You’ve always wanted to be your own boss and finally found a franchise concept you love. You officially sign on as a franchise partner and in kicks the uninformed optimism! You can’t think of anything else but your new business. You’re excited to get started. Anxious, even. Your training is scheduled in a couple of weeks and as you get closer to the big day, your thoughts start to change. Naturally, that feeling of self-doubt that we all too often stir up inside of ourselves starts to slowly creep up. “I’ve never worked in this industry. What was I thinking? Can I even do this,” are just some of the thoughts clouding your mind. And you’re not alone. Many new franchisees go through the same uninformed optimism/informed pessimism cycle. When it comes to starting a business and leading a team in an industry in which you have no experience, not only can you do it, here are 3 reasons why your inexperience can actually lead to your success as a Spray-Net franchise owner:
1. You’re the perfect blank canvas
Old habits often die hard, and painters with years of experience under their belts may not be open to changing their ways when it comes to new painting techniques or methods. At Spray-Net, we do things differently when it comes exterior painting. Our products, techniques and our software-dependent method are unique. This is a major selling point, and it doesn’t work if you don’t do things the right way with the proper equipment. For example, our spraying technique – which drastically reduces over spray – is different than that of the average spray painter and this change in procedure is often a hard pill to swallow for someone who has painted the same way for decades.
When it comes to highly technical services like Spray-Net, being inexperienced and going into it with an open mind can prove to be quite promising in terms of the ability to learn quickly and develop the proper technique.
2. You’re more adaptable
Another necessary trait you need to provide a service at the cutting edge of paint technology is adaptability. As technology changes, you must be willing to change with it if you want to deliver the best service to your customers. We’re constantly innovating and staying up to date with the latest advances in the paint and coatings industry, and this means all Spray-Net partners must be ready and willing to adapt as well.
Whether you’re a first time entrepreneur in general or a first time entrepreneur within a specific industry, your inexperience means you come with less preconceived notions about how things should be done. You’re much more capable of quickly adapting and adjusting in order to provide a better service to your customers.
3. You’re more innovative
Fresh eyes and a fresh outlook are often what lead to the most significant breakthroughs, since inexperience allows you to think in unconventional ways. Very often those who have “been there, done that,” are too quick to dismiss an idea that could be a game changer. A fresh perspective is essential for any business that wants to stay agile and on top of its game.
At Spray-Net we are of the efficiency and capabilities of our current system – but if someone thinks of an out-of-the-box solution to make a process more efficient… hell ya, we’ll consider it!
So, your inexperience means you can be awesome, but starting a franchise means you’ll also get the support you need.
Purchasing a franchise means we’re investing in each other and as the franchisor, it’s our job to set you up for success by supporting you with our know-how and resources. All Spray-Net franchise partners benefit from:
Four weeks of training: two weeks of theoretical learning and two weeks of on-site sales and technical training. We teach you about paint, our business model and most importantly, how to optimize your business’s operations (such as how to best structure your team) based on the methods we’ve tried and tested in our corporate territories.
Ongoing training: you have 24/7 access to training modules and videos through our e-learning platform where you can brush up on skills and technique after your initial training. We also host webinars on important sales, business and paint subjects throughout the season.
Business tools: we’ve gone through the trial and error so you don’t have to. From calculating your expenses and gross margins, to top-grading your team to measure performance; we provide our partners with the tools they need to stay on top of their business’s operations.
The Spray-Network: our proprietary software makes many day-to-day processes quick and easy. Not only does it walk you through quoting a job step by step to ensure accurately pricing, it even automatically calculates the amount of paint needed for a specific job, how long it should take and a whole slew of other helpful tips. Rest assured that the Spray-Network was built for the inexperienced.
Unleash the asset that is your inexperience
Just because you have no prior experience in an industry doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. Rather than experience, we look for franchise partners with grit (the fire to succeed). Finally, support and training are two of the most important investments you can make in yourself and your franchise. They allow you to develop the skills to build a team and scale your business. So, couple your inexperience with an infrastructure of support, and you might just find yourself in an optimal position to take an industry head on… and maybe even surprising yourself!