Introducing Raintree’s April 2021 Consultant of the Month:
As we interviewed Franchise Brokers Association (FBA) consultant Amanda Ramirez for Raintree’s April Consultant of the Month, it was clear to see why she has found such success in her role as a franchise consultant. Not only has she been involved in many various aspects of franchising over the past 6 years, but she also demonstrates a genuine interest in her clients’ future and a true passion for changing lives. We hope that you find this interview as refreshing and inspiring as we did!
How and why did you get into franchising?
I actually started in the franchise world right out of college as a Project Manager with FranVest Management, an affiliate of the FBA. I had a pre-law degree with a goal to become an immigration attorney, so I focused on working with E2 visa candidates. Not only did it align with what I wanted to do in immigration law, but I also loved the idea of helping people change their lives by coming to the US and starting a business.
During my time as a Project Manager, I was very involved in the initial ramp-up of the franchise, including site selection, buildout, hiring, training, managing, and operating. As much as I loved project management, I found that I was more excited about the educating and matching process with my clients. In 2015, I transitioned from a Project Manager to Franchise Consultant with FBA so I could focus more on making those connections. I was soon after asked to assist in developing FBA’s 5-week training program as a Franchise National Trainer, which I gladly accepted.
What is your favorite part of being a franchise consultant?
I am a major advocate of entrepreneurship. I believe that everyone has the power to be in control of their lives and their decisions. If you do not make enough money or have enough time with your family, these are all things that you can change! Franchising is the perfect solution for people who want to start their own business without being completely alone. The ability to help people find business opportunities that will allow them to become the best version of themselves is such a fulfilling experience.
What is your favorite part about working with Raintree brands?
I can always count on Raintree brands to have a strong discovery process and I know that I will be kept in close communication every step of the way. The process is always extremely thorough as well – by the end of the process my client will have all of the data they need to make an informed decision on whether this is the right opportunity for them. There are no missing pieces or question marks.
What tips do you have for other franchise consultants?
- You have to believe in and understand your role. Don’t just think of this as a job – you are changing people’s lives by guiding them to the best franchise opportunity for them. Your clients are counting on you to steer them in the right direction.
- Develop a network of Franchisors, consultants, and other individuals who align with your vision.
- Never stop learning! The world of franchising is dynamic, fluid, and ever-evolving. It is important to continue educating yourself and staying on top of the latest information.
Congratulations, Amanda, on being Raintree’s April Consultant of the Month! We truly appreciate your continued partnership as we help people take control of their lives through business ownership!