Our London Ontario franchisee, Dan Jenken, is a true entrepreneur at heart. Along with his title of the owner of Postcard Portables, London, Dan is a co-owner of the London Line-X truck accessories and coatings. Line-X started humbly on the family farm with his brother as his partner, the business moved to a new location in London in 2000 and has been growing rapidly ever since.
Through the “6 degrees of separation” theory, Dan acquired a business mentor, Dave Wasser, who was enlisted to help with the growth of Line-X, and also happens to be related to Postcard Portables Founder, Jerred Huber. Dave presented the franchise opportunity to Dan, who soon realized that the new venture would be a great fit. Dan had been considering taking on another franchise business, and liked the Postcard Portables franchise model right away.
Having an extensive background in the franchise system, Dan describes the best part of being a franchisee as “having constant access to technical support as well as the support from other franchisees in other regions. We are often on the phone with each other looking for some insight to a particular situation. We get to learn what others have done along the way, and what they would do differently having gone through it.” He adds, “A good network of franchisees is key!”
What does Dan love about being part of the Postcard Portables team? “A unique product, and a team of internal mentors who are all great people, and hard workers” he says. Dan ads that “the team members all have a lot in common, they are all driven to succeed and they get to do so together.”
Being a franchise has also afforded Dan the opportunity to involve those in his personal life to share in his success as well. As an example. his wife, who also works in the business, is able to spend more time with their children as the hours are quite flexible.
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a franchise of your own, Dan has some advice for you: “Do your homework! Ask, lots and lots of questions. Then ask some more. Never assume anything, or pretend to know everything.” Dan also notes how rewarding entrepreneurship can be, and how many opportunities are available and says “you have to remember to enjoy the ride. Be prepared for the ups and downs.” And, maybe most importantly, Dan reminds us that “great employees make all the difference. I’d like to give a shout out to Tim who works hard and makes life that much easier.”
If you’d like to discuss your marketing initiatives with Dan or anyone on the Postcard Portables London team, call 519-521-9694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org