Path 2 Freedom

Path 2 Freedom

How to Take Control of YOUR Life, and Create FREEDOM for Yourself, Through Business Ownership

Episodes

February 15, 2024 55 mins

Unlock the secrets of affordable housing innovation as we chat with Colton Paulhus, the ingenious founder of Anchored Tiny Homes. Discover how a simple Facebook post catapulted his vision into a vibrant business that's reshaping the housing industry. Amidst a critical shortage in the aftermath of the 2008 crash, Paulus's company has emerged as a game-changer, transitioning from quaint mobile tiny homes to groundbreaking accessory d...

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In this episode of the "Path to Freedom" podcast, Erle Adams, CMO of J. Gault Finance Suites, discusses the critical role of business credit for SMEs. He details the risks of using personal assets for business funding and the lack of awareness about corporate credit building. Erle outlines J. Gault's mission to provide SMEs with tools typically reserved for larger corporations, emphasizing the use of an EIN for credit building. He ...

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In this podcast episode, Maya Ratcliff, founder and CEO of Hawaiian Fluid Art, shares her entrepreneurial journey from starting art classes to franchising her business concept. Her art studios offer a therapeutic and inclusive environment, providing various art forms and positively impacting individuals with unique needs. With 23 open stores and more in development, including international expansion, Maya discusses the brand's succ...

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In this podcast episode, Wes Barefoot, a franchise owner and consultant, discusses how franchise ownership can lead to greater personal freedom and control over one's life. Using a bicycle analogy, he explains the importance of operational execution and the effort required to succeed in franchising, emphasizing that the right choice must be paired with hard work and dedication for success.

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In this podcast episode, Wes, a business coach, interviews Raffi, an entrepreneur, about the intricacies of franchising, business development, and the significance of values and culture in a company's growth. They delve into the challenges of finding and retaining quality staff and the need for strategic planning, regardless of the business size. Rafa shares his journey with different business models, from franchises to independent...

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In this podcast episode, Raffi Iskenderian recounts his path from an immigrant with humble beginnings to a thriving entrepreneur in the home improvement sector. He and his business partner, Jeff, leveraged their corporate experience from Capital One to strategically build a diversified portfolio of home improvement businesses, including ShelfGenie. They focused on sales and marketing, high-ticket items, and the aging population's n...

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​​In this episode, Wes kicks off the new year with a discussion on the significance of equity ownership for financial freedom. He introduces "The Almanack of Naval Ravikant," a book by a successful entrepreneur that offers guidance on wealth and happiness. Wes reflects on Naval's philosophy that challenges conventional wealth accumulation methods, advocating for passive income through business equity. Sharing personal insights from...

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Prepare yourself for a riveting journey as we uncover the triumphs of Drew Brees, not just as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and MVP, but as a successful franchise mogul. From his first foray into franchising with Jimmy John's during his time at Purdue University, to strategic partnerships with brands such as Walk-Ons Sports Bistro, Smalls Sliders, and even Dunkin Donuts, Brees has undoubtedly carved out a franchise empire. Remar...

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In this episode of the "Path to Freedom" podcast, the host discusses the three necessary elements for achieving the goal of business ownership, inspired by insights from John Mattson, the founder of Superhuman. The elements include belief in oneself and the possibility of success, the know-how or willingness to learn and seek guidance, and the willingness to step out of one's comfort zone and make sacrifices. The host emphasizes th...

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In this podcast episode, Nick Lobert and Derek Shewmon, co-founders of the franchise brand Homestretch, discuss their business. Homestretch is a home preparation service company that helps homeowners prepare their homes for sale, focusing on cosmetic improvements. They share their journey from childhood friends to business partners, and how they started Homestretch to fill a gap in the market. They discuss their focus on building r...

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In this episode of the Path to Freedom Podcast, the host introduces Leland Gross, founder and CEO of Peace Link Financial Planning. They discuss the importance of strategic financial planning for small business owners and self-employed professionals. Leland shares his holistic approach to financial planning, emphasizing the business as the biggest investment for self-employed individuals. He also discusses his role in reviewing tax...

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In this podcast episode, host Wes Barefoot interviews Alex Yeater, a partner in an area representative partnership for the emerging brand Everbowl. They discuss Alex's journey into franchising, his partnership with Drew Brees, and his franchise experiences. Alex shares insights into the challenges and rewards of franchise ownership, the importance of aligning with the franchise's culture, and the value of mentorship and community i...

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In this episode of the "Path to Freedom" podcast, the host discusses the misconceptions about franchise ownership, emphasizing its scalability. The host introduces Greg Flynn, the owner of the Flynn Group, as an example of successful franchise ownership. Flynn, who started with eight Applebee locations, now owns 2,356 restaurant franchises and has recently expanded into the fitness sector. The host highlights the significant impact...
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 Highlighting our engaging conversation with the dynamic John Madsen, founder and CEO of Superhuman, this episode journeys into the world of fitness and entrepreneurship. John shares his inspiring transition from the NFL to the fitness industry, and how he has been growing his innovative brand for the past three years. He opens up about his mission of guiding others to transform into their most elite selves, delivering not just med...

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Have you ever found yourself feeling like a fish out of water while navigating the world of entrepreneurship? Like you, our guest for today, Dan Klaps, co-founder and CEO of Vota Cleaning and Restoration, walked through these daunting waters, turning every stone into a stepping stone. His journey, replete with ventures from selling baseball cards to starting a staffing business in college, culminated in him taking a plunge into the...

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When my wife, Kelly, and I were just starting out, we found ourselves yearning to be business owners at a relatively young age. The hitch? We were short on resources and had little financial backing. Yet, the desire to break free from the conventional 9-5 grind was too potent to ignore. In this riveting episode, I unfold the tale of our journey into franchise ownership, specifically how we smartly navigated non-traditional funding ...

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In this episode of the Path to Freedom podcast, host Wes interviews John Nemo, founder and CEO of Nemo Media Group. They discuss the importance of marketing, branding, and prospecting, with a focus on LinkedIn. John shares his journey from journalism to entrepreneurship, highlighting how he utilized LinkedIn for B2B leads and lead generation. He emphasizes the significance of a client-facing LinkedIn profile and the need for a uniq...

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What happens when you step out of your comfort zone and take a leap into the world of franchise business? My wife and I can tell you – it’s a rollercoaster of experiences, lessons, and realizations. In our journey, we've discovered the power of a semi-absentee ownership model, a concept that allows you to maintain your current lifestyle and financial security while exploring new business avenues. It's a path we followed, juggling o...

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Welcome to a fresh episode where we're thrilled to have Henry Gonzalez, a franchise owner of the unique boutique fitness brand, Stretch Lab. The first part of our conversation follows Henry’s intriguing voyage from a stock-heavy investment portfolio to becoming an inspiring franchise owner. Along with his wife, Henry takes us through the pivots and turns of their journey, including their fateful visit to the expo headquarters and t...

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In this podcast episode, Wes interviews his friend Dave Pazgan about his work with Kido Kinetics, a youth sports enrichment brand. Dave explains how he got involved with the brand and discusses the potential of the business. They talk about the size and potential of the youth sports market, the impact of COVID-19, and the opportunities for Kiddo Kinetics in the education sector. Dave also explains the role of a Kiddo Kinetics franc...

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