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When a business coach helped Ileen Groves narrow down a list of franchises that would be a good fit for her, the name BookKeeping Express wasn’t what she had in mind.
“It sounded to me like they were asking me to sit down behind a computer and work with transactions all day long,” Groves said.
But her coach told her to take a closer look at the company. It would not require her to be working with spreadsheets all day for small business clients, as Groves first thought. In fact, the company provided bookkeeping services for her clients through a central office, leaving her the time to work with small business owners in other ways, including improving their operations and efficiency.
That’s the kind of work Groves wanted to do; and she has become so good at it that BookKeeping Express named her and husband Barry Groves Franchisees of the Year.
A graduate of Notre Dame College of Ohio with a degree in secondary education, Ileen Groves, 65, had spent her career in various fields, including work as a teacher, paralegal, and manager for a food brokerage business.
Finally, she became a logistics and supply expert for Owens Corning in Toledo, Ohio, a job that allowed her to travel to a company division in California. She loved the area so much she and her husband planned to move there. But when Owens Corning closed the division, making it impossible for her to transfer within the company, the Groves decided to go ahead with their move and Ileen began exploring various franchises.
“I decided to take the bull by the horns and make a business opportunity for myself,” she said.
Enlisting Business Coach’s Help
She started exploring on her own, but when she went to a discovery day for Seniors Helping Seniors, she felt she was in over her head and turned to a franchise consultant for help. It’s assistance she would recommend to other potential franchisees who are looking to make an investment in a company.
“They will help you remove the emotion from it and look at it more objectively,” Groves said. “Thanks to my coach, we were able to narrow it down to things that were important to us, not just things we were knowledgeable in.”