Joel HallEntrepreneur magazine published an article by former Signarama franchisee, Joel Hall, who talked in depth about his experience as a franchise owner and reseller:

When you first buy a franchise you are filled with excitement, trepidation and all kinds of other emotions. In those early years, it’s rare to think about the prospect of selling the store. Relinquishing ownership, after all, often has a negative connotation in the minds of new owners.

Why, if the franchise is successful, would one ever want to sell it? Because planning for your future is one of the main reasons to buy a franchise. And, it’s terrific if you buy into a system that has a resale program already in place.

I discovered this fact through my own experience as both a franchise owner and reseller. Having an exit strategy and aligning yourself with a franchise system that has its own process to facilitate resales is instrumental for success throughout. I found it also made feel more peaceful as I built the business, knowing I was adding value year after year. I had an exit strategy and my franchisor was going to help me achieve it!

Exit SignAfter years of owning my Signarama business in Carmel, Ind. with my wife Mary, I had achieved the kind of success that most franchisees work tirelessly to obtain. I worked hard to build a solid business and eventually increased the value of my location by 400 percent. I worked as the head of Signarama’s Mentor Program, helping new franchisees acclimate and easing their transition into ownership. In short, I felt that I had accomplished exactly what I wanted to accomplish and moreover, that I was at my zenith as an owner. I thus began to long for a life as something other than a business owner, looking to sate my appetite for a new kind of challenge.

As I began to ruminate about a life with a new direction, my experiences as a mentor for Signarama started to inspire me to pursue teaching as my new focus. I found that the thing that made me most happy was teaching others to become successful business owners. As I made my own exit plans to fulfill that desire, I was comforted to find that I wouldn’t have to go it alone.

I learned that United Franchise Group, the parent company for Signarama, appreciates the fact that eventually owners will eventually want to sell their stake in their franchise and so has a process for when that time comes. That the group had its own strategy to make the resale process easier helped tremendously. This, I think, was the linchpin that made selling my business as successful as it was—it’s one thing that I had my own plan, but it was just as important that my plan was supported by those at headquarters.

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 About the author: For 14 years, Joel Hall owned a successful Signarama business in Carmel, Ind., during which time he was head of Signarama’s franchisee Mentor Program. Joel is now an assistant professor of Marketing at Marian University in Indianapolis.


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by Mary Mills October 28, 2014 Community
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Signarama Downtown Louisville, KY owner Maggie Harlow is featured in Entrepreneur’s latest Franchise Players column, a Q&A interview that puts the spotlight on franchisees around the world: Maggie Harlow has been involved in franchising as long as she can remember. Her family ran an automotive franchise when she was growing up, and she worked at the franchise […]

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by Bob Chapa October 9, 2014 sign solutions
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by Casey Valiant October 7, 2014 Digital Signs
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by Todd Fry September 30, 2014 sign solutions
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by Todd Fry September 25, 2014 sign solutions
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Vehicle graphics can show your fellow football and basketball tailgaters that you’re not just a fair-weather fan, you’re a super fan! You treat each game day as a special holiday, with your vehicle wrapped to show your team spirit. We wrap a lot of vehicles for North Dakota State University fans here in Fargo. The […]

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by Mary Mills September 25, 2014 Sign Design

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