Tod Cohen, TSS Photography Franchisee

Tod Cohen was already a seasoned photographer; he was just looking for a way to expand his business. TSS Photography helped him do exactly that with his franchise, located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

When did you purchase your franchise?

I purchased the Franchise in 2005.

What was it about the franchise model and/or leadership that led you to purchase it?

I was looking to expand my photography business and this seemed like a great opportunity. I did not know much about franchises at the time but learned what a good fit this could be for me. The leadership team was successful, experienced, innovative, and very welcoming. I was impressed.

What type of business experience, education, and/or skills did you have prior to becoming a franchisee that you have found helpful?

While TSS Photography does provide full photography training to new owners, I was fortunate to already be working as a wedding and portrait photographer. I had also been running my own business so I was familiar with things like paying sales tax, using Quickbooks and preparing presentations. This made it a bit easier for me, along with all the other new franchisee information I was learning.

What do you like most about your job?

What I like most about my job is the flexibility and variety. I can set my own schedule and my work tasks can range from photographing sports teams, to presenting TSS benefits to a prospective school board, to hiring and training new staff. When you run your own business, you certainly “wear many hats”. That variety suits me. I also enjoy knowing that there is no income limit for the work I do. From a financial standpoint, I like knowing that eventually I can sell parts, or all of my territory and allow a new owner to enjoy the benefits of this franchise and to continue successfully serving my customers.

What advice do you have for prospective franchise buyers?

Do your research. I first researched my local market to understand the competition and potential. Next, I researched the franchise company speaking to people at the headquarters, as well as to other franchise owners. I felt a strong sense of camaraderie and support, as well as enthusiasm, and this has proven to be one of the best aspects of this work.

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