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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 »

Practical Business Tips for Entrepreneurs

It’s not easy starting and operating your own business. You have the big things to plan for and worry about — business and marketing plans, legal services, accounting and more — but you can’t let the small stuff escape under the radar, either. Here, we offer some easy tips for entrepreneurs. Operate your business with Continue Reading »

When Is the Right Time to Start Your Own Business?

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI This is a tough question to answer, since anyone could have unique circumstances — or at least feel their situation is unique. However, some circumstances generally apply. One of the reasons most often given for not starting a business is, “The economy is bad. I’ll wait for it to improve.” 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 »

What You Need to Know When Starting a Business

Submitted by Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI Over the years, I have been asked numerous times to review business plans. Starting a business is exciting, and I have always been flattered when someone asks for my help. As companies that sell franchises, NPI and GPI have a business model that covers all of the bases, and Continue Reading »