Hannah Perry

Hannah’s Journey. Why She’s Franchising Her Art and Party Studio

Hannah Perry is the founder of The Giggling Pig Art and Party Studio, located in Connecticut (USA). She owns one studio, with a second studio, as of July 2021, franchised. Join Hannah, and Ramon Ray, founder of SmartHustle.com, on this new series of the Smart Hustle Podcast, Hannah's Journey! We’ll follow Hannah on her journey through the...

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People Want In on the Junk

Josh Cohen, founder, and CEO of Junkluggers took a “garbage” idea and turned it into a business that’s booming. Starting a business is challenging, and when it’s a niche business, those intricacies become even more complex. Josh faced this challenge head-on when he took the mainstream offering of hauling junk and made it environmentally...

From NFL Player to Coffee Shop Mogul – Lessons In Hiring, Franchising and Being the Best

NFL football players are some of the best athletes, but do they make great entrepreneurs? I interviewed, Shawn Bouwens who owns, with his wife, over 30 Scooter's Coffee shops. On why franchising? Shawn said, "Why reinvent the wheel". There's a case to be made for being an entrepreneur through franchising.  He said one of the...

Franchising – The Big Things You Need To Know

You’ve decided to buy a franchise. Whether franchise ownership represents freedom from the corporate world, the fulfilment of a lifelong goal of business ownership or an addition to your business portfolio, investors are attracted to franchising because of the possibility of financial success. Owning a franchise can give you a tested business model with...

How NFL Player Gary Brackett Became a Successful Restaurant Franchisor

How NFL Player Gary Brackett Became a Successful Restaurant Franchisor

In a 2009 Sports Illustrated article about why many professional athletes go broke, it was reported that “78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.” And all of this takes place within two years of retiring from the NFL. Gary Brackett, a former linebacker and...

Six Things To Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Franchisee

Six Things To Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Franchisee

Franchise businesses are engines that keep the U.S. economy churning. For several years now, the franchise sector has outpaced the overall economy, and that strong growth is expected to continue, according to the annual economic outlook of the International Franchise Association. It’s no wonder that prospective business owners look at the franchise sector as a...

Entrepreneur Ciara Stockeland on the Challenges and Nuances of Starting a Franchise Business

Entrepreneur Ciara Stockeland on the Challenges and Nuances of Starting a Franchise Business

There are at least 28 million small businesses in the US which account for about 54 percent of all sales. There are also 900,000 franchise businesses across 300 business sectors of the economy. And yet, despite these numbers, it’s not often that you will come across small business brands that are also franchises. This is where...

Do Entrepreneurs Need a College Degree? An Interview with Entrepreneur and Franchisee Charles Bonfiglio

Do Entrepreneurs Need a College Degree? An Interview with Entrepreneur and Franchisee Charles Bonfiglio

Growing up, most of us heard from our parents, “go to college and get a good job!” Sounds like a good plan, right? However, have you ever wondered if there was a better way? Alternatively, have you been curious how the greats like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or Mark Zuckerberg created their empires –...

How Hannah Perry of The Giggling Pig Turned $15 Into Small Business Success

How Hannah Perry of The Giggling Pig Turned $15 Into Small Business Success

[content field="callout1" format="true" class="calloutwide"]I recently had the privilege of interviewing Hannah Perry, founder of the Giggling Pig Art and Party Studio in Shelton, Connecticut. The studio is a fixture in her community, letting children of all ages take part in art classes or after-school enrichment programs. It’s a place where creativity and curiosity flourish. But...

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