As I see it, as a newbie who is wanting to get going as quick as possible is that they have a tried and true system. With support for that system.
In addition and maybe even more important (at this time, when I am preparing to get licensed) is their two weeks of training (classroom & field work). I really appreciate all the online classes through InterNACHI but I learn best in an actual classroom with instructor interaction.
And their training (and connections) in commercial inspections seems like a good benefit.
And there seems to be a slight possibility of gaining work through national contracts.
With InterNACHI I can get most of these taken care of but I have to put together the package, and being a newbie, that takes time. Things I am thinking about: picking the best software, computer, printer, and getting familiar with them, creating a marketing plan, creating a contract-which protects my business from bad clients, etc. etc.
I guess what it comes down to … I could use a mentor, someone who has worked through the kinks. Someone who won’t view me as competition in the marketplace, but as a co-worker.
I probably won’t invest in a franchise, because of the expense, but the time saving benefits and system support are intriguing.
Nick, thank you for what you do. I look forward to meeting you and the crew at InterNACHI one of these days.