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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 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.

Should You Consider Owning a Franchise?

2 women + park bench + laptopAs you’re exploring options for starting your own business, you’ve probably come across some franchise opportunities. Exactly what is a franchise? Simply put, it’s a way of offering services and/or products by a franchisor with a specific set of guidelines and an existing trademark in place.

When a company has been founded and is doing well by selling its products and/or services, customers grow to know and trust the name, and the demand for the business increases. The business owner then decides to expand the brand and its offerings across geographical locations, selecting candidates to assist in this as franchisees. The company’s founder shares his methods of success — such as business, sales and marketing plans — and allows others to participate. Carefully chosen candidates then establish their own businesses to operate and prosper as part of the franchise.

Becoming a franchisee allows you to be your own boss yet have the sound support and assistance of successful and proven methods in place. You can work for yourself, but by no means are you left by yourself. A network of resources offered by the franchisor will be available to you at all times. For example, technical support, marketing materials and strategies are provided. Co-franchisees are available for assistance and support with any questions or concerns you may have.

When you purchase a franchise business, the franchisor will provide thorough training once you are selected to become part of the organization.

Benefits of Owning a Franchise
If you would like to become your own boss, make your own schedule and achieve work–life balance, then a franchise may be a good choice for you. Other qualities that franchise owners typically exhibit are the following:

  • Business-oriented mindset
  • Ambitious
  • Hardworking

Becoming a franchisee eliminates the need for many years of trial and error that often are necessary while trying to succeed in business. Furthermore, a franchise provide you with teammates — the franchisor’s team and other franchisees — from the beginning of your business investment. Becoming part of a winning team is much easier than trying to play the game all alone.

As a franchisee, your success is a priority for everyone involved. Success in your business as a franchisee allows you and everyone involved in the franchise to benefit.

Named a top low-cost franchise with high franchisee satisfaction, National Property Inspections, Inc.,  offers home and commercial property inspection franchises throughout North America. We operate as National Property Inspections in the United States and as Global Property Inspections in Canada. Contact us for more information about our franchise opportunities.

Is Franchising Right for You?

NPI Inspector2You 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. When you explore starting a franchise, you’ll find companies that have proven business and marketing plans; offer technical, business and marketing support; and have seasoned staff on hand to answer the questions that inevitably will crop up as you start your own business.

But is the franchise model right for you? According to a USA Today article, a franchise might be right for you if the following are true:

  • You want the security of choosing a business with a proven brand, track record, and products or services.
  • You don’t want to reinvent the wheel by developing new business and marketing plans.
  • You are willing to follow the rules of owning a franchise, such as how to represent the brand and sell the products or services.
  • You have the money needed for the franchise fee, start-up costs and living expenses while getting the business up and running.
  • You are open and willing to split your profits, i.e., pay a royalty.
  • You are willing to work hard. A franchise still takes dedication and hard work.

If this sounds like you, then a franchise may well be the best way to achieve your dream of starting your own business.

Does property inspection sound like a challenging, rewarding career for you? Then explore an NPI or GPI franchise. Visit us on the Web at www.npifranchise.com in the United States and www.gpifranchise.com in Canada.