Building a Scalable Family Business

Ralph Martin opened Electronic Restoration Services (ERS) of Metro Atlanta in July 2013.  Since opening, Martin’s technology and data recovery business has helped customers in both commercial and  residential markets restore their electronic Continue Reading

A Super Retirement

Bob Metz is a retired CEO from the publishing world.  He was introduced to me by his trusted financial advisor.   Bob and his wife were both looking forward to doing a lot of traveling in retirement and spending time with family, but Bob was not Continue Reading

Stuck Holding a Dripping Cone

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. Thirty years later, I'm celebrating National Ice Cream Month by telling you that ice cream is not the answer. Wait.  It is the answer to some questions, such as, Continue Reading

Leslie Featured in Entrepreneur

Choosing a franchise is often compared to choosing a spouse, and making the right choice is a combination of the right chemistry and due diligence. It was really exciting for me to share my views on making the right choice in this article for Continue Reading

How to Escape Your Business (Quicker!)

Great advice in this article, "Is Your Business Built to Survive Your Absence?".  At a minimum it points to a highly relevant issue for all of us in business for ourselves and dependent on our businesses for our personal income: What happens when Continue Reading

Passion is Disastrous

Remember how I told you that Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank fame agrees with me? So does Inc. Magazine's Jeff Hayden.  Or at least, his most recent article does.  Hayden profiled Georgetown professor Cal Newport, whose book So Good They Can't Continue Reading

Leslie on the Radio with Rick Probst

I recently joined Rick Probst on his radio show, Spotlight, to talk about my work with FranNet.  We discussed: How I started in franchising, including my father's influence and his desire for control over his life. The misconceptions about Continue Reading

Are You Fooling Yourself about Buying a Business?

"If you've been looking for a business to buy for five years, you are really not looking for a business.  You just don't have a job." This is straight out of the mouth of a successful business transition expert and broker with whom I served on a Continue Reading

Declaration of Balance

I've recently made a declaration around my own work life/personal life balance. One of the points in this article about how to knock an hour off your workday says, "Building the life you want is largely about having the guts to do it." I am Continue Reading

Doc Popcorn

Congratulations to my client, Al Kitrell, who just opened his Sugarloaf Mills location of Doc Popcorn.  There is nothing better than watching my clients succeed! Check out more pictures of Al's opening on my Facebook page. Continue Reading