After being a professional athlete for eleven years, I searched high and low to find a business that fits my personality type and allows me to utilize my cash safely and efficiently. I initially gravitated towards real estate - studying for and earning my real estate agent’s license and later, my real estate broker’s license. I used these licenses to do just about everything imaginable in the real estate field (listed homes for sale, represented buyers purchased homes, flipped fixer-upper deals, held rental properties, provided property management services to landlords, etc.).
After selling my real estate management company in 2012, I got heavily into the financial markets (stocks, futures, forex, options, etc.). I found this really exciting but I could not find a consistent way to make safe, reliable profits. While searching for business opportunities in the summer of 2013, I came across the ACFN opportunity. I researched the industry and contemplated getting involved in the business directly (without ACFN). After speaking to several ATM ISOs, it became clear to me that it would take a herculean effort to make the business work and that I would have a steep learning curve. Instead of wasting time learning the long hard way, I decided to purchase an ACFN franchise and the journey began. I took the training in San Jose with two awesome gentlemen (current franchisees). The training alone was worth the price of the franchise fee. After leaving training, I knew I had made the right decision. If I had attempted to start this business without the training I received at ACFN, it would have taken me ten years to learn a fraction of what I learned in three days! The entire training session was interesting, fun, and informative. Each instructor knew their area of expertise extremely well and did a fabulous job of transferring some of that knowledge to us franchisees. From my perspective, this business has three distinct phases - 1) Learning / Growth Phase, 2) Service Phase 3) Completion Phase. My goal is to spend two to three years in Phase 1, seven to eight years in Phase 2, and depending on where I am at that point in my life, continue with Phase 2 (by renewing) or move on to Phase 3 (by selling or discontinuing).
I attended training on November 20th 2013 and by the end of this month, July 2014, I will have a total of thirteen ATMs in operation (seven via acquisitions and six organic/corporate leads). My goal was to have ten ATMs by the end of the year so I am more than happy with the growth thus far. I have followed the system to the letter! When making drops, 95% of the time, the people are happy to receive the information and are willing to at least consider our services as an option. Whenever I’m doing drops or servicing my locations, I always wear one of my ACFN shirts, comfortable slacks, and non-tennis shoes. I want to look and feel professional and I think my clients view me that way as well. I like servicing my locations early in the morning - before the traffic (both auto & human) picks up. I use an app on my smartphone called “Road Warrior” to optimize my driving routes each time I head out of the door (for drops and servicing). I want to be sure I’m being as efficient as possible when traveling.
I am very happy with my business and wouldn’t want to be in business with any other group of men and women. Thank you ACFN - LETS TAKE IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL!!!