Franchising Tips

National Property Inspections, Inc.: The Genesis of a Franchise Business

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI New franchisees oftentimes ask me how I first started National Property Inspections, Inc. Hopefully the following information will be helpful for anyone thinking of starting any type of business and certainly to someone thinking about franchising their business. Just to preface things a little, when I first started this business Continue Reading »

What Makes a Successful Franchisee?

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI It’s hard to quantify everything that’s important in a successful franchisee — for example intelligence, providing quality service, having a positive attitude and sincerely wanting to help people. However, if these attributes are not present, then it’s just a matter of time before a drop in sales is inevitable. And, Continue Reading »

What Does It Take To Become a Successful Franchise?

If you’re interested in starting your own business, you may decide that a franchise is the way to go. After all, why reinvent the wheel when franchisors have proven marketing and business plans and methods? Sometimes a franchise concept is just not designed for success. Other times franchisees may choose poor locations for their businesses. Continue Reading »

Is Franchising Right for You?

You want to start your own business, but you don’t necessarily want to start from square one. You’re looking for a proven business model with technical and marketing support. And, you might not be certain what business or industry is right for you. Enter a franchise, where all of the groundwork has been done for you. Continue Reading »

What’s It Like to Be a Professional Property Inspector?

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI The value of what a professional inspector does is obvious. If a small business is stretching its budget to buy an office building, then later discovering that that building needs a new roof could be devastating. The same is true for any number of similar scenarios for individuals buying a Continue Reading »

3 Tips for Building Your NPI/GPI Franchise

So, you’re interested in a National Property Inspections or Global Property Inspections franchise? The rewards can be tremendous: earning a great income, choosing your own schedule, having a better work-life balance. You should also plan for growth and follow a few simple tips, which we offer here. Follow Our Playbook. We’ve been franchising since 1987, Continue Reading »

7 Essential Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur

You’re interested in starting your own business, but you’re wondering if you have what it takes. You may be inspired by a creative genius like Steve Jobs or a tough-as-nails businessman like Bill Gates, but it’s not necessary to be either to become a great entrepreneur. In fact, it might surprise you to know that it’s Continue Reading »

New York Franchise Owner Is Enjoying the View From the Top

After more than 25 years as a property inspector, Tom Sansone of Rochester, New York, feels like he’s s scaled a mountain, and for the former Kodak employee, the view from the top is picture perfect. Sansone spent nine years working for Kodak, during which time he developed a prototype for a Kodak color copier, Continue Reading »

‘Other Property Inspection Companies Weren’t on the Level’

Roger Pigeon didn’t know anything about the home inspection business until he became a customer himself — and a dissatisfied one, at that. Pigeon and his family were relocating to San Diego in 1999 and purchasing a house when they got their first look at the property inspection industry. “I didn’t really know what to Continue Reading »

Award-winning Franchisee Has Been With NPI More Than 25 Years

In 1988, Ken Helbing was working as a loss control inspector for the insurance industry when he spotted an ad in USA Today for National Property Inspections franchises. In the ad, Helbing saw the opportunity to parlay his skills, experience and education into his own business. “I thought the home inspection industry would be an Continue Reading »