

Jimmy was also seeking an additional stream of income to support his family and act as a safety net in a worst-case scenario situation. A combination of being laid off in 2017 and seeing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic made him acutely aware of how important it was to secure financial security for his family. After brainstorming an initial list of options, an internet search delivered him to a flooring franchise opportunity. Since he has experience with flooring installations in his own home, he was intrigued to learn more about starting a flooring business with Footprints Floors.

One of the main factors in his decision to franchise with Footprints Floors, Jimmy tells us, was the outstanding corporate support he knew he could count on to turn his flooring business into a success. “I’ve always wanted to have my own business but was unwilling to give up the salary from my corporate job,” he says, adding, “Footprints allows me to take that leap with more confidence knowing that the marketing and call support systems are there to support me rather than starting completely from scratch. I believe these support systems will allow me to ramp up the business more quickly than I could do on my own.”

Starting a Flooring Business With Footprints Floors: Jimmy’s Experience

As soon as Jimmy began to dig deeper into our business model, he realized that he had found the ideal opportunity for him. What really hooked Jimmy in is the same thing that attracts many other Franchise Owners, not to mention our customers: our laser focus on quality customer service and ensuring that our customers are always receiving a pleasant and professional experience. Jimmy recalls his first meeting with our Founder Bryan Park and describes what stood out the most about Bryan’s attitude and outlook.

“Bryan Park is very down to earth,” Jimmy says. “Everything feels like a big family and they still seem interested in the objective of doing what is right, doing what you say you’ll do, and standing behind their work. I wasn’t looking for a big corporate situation that could just make me money, I wanted a business to run with a product that I can be proud of. It seemed to me like everyone pulls together to help each Franchise Owner do the best job they can.”

Jimmy and Bryan got to connect on a personal level during his Discovery Day when he got to spend the day riding along on different customer appointments, asking questions, and learning the fundamentals of our business. Jimmy was also able to meet other members of our team to gain a deep understanding of how we are and how we operate. What impressed him the most was that this was a day dedicated to getting to know real people, not sitting through a high-pressure sales pitch about starting a flooring business. This experience made it clear that he was in the right place with the right people!

The second half of the equation for Jimmy was the logistics involved in owning a Footprints Floors franchise. He was especially impressed with our dedicated corporate call center that handles appointment scheduling and lead generation for all Franchise Owners, as well as our professional-looking marketing materials-  something we hear often from our Franchise Owners! Instead of having to worry about generating new business, as they would if they were starting a flooring business from scratch, our Franchise Owners are empowered with the full support of our corporate team that provides the logistical and sales support they need, when they need it.

As impressed as Jimmy was, starting a flooring business is a significant financial investment and a true family decision. As a man of faith, Jimmy prayed that he and his wife would find the peace they needed to move forward with becoming a Franchise Owner. “I’d been praying that God would give me peace about making this move and just wasn’t feeling that yet,” Jimmy recalls.  “My wife was nervous about discussing the details but once I sat her down and went through all the details, she came back to me pretty quickly and said she had a huge peace about it and was ready to do it.”

Looking Ahead to Franchise Ownership Success in Oklahoma City

Jimmy is confident he will become a successful Franchise Owner with Footprints Floors because of his ability to relate to people and his long history of a strong work ethic and solid communication skills. He understands the importance of setting the right expectations and being completely transparent with his team and customers. He has every intention of continuing our trend of putting the customer first and always delivering a high-quality product.

Jimmy resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and four kids. They are very active in their local church. He also enjoys hiking, skiing, tennis, and home improvement projects. We are excited to welcome Jimmy to our family as the owner of our FIRST Oklahoma franchise territory and look forward to his future success as a Franchise Owner.

Ready to take the first steps toward starting a flooring business with Footprints Floors? Learn more about our outstanding economics, unparalleled support, and the freedom and flexibility our Franchise Owners are able to experience at our franchise website.

 

 

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Christensens Open Hardwood Flooring Franchise in the Twin Cities!

Christensens Open Hardwood Flooring Franchise in the Twin Cities!

Footprints Floors has officially come to the Twin Cities! Our hardwood flooring franchise is now almost SOLD OUT in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area, thanks to new Franchise Owners Emilie and Clint Christensen. After signing their franchise agreement this past October, the couple is already up and running with their first of two hardwood flooring franchise locations. 

Now’s your chance to meet two of the newest members of the Footprints Floors family and find out what inspired them to embark on their latest entrepreneurial adventure. Read on to learn more about Clint and Emilie!

 

 

Tell us a bit about your professional background… what were you doing before you discovered our hardwood flooring franchise opportunity?

Clint: We have both been business owners, both together and independently, for most of our professional careers. I’ve been a general contractor for over a decade and own a remodeling business, and was in home improvement sales prior to that. Emilie worked in education as a teacher then as a consultant, was a construction specialist for Wells Fargo, and together we own and manage rental property. 

Do you have any hobbies or interests? 

Emilie: We enjoy traveling together, spending time with our friends and family, and winding down at the end of the week on the porch with a glass of wine when the weather is nice, or inside by the fire when it’s not. We have a hobby farm with goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, cats, and dogs. 

How did you first learn about Footprints Floors? 

Clint: We were looking for a change, and while investigating different business opportunities, we started actively searching for franchises. After learning about a few and being unimpressed, we found Footprints and immediately felt like this could be it. 

Emilie and Clint Christensen open a hardwood flooring franchiseWhat makes Footprints Floors the right fit for you? 

Clint: Coming from a construction background, a flooring franchise made a lot of sense. The more we learned, the more we realized that the ideals and values of Footprints aligned with our own, and that’s something that is really important to us.

What did you like about Footprints Floors’ business model?

Emilie: Because Clint really wanted to move away from general contracting, with all of the moving parts of different trades, permits, inspections, and sometimes really long project time-lines, the simplicity of focusing on just floors was incredibly appealing. 

What did you like about meeting the Founders of our hardwood flooring franchise?

Clint: It was great to meet [Footprints Floors Founder] Bryan [Park] and the rest of the team! They all showed a genuine interest in who we are, and it was helpful to hear their stories and personal backgrounds. Everyone seems dedicated to the company, to each other, and to the customer.

What did you like about the Footprints Floors Discovery Day? 

Emilie: Initially, Clint was scheduled to travel to Denver by himself for Discovery Day. But, due to some last minute health concerns, we switched to a virtual Discovery Day, which allowed both of us to participate. Getting to hear all about the history of the company, the business model, having specific questions answered, and getting to “see” everyone, really made our decision to move forward easy.  

Was there an “A-ha!” moment that made you want to invest in a hardwood flooring franchise with Footprints Floors?

Emilie: Clint started his business from the ground up, and doing that again just wasn’t appealing. All of the support- from the customer service representatives to the corporate team and other Franchise Owners- was what really made us realize this was the right fit.

What makes you want to own your own hardwood flooring franchise?

Clint: Having more control of our daily lives and our future, as well as being able to work together, have been some of the biggest reasons. 

What do you think will make your hardwood flooring franchise successful? 

Emilie: The success we hope for will be built on Clint’s experience in the industry, understanding the needs of customers, and a strong work ethic.

What sets Footprints Floors apart, in your eyes, from other franchise opportunities in the Service Industry?   

Clint: The support! We knew what other franchises were offering, and it was basically a name, a territory, and some training. We saw the huge benefit of what Footprints was offering in terms of marketing, scheduling, customer service, and overall support and it made all the difference for us. 

What has been the best part of your experience with the Footprints Floors’ corporate team so far?  

Emilie: They are all right there for us to talk to, ask questions, and help us along the way. 

What advice would you give to a potential hardwood flooring Franchise Owner? 

Clint: This isn’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to put in the time and energy, it could be a good fit!

Why did you choose the Service Industry over a different industry like the Restaurant Industry?  

Emilie: Once while we were driving, we passed a food truck for sale on the side of the road. Because we’re always looking for business opportunities,  Clint asked, “Hey…what if we bought a food truck?” I responded, “The only thing I know about food trucks is that I like to get food from them.” Neither of us has ever been particularly interested in the restaurant industry because it’s just not what we know. 

What do you look forward to most about owning your own Footprints Floors franchise?  

Clint: Knowing that we are joining forces with other owners, will have a solid support system, and a trusted name is really exciting. 

 

Clint and Emilie are already bringing the outstanding quality and unparalleled customer service that is synonymous with the Footprints Floors name to homeowners across the Twin Cities area, and look forward to all that 2021 brings them in the way of new customers. We’re with them every step of the way for everything they need, and look forward to seeing their success as they forge ahead with their hardwood flooring franchise empire.

Is 2021 the year you finally say goodbye to the corporate grind and start living life on your own terms as a Footprints Floors hardwood flooring Franchise Owner? We’re nearly SOLD OUT in the Christensens’ hometown of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and are selling out fast in a number of other markets- now’s the time to look into the Footprints Floors opportunity and get in on the ground floor of something big! Visit our franchise website to learn more.

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Former Ad Exec Jeff Harris Opens Hardwood Flooring Franchise

Former Ad Exec Jeff Harris Opens Hardwood Flooring Franchise

One of the best parts of franchising with Footprints Floors is that you can own and operate a hardwood flooring franchise with absolutely NO experience in construction or home improvement! In fact, many of our most successful Franchise Owners come to us because they are ready for a change from the 9-to-5 corporate grind. For people like former ad executive Jeff Harris, who is slated to open his Memphis, Tennessee territory this year, the Footprints Floors opportunity is a chance to own a business in a thriving industry and find the freedom and flexibility you just can’t get from a career as a business professional. We caught up with Jeff to find out all about what made him want to embark on his new adventure as a hardwood flooring Franchise Owner with Footprints Floors.

Q: Tell us a bit about your professional background.

A: My background is in marketing and advertising.  I have worked for large, national advertising agencies in New York, Atlanta, and Dallas, serving as an Account Supervisor and working on national accounts with strong brand recognition.  

Prior to joining the Footprints Floors family, I served on the Integrated Marketing Management team for ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis managing a team of four direct reports.  Our team provides marketing support to our 36 regional fundraising offices throughout the company.

Q: Do you have any hobbies or interests? 

A: I enjoy spending time with my wife Cathy, daughter Sarah who is a freshman at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and son Andrew who is a junior in high school.  We enjoy traveling within and outside the United States. 

I am also a fan of thoroughbred horse racing and enjoy attending the races at Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY), Fair Grounds (New Orleans), Keeneland (Lexington, KY) and Oaklawn (Hot Springs, AR).

Q: How did you first learn about the Footprints Floors hardwood flooring franchise opportunity?

A: [I first heard about it from] my franchise consultant Robin Grayson who is based in Las Vegas and represents The You Network.

Q: What makes Footprints Floors the right fit for you?

A: I was sold on the business model and I like the home office concept.  The initial investment and the return on that investment is attractive. I also liked the contract labor model and the growth of the flooring industry.

Hardwood flooring Franchise Owner Jeff Harris

Footprints Floors’ newest Franchise Owner, Jeff Harris, will open his Memphis location in early 2021.

​Q: What did you like about meeting Footprints Floors’ Founders?

A: I enjoyed hearing the story of how the company was founded and how it is rapidly growing.  I also liked the open and candid dialogue we had regarding the business model and whether or not this franchise opportunity is right for all parties.

At our Discovery Day, my wife Cathy and I were made to feel welcomed and appreciated the opportunity to ask any questions we had about the company.  We also enjoyed meeting the other team members and hearing their success stories.  We were also able to shadow the estimating process.

Q: What sets Footprints Floors apart, in your eyes, from other franchise opportunities in the Home Services industry?

A: The home improvement industry is booming.  Footprints Floors has been successful because of its business model and growing brand recognition as territories continue to be sold to new owners.   

Q: Why did you choose the Home Services industry over a different industry like the Restaurant industry?  

A: I do not want to hire full-time employees at this point.  Plus the Home Services industry continues to grow.  I do not see a downside to being associated with this industry.

Q: What has been the best part of your experience with the Footprints Floors’ corporate team so far?  

A: The open, candid, and honest dialogue- it truly feels like a family!  Everyone I have met to date has been extremely kind and welcoming.  The corporate team is committed to helping its Franchise Owners be successful.

Q: Why did you want to become an entrepreneur?

A: I have always wanted to control my own career and own my own business.  I also enjoy hard work and realize this work ethic can lead to financial success.  

Q: What do you think will make you successful as the owner of a hardwood flooring franchise? 

A: I am looking forward to the January [Franchise Owner] convention followed by the two-week training program.  I want to learn as much as I can from other owners and understand what is the key to their success.  This new career opportunity is exciting and I look forward to satisfying a customer base that will lead to more business through referrals.

Q: What advice would you give to a potential hardwood flooring Franchise Owner? 

A: Follow the Education Process the Footprints Floors development team has established in order to determine if the model is a good fit for all parties.

Q: What do you look forward to most about owning your own Footprints Floors hardwood flooring franchise?  

A: I look forward to learning the flooring business and growing my business aggressively.  I also look forward to seeing if my son would like to join me in a few years after he has graduated from college.  I also want to have happy customers who are thrilled with the end result of our work and will provide a pipeline of referral business. 

Welcome to our hardwood flooring franchise family, Jeff- we can’t wait to see your success once your Memphis location opens!

Make 2021 the year you stop dreaming about owning your own business and start working toward your entrepreneurial goals! The Footprints Floors opportunity gives Franchise Owners like Jeff the ability to operate a business in the surging Home Improvement industry with NO prior experience whatsoever! All you need is business savvy, a genuine love of interacting with people, and the drive to succeed at all you set out to do- we’ll handle the rest!

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Franchising Veteran Finds Affordable Franchise Opportunity in AL!

Franchising Veteran Finds Affordable Franchise Opportunity in AL!

When it comes to seeking interesting and affordable franchise opportunities, this isn’t Cory Cummings’ first rodeo! As a seasoned Franchise Owner who operated five Firehouse Subs locations at one point, Cory already knows what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. As one of our newest Franchise Owners, Cory shared with us what made him decide that Footprints Floors was the right franchise opportunity to help him begin a new adventure with his wife and kids in Birmingham, Alabama.

Tell us a little about yourself. What is your personal and professional background?

My wife is Sarah Cummings and my children are Ethan (age 5) and Eve (age 3). We met in Pueblo, Colorado while she was going to nursing school and I was working for Target in supply chain services. The Lord then took me to Tucson, Arizona for two years and it solidified that Sarah was the woman I wanted to marry. 

The day we got back from our honeymoon, we moved back to Colorado and started working on opening the first of our Firehouse Subs franchises. Over the next 10 years, we would build a total of three restaurants and acquire two restaurants. That brings us to the Footprints Floors franchise and the opportunity to move our family from Denver to Birmingham, Alabama, where Sarah grew up and has her family. 

What are your personal hobbies or interests? 

When I am not working I love to ride motocross, and having my son turn 5 years old meant getting him a bike and taking him to the track with me. When we are at home I also enjoy woodworking. When I am around water I enjoy fishing but you never want to go with me because I don’t do a lot of catching….

How did you first learn about Footprints Floors?

When I was in the process of selling my restaurant businesses, the broker we were using in the transaction learned what I wanted to change about owning my own business. One day while casually discussing businesses, he mentioned Footprints Floors as a concept that might cure some of the frustrations I had before.

Why is Footprints Floors the right fit for you?

There are several reasons. First is the low overhead and ease of market entry. The ability to have some control over my schedule and allow me to have time to set aside for my family was a big attraction. Getting into another retail-type situation was 100% unappealing. Lastly, I could run the business by myself if I wanted to, which I don’t. But I feel I can be much more selective about who works for me and the retention is much better than the retail/restaurant world. 

What did you like about the Footprints Floors Discovery Day? 

I liked the amount of time that I was able to spend with (Founder) Bryan (Park). I understand that when you are selling a franchise you can only say certain things from a legal perspective, and he allowed me to pepper him with questions from various perspectives to get the understanding I wanted.

What did you like about meeting the Footprints Floors corporate team?

I felt like we just see things similarly and our overall worldviews agree. It excites me to be in a franchise early in the process. I hope I am able to help steer and contribute to the overall franchise community.  

What has been the best part of your experience with the Footprints Floors’ corporate team so far?  

So, a Big Mac’s “secret sauce” is Thousand Island and everybody knows it, but it’s like an open secret.  However, you would definitely notice if your Big Mac didn’t have Thousand Island. From what I have seen, (office manager) Debbie (Melkonian) is the Thousand Island for Footprints!

Cory Cummings Opens Affordable Franchise in Birmingham

Cory Cummings with his wife Sarah and kids Ethan (5) and Eve (3).

What drives you to be an entrepreneur?

I am a fourth-generation business owner. So it really is the only thing I saw growing up. Now that I have left one franchise I had a meeting with a gentleman who helps people make career changes. After an hour of discussions, he told me that he calls people like myself “chronically unemployable,” meaning that I struggle to work for other people and I struggle even more punching a clock. He told me that I needed to find something to do for myself or work for such a small company that I would basically be running it from Day One.

What do you think will make you successful? 

When I was a kid and I went to work with my dad at his business, he told me that to own a business you don’t need to be an expert at any one thing but rather you need to know a little bit about everything and then where to go find the rest of the answers. He worked on teaching me how to “figure it out” when things would not go as planned. That came in handy when I owned multiple restaurants. I did everything from IT support, security system installations and monitoring, HR, financial management, equipment handyman, marketing, and team development. 

Being able to do a little bit of everything has allowed me to make balanced decisions and consider various aspects of our business when implementing policy.

What sets Footprints Floors apart, in your eyes, from other franchise opportunities in the Service Industry?   

From the customer’s perspective, it would be professionalism. From a Franchise Owner perspective, it’s the cost of entry and ROI, and the ability to be able to work as hard I want to and be able to prioritize my family. 

What do you look forward to most about owning your own Footprints Floors franchise?  

In my wife’s words, “You need a job where you can be a professional friend to people. Footprints Floors might give you that.”

 

We’re thrilled to welcome Cory as one of the newest members of the Footprints Floors franchise family, and look forward to seeing him gain success as a Franchise Owner in Birmingham!

If you’re looking for a recession-resilient, affordable franchise opportunity that allows you to enjoy a healthy work-life balance, Franchise Owners like Cory Cummings can tell you that Footprints Floors ticks all the boxes! Visit our franchise website to learn more.

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