A Franchisee Success Story: Estate Sale Triumph
According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, there are 31 million entrepreneurs in the United States. With such a staggering number of individuals pursuing their business dreams, it’s clear that entrepreneurship is deeply ingrained in the American spirit. If you’ve ever considered joining this group of self-starters, estate sale franchising might just be the opportunity you’ve been searching for. Combining a passion for unique treasures, helping others, and the potential for significant financial rewards, estate sale franchising is a rewarding path for those looking to start their own business.
At Blue Moon Estate Sales, we aim to equip each of our franchise owners with the resources and knowledge necessary to establish a genuinely beneficial business model that can support both their lifestyle and mental well-being. Come meet one of our many successful franchise owners whose story will surely inspire you to make the career change you’ve been thinking about.
The Unforgettable Shutdown of 2020
When the world shut down in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the corporate world as we knew it changed drastically. Businesses closed their doors, employees learned how to work from home, and those looking for a change made moves toward entrepreneurship. In fact, a whopping 5.4 million new business applications were filed in 2021. Melanie Whipple Ramos, a Florida resident, was among those affected by the pandemic and was in search of a viable solution to her furlough from Disney.
Having just given birth to her son days before the shelter-in-place was issued, Melanie and her husband Alan, a school teacher, entertained moving to a new state for bigger and better job opportunities. It wasn’t until Melanie really started to think about her family's future that she discovered the endless possibilities entrepreneurship could lead to.
Making the Change From Corporate America to Entrepreneurship
Melanie was put in touch with a franchise coach who presented her with five potential franchise opportunities—Blue Moon Estate Sales being a top contender.
“This franchise coach made me realize I could actually do this,” she said. “As I went down the list, Blue Moon was in the back of my head as the one I was most passionate about. I could see myself doing it every day.”
Since Melanie already possessed years of the best customer service training in the country, courtesy of the Magic Kingdom, she knew she was able to take on the switch from the corporate world to entrepreneurship. So, the Ramos family packed up an RV and visited cities and states on a pandemic vacation to determine the best possible location for her new estate sale franchise business. After visiting various places and weighing out the pros and cons, Melanie and her family decided to put down roots in Tennessee.
On April 1, 2021, Melanie was awarded a franchise territory in Knoxville, TN, and officially became a small business owner.
A Rapidly Growing Career Emerges in Estate Sale Franchising
Within the first few weeks, Melanie had already completed her first sale and felt the empowerment of helping others in her community. Today, Melanie sits at the top of the rapidly growing Blue Moon Estate Sale franchise network with the top sales in the nation. With 22 part-time employees, Melanie averages two estate sales a week and has already made back her original investment. Her goal for the upcoming year? Double her salary.
When asked how she feels about her customers, Melanie explained that she’s providing them with immense relief. Moving, downsizing into retirement, or simply just decluttering can become a stressful experience that looms over clients’ heads. “They don’t know what their options are,” says Melanie. “I once had a $22,000 estate sale with someone who said they were just going to donate everything.”
How the Top-Earning Franchisee Found Success
Just like other franchisees who have come before, Melanie discovered her unwavering potential with the help of the in-depth franchise training Blue Moon Estate Sales provides. From pricing strategies and marketing tactics to cutting-edge software and employee management programs, the professionals at Blue Moon Estate Sales provide an extra level of transparency and accountability for every franchisee.
As if that weren’t enough, franchisees quickly become a part of a community. The other franchisees within the Best Life Brands parent company offer a network of individuals who have been in your shoes and know how to handle the issue or concern.
“I couldn’t do it without them,” Melanie says of her peers. “Whatever you’re facing, somebody else has faced it too. It’s great to run challenges by them and see how they’ve solved it.”
With all of the support and training Melanie received, she was able to find relief from the everyday stresses of a corporate job (especially being a new mom). She’s able to set her own schedule, earn a respectful income for her family, and provide a long-lasting downsizing solution for those in her community. As Melanie said it best, “I don’t think I could ever go back to a regular 9 to 5 job.”
Become Your Own Boss at Blue Moon Estate Sales
If Melanie isn’t the perfect example of a Blue Moon Estate Sales franchisee, we don’t know who is. She overcame the obstacles of the pandemic, newfound motherhood, and moving across the country, only to become a success in just a short amount of time. She isn’t the only franchisee who has discovered the endless possibilities that partnering with Blue Moon Estate Sales can provide, and she certainly won’t be the last.
You can make the change today and become a franchisee, embarking on a journey filled with opportunities for personal and professional growth. Just like Melanie, you can turn challenges into triumphs and write your own success story with Blue Moon Estate Sales. Join our franchise family and be the next shining example of what determination and the right support can achieve. Your career move towards success begins here and now—contact us today at (248) 781-8821 to get started.