Join us in welcoming new Franchise Owner, Rob Ricco to the ranks of the best flooring franchise in the country! Rob has plans to open locations in three territories across the state, including Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro. In a recent interview, Rob told us about his experience with the franchising process and about what drew him to starting his own flooring business with Footprints Floors.
Born and raised in New York City, Rob has always had the flooring business in his blood. Growing up, his father had a flooring business, something that Rob worked alongside him with for many years. This work gave him the foundation to continue on to dabble in a variety of careers within the construction and repair industries, most recently working as an operating supervisor for the Overhead Construction Group.
At a certain point, however, Rob knew that it was time for a change. Working close to 100-hour weeks and barely having time to see his family, he knew that it was time to explore other career options. Things came to a head seven months ago when Rob and his family made the move to North Carolina. In Rob’s words, “I was looking to relocate, a plan we’d had for years and finally pulled the trigger. I went through the process of if I could afford it, weighing options of opening my own business, getting back into utilities, or franchising. I went with the franchise route”.
Finding the right franchise for his background was a bit more difficult than he envisioned, however. Rob knew he wanted to work within the service industry, but with so many options, he was unsure which was the best route to take.
After researching over 50 franchise options in the area, Rob found Footprints Floors through a franchise consultant, soon realizing that it was the perfect fit for him. “I looked into multiple industries, home inspections, water damage.. I was going away from my background a little bit. What finally brought me back to Footprints Floors was realizing that a strength of mine was the flooring background I had and [that] the great culture was a huge plus. That’s what made me fall in love with them,” he says.
After meeting with Founder Bryan Park and support team and seeing the laid-back, family-oriented culture, Rob realized that starting a flooring business with Footprints Floors was a no-brainer.
The franchise had a low investment cost, yet a high return on investment, all while allowing him to work from home and spend more time with his family, something he had been searching for in a new career.
What ultimately ended up sealing the deal for Rob was his experience with meeting the Footprints Floors team. This gave him the opportunity to shadow an actual Franchise Owner for the day and truly understand what it would be like on a daily basis to own a franchise. In Rob’s own words, “I went out on an estimate, rode around with Bryan the second half of the day, checked on a few jobs, went to a few warehouses. I liked the day-to-day and the hands on aspect.” After the day, Rob knew that Footprints Floors and its employees truly fit with his hard work ethic, outgoing personality, and commitment to great customer service. In other words, the franchise was a perfect match. He signed the franchise agreement not long after.
Fast forward seven months since Rob began looking at franchises and he is ready to get his business up and running. He is looking forward to the high return on investment and to realizing the potential of his franchise. More than anything, Rob says, “I’m really excited to be a business owner, I’m excited about being in the field and talking to people. I take a lot of pride in what I do and it’s very satisfying to see the look on a customer’s face.”
Footprints Floors is more than just a business to own. It is a way to jumpstart your career, become independent, to take pride in your work, all while maximizing profits and managing your own schedule. With Footprints Floors you can truly have your cake and eat it too.
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