We’re proud of the work we’ve done on behalf of numerous prospective Franchisees and we’d like to share with you those sentiments. You’ll note that not all of our clients go on to purchase a franchise; we believe that by deliberately following a stringent set of guidelines can we truly determine if franchising is right for you. Please note that we’ve removed the last name, city and other identifying information out of respect for privacy.
“I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom on franchise ownership. After 30+ years of working in corporate America — I felt that I had no other choice but to continue down that path; however, after attending your workshop I have never been so inspired and excited about the possibilities of franchising.”
“Thanks so much for meeting with my wife and I personally. Your assessment of our two different personalities was right on target. I enjoyed how you streamlined the “franchise battle” for us with your great book and all your patience. We truly are two tough personalities to deal with, but you nailed us in your coaching and counseling. You never gave us the answer to the franchise quiz, but you gave us all the insight to make an informed decision.”
“Rick, YOU ARE THE BEST! And we are blessed to have met you.”
Charles & Alice – Florida
We opened three months ago and our phone has been ringing off the hook! The Franchisor has been great and their support has been as advertised. The system, support and business model seems strong and our territory is awesome. We just finished our second full month of business and it has been a whirlwind just trying to keep up. We have over 100 new clients and are adding about 10 a week! We have over $10k in sales and our numbers are growing as fast as we can keep up.
As you know all of this is part of the overall plan to get us all to Florida and to have a business up and running when we get there. That vision is becoming a reality and you played a big role in getting us started on this path. Big life change for me but I’m loving it!! Thank you for your guidance and council that ultimately led us to our franchise. Your process and understanding of our life goals were instrumental.
As crazy as this ride has been it is now well within grasp to get that house on the water and split time between family, fishing and the business. Once we are settled in Florida things will get easier and we look forward to enjoying the entrepreneurial challenges and the Florida lifestyle.
Hope all is well and thanks again.
Steve K – Florida
“Just a note to let you know what a pleasure it has been working with you.
The VP of Franchise Development for one of the companies you introduced me to said that you were recognized as the best in your field and I have no doubt that it is true. Your expertise not only in franchising but also in the process to determine the types of franchises that would be a good fit for me has been a tremendous asset to my search.”
“Your professionalism and thoroughness are also equally appreciated. Happy to be a reference for anyone considering your services.
Here is to much success going forward”.
Fred – Maine
Our journey to business ownership started over a year ago when I checked out a book at the library (yes, people still do that) entitled The Educated Franchisee, by Rick Bisio. My husband and I were looking to do something for ourselves, but didn’t know what type of business to pursue. We felt franchising was the way to go considering it offers a proven business model. We then connected with Rick and went on from there.
Every step of the way, Rick was professional and really took the time to get to know us in an attempt to find out the best fit for us. He made sure we understood every step of the discovery process. After hours of in depth conversations, Rick presented us with three (3) businesses and provided us with step-by-step assistance on the due diligence process with each company.
I’m pleased to say we are now proud business owners and feel we would not be in this position right now without Rick’s support and guidance. This experience has been invaluable to us and we are thrilled with the results!
Caryn & Bob – Pensylvannia
“I started this process after reading your book on franchising and realized how much I needed to learn. Firstly the process is motivating and fun. Although I have been in business for over twenty years, I had never explored franchising. I learned innumerable things during this process. Most of all it gave me the tools to evaluate business models and see if they fit my future goals. Rick’s process is laser focused to educate you to make smart decisions. Through this process I have also been able to improve the productivity of my current business. I would consider Rick’s program a must for anyone considering franchising.”
“Thanks Rick for being a great mentor! I look forward to sharing our future franchise successes with you.”
Art – Illinois
“Thank you Rick! You are hands-down one of the top resources for anyone interested in looking at franchising as a business opportunity. You wrote the book on the subject … literally. Your books The Educated Franchisee and the associated The Franchisee Workbook really helped us understand the franchise business model and are excellent resources for anyone looking at franchise opportunities. You were always a true pleasure to deal with and are undeniably one of the best franchise consultants out there. Knowledgeable and well respected by everyone in the business we spoke with, you were able to guide us through every step of the process, starting with the big hurdle of identifying appropriate franchise opportunities. You were never pushy, but were always organized, helpful and a super coach. We would recommend (and have recommended) you to anyone interested in exploring the world of franchising; they couldn’t have a better guide than you.”
Constantine & Carolyn – New Jersey
“I am skeptical by nature, but I made a conscious decision to enter Rick’s Educated Franchise process with an open mind. I am glad I did. I found Rick, and the Educated Franchise system, to be thoughtful, enlightening, and insightful. Through the discovery process I took inventory of my skills, experiences, and life goals from a perspective I would not otherwise have considered. I am excited by the future and franchise opportunity I found through Rick’s guidance and the Educated Franchise process.”
Jeff – Minnesota
“An engineer by training, I tend to take longer than most in assessing opportunity/risk and getting to a final decision with which I am comfortable. Rick Bisio, after presenting multiple options of franchise concepts that well suit my skills and life-phase, provided patient counsel throughout my due diligence period. At no time did he rush me or make me feel as if I was taking too long in getting to the finish line that was right for me. Rick can expect my call the next time I pursue the franchising route.”
Vincent – Kansas
“Rick has provided me with thorough details regarding the world of franchising. He is always prompt with our scheduled meetings and he is well prepared. He has great insights that help breakdown the many components of how to evaluate a franchise business. He’s been a super resource and someone that I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of evaluating franchise ownership.”
John – Pennsylvania
“Working with Rick Bisio was a journey onto self discovering and understanding my fully potential. He carries interviews with charisma and professionalism making the process of reaching my goal very easy-going.”
“Rick Bisio’s coaching was indispensable from the first phone call to the moment I signed my franchising agreement. His well-organized methodology helped me identify my vision and assess my priorities. I can say with confidence that I made the right decision. Now, I am completely engaged and eager to turn my dream into reality. A reality that is unique for me, the one that fits into my life style.”
“I strongly recommend Rick Bisio as a coach!”
Larissa – Arkansas
“Rick has been a great guide, advisor, and friend. He has developed a great system, network, and the expertise which gave my son and I the ability to do our due diligence and confidently select a franchise which is perfect for us to build a family business. He continues to be a superior advisor, and is genuinely invested in our success. If Rick can’t answer your question, he has an expert in his network who can. I am very pleased to give Rick and The Educated Franchisee suite of resources my highest recommendation.”
Steve – Florida
“Rick is a straight shooter who is concerned with the best interests of all the players involved. He is responsive, reliable and thorough. He provides outstanding support in the form of tools, tips personal advice to make the discovery process easier. I feel fortunate to have him as my guide to choosing a franchise!”
Laurie – Florida
“Rick was a consummate professional that truly understood both the complexity of the match making process he was engaged in with me and several franchises and my needs and wants for the franchise. He took the time necessary to understand what I needed and spent the extra time during the process to keep his understanding and thoughts accurate. I also was comforted that he was working in the background for me, insuring I had a good experience across the companies he presented. I would recommend Rick whenever asked for a Franchise consultant.”
Dan – California
“During my due diligence process, Rick was informative, knowledgeable, and friendly in helping me find my way in the world of franchising. I couldn’t put his book down from start to finish which is called, “The Educated Franchisee”. He gave me the proper guidance on what steps to take regarding learning and decision making. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone looking to start their own business or is looking into franchising or just simply needs business guidance.”
Evan – New Jersey
“I am very grateful for the time you spent with me a year ago. You are very knowledgeable and have extensive resources available. Unfortunately buying a franchise is like match making, you brought me a lot of great prospects but I never fell in love. If I am back in the market you will be the first call I make.”
Eduardo – Florida
“Rick takes the time to understand your preferences, personality, strengths and weaknesses. He then brings forward the right set of opportunities uniquely suited for you to succeed and reach your goals. I felt he got me to know myself better in terms of what I was truly looking for and would succeed with, and he found several great opportunities. A great advocate, coach and sounding board.”
Bill – California
“Stepping away from a six figure job and buying a franchise is a scary proposition one that keeps me awake at night. However, Rick has worked with since day one, and presented a great list of potential target franchises. One of Rick greatest strengths is that he listens, and never puts any pressure on you. I really enjoy working with Rick as is always makes time foe me and provides me with great advise”
Martin – Texas
“We have learned so much about ourselves and what it really takes to buy a franchise. You have been with us through all the key stages of the franchise acquisition process. We would have never attempted this project without your expertise. You are very easy and fun to work with. Thank you for all the assistance you have given to us these many months.”
Sharon and Ray – Florida
“As a new comer to knowing anything about owning a franchise, I would not have been able to make any smart choices, know any preparations to becoming a franchise owner, and all of the preliminary work that needed to be done before choosing the right business for me. Your help and knowledge of the franchise business was phenomenal, and the help you gave me was priceless.”
Marla Meyer – Florida
“I had already been researching both franchise and start-up opportunities for several months when I started working with Rick after reading his book “The Educated Franchisee”. His help, guidance, and support were critical in the process leading to my purchasing my new franchise. It was not an easy scenario – for personal reasons, I had very firm geographic boundaries in a relatively rural part of the country, and to make things even more challenging, I was recovering from a disabling injury. Even though I had read his book and was using the strategies outlined therein, working with Rick in the “discovery” phase was extremely enlightening. His input prompted me to re-examine some of my thoughts and assumptions, and his evaluation of my personality and style was invaluable. He came back with several business ideas, including one that I initially thought “no way, not ever, doesn’t fit”. But Rick said encouraged me to look into it. Much to my surprise, after thoroughly investigating everything, much to my surprise that was the business model that was head and shoulders above the 30 or so I looked at in total, with a franchise “style” that is very well suited to my personality. Due to my medical situation, the process probably took much longer than is typical (almost 10 months) – during that time, I felt that we became friends, even though we have never met in person, and he was extremely supportive with some of the personal challenges I was going through during my recovery. To sum up, I will be forever happy and grateful that I decided, almost on a whim, to fill out the franchisee consultant form that led to Rick and I working together – I would not be where I am today without it!
Lee – Colorado
“Rick’s consultation has been a great help on letting me start my own business. I didn’t have any business or sales experience so I decided to go with a franchise and met him through his best seller “The Educated Franchisee”. He thoroughly understood my experience and background, and gave me a few franchise opportunities where he guided me to complete the discovery process. He educated me not only how to chose a franchise but also general business practice. I’m very happy with the one I have chosen as I can fully utilize my previous experience. I couldn’t have even started my own business without his assistance.”
Kenny – Florida
“Rick Bisio is a great resource for the franchisee. He is an expert at providing you with the best franchise opportunities, Rick knows all about the best new and exciting franchises, as well as the mature ones that will continue to perform.”
“He will find you what you are looking for, based on your financial needs, your experience level and your geographic area of choice. I would not consider purchasing a franchise, without consulting Rick Bisio and his team first”
Dana – California
“Rick was extremely helpful to me and provided the honest guidance when I was looking for a franchise business. I was very impressed with his approach, he spent a great deal of time understanding me and my needs before suggesting options to me. Rick was very committed and followed up on questions promptly.”
Hansil – Florida
Congratulations on your book! Though I am not in the hunt for franchise opportunities at present, I look forward to reading it. I wanted to also take the opportunity to thank you for your efforts and guidance in bringing quality opportunities to my attention, and through the initial stages of due diligence. Though I didn’t pull the trigger, I realize it was my opportunity lost. Specifically, the franchise was purchased by another person for the Knoxville area and has been a great hit for the owner. My loss was not following through on your advice. Best of luck in your endeavors, and I will doubtless contact you when I am at the franchise bridge in the future.
John – TN
I wanted to send you a short note to bring you up to date on what we have been experiencing since our last talk. …. We have been flat out busy and we reworking diligently to get our new business up and running. The two week of training were very intense and each day was jam packed. We started at 9AM most days and trained hard until 6-6:30 at night. On several days, we were courted by the supplier with dinners at the best restaurants and chewed the fat until 9 or so at night. Two weeks was not enough but it was all a body could take. We ate too much, got little down time, and slept too little. We both woke up in the middle of the night with thoughts whirling from the days activities. … Seeing, doing and participating do much to reduce the mystery and fear factor as we ramp up for the reality of the customer. … We also heard from a lady that was in training that she sold two customers on her first two sales calls – it was welcome news. She was a very sharp gal and if she can do it . . . we all can. We were thrilled to meet Roxana at training. She introduced herself and some things she was saying tipped me off that ‘She knows Rick!” Sure enough she does… OK, gotta get ready to grill for some friends coming over!
Ron and Alice – NC
There’s never been a better time to write your own future. Challenge yourself and use your skills to do something good for your family, your community and the world at large. For as long as I could remember my dream has been to have my own business. Franchise consultants can help make that dream come true. Our consultant is like our friend; now. His dedication, perseverance & customer service skills helped me realize my dreams of franchise ownership. My husband and I entered the small business world after holding management positions in the corporate world for 10+ years. Although I was very happy with my job, I felt I could do and excel more if I have my own business that not only helps me, but also the community and the environment at large. But I did not know how to proceed – you are always so busy doing what you are doing. We needed advice to begin our screening of the small business possibilities and later to compile a business plan and seek financial assistance. Our consultant did this with confidence and skills far beyond what we had anticipated. Now we are proud owners of a franchise business with plans to open 2 more locations. He made it so simple and easy – getting rid of all the hassles in our search for a good one. He began by meeting with us initially, then by weekly phone conferences until the business loan had been applied for and the contract was signed. He gave us guidance into small business possibilities in relation to the expectations we had envisioned. He is always so prompt and knowledgeable. He is very professional, upbeat and positive in dealing with us. Many times he has been there to “hold our hands’ and listen· to our concerns, as well as coach us in dealing with a problem. Calling my consultant is more like calling a trusted friend for advice. We not only appreciate the work done for us, but the relationship we have with him. Integrity, effective and efficient business knowledge and excellent communicative skills, all are words that we feel describe … our Franchise Consultant. If you want to be the navigator of your own ship and would like to make a positive difference, then I will say ‘Make that call!’ and don’t worry, consultants will push you through to pursue your dream!
Sharmila – FL
I wanted to again share with you my deep appreciation for your enabling me to meet with Rick Bisio during his Entrepreneurship class at Right Management. Since that seminar, Rick educated me on entrepreneurship and helped me to create a model and profile which he then used to directly match my needs with those of a number of Franchise companies. He provided me with a tailored list of four solid and very different companies all of which matched my criteria. Rick always carefully set my expectations, supported and walked me skillfully through the process that I then used to assess these business – from the companies perspective as well as from that of the franchisees – over the next two months (a more than full time job, while continuing to explore ‘traditional employment’ and had-the pleasure of turning down offers). Rick’s guidance, industry knowledge, unbridled enthusiasm, strong listening skills, direct approach and clear concern for my success were apparent throughout this process. We spoke multiple times each week, and his support extended beyond the franchise assessment process to include education and advice about business ownership as well as introductions to other needed resources. His practical experience was invaluable, and of paramount importance to me were his forthcoming style, honesty, integrity and sincere concern in ensuring that the Franchisee/Franchise match was sound. Whenever I mentioned his name, it was met with unabashed respect and appreciation for this exceptionally knowledgeable, well respected businessman whose sincere enthusiasm and extensive expertise in franchising and entrepreneurship are invaluable. I’ve since purchased a franchise and have just returned from their training. I have you to thank, for your support and your introduction to Rick Bisio, this wonderful resource that has taken me down this path. Now I just have to put it all together and make my new business a success! I look forward to talking to you soon, and will gladly provide you and your candidates with any support or insight I can.
Lori – FL
Thank you for all your help and guidance in the process of finding a business that is right for me. Although I did not choose a franchise, your process and business insight has proven to be invaluable to me. Thank you for all of your hard work and for having my best interests and values at heart; It has been a pleasure working with you!
Max – FL
I just wanted to write to you to let you know that we have opened our franchise in St. Petersburg. We have three employees and 17 customers so far. I want to thank you again for all your assistance. When I first started to look into franchising, I was overwhelmed at all the choices and soon started to doubt that I would do anything. You helped clear the clouds and educated me on the world of franchising. Thanks to you, I couldn’t be happier with the support and training that the franchisor has provided. I am absolutely positive this will be a successful business for me. Thanks again and please feel free to send anyone to me that would like a referral for your services.
Marty – FL
Thank you for your assistance in identifying the perfect business for me. From creating a personal model to completing the due diligence process to executing the franchise agreement, your guidance was invaluable at every step. I truly appreciate the time and care you took to make sure I found a business that suits my interests and abilities. The franchise is a perfect fit for me. I couldn’t be happier!
Ellen – FL
We have signed and mailed the FA and checks to the franchisor. I guess we will be official next week ! We really appreciate the help you have given us over the phone and through your book. We felt that you did an outstanding job when it came to customer service (being available, answering questions, listening to us, teaching us the process etc.). You were very on top of things and did a great job of keeping the whole thing moving forward to completion. You really know what you’re doing, are good at it and seem to enjoy it very much! We will definitely recommend you every chance we get! Keep in touch and if you need anything from us, please let us know! We will let you know next time we plan on visiting Tampa.
Brad – OK
Things are going well with my franchise. I go to my 3rd and final, official training session next week. I am booking business, producing jobs and getting paid. That’s how it is supposed to work, right? It has been a lot of work. But I feel I am learning each day and that is huge for me. I hope all is well with you.
Alice – MA
Thank you so much for helping me getting started on this new life. I’ve gone to training and worked in a franchise location. I LOVE IT! My store should be open in mid-January.You should feel really good about the work you do!
Bill – AZ
I wanted to send you a big THANKS and small token of my appreciation for all your work, guidance and friendship. Throughout the process, I always felt you were honest, of unquestionable integrity and expert in all aspects of the franchise and franchise selection process. While the results weren’t what either of us may have expected at the onset, they certainly are the best for me and my family. I am fully confident this is the “right” decision at this point in my life and am grateful to you for the role you played in getting there. Thanks again and I wish you and (your family) happiness in life and career-in that order.
Walt – GA
It is difficult to express in words the gratitude we have for how you guide us through this process. So, I’ll just say we are blessed. …. seems to be a very good fit for us. So Thank You. In our world, you rock.
Jeff and Jill – CO
Got your great note and flyers today. You don’t even have to ask for referral. Ours was such a great experience; I’d do it without thinking! Here are some of our (business) cards. You have me intrigued! Will keep you posted on our progress. It’s so much to digest, do and it’s an awesome fit! Keep pinching myself. That’s a good thing! Best,
Karen – GA
Thank you so much for your time and energy in helping us look for a business opportunity. We have just a high respect for you and will send everyone who may be interested in Franchising your way. We are glad to have met you and know we will be doing business again soon.
Sandra – TX
Rick was a tremendous help with my search to start a new business. His analysis of my skill set and preferences helped narrow down the type of business that was the best fit for me. He then provided several strong franchise opportunities for me to consider and greatly assisted in the evaluation of each one. Honestly, knowing what I have learned from Rick, I can’t imagine evaluating and choosing a franchise business without his expertise guiding the way.
Fred – ME
Just a note to let you know what a pleasure it has been working with you.
The VP of Franchise Development for one of the companies you introduced me to said that you were recognized as the best in your field and I have no doubt that it is true. Your expertise not only in franchising but also in the process to determine the types of franchises that would be a good fit for me has been a tremendous asset to my search.
Your professionalism and thoroughness are also equally appreciated. Happy to be a reference for anyone considering your services. Here is to much success going forward.
Fred – Florida