Have you ever wondered who the ideal franchise owner is? Franchising is truly for anyone willing to take risks, eager to dive into a business concept quickly, and most importantly, has the work ethic to match. Many people feel stuck in their 9-5 jobs, but with a positive mindset and big dreams, you can become a franchise owner and embark on the path to financial freedom.

This blog shares the inspiring journey of an established teacher who decided to become a franchise owner.

Meet Dana Chan

Dana Chan has been an elementary school teacher for the past 17 years, teaching in various parts of Alberta and British Columbia before settling back in Edmonton. During the early stages of the pandemic, Dana realized she had bigger aspirations and decided to explore franchise ownership.

She chose the senior care industry due to her personal experiences in her 20s when her great-grandmother and grandfather were in nursing homes. Seeing their struggles, Dana believed that better care could be offered. With this passion, she invested in a Qualicare franchise.

The senior care industry has seen significant growth, largely due to the aging population in North America. This sector is expected to continue its upward trend, creating ample opportunities for new franchise owners like Dana.

Dana’s Journey to Franchising

What made you decide to invest in a franchise? 

“For at least 5 years now, I’ve wanted to try something different from teaching.  I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and knew that one day, I would do the same.  Looking into a franchise was a given…my mother owned a franchise and I liked the idea of walking into a working, proven system.”

When did you know it was time to transition to owning a franchise?

“I think teachers, in general, are very hard-working people.  When Covid hit, it made me re-evaluate all the things that were important to me.  I wondered if I worked just as hard at my own business, if I could eventually have more time, flexibility and financial freedom.”

What advice would you give someone looking to leave their job and invest in a franchise?

“If someone is seriously thinking about owning a business and can financially make it work, I’d say do it.  This year, I knew I was going to take that leap of faith and work part-time in order to dedicate time into looking and starting a franchise.

I plan on finishing the school year and will fully invest my time into the franchise next year.  There will be a time in the beginning where I won’t be making money so financially, I need to make sure I have enough to keep me going.”

Why did you decide to work with a franchise consultant? Or why did you decide to engage our services?

“I met Andrea as a teacher over 10 years ago (when she was still a teacher) and I’ve watched her transition from a teacher to the now amazing entrepreneur.  I knew that she would have the expertise in franchising  to help me transition out of my profession, because she has been a multi-unit franchise owner for the past 12 years.”

What was it like working with Bailey Brown The Franchise Agency?

“Andrea and the team were fantastic to work with.  They were  quick to answer any questions. They were  professional and made the process of finding a franchise quite painless.  Their guidance was much needed and appreciated!”

Do you think you would always be asking “what if” if you didn’t take this leap of faith?

“I definitely think that I’d be asking myself “what if” if I didn’t take this leap of faith.  I’m not sure how this will play out in the future but I’m glad I did it.”

What has been the most rewarding feeling of franchise ownership so far?

“When I look back to the start of this process, I’m proud of how far I’ve come.  I’m in the middle of training with Qualicare, and in a couple of months, I’ll be launching the business!”

When it comes to the story in this article, Dana is an incredible example of someone who worked very hard, continued to dream bigger, and found her passion. Dana originally was an elementary school teacher and then transitioned to owning a senior care facility franchise.

It is important to identify what you want and then to go after it. During this journey, it is just as important to hire expert advice so you can navigate the obstacles of franchise ownership.

Are you on the path to transitioning from an established career to franchise ownership? If so, what word describes this journey?