Congratulations to Edward and Geitta Hawkins on their new franchise, Home Helpers Jacksonville SE, located in Jacksonville, Florida! We interviewed Edward and Geitta to understand what attracted them to franchise ownership, and here’s what we learned:
How did your background prepare you to be a franchise owner?
Edward: “I retired from the Navy after 20 years of service. My background is in IT and I went back to school and completed a Master’s program in IT, HR Development, and Management and Leadership. I ran a small IT business for a while helping people with their computers in their home. In 2017 I had surgery and just never went back into the workforce. I decided to attend an upcoming business ownership workshop for Veterans at UNF. That is where I met Heidi and learned about franchises, and it just clicked! I thought, if they can do it, so can I!”
Geitta: “Honestly I never wanted to own my own business. My Mother owned a beauty shop, a store, and a day care business. I saw how hard she worked starting these businesses from scratch. When I learned that a franchise gives you a head start with the business concepts, plans, systems, and support already in place, I was much more willing to accept the idea of opening our own business.”
If you were to give advice to someone considering a franchise, what would it be?
“Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. Do your research and utilize available resources. The resources are there and if you are willing to put in the hard work, you can make your dream come true. It is so important to have a plan and that is where our Coach’s guidance was instrumental. Having a good Coach is critical! Reach out to Heidi!”
What was it like working with Heidi as your coach and The Entrepreneur Source process?
“Working with Heidi was very rewarding; she kept us on track and connected us with needed resources. We were unsure as to what business would work best for us. Heidi spent time getting to know us and conducted an assessment to help her better understand our personalities. Then she matched us up with three different business opportunities. She told us to be open-minded as we began the discovery process. We decided we liked Home Helpers but wanted to compare it to another similar type business. Heidi said we must compare and contrast. So, we did and decided on Home Helpers. Heidi never put pressure on us or tried to sway us in any direction; she was very patient. She put our needs first! When we had concerns, she was always there to talk them through; she is a wealth of knowledge. She was always there for us and we knew it!”
Thanks Edward and Geitta for allowing Heidi to assist you in choosing your perfect franchise. Our entire team at The Entrepreneur’s Source wishes you much success!
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About Home Helpers Jacksonville SE in Jacksonville, Florida
Home Helpers provides home care services for individuals of all ages who choose to remain independent in their homes and communities. Home Helpers Jacksonville SE is schedule to open Fall 2019. Should you find yourself in need of their services, contact them at 904-330-0737. They will welcome you into the Home Helpers family!