Tag Archives: Roland Bates

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

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI 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 Continue Reading »

Why Every Business Owner Needs a Mentor

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI Several years ago, I read a white paper that said that about 70 percent of the decisions a business owner makes ultimately prove to be wrong. (That 70 percent is the number in the report; that is not a typo.) That’s a lot of zigzagging to get from Point A Continue Reading »

Franchisees Find a Bright Future in the Property Inspection Industry

Whether you have construction experience or sales and marketing experience, National Property Inspections, Inc., offers the opportunity for a bright future. Our turn-key franchise system gives franchisees the tools, training  and support to succeed in the property inspection industry. BusinessOpportunities.biz recently interviewed Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections (U.S) and Global Property Continue Reading »

When Choosing a Franchisor, Consider These Things

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections have been training and supporting franchise owners for a long time — nearly 30 years — and we always have our ears open as to what our competitors in the property inspection franchising industry are doing. We also pay attention to what other Continue Reading »

Learn How to Start Your Own Home Inspection Business

If you’re frustrated with the corporate grind, tired of working for someone else or ready to put your entrepreneurial spirit to work, then you may be thinking of starting your own business. If you already know what business you want to go into, then you’re lucky. For many others who are searching for business ideas Continue Reading »

Business Communications: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

Submitted by Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI Like the old Bob Dylan song, “Times, they are a-changing,” and that’s especially true with business communication. In case there are any “old dogs” reading this, you have to embrace change or be left behind. Or worse yet — be called an “old dog.” Still, there’s nothing like a Continue Reading »

Teach Yourself to Think Differently

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI We have to think and make many conscious decisions every day, even if it’s deciding what color socks to wear or what to have for dinner. The question I pose is this: Can we teach ourselves to think from a business perspective of solving problems and coming up with great Continue Reading »

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 »

Why Do Franchisors Charge a Franchise Fee?

Submitted by Roland Bates, President, NPI and GPI Every franchisor wants and needs to make a profit. One contributor to profit is the upfront franchise fee. Regrettably, some franchisors have been known to charge a large upfront fee and then provide minimal support to franchisees. If a franchisee is not successful, then the franchisor is Continue Reading »