The Interface Financial Group
Hard workers – not wanted!
How often have you seen a headline that says hard workers are not wanted? As the franchisor of the IFG 50–50 Franchise from The Interface Financial Group, we are actively looking for new franchisees, but not looking for ‘hard workers’.
In our experience, hard workers often fall into the ‘workaholic’ category – they are often re-inventors of the wheel and invariably become obsessed with detail, often just for the sake of detail.
While these may be admirable traits in some situations, they would not represent a good fit for an Interface franchisee.
What’s wrong with hard workers and why don’t they fit for Interface? Let’s be clear: there is absolutely nothing wrong with hard work. It’s just that we don’t see the necessity for hard work when you can substitute that with smart work.
We have spent many years building a business and integrating as much technology as possible to ensure that our franchisees are ‘work smart’ individuals and not ‘work hard’ individuals. On a regular basis, we meet potential franchisees who have a history of working 40, 50 or even 60 hours a week – and that’s not for themselves, but for somebody else.
Even working those hours for yourself is definitely outside of the Interface box. Our working smart approach is for franchisees to be engaged during what we refer to as core business hours – typically between 10am and 3pm. For individuals who cannot scale down to core business hours, this is probably not the right franchise for you.
As a franchisor, we are not looking for people who want to reinvent the wheel, and certainly not people who want to reinvent the franchise. The Interface Financial Group has been in operation for over 45 years and, as such, we think we have a well-honed, developed and proven system. That is not to say, however, that we do not continue to add improvements and technology as appropriate.
Individuals who want to reinvent the system once they have come on board are invariably not happy as a franchisee. This applies to basically any franchise – the franchisor has done the heavy lifting and crafted the franchise, and it is now established and ready for the franchisee to utilise that developed work to build their own franchise unit.
Detail – Detail – Detail
The Interface Financial Group is engaged in a financial service known as invoice discounting. This is a simple and straightforward service whereby our franchisees, in conjunction with ourselves, purchase current quality invoices from our client companies who don’t want to wait 30–90 days to get paid for goods or services that they have already delivered. We are in the business of cash flow acceleration.
Needless to say, this financial service requires much attention to detail, so that each and every transaction is documented accurately and in a timely manner. When you are working with money, you need to be very comfortable that the system is proven and will protect both franchisee and franchisor. IFG’s 47 years of experience certainly provides that comfort zone.
So, on the one hand we say we are looking for individuals who are not obsessed with detail, but on the other hand we clearly indicate that our transaction requires much due diligence and documentation. The difference comes when we look at who is doing the paperwork involved in an invoice discounting transaction. While both parties – franchisee and franchisor – are engaged in the transaction, it is the responsibility of the franchisor to handle all the transactional paperwork from start to finish. This means that our franchisees essentially have a paperless franchise and are not caught up with the day-to-day detail of form filling, report writing, bookkeeping, and so on.
If you’re someone who is perhaps a recovering workaholic, if you enjoy utilising your people-to-people skills rather than your people-to-paper skills, and if you are an individual who likes the comfort of working under the umbrella of a well-established and proven system, then the IFG 50–50 franchise should be on your radar.
If you are an individual who likes the comfort of working within a well-established and proven system, the IFG 50–50 franchise should be on your radar.]
We live and work in the age of technology, and The Interface Financial Group have built a tremendous element of technology into the IFG 50–50 franchise. This technology enables franchisees to work smart and not work hard; to put their capital to work, rather than putting themselves to work; and, naturally, to enjoy the benefits that come from being part of such a system.