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NPI/GPI Prepares to Celebrate 30 Years by Remembering First Franchisee

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI

Roland Bates, president and founder of National Property Inspections, Inc.

Roland Bates, president and founder of National Property Inspections, Inc.

It will soon be 30 years since I sold the first NPI franchise. I am pleased to say that franchisee, Clyde Yost, is still with us. The first franchise is certainly the hardest one to sell. You are selling your idea, and at that point, no one other than you has any reason to believe that your idea and business plan can be duplicated.

If you walk into the National Property Inspections, Inc., corporate office today, it is well-decorated, has nice furnishings, provides a professional training room, and has all the amenities we need to operate our business. We are successful, and our office shows that. Let’s turn back the clock 30 years:

Back in 1987, I had rented a small office and purchased a few furnishings. To describe the office as “Spartan frugality” would have been generous, indeed. When Clyde Yost first visited, I think I was sitting at a folding card table. For sure, I was sitting with a small electric typewriter and typing book because I was teaching myself how to type. That paid off because now I can type most three- and four-letter words without looking at the keyboard.

After Clyde and I visited about how I’d been doing inspections myself and thought the property inspection business was poised to take off, I told him I wanted to franchise it. I explained how the franchise would work, how I hoped to help him and others build an NPI business.

Clyde naturally asked, “How many franchisees do you currently have?” To which I replied, “You and two others will make three.” Clyde has a good sense of humor and thought that was sort of funny.

Clyde Yost, NPI's first franchisee, remains a franchise owner in Kansas City, Missouri.

Clyde Yost, NPI’s first franchisee, remains a franchise owner in Kansas City, Missouri.

Clyde believed in the NPI concept and became our first franchisee. Without sounding maudlin, Clyde had worked hard for his money, and I felt more than obligated to make this company successful for him, if not for myself. To this day, I try to keep all of our franchisees in mind, and I feel indebted to all of them. But I’ll admit that many of the business decisions I have made over the years I have made with Clyde and our very first meeting in mind.

Maybe there would have been an NPI without Clyde, but it certainly wouldn’t be the same. Clyde, my friend, thank you for believing in me and for everything you have done for NPI.

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Starting Your Own Business: Strategies for Success

IMG_1109Age is mostly irrelevant in becoming a determining factor for succeeding as an entrepreneur. There have been young entrepreneurs as well as older, established entrepreneurs. Some have built success on seemingly impossible ideas and others seem to possess a certain amount of luck. For the most part, a successful entrepreneur will have to fearlessly work hard, cultivate positive relationships and develop great business skills.

A recent article in Entrepreneur Magazine noted five things you should do when you are ready to become an entrepreneur:

  • Go all in. Once you’ve made your decision to start a business, don’t doubt yourself, and no looking back.
  • Find a mentor. Enjoy your success with an experienced entrepreneur who has agreed to mentor you.
  • Create daily routines. Set goals for what has to be accomplished each day, and make sure you abide by your own rules.
  • Eliminate negative people. People who wallow in self-pity and are unemployed may not be the ideal people to associate with. They may not really want to help you or see you succeed.
  • Network as much as possible. Try to meet new people and tell each of them what you do.

Focus on Your Customers
It is helpful to pursue things that you enjoy doing and master what you do. No matter what carefully placed business strategy you launch, the bottom line is you must win customers to whom you sell your product or services. Without customers, you have no business, no employees, no self-employment income or success.

Make each customer feel important, try to get to know a little about them, follow up with them and make sure they are happy with your service. Your customers are actually the employer — they are how you succeed and how you get paid. Make sure you deliver what you promise, when you promise it. Be honest and reputable, and provide quality for what they purchase. Be persistent and patient as your customers will grow and return over time.

Ready to become an entrepreneur? Take the next step and inquire about a franchise opportunity with National Property Inspections or Global Property Inspections. We’ve already developed the business, sales and marketing models for you. For further information, contact Julie Erickson at 1.800.333.9807, Ext. 24.

Starting a Property Inspection Business: Franchise or Independent?

When starting a business, every entrepreneur faces a crucial decision: franchise or independent? Either business model can succeed or fail. Sometimes it depends on the type of business, sometimes on the entrepreneur and sometimes on sheer luck.

National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections have training business owners in the home and commercial property inspection business using our franchise model for nearly 30 years, and the vast majority of our franchise owners have enjoyed great success. We find that in the property inspection industry, our franchise owners are more successful than independent business owners. But why is that? We believe it’s simply because our franchise provides everything an entrepreneur needs to start an inspection business, including training.

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If you have a degree or work experience in a field, then you may have the training, experience and business know-how that you’ll need to start your business independently. However, many businesses — such as property inspection — require entrepreneurs to obtain further training, especially in states or provinces that require licensing, certification or registration.

If you are ready for a change of careers, then working with a franchisor — who will provide the necessary tools, training and guidance — may be a better option. Likewise if you want to start your own business but don’t have much business experience. Starting a business can be scary. Working with a franchisor can help alleviate some of the unknowns when you start your business and give you an edge for success.

If you are interested in receiving more information about NPI or GPI, please contact Julie Erickson, director of franchise sales, at julie.erickson@npiweb.com.