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