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Franchisee Review | ACFN does all the “heavy lifting”
What a pleasure it has been working as a franchisee with ACFN. My business in Houston is growing and preparing to begin its fourth year operating machines in and around the Houston area.
I currently have nine working machines. I also have a helper who used to own and serviced ATMs. He commented to me that my portfolio of machines, while relatively small, is the most lucrative portfolio he has ever seen.
The key to this business and why I was attracted to it was not to become rich. If I was looking to become wealthy as a franchisee I would have to operate a much larger number of machines. The most attractive feature about this franchise is that ACFN does all the “heavy lifting” that usually dominates most business owner’s time. And, to be successful, requires a minimum time commitment on your part.
ACFN identifies potential locations, provides free materials to make drops on the locations, and has a professional sales team that contacts the location to try to confirm a deal. Although I am kept informed about ACFN’s contact with the location through its website, unless I want additional involvement, I only need to be contacted once a tentative deal is reached.
Once a location signs a contract I can order all of the equipment I need through ACFN, which has negotiated discount prices with many of its vendors. I then use step-by-step instructions to program the machine. Once it is place, I am provided technical support from ACFN seven days a week.
Finally, the accounting team provides a monthly statement detailing the amount I earned, how much was paid to the location and other costs, leaving no guesswork on my part. I receive my check, with all other bills paid on my behalf, so I do not have to question the amount of my earnings or how ACFN arrived at the figure.
All this is done for me while I relax and let my machines do all the work. I know when its time to restock the machine with money using another ACFN website, which shows transactions in real time.
I work four to six hours a week on my business because I choose to. A franchisee can work more or less time, with no pressure from ACFN, depending on his or her goals.
Through your guidance and expert advice, I have to say it has been very little work on my part to build my portfolio. I also have to say that everyone at ACFN has been professional, attentive, courteous and equally as important patient, while I grew my business. I can only hope to continue as a franchisee in the coming years.