Know your lifestyle choices and what franchise is adaptable for yourself. Research everything from A-Z. Interview as many current franchisees as possible to get a census. Set up an infrastructure as soon as possible.
I am most proud of progressing and adapting, without losing focus.
As a very recent graduate, I entered into the insurance/securities sector before the stock market crashed in 2007-2008. I chose franchising and restaurants in particular because everyone has to eat, regardless of the economy.
My biggest challenge has been establishing ourselves in new markets with communities and landlords. Also, having the PATIENCE to establish ourselves. It's also been a challenge adapting to different management styles for different generations of employees.
I appreciate the transparency and support from top to bottom in our organization. Our food is elite.
East Coast Wings + Grill is a full service, family dining wings franchise that spotlights buffalo wings. Guests can choose from 60 different award-winning wing flavors and 7 heat indexes, to create over 420 combinations of Buffalo-style wings. Learn More About East Coast Wings + Grill here.
Trying to do everything and be everywhere. A successful business team starts with a solid infrastructure.
"The Present," by Spencer Johnson. While starting and building your business, sometimes you get caught up in the process and planning. This book was given to us by a banker and it was a reminder to enjoy the present... life is short.
We identified what types of management styles would work for us. We scouted many employees who wanted more than the average... and once we groomed them, we took care of them. A winning team has a good culture that constantly evolves.
We earned their trust with substantial progress. We communicated often and effectively.
State protocols and mandates have been our biggest challenges. Navigating through a pandemic with no playbook can be taxing. We made adjustments and remained flexible. It was important to us to communicate as often and effectively with our teams. We embrace each day with an open mind and figure out a better way to do it than the week before.
East Coast Wings + Grill is a full service, family dining wings franchise that spotlights buffalo wings. Guests can choose from 60 different award-winning wing flavors and 7 heat indexes, to create over 420 combinations of Buffalo-style wings.
Peter Castorena owns the Minuteman Press printing franchise in Lancaster, California. Already a member of the President’s Million-Dollar Circle for achieving yearly gross sales of at least $1 million, Peter has continued to grow his sales even during the COVID-19 pandemic.