Planet Smoothie Franchise is a Smart Investment Option for Young Entrepreneurs
A well-run system, supportive fellow franchise owners and a product with peak consumer demand all add up to a solid and profitable business model
Owning a small business is the dream of many young people, but the obstacles often outweigh the benefits. With a Planet Smoothie franchise, it’s just the opposite.
Many current franchise owners come on board right after college, while others go straight into business instead of taking on six-figure student loans. Can they succeed? Just ask Shannon Lelli, a Planet Smoothie franchise owner in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, who’s been in business for 13 years. Entrepreneur magazine recently did just that, and what Shannon had to say is instructive.
“I was getting ready to attend a private university,” Shannon told the magazine. “However, when I realized how much my degree would cost, I thought, ‘What else can I do with that money?’ So, I chose a business loan instead of a college loan. I opened my Planet Smoothie store 12 years ago, when I was just 24 years old!”
Personal goals tied to business plan
Shannon says that her weight has been a lifelong struggle, so she not only wanted a food business, she wanted something that would offer healthy products.
“Planet Smoothie was the perfect fit because their smoothies provide healthy nutrients from whole foods and can serve as meal replacements,” she says. “When you find a business like Planet Smoothie that aligns with both your personal and financial goals, coupled with believing in the people and the product — I thought, ‘It doesn’t get any better than this!’ ”
She did her own field research, visiting several locations and speaking with other people who soon would be her fellow Planet Smoothie franchise owners. She also relied on some parental advice, since her mother and father own businesses and know the pluses and minuses of any entrepreneurial effort.
Every day allows for learning
As a very young (24 when she started) Planet Smoothie franchise owner, Shannon was often more a peer than a boss to her team. She says she learned a lot from that time as it applies to managing people, and she still learns from the business today. Now, with four children and a 60-pound weight loss, she looks back on a business that has met and exceeded her personal goals, while also allowing her to build for her family’s future.
“Dream big and don’t settle for a mediocre life or a mediocre job,” she says. “Planet Smoothie has allowed me to achieve my dream of being a stay-at-home mom and running my own business that provides for my family. It’s a dream come true! Planet Smoothie has products that all offer a healthy way of living, and owning a store is a great reminder to take care of myself. Planet Smoothie has allowed me opportunities to really be a part of my community. I’m at the finish line of every 5k race with Planet Smoothie samples, and I sponsor fitness programs at local elementary schools. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but if I can help one person choose a healthy life, I’ve done my job.”