Creative Minds Franchise is Ideal Choice
Name: DAVID LIPSHITZ
Location: Graaff-Reinet (Eastern Cape)
Franchise: Creative Minds® Training Group
Why I chose franchising and Creative Minds franchise
I was at a stage where I had to make a career change. I saw an advertisement of the Creative Minds® Franchise, and as I am very interested in computers and education, this seemed the right opportunity for me. Also, being part of franchise family ensures training and support. I believe that, in the eyes of a user, a franchise carries more weight than a private concern.
What I did before taking up my Creative Minds franchise
I was a police officer in the SAPS for 25 years.
How I raised the finance
I had money saved and used that.
The training and support I receive from my franchisor
Initial training was done at Creative Minds® Head Office. I received thorough training and can always depend on the franchisor for support. When new courses are introduced, free training is provided at Creative Minds® Head Office. Continuing support is definitely part and parcel of my success in running my franchise business. Training material is revised and updated on a regular basis by the franchisor and provided to all franchises.
The challenges I have faced
To build a clientele from scratch in a small town. Winning clients’ confidence and proving that my product is legitimate, of high quality and not just another “fly-by-night” bogus business. This was achieved and the fourteen years of successful existence is the proof of that.
My advice to someone thinking of buying their first franchise
If it is possible, do not over-gear the business by taking a huge bank loan to buy a franchise. It puts a heavy financial burden on your business. Most banks require at least 50% of your own capital to be invested into the franchise. You must have self-discipline. As you will be working for yourself, it’s a matter of what you put in is what you are going to achieve!
My plans for the future
To continue with, and build on the Creative Minds® foundation of service excellence for a growing market.