Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Donald Schin, Founder and Owner of Franchise Building Expert, located in Lewisberry, PA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We are a coaching, training, consulting, and outsourcing partner company in the franchise industry with a focus on franchise development.

Tell us about yourself

I knew I had to be in a people-focused, helping-type business. I get stoked with the number of people I impact by teaching others the skill sets of helping people into business ownership through franchising.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Twice was awarded the North American Master Franchisee of the year for a franchise I used to own, one of the top 4 company awards in the world.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Managing my selling time vs. my delivery/fulfillment time.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Be properly capitalized.
  2. Get help early in starting and operating your business. No need to go it alone, figure it all out by yourself.
  3. Feel the fear, and do it anyway.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

If it is someone's first business, I strongly recommend buying a franchise. When we're an employee, we don't recognize all the structures in place already that make the business run. Starting a business on your own is very difficult, more expensive, and has a longer ROI than buying a franchise. You'll learn from the first franchise you own. Then you can start other businesses on your own if you want.

Where can people find you and your business?


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