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Corporate Job or Business Owner?

Posted by trinda On June - 16 - 2011

In being with WSI almost 10 years now I have certainly seen a lot of changes not only in our business but also in the markets around the world. Many people we speak with today have been laid off from their job and are looking for the next step, the next challenge in life. Interestingly enough though not everyone is looking to build an empire some franchisees are just looking to replace a salary they once had and have more control over their time.

Layoffs, running out of severance pay and digging into savings to live is stressful. But what if this happened again? Getting older, looking for a job. I see a lot of people that need to replace their income and take charge of their future.

Here is an excellent article really speaking to the experiences of one of our 1000+ franchisees

Looking at a business when someone has been in the corporate all of their life can be a scary thing. It can certainly be this but several weeks ago I was speaking with a friend and this one conversation really gave me a new outlook on things. He explained that he went skiing for the first time on his recent vacation and he was terrified because he had never skied. He said looking all around him there were small children skiing everywhere. They didn’t know about ski injuries and all of the stories we hear about someone breaking there leg. They just knew they wanted to have fun.

He told me this gave him a different insight to how he was feeling and he decided to set aside his “False Evidence Appearing Real” and take the plunge. He said he had the best time ever and has already planned his next ski vacation with friends who are avid skiers.

In deciding to own a business, many times people face fear. They use their past experiences from their career, their emotions and stories from other business owners. They don’t gather the facts to discover if business ownership is truly a good option for them or not.

Don’t discount any options in front of you. The type of business you said you would “never own” may be the best fit for you. Look at the information, keep your emotions in check. Look at options from all angles and go with the business that best fits your personality, goals and lifestyle.

If you are considering a transition from your current position,  looking to leave a position or finding yourself not able to find your next position perhaps a franchise might be next step to help you achieve your goals

Across the globe, post-recession recovery is on everyone’s mind and our WSI Internet Franchise is no exception. In our attempt to stimulate the less-than-ideal American economy, we’ve launched our Investing in America Program, which works to recruit those who may not necessarily have the deepest pockets, but still possess the drive and tenacity we’re looking for in a WSI franchisee. More specifically, this program was designed particularly for US-based young entrepreneurs and military veterans for a much lower upfront cost.

It’s an exclusive offer for individuals who we know can thrive in a proven system like WSI’s. We’re targeting a group who innately demonstrates leadership and drive. And the reason we’re so confident in this, is that we already have numerous franchisees that fit the bill and have already surpassed everyone’s expectations by this economy’s standards! (See: “WSI Consultant Andrew Nguyen, Featured in Dallas Morning News,” and read about his 300% revenue increase.)

This program is perfect for today’s slow economy; in fact it was highlighted in the October Issue of IndUS Business Journal, where Rhonda Sanderson discusses how “Franchising will help to boost economic recovery.”

Here’s a short excerpt from the article:

While some franchisors are reinvesting in their franchisees as a way to stimulate the economy, others are offering discounts towards initial investment costs and royalty fees. The digital marketing firm WSI, for example, just launched its Investing in America Program—an initiative aimed to give back to the community and help re-build the U.S. economy after the recession. Through this program, WSI will be offering U.S.-based young entrepreneurs and military veterans the opportunity to invest in the franchise for a 50 percent discounted franchisee fee.

Read the entire article here.

If you are a young entrepreneur or a military veteran, visit our site to learn more about the lower upfront cost of acquiring a WSI Internet franchise through the Investing in America Program.

“Star of the Social Scene”

Posted by trinda On May - 26 - 2011

“Star of the Social Scene” – The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Jan 2011

WSI was recently showcased in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner for a discussion about the endless amount of online opportunities in 2011. UK-based WSI Franchise owner and Digital Marketing Consultant Steve Harvey-Franklin was featured in the Examiner’s Business Profile in an article entitled “Star of the Social Scene.”

As a successful Internet marketing expert and regular speaker at business conferences, Steve encourages readers to explore various online tools that can significantly impact and boost business’ sales.

He advised business owners to avoid shying away from social media networking, especially in today’s challenging economy. Dismissing the common belief that social networking is ‘just for kids,’ Steve’s WSI Yorkshire business aims to help other business owners effectively leverage social technologies.

Here’s a short excerpt from the article:

Everyone is looking for exceptional value this year as the recession bites and people tighten their belts, but it doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom,” says Steve. “Any business can give itself a boost by simply getting online and embracing the technologies and opportunities that are out there. “It always amazes me how many companies do not realise the impact the web can have on their business, especially when it comes to using social media sites or blogging.  ”

Read the entire article here.

To read more about the ways WSI Consultants are transforming businesses around the world, visit http://WSIinTheNews

If  you want to learn more about adding WSI to your Business or becoming a WSI Franchisee please request information here:

In the spirit of WSI’s one-of-a-kind Internet franchise opportunity – the Investing in America” Program – we are recognizing some of the extraordinary individuals who are already a part of the WSI Internet Franchise Network. And since one of the exclusive groups that this special program is available to is American Military Veterans, one particular WSI Consultant that comes to mind is Army Veteran, Ron Packer.

Based out of California, Ron welcomed the challenge to open a WSI Internet franchise back in 2003 and has since been able to build and maintain a profitable Internet Consulting business. Notably, Ron’s success continues, even in the face of the economic challenges across the United States. And comparatively, helping to re-build the economy is one of the very philosophies behind the creation of Investing in America. Ron is one of the exceptional entrepreneurs who have recognized a formula for success that will excel even in difficult economic circumstances.

“WSI continues to provide additional tools and knowledge that help me update my business model, and they’ve given me the opportunity to work cooperatively with other franchisees and vendors. WSI definitely provides the framework for success.” – Ron Packer

And in relation to the group of US Military veterans that this WSI Internet franchise opportunity is geared toward, Ron has an admirable history with 5 years on active duty in the Army and 21 in the Reserves. It was this experience that acted as a large contributing factor in his path to owning a WSI Internet franchise.  You might even say that his Military background instilled in him essential experience to be successful in the world of digital marketing.

“My experience in the Military gave me the skills I needs to operate a WSI franchise. I had the ability to work with disparate teams of people, help identify specific goals and objectives, and develop, implement and coordinate projects.” – Ron Packer

Though this program speaks to the unique abilities of Military veterans, and works to improve the poor economy, Ron is also the perfect example of someone who has fulfilled the third objective of the Investing in America Program: he continuously aims to “pay it forward.”

“All you have to add is personal initiative, ethics and the ability to work with people. As a small business owner, I am more closely aligned with the local community than at any other time in my career.” – Ron Packer

It is individuals like Ron Packer and the success they’ve accomplished as a WSI Internet franchisee that have inspired us in this program’s creation and has assured us that a program like Investing in America has been a long time coming!

If you are a young entrepreneur or a military veteran and are interested in receiving more information regarding the Investing in America Program, please visit our site.

Each time I hear about the recognitions WSI Consultants are receiving around the globe, it’s nothing less of exciting. It’s a true testament to the leading edge digital marketing solutions that WSI provides.

The latest recognition within WSI’s active network to hit the radar was out of Dubai, UAE, for WSI Internet Franchise owner Muna Selah.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum presents Muna Selah - <a target="_blank" mce_href="" href="">WSI Internet Franchise </a>owner - with a Best Business in Marketing &amp; Promotions Award H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum presents Muna Selah – WSI Internet Franchise owner – with a Best Business in Marketing & Promotions Award

During the 6th edition of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Small and Medium Enterprise Awards for Young Business Leaders, Muna received the Best Business in Marketing and Promotions Award! And the award was presented by the Crown Prince of Dubai himself, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum!

The SME award reflects his highness’ vision of providing an ideal growth environment to attract young business leaders and help them participate in developing the UAE business sector. Muna was one if 13 entrepreneurs recognized at the awards ceremony.

This was exciting news for the entire WSI Franchise network! On behalf of staff and WSI Consultants around the world, I’d like to congratulate Muna on her success!

For further information about the WSI Opportunity

Digital Marketing Success Story: Wall Street Insititute

Posted by trinda On May - 10 - 2011
The Wall Street Institute started its business of providing English lessons in a very small office in Bogota, Colombia. They quickly decided to have an active online presence, aiming to develop a website, a massive email-based campaign and a comprehensive digital marketing strategy.

A WSI Consultant based in Colombia developed the entire online campaign and the site for them.

After only 60 days of digital marketing efforts and activities, the Wall Street Institute received a phone call from a very large oil company which employed almost 20,000 people! Wall Street Institute met with the oil company and they were selected to teach English lessons to their large group of employees. With a client of that size and caliber, Wall Street Institute definitely started their business on the right foot.

Wall Street Institute personnel said that if they were planning to pursue an appointment with the management from this oil company before they had established an online presence, they never would have been given the chance to talk. Here, a strong digital marketing strategy undeniably made the difference between a failure and a success story.

WSI’s unique Internet franchise opportunity was mentioned in yesterday’s edition of USA Today – Franchising Today in an article discussing success stories of individuals who have successfully transitioned from unemployment to franchising.

While much of the world still struggles with soaring unemployment rates, more and more professionals are discovering the endless benefits of investing in a franchise! WSI digital marketing franchisee, Paul DeBernardi, outlines how franchise ownership has offered him valuable support.

Before opening his WSI Internet franchise in the summer of 2010, Paul found himself laid off from two separate Internet securities companies within only one year.

“I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny and not be at the whim of a corporate layoff, continually starting over and trying to prove myself in new organizations,” said DeBernardi. “Franchising made sense to me for all the obvious reasons when compared to starting a business from scratch.”

Read the entire article here.

For further information about the WSI Opportunity


The momentum, of the WSI Master Franchise program is definitely not slowing down any time soon! Earlier this month, WSI expanded its online advertising services across France with the opening of another WSI Master Franchise Office.

This particular office will be located in Epone, France and operated by WSI Consultant Gilles Dandel and his team. Gilles is already a successful digital marketing veteran and has owned a WSI franchise since 2006. So needless to say, we are 100% confident that local business in France will see a significant spike in profitability through online marketing!

The Promising Digital Market in France

WSI is extremely excited about this new venture in this region! Considering that Internet spending in France will reach €​1,882 in 2011 [ref. ZenithOptimedia], WSI’s presence and advanced digital marketing solutions is precisely what local businesses will be looking for. Gilles and his team of marketing experts is set to educate businesses on the importance and future of the digital marketing arena, while also seizing opportunities to expand the WSI brand’s presence in the region.

As the region’s Master Franchisee, Gilles and his team will be committed to:

  • Developing a network of WSI Digital Marketing franchisees
  • Providing ongoing training & support programs to help the new franchisees succeed
  • Provide local businesses with advanced digital marketing services, like online lead generation, SEO, PPC advertising, social media optimization, content marketing and brand reputation management

Congratulations to Gilles and his team for earning this outstanding opportunity!

The WSI Master Franchise program is an opportunity that is entirely unique to any other offering in our industry. And with that said, we’re actively recruiting only those individuals who possess a true entrepreneurial spirit, with a knack for marketing and genuine interest in helping local businesses increase profitability. Visit our site to learn more about the outstanding potential and benefits with the WSI Internet Franchise Opportunity.

For further information about the WSI Opportunity

WSI Franchisee Chuck Bankoff in California takes pride in helping businesses to generate more revenue and passion in his long term relationship with those clients to continue to guide them in there on line needs.

Chuck ‘s Client ABC Glass and Mirror has recently been feature in They are a family run business that has not only increased their revenue but has even had to hire additional staff to service their new source of revenue.

Like many small businesses, ABC Glass & Mirror, Manassas Park, Va., was looking for an affordable marketing approach in this challenging economic climate. In September 2009, the family business enlisted the help of WSIeWorks, a digital marketing firm in Capistrano Beach, Calif., to make changes to its Web site and Internet marketing plan. Since then, the company has moved quickly up the search engine rankings, increased the number of Web leads it receives, and added staff to accommodate the resulting increase in business.

To Review the entire article please click the link below:

The author is owner of WSIeWorks, a provider of digital marketing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Based in Capistrano Beach, Calif., he is also a WSI franchisee . If you are looking for solutions in your business please contact .

Internet Company Cuts Franchise Deal for Vets

Posted by trinda On May - 6 - 2011

WSI in the News: franchise duo featured in online business journal “Inside Business”

 it’s been particularly rewarding to see some of the military vets in the WSI franchise network get recognized in the media. In an issue of Inside Business: The Hampton Roads Business Journal, the story of WSI Consultants Darren Kincaid and Mark D’Etcheverry was featured, highlighting their journey from the US Air Force to profitable WSI Internet franchise owners. 

This article, entitled “Internet Company Cuts Franchise Deal for Vets,” showcases exactly that! The Investing in America Program was designed to enable vets to join the WSI Internet franchise opportunity for half of the original price. This news article highlights the successes of Darren and Mark, one of which includes a growth in revenue by 500%! In addition to their impressive financial successes in our less-than-perfect economy, their franchise ownership has also allowed them to set their own flexible hours – and even work from their sailboat for a week! This is exactly the success that we know other military vets can accomplish with WSI through Investing in America

Here’s a short excerpt from the article: 

After his last day of active duty on Oct. 31, 2006, Darren Kincaid stumbled upon a good lead while doing a job search – one that led him to his current job with long-time friend Mark D’Etcheverry. Since January 2007, the duo has worked for a Toronto-based company called We Simplify the Internet. They bring in about $750,000 a year through their WSI franchise in Virginia Beach. Now they want to spread the word to retired vets looking for job opportunities, like they were. 

Click here to read the entire article “Internet Company Cuts Franchise Deal for Vets.”  

If you are a young entrepreneur or a military veteran, click here to learn more about the WSI Investing in America Internet franchise opportunity. 

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