About Your Spreadsheets Being A Waste Of Time

throw your spreadsheets from this train

Okay, possibly don’t throw your spreadsheets from a train-because littering. However eliminate them now.

What Joel?”

I’m not kidding.

Throw them out. Higher but, place them in your recycling receptacle.

You’ll see why in a second.

However first, it’s story time.


Expertise Tells Me…

I (just about) knew how it will finish.

Not as a result of I’m a genius. Not due to my present.



However due to my expertise with these items.

I’ll clarify.


Working With George

A number of months again, George visited this web site and took my (free) Franchise Compatibility Quiz.

He scored a “46,” which is respectable. Primarily based on that rating, he’d be a man who would observe the franchise system because it was laid out. In different phrases, George is a rule-follower, which is type of (ahem) essential if you wish to be a franchisee.

Quickly after he acquired his rating he scheduled a complimentary name with me. He needed to debate the place he was at, and see if it will make sense to work 1:1 with me.

Throughout our name, I decided he was in all probability heading in the right direction with the franchises he was exploring, and I advised him as a lot. We talked about his targets and I gave him a number of ideas on how he ought to proceed. He stated favored my fashion, and determined to put money into a month’s price of my Assured Franchise Possession Consultations. Good man.

Our first couple of calls went properly. Then issues modified a bit.


George’s Spreadsheets

It’s essential so that you can know the way I work.

In a nutshell, I see my function as a “protector.” Which means I do no matter I can to guard my purchasers. From what?

From making pricey errors. How? A lot of methods.

As an example, if a consumer of mine is placing the cart earlier than the horse, and/or not specializing in the proper issues, I inform them. As you’ll see.

Joel, after I analysis issues, I like to gather as a lot information as doable. Particularly the numbers. As soon as I do this, I create spreadsheets, so I can study the numbers. I’ve been doing that with all of the franchises I’ve been taking a look at. And after I’m completed including all of the franchises to my spreadsheets, I’m going to decide on the one with one of the best earnings for the proprietor.”

Me: “I see. However what when you don’t like what the franchisees say?”

Joel, I’m not planning on speaking to any franchisees till I get all my numbers.”

Me: “George, your spreadsheets aren’t going to inform you sufficient in regards to the franchises you’re investigating. They’re solely numbers.” I continued.

What if, out of all of the franchises you’re taking a look at, you select the one with ‘one of the best revenue numbers,’ however you discover out that your function as a franchisee is approach completely different then you definately envisioned for your self?”

I’m not involved about that but. I simply need to focus my time on discovering essentially the most worthwhile franchise companies. I must make sufficient cash for this to be price it.

At this level, my frustration degree is approaching the hazard zone.

sign describing the franchise king's frustration with franchise client


George Wants To Throw Away His Spreadsheets!

Me: “George, you’re paying me that can assist you make a protected, knowledgeable resolution on a franchise to personal. I perceive that your ROI is essential to you. I actually do. However when you proceed analyzing your spreadsheets with out trying on the real-life a part of proudly owning a franchise enterprise, you’re placing your potential funding in danger.”

At this level I’m out of breath, however I’m not going to let George discuss but.

You could put your spreadsheets away, and get on the cellphone and discuss to franchisees who personal the franchises you’re probably eager about shopping for. You’re too centered on the numbers and never on the precise enterprise. George, you’re not shopping for the numbers. You’re shopping for an precise enterprise. One you’re going to personal and function.”

Joel, I would like to do that my approach. Once more, I’m not going to waste my time calling franchise homeowners except the numbers look good.”

Would you wish to know what occurred subsequent?

Notice: spreadsheets, after they’re used accurately, could be a good addition to your franchise due diligence toolkit. Particularly, they can be utilized for budgeting, monetary evaluation, and information visualization. Plus they are often linked to different spreadsheets, databases, and exterior information sources to replace information robotically. And extra.

A quote from Kenny Guinn:

We should rely much less on spreadsheets and funding formulation and extra on frequent sense.”

Another factor.

As soon as your franchise enterprise is up and operating, you’ll want a confirmed approach to monitor your numbers. Check out Quickbooks. I’m a proud affiliate of their software program.


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George Didn’t Purchase A Franchise

George by no means discovered a franchise that had the proper numbers.

Both the franchisee’s bills had been too excessive, the revenue margins had been too low, or the ROI wasn’t the place he needed it to be. However how did he get his numbers?

He bought them…he bought them truly, in a single kind or one other, from web sites specializing in promoting franchise information and materials you may truly entry free of charge-if you already know the place to search for it.

For instance, do you know that the State of Wisconsin’s Division of Monetary Establishments offers up to date FDD’s free of charge? Here

Which means you don’t have any cause to pay for a Franchise Disclosure Doc.

Backside line?

George wasted his cash on issues he may’ve have gotten free of charge. Plus, he wasted hour upon spreadsheet hour doing who is aware of what forms of calculations that didn’t accomplish something. Maintain on. I stand corrected.

By solely specializing in “the numbers,” which had been solely averages anyway, George completed one thing a number of aspiring franchise homeowners do.

He quashed his dream of franchise enterprise possession.

Not (solely) as a result of he didn’t take and belief my recommendation, however by speaking himself out of buying a franchise earlier than he bought ALL the information.


George, George, George

Lastly, bear in mind after I advised you “I knew how it will finish?”

I did.

I knew George wouldn’t purchase a franchise.

If solely he would’ve mixed his spreadsheet ridiculousness with a dozen or so cellphone conversations with current franchisees.

If solely.

I’ll go away you with this.

Belief your intestine intuition over spreadsheets. There are too many variables in the actual world that you just can’t put right into a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets spit out outcomes out of your inexact assumptions and provide you with a false sense of safety. Normally, your coronary heart and intestine are nonetheless your finest information.”

Naveen Jain


One spreadsheet disposal technique I like to recommend is Mark’s Fireplace Method.

Simply throw your franchise revenue and expense comparability spreadsheets right into a wooden burning fire and be completed.


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