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photography studio success in montclair, nj (plus video)

In October 2015, the first Little Nest Portraits franchisee opened her doors in the adorable downtown of Montclair, NJ.

As Brittany says in this video...

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december discovery days at little nest group

Next month, we're opening up a limited number of invite-only events here at Little Nest Portraits. They're where women just like you can learn more about owning a Little Nest Portraits studio of your very own.

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Overcoming the "knowledge barrier" to owning a business

According to a recent survey by The University of Phoenix, 50% of working adults in America either own, or want to own their own business. That's a lot of people!!  So what is holding back the ones who haven't taken the plunge?  It seems the biggest barriers are money & lack of training/ specific business skills.  

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The dream is becoming reality... Little Nest Montclair begins construction!

It seems like only yesterday that I had my first phone call with Brittany... helping her learn more about Little Nest and exploring what it would mean to become a  Little Nest franchisee.  Her passion and pioneering spirit shone through from the very first call, and we both knew that she would be part of the Little Nest family someday!!  Since then she's gotten married, created a stellar business plan, researched her options... and signed on to become our very first franchisee!!

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Collaborative vs Traditional Franchise Systems [Infographic]

Once you decide to break out on your own and become your own boss, the obvious next step is to decide on your business structure.

We've been talking a lot on the blog recently about the the benefits of franchising versus going it alone in today's business world.  In order to decide if franchising is right for you, you need to research the structure of the franchise system, to see if it will give you the support you need, and the type of culture you envision for your small business. In the franchise world today, there is a new movement towards a more collaborative approach between franchisors, and franchisees. 

So, what is a “collaborative franchise”?

At it’s most basic, a collaborative system is based on the franchise company and the brand “partners” (or franchisees) working together to improve customer, employee, and owner experience, while pushing the brand towards new opportunities and increased profitability.

The system is based on mutual respect and an understanding that everyone who has been vetted and granted a franchise has something unique and valuable to contribute to the organization. As strong candidates enter the franchise system, the system gets stronger, and everyone benefits.

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5 biggest perks of working within a collaborative franchise system

A collaborative franchise structure is rare in a world of more traditional franchise systems. It's in a collaborative environment where franchisees find they're valued not only for their ability to create relationships with new clients, but with the home office team members and other franchise owners, as well. This value and belief system governs everything that's unique and remarkable about a collaborative system.

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The Top 5 Personality Traits for Success at Little Nest


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what my son's soccer coach taught me about business

 

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Is owning a franchise the right choice for me?

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tortoise or early bird? two ways to approach small business ownership

When thinking about starting your own business, it’s important to understand how you approach other big decisions in your life, like buying a house or investing.  People tend to approach large financial investments in two ways. Both are smart, and both have value. The key is to figure out which one fits your personality, risk tolerance & lifestyle needs.

Lets combine a famous maxim with a well-known fable to illustrate the point.  Read on to see if you are an Early Bird or a Tortoise.

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