When you hear the word “franchise” what comes to mind?
How about Two Maids & A Mop?
Ron and I are set to open the doors of a new Two Maids & A Mop next month in Marietta, Georgia. After a week’s worth of franchise training, I realized just how much I still love learning new things. Though I felt a bit like a fifth grader in a calculus class, I was excited to explore new territory.
I walked away from the week with a better understanding of the big picture. I discovered the operations manual lists requirements a franchisee must adhere to, but it also includes some things called Best Practices.
Requirements state that all branding must be uniform throughout the company. Same logos. Same slogans. Same colors. Best Practices on the other hand offer suggestions on how to choose employees, establish a positive culture, and maintain quality service.
I believe the apostle Paul knew a few things about branding and franchising. He formed new gospel franchises everywhere he went. He got his orders from Upper Management who required two things of all new franchisees: love God and love others. When the Galatians got off track and tried to do things their own way, he reminded them, “The only thing that matters is faith expressing itself in love.” Listening and adhering to Paul’s Best Practices provided a sturdy framework of success. Twice, he told the Corinthians, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.”
Paul carried the logo of the cross into every town meeting. The message of the cross was not negotiable for these new believers. Jesus Christ was the CEO and in Him all things held together. Salvation and freedom were the products they peddled, and they were unashamed of the passion they produced. He and his new “owners” spent all they had on marketing the message of the cross. They operated with the vision of having a church in every community throughout the world that passionately loved God, each other, and everyone else. Their heartfelt, joyful worship made non-believers curious.
Jesus Christ is still the CEO, and His only two requirements continue to be to love God and love others. When each of us show love to our family, friends, co-workers, bosses, church leaders, those we disagree with, and even those who hate us, we help market the love of God to everyone watching.
Are you looking for a way to use your God-given talent? Want to get in on the most exciting franchise opportunity available? Want to help it spread like wildfire?
Get to know my CEO by reading His Operations Manual. Read as though you’re a fifth grader in a calculus class who knows nothing, and just read. You’ll fall deeper in love with His remarkable plan for success! Who knows? You just might start another franchise! 🙂