Our Just Between Friends featured franchisee this week is Holly Davis. Holly is one of the Event Coordinators for Grapevine, Texas.
Holly was born and raised in Irving, Texas. After she graduated from high school, she moved to Searcy, Arkansas where she attended Harding University and absolutely loved her college experience. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Administration. “I taught school for several years and knew it was something she did not want to do for the rest of my life! I met my husband while I was in college and we now have 3 children who keep us on our toes!”
With Social Media playing an important part in how we connect and communicate, in what way do you use F/Book, Twitter, LinkedIn to promote your business?
Social media is an easy and great way to stay connected and communicate with our consignors, volunteers & shoppers. Many people check their social media outlets before they check their standard email. It is a fantastic way to get a message out fast! It is also a great way to let the general public know who we are especially with our “friends” helping us! I know that I notice what my friends like or their interest through their facebook pages, etc.
How do you balance family and friends with being a successful business owner?
For me, part of the balance is getting them involved. My oldest two kids are at the age where they “get it.” They understand what the sale is all about and have figured out the routine of what it is like. I love that my husband is very involved and my parents help with many parts of the before, after and during of the sale. It is something we share and have in common. I love that!
Where do you hold your JBF events?
Currently our event is at the Grapevine Convention Center.
When did you consider yourself a success as a JBF Franchisee?
I have considered every sale a success for different reasons. I love that so many people are blessed either by what they are able to buy or by how the check they received in the mail is just what they needed at that time. Also helping the overwhelmed mom clothe her children for the season all in one stop for way below the retail price; the family that was able to take their 3 kids to Disney World with her consignor check alone or the family that was able to pay their mortgage that month only because of their JBF consignor check. There are so many stories. To me, those stories are a huge piece of success!
How did you get started with JBF?
I remember talking long distance to my friend from college on the phone probably 8 years ago. We had both majored in Elementary Education and neither one of us wanted to have a teaching career. She told me about JBF because her friend was a JBF owner. She knew it was something I would love and she was right! I remember I could not find out enough information fast enough, I was ready to start right then!
How long have you owned your franchise?
I have been a JBF owner for 8 years.
What is your favorite part of the business?
I really like so many things about JBF that it is hard to pick one. I guess if I had to choose one it would be that it is something my husband and I are both involved in and believe in. I don’t get his job the way he gets mine! I have also met and become friends with so many amazing people…other franchise owners, consignors, volunteers, shoppers, the list is endless. I also have to say that I love shopping JBF for my kids and then putting the same item back in the sale the next year for the price I paid for it! Who wouldn’t love to clothe their kids for free! Anyone can do that!
How do you prepare for an event?
I think I am always preparing! It is always in my mind in some way, there is always more that can be done! To start, clear the calendar and line up childcare!
What advice would you give someone considering a JBF Franchise?
My advice would be to volunteer at as many sales as possible as much as you can! You will learn a lot and get a big taste of what it is really like. If you don’t really love it, it is probably not the business for you!