From farming to car washing to commercial development to yoga to coffee to mini-billboards! Meet Kurt and Kyla Belich, our Red Deer franchisees.
After more than a decade spent as the self-proclaimed “car wash guy,” Kurt, who has always had an eye for a great business opportunity, saw his next adventure with Kyla in Postcard Portables.
After much consideration, Kurt and Kyla were ultimately attracted to Postcard Portables as a source of steady income with low overhead and staffing costs. They also recognized the franchise possibility as one that they could truly make their own, given that the business is not needlessly complicated. Looking forward to depending on their own hard work and dedication, together they took the plunge and haven’t looked back since.
Since taking on the mini-billboard market, Kurt describes the best part of franchise ownership as having access to goods and services that you just wouldn’t get as an independent business. Franchisees have a competitive advantage over others because all products sold are made in one spot. “You get the benefit of being a big company, as opposed to a small start-up,” says Kurt. “Even as a small business, you can compete with larger businesses with an excellent product for a reasonable price.”
What does Kurt love about being a member of the Postcard Portables team? The sharing of knowledge! Even as the “new guy” you get to start off way up the learning curve thanks to the shared experiences of other franchisees (as well as the franchisors), who always make themselves available to help each other. Supplier knowledge is another benefit and is also always just a phone call away. There is a lot of support.
In the spirit of knowledge sharing, if you’re considering purchasing any franchise, Kurt has this advice to share: It takes time to grow and become successful. When it comes to business ownership, there is no such thing as a 40-hour work-week. “You will get out of it what you put into it.” Kurt says, “Be realistic with yourself and understand that you have to put a lot more time into it than you think you do. Try to find balance, and know what you want for your life.”