In her early 20s, Adrienne Carlson was looking forward to an exciting and bright future, but her specific path was unclear. “It took me a while to figure
out exactly what my calling was for my career so I tried a little bit of everything.” After an internship and several entry level positions, she realized
she needed to go a different route to reach her goals. So, she turned to a mentor she knew she could trust for solid guidance in life and in business,
Mark Carlson had a long and successful corporate career, traveling the world and raising his daughter to be a go-getter. In early 2000 he also tried his hand at business ownership, "to see if he could do it.” When his daughter came seeking counsel, he remembered meeting me and learning about a career path in franchise ownership, recalling fondly his own positive (and lucrative) entrepreneurial experience.
I was excited to meet with Adrienne and Mark together because I enjoy working with families, father-daughter teams especially! That’s exactly how I got started in my early 20’s as a Mail Boxes Etc. franchise owner and I remain grateful to my Dad for his assistance in getting started and his confidence in my abilities.
As we talked about finding a business that would combine Adrienne’s creative energy and commitment to her community with a strong mind for growing her own business, it could have been me talking when she said...
“I knew I wanted to go into business for myself, but for me it wasn’t all about making money.”
For both Adrienne and I, starting and growing a business was never about creating a career path; it’s about designing a life.As Adrienne’s personal goals came into focus, so did her direction. She’d recently lost a significant amount of weight and made healthy living and exercise a priority. A key driver was her desire to offer a beneficial product or service to her Peachtree City community, one that would fit with her newfound commitment to health and wellbeing.
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