Jim Judy

Jim Judy

Franchise Business Consultant
Audio: Semi-absentee franchising

Audio: Jim Judy on Semi-Absentee Franchising

Jim was excited to join “Money Matters with Matt” again last week to breakdown the ever-popular semi-absentee franchising model and how people can win working on their business without spending too much time in their business. Running time is under 11 minutes.

questions to ask a franchisor

You’re asking the wrong questions!

Think fast: If you called a franchise company you were interested in pursuing, would you know what questions to ask a franchisor? 

If you’re like most people, you came up with two answers.

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You’re Not Going to Call Me. Here’s Why

You know who you are.

You’ve been in your current job for long enough and no longer see a future you want. You spend your evenings thinking about how you need a change. You’ve become way too comfortable hitting the snooze button over and over in the mornings rather than getting up to face another day of work. You’ve dreamed of being your own boss, of breaking free from the chains of traditional employment and having a go as a small business owner, but…

You’ve done nothing about it.

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Should you consider an emerging franchise brand over an established franchise?

A regular line franchise consultants like myself throw out when discussing franchising is that “it’s not just flipping burgers.” Obviously, that’s a reference to the reigning king of the franchise, McDonald’s, because it’s most often what comes to candidates’ minds when talking about a franchise. Major brands like that have certainly played a significant role in turning the franchise industry into the powerhouse that it is today, but they aren’t doing it alone.

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upside of being downsized

The Upside of Being Downsized

If you’ve ever been downsized, you know how stressful it can be. It’s initially a shock. Then there is a grieving process for the professional life lost and finally an acceptance of what happened and a decision to move on.

People will offer consoling words such as, “I’m sorry to hear that.” or “If there’s anything I can do, please let me know.” I only have one word for those just downsized out of Corporate America.


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Home based franchise

Franchise Spotlight: This home-based, semi-absentee franchise available for less than $90K

It’s every property owner’s biggest nightmare. A water heater leaks. A washer hose fails. A fire breaks out. Property damage affects millions of Americans each year, with 37 percent of U.S. homeowners claiming to have suffered losses from water damage. In fact, the average cost of a home water damage insurance claim is almost $7,000! Continue reading

Audio: Semi-absentee franchising

Audio: Jim Judy on entrepreneurship through franchising

Jim Judy had a great time chatting about the lucrative world of franchising on the personal finance podcast, “Money Matters with Matt” last week. If you’ve ever considered entrepreneurship or business investment through franchising, give it a listen. Running time is only 12 minutes.

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Spring Cleaning Your Career

Spring is upon us! The clocks have been moved ahead, baseball players are shaking off their winter rust and nature is in full bloom. Spring is a period of renewal, expressed by Americans’ favorite annual ritual: Spring Cleaning.

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Franchise profile: High margins + Low Hours = Big Win

I recently wrote about the booming fitness boutique franchise model that gives franchisees the freedom of operating a semi-absentee business while enjoying high profit margins. These businesses are a win-win for their owners, but recently one in particular has been outstanding.


One of the largest premium networks of boutique fitness studios in the world is boasting some staggering growth numbers this year. Already, in 2017, they are prepared to open more than 400 locations in 30 states. Their executive model is perfectly suited for owners interested in owning multiple units, while their investment return has averaged a whopping 47 percent EBITDA margins.

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2017 franchising

Franchising 2017: Why This Will Be a Great Year

The International Franchise Association 2017 Convention is opening in just a few weeks, meaning their annual forecast giving franchising businesses their predictions for the year ahead is about to be released. Normally, I’d wait for their report to spread the good news, but, in 2017, there’s no need for delay.

It’s going to be a good year to be in franchising.

The franchising industry is on a hot streak, having seen growth of more than 2.5 percent for five years in a row, 20 percent higher than for all business. 2017 may be the best year yet.

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