Originally Posted By: sramos
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Going independent in the beginning is tough. You must have a lot of money to pay people create your business or spend a good year of not making money creating them yourself. Expect 16-18 days.
As a franchisee, you would get a tremendous amount of support and most of the initial materials for marketing and business forms are set up for you. This allows you to focus on building realtor relationships instead of report writing, logos, ect.
I decided to go independent because I have a diverse background in business, marketing, sales, document creation, graphics, most of what I needed to get the basics done myself. I must say it is a monumental effort that has taken me 21 months to get my business to 15-20 inspections per month, 18 months of that time I held a full time job as a Dad and employee selling cars.
Ultimately, you should decide for yourself. Amerispec, Housemaster, Pillar-to-Post were the franchises that rose to the top of my list. However, in my area World Inspection Network and Amerispec are the top franchise businesses. As long as the franchisor will support you with good back office stuff and marketing materials, it will be up to you and your individual talents to make or break the business- the franchise will not and cannot give you a success formula.
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