Look for an independent shop. A franchise is generally purchased by someone who has no experience in the industry. When using a franchised shop be sure to ask how long they have owned it, not how long they have been in business, because existing franchises are often re-sold when owners retire. We all had to start somewhere, so even a franchisee eventually gets experience.
Business mixers can be intimidating for anyone, they can also the perfect opportunity to network and build business relationships. If the thought of meeting new people at a business mixer sends a chill up your spine, you’re not alone! I have been networking for years and I still get the cold feet. Unfortunately, these days, it’s not what you know, but who you know.
If you are like most small business owners, growing your business is both hurting your personal credit and draining your resources that can be used for your personal expenses. According to a study done by the SBA, 92% of all business loan applications are done based solely on the merit of the applicant’s Fico and personal assets.