Feature Franchisee: Polymer Pat of High Touch High Tech Western Los Angeles County

 

 

Polymer Pat of Western Los Angeles County opened his High Touch High Tech franchise in 2007. Join us in discussing his experiences, successes, and reasons he loves his business!

Q: Why did you chose to open a High Touch High Tech franchise?

A: I used to be an elementary school teacher, and I always loved teaching, but I didn’t like the environment I was teaching in. Dealing with ornery parents, having to follow regulations and curriculum rules, I couldn’t teach the things I would like to teach. I found this franchise and had the opportunity to stop teaching as a schoolteacher, and still do the teaching I enjoyed. Quite a few things about High Touch High Tech appealed to me. First it was education based, second was I could build my business out of my home. At the time I was renting and didn’t have the funds to buy a giant commercial space. With those two important factors, I was able start my business and run it fairly easily.

Q: Why is STEM education important to you?

A: With STEM education you get this unique feedback from kids. When you’re teaching something that they enjoy and are having fun learning, there is an interaction that gives as much back to me as I impart with the students. You can feel that you’re making a difference in these little kids’ lives.

Q: What has been a success of yours as an entrepreneur? 

A: The biggest success is being my own boss. I like the freedom of it.  While High Touch High Tech is a franchise, I have the freedom to run my business the way I feel is most beneficial to my area. It’s not like a McDonald’s franchise where everything is a square peg into a square hole. I have the ability to be creative in how I implement the programs, and the way I run my business.

Q: What’s been the largest benefit of being a part of High Touch High Tech’s franchise system? 

A: I couldn’t have started this business on my own. I was able to go into a system that is already set and a business model that’s been proven successful. I was given the tools in order to get the business going. I still needed to figure out how to best serve my region, unique to the other franchises. While most of the other franchises do a majority of elementary school programs, that simply wasn’t working for me. High Touch High Tech allowed me the freedom to switch gears and find something else that allowed me to be successful.

Q: What does High Touch High Tech do well as a franchiser?

A:  High Touch High Tech provides an amazing product; the programs drive the business. I really enjoy the programs we offer and enjoy teaching them. Also, the support is really great too. The times I’ve needed to reach out for support, High Touch High Tech is on it, getting me the tools I need.

 

Social Media Marketing: Utilizing it as an Effective Tool

The average person uses social media websites for approximately 136 minutes a day, and as the number of social platforms increase so does the time being spent on them. Time spent on social media is greater than time devoted to grooming, eating and drinking, or even in-person social interactions. Using social media as a marketing tool is the most cost effective and resourceful way for a small business to grow their audience, which is why 97% of marketers are using it.

Why social media? Simply put, your customers are there and consuming colossal amounts of content daily.  It’s estimated that 70% of the U.S. population has at least one social media profile, and that there are more than 2.5 billion social media users worldwide. With the boundless number of consumers using social media platforms each day, small businesses are presented an unparalleled marketing avenue. It is necessary to be present and active on the channels that your target audience is using most often. Refusal to affiliate your business with social media pages neglects potential engagements that you could be having with your current and new customers.

Social media is a place where we connect to the world, expand our network, and keep in touch with our friends and family. The users of these platforms aren’t necessarily there with the purpose of being marketed to, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t following the brands they find valuable. Social media outlets allow you to unmask a more personal side of your business, demonstrating your voice on an intimate level, and supports authentic connections. Consumers are overwhelmingly more responsive on social media than they are to traditional, direct marketing messages. Brand recognition and visibility are increased as your content presents your business’ true voice and nature. While the consumer may have never heard of your company before, they are more likely to explore and become better acquainted with your business after noticing you across various social networks.

Another benefit of social media is that it allows you to more specifically target your audience, rather than broadly putting a message out for anyone to see. Targeting your audience will generate higher quality leads, and eventually boost your conversion rates. While not only being a more objective advertising avenue, it’s also more financially worthwhile than conventional advertising. Social media is estimated to be at least 3 times less expensive for paid advertisements than traditional media, but you also have the option of using it entirely free.

 

By being more active on social media, your search engine exposure increases. Search engine algorithms are alerted by links to social content, shares, likes and comments. The livelier these engagements the better your organic growth and visibility on search engine sites. Your competition can also be found on social media and search engines, so this engagement favors the diligent.

Consumers also use social networking to find recommendations. A survey found that 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations! Use customer feedback, positive or negative, to thank them for their support, expose necessary areas of growth, and to boost your glowing reputation! Ask your current customers to leave reviews of their experiences, because 90% of future buyers rely on positive reviews to influence their purchasing decisions!

When executed correctly, social media is an unbeatable device. To feel like you aren’t getting the reciprocation deserved when investing your valuable time and effort is defeating to say the least. Before giving up on social media, ask yourself these questions: Are you posting the right content for your market? Are you posting enough? Are you simply posting at the wrong times? Research the various social media outlets to find the optimal times and days of the week that each platforms’ users are most active!  Know your audience, be persistent, and share content of value regularly! Best of luck in your social media endeavors!

 

 

 

 

Sources Cited:

Asano, E. “How Much Time Do People Spend on Social Media?” Social Media Today, January 2017.    Retrieved from https://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/how-much-time-do-people-spend-social-media-infographic

Smith, K. “15 Reasons Why Marketing Through Social Media is a Must For Every Small Business.” LYFE Marketing, January 2018. Retrieved from https://www.lyfemarketing.com/blog/marketing-through-social-media/

Bhat, U. “4 Reasons Why Your Social Media Posts are Not getting Engagement.” Cloohawk Blog, July 2018. Retrieved from https://www.cloohawk.com/blog/4-reasons-why-your-social-media-posts-are-not-getting-engagement

Planning for the Future: Buying A Recession-Proof Franchise

In our current US market, the economy is fortunately doing quite well! There is current expansion in job creation, GPD growth is continuous, interest rates are reliable and steady, and inflation is low! These are all very strong markers of a strong economy, or also known as the Goldilocks Economy.

The Goldilocks economy was named after the popular children’s story. Unlike Papa Bear’s porridge being too hot, or Mama Bear’s porridge being too cold, our economy is in the ideal “just right” state.  While this economy is most favorable for entrepreneurs, corporations and employees, how long is this economy realistically sustainable? How does one plan for the ever-unsure future, and create a defense for the potential of a fiscal downturn?

While business is satisfying and we’re comfortable in our current job market, preparing for the future should always be in the back of consumer’s minds. Creating your own business is always an excellent way to turn a profit, but it does come with added challenges compared to opening and operating a franchise business. There is always risks when opening a business, and losing your savings and investment is at the forefront of these risks. The safest bets of business being that of recession-proof franchise businesses, the places where people are going to spend even in the toughest of times.

This offers the question of which businesses have shown to be ‘recession-proof? Services seen as necessities are the most secure, being that regardless of economy, your hair is still going to grow, your taxes will still need to be prepared, and children will still be in need of an education.  Childcare education services continue flourish even in times of economic struggle. This market for enrichment programs includes sports, art, music, and more recently STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) education. Education franchises also have some of the higher pre-tax income margins, seeing an average of $106,205 yearly. Focus on education is often highlighted in times of high unemployment as a potential anchor for avoiding layoffs.

Franchising is the key tool in launching, operating, and growing your business. Many successful franchisers, like High Touch High Tech, assist franchisees in the structure of understanding their market, training and implementation, and strategic marketing plan initiatives. This benefits franchisees by offering a more focused, streamlined process than would be necessary with opening a business on their own. Opening a franchise offers the flexibility, entrepreneur status, and profit margins that are associated with being a business owner with the added collaboration and support of your franchiser.

High Touch High Tech is a franchise operation that has been offering franchise locations for more than 25 years, one of the longstanding names in STEM enrichment education.  We offer our franchisees the partnership of organization and foundation, in a market proven to be more resistant to bankruptcy and collapse. High Touch High Tech encourages those with a passion for education, independence, optimism and business savvy to secure business plan while the market is in your favor.

Sources cited:

Amadeo, Kimberly.  “How is the US economy doing?” The Balance, July 2019 Web.

Amadeo, KimberlyThe Balance, Glossary: Fiscal Terms, June 2019 Web.

Elgin, Jeff. “Starting a Business; Recession-Proof Franchises.” Entrepreneur, April 2009 Web.

Grossman, Rick. “Why You Should Buy a Franchise Instead of Starting Your Own.” Entrepreneur, December 2012 Web.

Stites, Eric.  “How much does it really cost to run a franchise business?” CNBC: Make It, May 2016 Web.

National Hire a Veteran Day-July 25th

July 25th is National Hire a Veteran day! Our nation’s heroes are some of the best employees and help us create a stronger work force. Veterans have been shown to have stronger learning curve abilities, a profound understanding of teamwork and how it improves productivity, and leadership abilities within hierarchical and peer structures.
The United States government has a program, the Special Employer Incentives(SEI), which assists with the hiring and retention of military veteran employees. This program assists businesses with salary reimbursements, expenses related to cost of training, and aids in accommodating the needs of the individual veteran. Hiring a veteran can guide you in finding the valuable employee necessary to see your business succeed!
In addition to being great employees, veterans make outstanding small business owners! Veterans have proven their ability to perform under the highest levels of pressure and responsibility, making them well equipped to handle the stresses of entrepreneurship while being effective and successful! One of the many benefits of being a small business owner is the ability to work a flexible schedule, which is an added convenience for active and reserve military personnel.
High Touch High Tech values the skillset that our veterans bring to the workforce! We offer a Veteran’s Discount on the Franchise Fee to open a High Touch High Tech location and look forward to offering this to our Veteran’s and their families! High Touch High Tech is a Small Business Administration(SBA) approved franchise and will work with you to secure your Veteran’s Small Business Loan!

Our franchisees are changing the world one young scientist at a time!
P.O. Box 8495, Asheville, NC 28814
PHONE: 
828.684.3192
TOLL FREE (USA): 
800.444.4968
info@ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net

 

Works Cited:
Military.com “10 Reasons to Hire a Veteran.” Miliary.com, Web 2019. 22 July 2019.
US Department of Veteran’s Affairs “Special Employer Incentives SEI.” Virginia Government Benefits, SEI flyer, 2012. 22 July 2019
Riggins, Nash.  “15 Benefits of Hiring Military Veterans.” Small Business Trends, Web 2017. 22 July 2019

 

~From The Field~

High Touch High Tech of Maine Brings Hands-on Science to the Kids at the Boys & Girls Club

 

 

 

High Touch High Tech of Maine will deliver a series of six classes during the summer break at the Riverton Boys & Girls Club in Portland. This program is possible thanks to a sponsorship program which allows individual sponsors to choose non-profit organizations they would like to support.

 

 

 

 

FALMOUTH, MAINE, July 1, 2019 – Thanks to the generous donation of one of our sponsors, High Touch High Tech of Maine will provide a series of summer programs at the Riverton Boys & Girls Club in Portland. This series, Science in Action, exposes kids to different topics of physics including Newton’s Laws of Motion, flight, light, sound, space, and electricity. Kids will discover the amazing properties of air, take a ride on a human gyroscope, launch a rocket, find ROY G BIV, learn the difference between static and current electricity and more!

“Our goal is to reach as many kids as possible in the state of Maine” said High Touch High Tech of Maine owner, Dr. Genia Sklute (known to the kids as Dr. G). To meet this goal, High Touch High Tech of Maine implemented a sponsorship program which provides an opportunity for donors to impact the children of Maine directly. Through the sponsorship program, individuals and companies can sponsor High Touch High Tech programs at non-profit organizations of their choice.

“The programs stimulate children’s natural curiosity for science and fuels their imagination and excitement about learning” Sklute said. Kids come to understand the magical world of science through programs that are aligned with Maine’s Science and Technology Standards and provide hands-on, totally participatory experiences to the kids. “Kids attending the programs don’t realize how much they are actually learning” Sklute said. “They are simply having fun because they are engaged throughout the experience.” The programs build confidence and encourage kids to continue to engage with inquiry.

The sponsor, who asked to remain anonymous, said that “High Touch High Tech programs are a wonderful way to give the gift of learning! This is a highly innovative way for kids to actively participate in science experiences.” As for his specific choice to sponsor programs at the Boys and Girls Club he said, “I am passionate about giving kids from various backgrounds the same opportunities to succeed.”

High Touch High Tech is a pioneer of science education that has been increasing the scientific and technological literacy of children throughout the nation for 25 years while bringing fun, engaging, hands-on science experiences to kids ages 3-12.

If you would like more information about High Touch High Tech of Maine and program sponsorship opportunities, please call 207.400.0937 or email info@ScienceMadeFunME.net.

The Five Pillars of the Top Franchises to Open!

The five pillars of the top franchises to open!

 

 

Entrepreneur Magazine came up with a proprietary ranking formula to help determine which companies come out on top and why.

High Touch High Tech (ht ) is one of the best educational franchise opportunities available today. We are the top science education franchise serving over 16 million children annually with a simple home-based business model.

  1. Cost and fees
    • Franchise fee
    • Total investment
    • Royalty fees
  2. Size and growth
    • Open and operating units
    • Growth rate
    • Closures
  3. Support
    • Training times
    • Marketing support
    • Operation support
    • Franchise infrastructure
    • Financing availability
    • Litigation
  4. Brand strength
    • Social media
    • System size
    • Years in business
    • Years franchising
  5. Financial strength and stability
    • Franchisor’s audited financial statements

Why reinvent the wheel when High Touch High Tech has a proven track record and a recognized brand?
Take our successful concept and combine it with your talents to inspire the scientists of tomorrow.

Taking your first steps to Ownership!

Contact Us

PHONE: 828.684.3192
TOLL FREE (USA): 800.444.4968
FAX: 828.684.3194
EMAIL: info@ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net
Address: P.O. Box 8495, Asheville, NC 28814

4 GOOD reasons to buy an Educational Franchise!

Here are 4 GOOD reasons to buy an Educational Franchise!

Are these 4 simple, yet good reason to buy an educational franchise? Ultimately, you need to ask yourself if an education franchise is what you want to build your future around. High Touch High Tech is one of the premiere science education franchise opportunities and working cooperatively with them can help you achieve your dream of owning a successful franchise.

  1. Building for the Future with Fulfilling Work:  Younger generations will become the leaders of tomorrow, and without the right tutelage, they could fall short in their endeavors.
  2. Work with a Proven Business Model: Working with a proven business model jump-starts your chances for success.
  3. Support for Yourself While You Support Others: Just as you are invested in the people you mentor, your franchisee is invested in your business. This is a perk that comes with opening an education franchise. Having a larger company supporting your success can add different levels of backing to your business.
  4. Brand Recognition and Marketing Support: rand recognition and marketing can play an integral part in your advertising campaign. Advertising done by the parent company and other franchisees will directly and indirectly support your business.

For more information, please contact HTHT at 828.684.3192 or check out our website at ScienceMadeFun.net.

 

 

 

Why Didn’t I Think of That? 10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Franchise

Looking to start a new venture in the franchising world? Remember “Ask Why Before You Buy!

What we mean by this is, before buying a new franchise, there are several things you should ask the franchisor.  These questions can give you a lot of insight into what you can expect as part of this franchise. 

1. What initial services do you offer? This will let you know the level of involvement you can expect from the franchisor to help you get your new franchise off the ground.  

2. What assistance do you provide in obtaining finance?  Starting a franchise can be expensive, so knowing whether or not you can expect some help from the franchisor is important.  

3. What help will I receive in arranging local advertising and promotions? Are there standard promotions (radio spots, print ads, etc.) available for my use?  Advertising can be a big upfront expense, so it is important to know if you will need to budget for your own advertising campaign or the franchisor offers assistance in this area.   

4. Can you give me specific examples of problems that your franchisees have faced and how you have been able to help them? This question will help you find out how the franchisor supports franchisees. The franchisor should be able to provide examples about how a franchisee in need was helped.  

5. What can you tell me about some of your franchisees that have been very successful?  What about those who have not had great success?  Knowing what has worked in the past (and what hasn’t) will be very beneficial in developing your business plan.  

6. What kind insurance must I have? Do you have an arrangement with a broker or a company offering special rates?  Again, this is another expense that you may have to include in your budget.  

7. Do you provide ongoing training in the form of workshops, conferences, seminars, regional meetings, refresher or advanced courses?  Knowing that your franchisor will continually be offering support and guidance can put you at ease when you are starting a new franchise.  

8. What is the day-to-day business like for your franchise? This important, often overlooked, question will let you know what you can expect on a daily basis as a franchisee.  

9. What employee characteristics are typically found among employees at one of your franchises?  Employees are often the face of a business, so knowing what characteristics to expect could be important to your decision.  

10. What are relationships like between the franchisees Knowing if there is a familial feeling among the franchisees or heavy competition is an important dynamic to understand before becoming a part of a franchise. 

Starting your own business is exhilarating in itself, but it’s even better when you have an experienced support team by your side that has been there before, knows the many different aspects of the small business landscape, and can offer guidance every step of the way. 

That’s the High Touch High Tech (ht2) franchise advantage!

High Touch High Tech is a brand with global exposure and appeal; a dependable, rewarding and profitable home-based franchise opportunity. Our franchisees provide a variety of fun, entertaining and educational science experiences to children in schools, preschools, camps, libraries, community centers, and private homes; ultimately, wherever children are found in their communities. These highly sought-after innovative and engaging educational programs are easy to deliver.

We offer you a unique opportunity to build a successful business while contributing to your community. Get started today with your franchise by teaching science fun to children. Our services are in high demand. Teachers, parents, school administrators, businesses and government have vested interests in enriching children’s science experiences. High Touch High Tech franchisees realize the benefits of providing programs that make science fun, and accessible.

Why reinvent the wheel when High Touch High Tech has a proven track record and a recognized brand? Take our successful concept and combine it with your talents to inspire the scientists of tomorrow. Get started by going to http://sciencemadefunfranchise.net/.

Business Leadership: Which One Can You Relate To?

 

Do you exemplify qualities of a successful business leader? Are you a self-starter? Do you excel in creative thinking and execution of new ideas? Where you lucky enough to be born with “business savvy” skills that just seem to come naturally to you? This article explains the six different types of successful business leaders and provides examples of some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

The Hustler is an enthusiastic go-getter who can sell just about anything. They are supremely confident and conscientious and won’t let anything stand in their way. Zig Ziglar and Mary Kay Ash are great examples of this type of entrepreneur!

The Innovator is typically always forward-thinking and adventurous. They constantly seek to challenge old ideas, and find new and unconventional ones.

The Machine simply gets things done. Equipped with an aptitude for solving problems and a high level of efficiency, they always deliver quality.  Bill Gates is an example of a Machine Entrepreneur!

The Prodigy is blessed with an inborn business sense and instinct. They have natural intellect, a stoic demeanor, and strong social skills to help guide them to success. Elon Musk is a great example of a Prodigy Entrepreneur.

The Strategist is a creative and tactical thinker. They are always calculating a game plan. Their habit of long term thinking leads to success.  Two notable Strategist Entrepreneurs are Steve Jobs and Martha Stewart.

The Visionary combines new and innovative ideas with the drive and enthusiasm needed to rally the masses behind them. For example, Oprah Winfrey!

These are 6 business leadership qualities that successful entrepreneurs exemplify. Does strategic creativity come easily to you? Are you able to develop creative ideas and deliver those concepts to the world around you? Do you associate with any of the previously referenced entrepreneurs? If so, you might have what it takes to become an accomplished business owner yourself!

 

High Touch High Tech: Inspiring Young Minds Across the Globe

Often, science is a tool that explains the world around us. It teaches children about life and the world we live in. From a young age, children start inquiring about science. “Mommy, what makes the sky blue”?  “Daddy, how does my gold fish breathe under water”? Science provides answers to these questions for children and students of all ages. Science tells a story, challenges us and allows us think outside of the box! According to Grace Beckett, the author of “Importance of Learning Science in School”, science teaches children about technology awareness, how to conserve natural resources, and even instills survival skills. It also encourages communication, problem solving, researching, and enables the child to create their own “hypotheses”, demonstrating “trial and error”.

High Touch High Tech brings “hands-on” science programs into schools around the world to ensure that this imperative subject is instructed in a fun and memorable way. Our staff works with various schools and their faculty members to coordinate “in-house” science field-trips to demonstrate how astonishing science really is!  If a first-grade science curriculum requires that the students are to be taught about “Earth Systems” we will come to the school and transform the children into mini-geologists as they sort, test and investigate all that they find.  The scientist/instructor will discuss the Earth’s underground layers and they will even apply pressure to create their own igneous rock. They’ll go on a gem panning expedition and uncover the Earth’s hidden treasures of real gems, rocks and minerals.  It will be a day that the students will never forget!

Our organization has been fortunate enough to inspire young minds across the globe. These informative, “hands-on” science programs allow students all around the world to experience what makes science so FUN! Our domestic and international operations are so grateful to have the opportunity to educate students about some of the “science world’s” most interesting topics. We are here to provide students with the idea that one day, they can create solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. From the United States to the Middle East we are here to make a difference and improve the educational science experience for students everywhere.

Source: https://www.howtolearn.com/2013/04/importance-learning-science-school/