I am a ownership partner of Team. We develop and market, for individual or corporate use, leadership development materials. We are the largest and most refined provider of these services. Team was founded in 1999 by former GM engineers Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. Today, Team comprises over 100,000 partners as we continue to spread our system`s use throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and other locations around the globe. To the customer we offer world class leadership materials including books, CDs, and seminars. For the partner, we offer the most competitive PRI income schedule ever created. 100% of profits generated by Team are divided according to performance throughout our organization with no hold-backs or special bonuses for founders or those with seniority. This unique structure makes us the first FPO (field profit only) of the information age.
I am looking for a partner or partners in expanding a leadership development service provision business. Check the website below, and I`ll save any further explanation for those interested. For now, I`ll just post what I`m looking for:
The business primarily involves one-on-one communication, so most of the required skills are "soft" skills. Those most important are:
Good People/Communication Skills
And a General Entrepreneurial Mindset
Check the website out, watch the video and hear a little bit about what we do. Browse around the site if you wish. In short, we offer leadership development materials to both individuals and businesses in the form of books and audios. We also offer leadership meetings and seminars. We are associated with two other businesses as well (in different markets), but again I`ll leave that for the interested.
I`d say the evolved versions of MLM./Network Marketing/Direct Selling businesses are the largest opportunities now and for the foreseeable future. Not so much those focused on one product or one service, but those who span a large array of products and services. Much like Amway/Quixtar, but with better pricing, better contracts, better distributor profit sharing, etc (I know they have a poor rep, and in my opinion for a good reason, but I believe they started with the right idea and got sidetracked in recent years). I am aware of only a few evolved versions, but I think they will be the franchising revolution of this time. I think the success and growth of these businesses, exceptionally fair compensation plans, come and go at will contracts, etc. along with the credible positive opinions concerning them by people such as Paul Zane Pilzer, Michael Dell, Robert Kiyosaki, and others, is a testament to their rise. Any opinions anyone?
My 2 cents, and then some, I`m sure:The figure you mention Craig L, likely comes form the 95/5:5/95 reality that exists in America (and this does relate to a post I had on one of your topics earlier). 95% of America is either employeed or self-employeed, and they control, as a group, 5% of the wealth in the US. The other 5% are comprised of B-type business owners and large scale investors (not 401k people, think Paul Allen types), and they control 95% of the wealth in the US.If you are planning on shifting out of the 95% to the 5%, getting back to the original topic, then I don`t think there is anything wrong with needing people from where you came from. As has been mentioned, most people are fine with being employees. While the only value I personally see in being an employee is immediate income, there are things others value in this style of acquiring money. If you provide that for others who want that, just because you wouldn`t want to be in their shoes, doesn`t make it immoral, unethical, or wrong in any way.But that`s just my opinion. Even if that employee wishes to be in your shoes, they`ll have to learn what they need to learn, and do what they need to do, to make it out. I would say that in that case you would be doing right by them if you were to share your feelings, knowledge, etc. of how you got out. If they want out of the rat-race, encourage them and congratulate them when they make it out. Even if it is a race you own. :)
Can`t help you with that policy, but I am curious about a few things. Where are you an engineer at? Have you considered entering the business world in an area completely outside of what you do for the company you work for? And probably the most important thing I could think to ask, since you say you are an aspiring entrepreneur, is why? What do you want to do/have/accomplish that entrepreneurial ventures offer for you that jobs don`t?