Top 10 Leadership Qualities of Today’s Entrepreneurs
With two decades of phenomenal business success behind them, it is not surprising that College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving Founders Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman have written a book that is a simple how to succeed manual for entrepreneurs. Effortless Entrepreneur is a guide to how to work smart, play hard, and make millions and lauded by such business luminaries as Fred Deluca, founder of Subway; Ted Leonis, vice chair emeritus of AOL; and George Nadaff, franchise guru and former CEO of Boston Market.
The beauty of this soon-to-be bestseller is that Nick and Omar reveal the truth that there is no secret to success for entrepreneurs. Aspiring business owners just need to follow their Ten Business Commandments for the 21st Century Entrepreneur as they have done to succeed even beyond their own wildest dreams. Nick and Omar started College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving in 2005 at just 22 years old. Since then, the company has grown into a multi-million-dollar franchise and the nation’s premier junk removal service and moving company profiled in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Named among the Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs in America by Inc., Nick and Omar have created a franchise ownership opportunity ranked within the top 3% best franchises in the nation.
Read on to learn a bit more about Nick and Omar’s Ten Business Commandments for the 21st Century Entrepreneur:
- Never sacrifice health, family, or friendships for business reasons.
Although being enthusiastic about your business is required to succeed, Nick and Omar relate their own experiences as new entrepreneurs and advise, “It is essential to create balance among work, family, friends, and play to keep from going crazy. We became entrepreneurs to lead the life we’d always dreamed of—and who dreams of a joyless, stressful life where work comes before happiness?”
- Mistakes are problems only if you do not learn from them.
Remember that mistakes teach us valuable lessons, and the authors describe how they learned this important lesson early in their business careers.
- Ideas mean nothing without actions.
You cannot just sit back and do nothing. “Entrepreneurship requires persistence with actions. Do not just talk about what you want to do—LIVE IT! If you believe you have a good idea, figure out how to bring it to fruition. Take at least one step.”
- Start with a vision, create a strategic plan, and live by it.
“Once you create a plan to take action on your dream, it becomes a vision.” Nick and Omar then describe the elements of a strategic plan, which is different than a business plan.
- Create effective systems to keep your business on track and enable individuals to succeed.
“Many small business owners don’t understand that people don’t fail. It’s the system, or lack of a system, which causes failure.” Here, Nick and Omar provide key points about how having a system for operating your business is critical to success.
- Work ON business from the outside not IN it.
A unique perspective than what many instinctually do—“A great entrepreneur builds systems to run the business as if it were a machine and stands over it instead of being part of its inner workings. A business owner should sell that machine to clients and perfect its functionality, but not sit in the gear room.”
- Develop staff, client, and community loyalty.
For this concept, Nick and Omar guide their readers through how the culture they built for College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving creates all three of these essential components of any successful business—your staff, clients, and community.
- Image is everything.
Nick and Omar underscore the importance of always projecting an image of professionalism, which can serve as a growth engine for your business.
- Be the best at ONE thing.
“Stick with your forte and perfect it. Put all your energy into figuring out how you can be the best at that ONE thing. Once your business is thriving, you can revisit other ideas and see if you can add another service.” Businesses fail because they are trying to be the best at too many things. Start with one and grow later.
- There are always people smarter than you—hire them!
“Working with smart people creates a fit that holds your puzzle together. If you cannot afford to hire staff, cultivate strong mentors first. Once you clearly identify your vision for the future and develop at least the outline of a solid company culture, people will be attracted to your vision, your values, and your culture.” College HUNKS is proof positive that this works.
For entrepreneurs who are attracted to franchise ownership due to its high success rate, it is key to partner with a company that values leadership and leadership training, because this is critical to achieving long-term success. College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving is that company—and has demonstrated success with our flexible business plans and recession- and pandemic-proof business model. When you partner with Nick and Omar, the guys who authored the book on leadership for the modern entrepreneur, you receive unparalleled support, training, and continual mentorship to achieve the success that the brand’s more than 150 franchisees experience every day.
College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving Franchisees Receive Unparalleled Support
At College HUNKS, we know that the support we provide our franchisees makes all the difference and that their success is a direct result of our well-oiled machine. Franchise partners with College HUNKS receive:
- Extensive Training and Support for Opening and Beyond
College HUNKS’ comprehensive franchisee training is unparalleled in the industry. We provide 10-12 weeks of enrichment that includes a 150-point checklist as well as weekly calls to ensure everything is on track. Franchise partners spend a week training at corporate headquarters and three days on-site with a high-performing franchise location. The focus is on the daily skills needed to run and grow the business.
Because coaching is a huge part of the company’s culture, every franchisee is assigned a dedicated Franchise Business Coach and a Marketing Coach. These individuals work with franchisees regularly to help the business grow. Support offered includes ongoing coaching to help improve operations and profitability in addition to monthly calls to look at business performance. Coaches also visit locations to make it easy to ask direct questions. We also encourage franchise partners to participate in momentum groups to learn from fellow franchise partners in a structured setting.
- Operations Support Designed to Boost Your Sales
Each location is supported by the College HUNKS Sales and Loyalty Center which fields calls from customers nationwide and schedules jobs for junk removal and moving services. This allows franchisees to be available to run their business without worrying about answering the phone or hiring and training staff for this. Every caller is guaranteed to receive superior customer service from our call center professionals.
- HUNKware Technology
College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving has an award-winning website that has increased the number of jobs booked online and keeps getting better. Franchise partners also have access to an online knowledge library with operations manuals, videos, and webinars covering the topics that franchise owners need to know to run their business successfully. College HUNKS franchisees also have access to a social media platform where franchise partners can communicate, share ideas, and solve issues.
- Exceptional National Brand Recognition and Marketing
Our call center design makes our marketing more effective and supports our franchisees. Our trucks, emblazoned with our phone number are hard to miss plus our vibrant brand colors and logo. Franchise partners receive ongoing marketing support from our award-winning Marketing team.
Contact us today for more information about owning your own College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving franchise and work with the guys who wrote the book on successful modern entrepreneurship.