Ten years ago, Charles and Audrey Brandt (photo) got a call from Salt Lake City that changed their lives. It was AlphaGraphics Inc. calling. Corporate had just approved the couple’s application to own and operate an AlphaGraphics printing franchise in Gaithersburg.
For the Brandts, married for 15 years with 3 sons at the time, the call meant much more than just opening a store, albeit a store in a great location on bustling Frederick Road.
It meant they could finally stop hopping from city to city and stay in Montgomery County, where they felt at home. And it meant they joined a business trend other couples have found successful, though not without trials and tribulations: husband-and-wife teams working together and making money at the same time.
For years, while Audrey had focused on raising their sons, even working in their school at times, Charles had worked for franchises of Holiday Inns in Albuquerque, N.M.; Sequin, Sweetwater and San Antonio, Texas; Birmingham, Ala.; and Germantown.
After all that moving, they decided that when Charles’ next promotion with Holiday Inn came up – which would mean another relocation – they would finally stay put rather than move.
Charles already knew about franchising businesses.
‘I believe that working for a franchise is a good choice,’ he said. ‘It is good because of the business model. You can build relationships with like-minded people and you can grow with them.’
Franchising Couples Claim Business Independence
June 8, 2007 by Cris | 0 Comments