Employee to Owner: Rising through the Franchise Ranks

Many employees dream of one day becoming their own boss. A franchise business owner often takes a less traveled path, becoming a franchise employee before rising to franchise owner. By working in a business, you have a valuable perspective; you experience the inner workings of the business, understand what it takes to be in charge, and gain an appreciation for the work employees do. At High Touch High Tech, some of our top preforming franchisees worked as franchise employees prior to opening their own locations.

Rocket Ryan, franchise owner of High Touch High Tech Detroit and Oakland County worked as a part time scientist and fell in love with High Touch High Tech’s programming and mission. As a franchise employee, he witnessed the impact our business has on children, experiencing the excitement in children firsthand. Rocket Ryan believes in finding compassionate, inspired staff to leave a lasting impression on the students he serves, helping to establish a lifelong interest in STEM. By becoming an entrepreneur, Rocket Ryan has been able to enjoy the flexibility and success of being a successful business owner and pours his heart and soul into his business.

“I chose [High Touch High Tech] because I love doing it. I was a part time scientist and I just fell in love with the programming and working with the kids.”

Rocket Ryan, franchise owner of High Touch High Tech Detroit and Oakland County

Another owner who rose from franchise employee to franchise owner is Volcanic Victoria of High Touch High Tech Chicago. After working for High Touch High Tech for 3 years as a scientist, she saw how our teaching platform of engaging and inspiring children from an early age was her passion. Volcanic Victoria had 10 years of experience in education prior to becoming a franchise employee, and when the chance to purchase our Chicago franchise from her boss presented itself, she realized there was no better opportunity. By believing that STEM is the key to unlocking innovation, Volcanic Victoria wants to set the foundation for engaging, creative education to propel ideas for our future. Within a year, Victoria was able to move her at-home business into an office, creating a larger and more successful business than the business she previously worked for.

“The joy you see on students faces, how they give you hugs when you’re done teaching because they had such a good time, seeing them smile and laugh. They actually remember what you teach them. That’s what sold me on High Touch High Tech.”

Volcanic Victoria, franchise owner of High Touch High Tech Chicago

 Rocket Ryan and Volcanic Victoria are only two franchisees that prove how successful franchise employees can become as franchise owners. By gaining firsthand experience into our market, the inner workings of the business, and becoming passionate about our mission, these franchisees have been hugely fortunate, and have grown from employee to entrepreneur. While you don’t have to have been a franchise employee to become a lucrative franchisee, experiencing our business motivates people with almost any background. Become your own boss and inspire children today by speaking with High Touch High Tech about our franchise opportunities!

High Touch High Tech: Demonstrating Franchise Resilience

Pressures of economic downturns and recessions force consumers to make tough decisions. When buying into a franchise business, you want to choose one with the potential to ride out economic peaks and valleys. What are the telltale signs that a franchise will be able to soar over the times of scrupulous spending? The longevity of a franchisor, the necessity of its product or service, and how economically viable the expenses are deciding factors to identify the most recession resistant franchise.

High Touch High Tech was founded in 1992, and we have seen our fair share of economic decline. During the Great Recession, High Touch High Tech’s franchise system grew as laid-off employees sought to become their own bosses. When consumers are making tough decisions as to where to spend their money, they continue to spend with High Touch High Tech. Over the course of 26 years, we have proven to be a beloved resource to our community.

Education is a necessity regardless of the status of the economy. In fact, in times of economic downturn, the focus on education is highlighted as those effected searches for a way to avoid another layoff. High Touch High Tech provides hands-on, engaging STEM education. STEM career fields pay an average 20-30% than non-STEM graduates. Investing in early childhood STEM education provides a strong foundation for children to a top earner in the future.

When spending slows, franchisees need to be able to cover business expenses. When looking into franchise opportunities, check the franchise fees, royalty fees, supplier rates, and lease negotiations. Being a home-based franchise, High Touch High Tech saves franchisees the cost of retain space. Our programs use accessible, unaffordable materials that the most frugal franchisee can afford! Our business is cheap to begin and cheap to maintain, allowing franchisees to keep their profits!

High Touch High Tech is a franchise that has proven our resilience over 26 years. Our programming is a necessity to the teachers, students and parents we serve, and our low overhead costs allow franchisees to afford their business during economic slowdown. You can open your own recession proof franchise today by speaking with a High Touch High Tech agent!

10 Myths about Being a Successful Franchisee

1. You must follow all franchisor recommendations.          

While many of the tools a franchisor provides you have proven successful for most of their locations, the beauty about franchising is the capability to put your own spin on things. There is more than 1 way to succeed, and each franchise location does things their own way.

2. To be a top franchisee, you must be a workaholic.

You don’t have to eat, sleep and breath your franchise to be successful. By working smarter instead of harder, your business will see the results! Invest in amazing employees, create systems that don’t require your direct involvement, and allow the work you do spend your time on to be productive!

 3. You need ample business experience.

Franchising takes people without business experience and make them into entrepreneurs. Many of the most successful franchisees willingly stick to the franchise system, instead of using their past experience to steer them against the franchisor. By perfectly executing the proven model, they reap the benefits!

4. Franchising is expensive.

While there are franchises with million-dollar franchise fees, not all fantastic franchise opportunities come with huge overhead! Home-based and service franchises have lower start-up costs. High Touch High Tech offers a home-based model with a 1.5-1.8 million population territory for an incredibly affordable price! By opening a franchise with High Touch High Tech, you can be immediately profitable without breaking the bank!

5. There is no room for creativity.

Franchisors provide the framework and you run your business as you see fit. You can develop your own business administration, marketing, and hiring processes, or focus on operations! By buying into a franchise, you can further your creativity while promoting your brand and business!

6. Franchising is struggle free.

While franchises fail less often than traditional businesses, there is never a guarantee of success. Franchises provide you a support team, so whether you need help with marketing or operations, your franchise family can steer you in a successful direction!

7. Your franchise must have name recognition.

Branding can work for or against you. In PR nightmares, you’ll regret the large name your brand carries. Brand name should have less to do with your choice of franchise, while ROI, business structure, initial investment, and success rates should hold more weight in your decision making.

8. I’ll be successful immediately.

All businesses take time to build. As you make yourself familiar with the workings of your business, you can grow at a rate that is comfortable for you. By doing the legwork in the beginning, you can create a path of success!

9. I’ll immediately know which franchise is right for me.

There’s a reason that franchise consulting is such a huge business. Finding the right franchise that fits you is difficult, and love at first sight is rare. Think with your business brain, do your research, and take the time to understand the details of each opportunity. Schedule a call with High Touch High Tech at anytime to learn more about our opportunities!

10. I need a background in my franchise.

Growth comes from uncomfortable places. You develop transferable skills at each job, and franchising is about running the business, not what the business is. Instead of struggling with ideas developed in past positions, you can start fresh! Having a job is much different than being an entrepreneur!

Franchising is an amazing opportunity which provides hundreds of thousands of business owners to succeed for themselves! High Touch High Tech is the leading education franchise opportunity with a simple, home based franchise model. Get started on your franchise career today and speak with a member of the High Touch High Tech team about our opportunities!