Written by
Matt Frentheway

Don't Get Aged Out: How to Future-Proof Your Career

In the trajectory of your professional life, you've climbed ladders, navigated complex organizational structures, and amassed a wealth of knowledge. Yet, the unsettling reality in today’s rapidly evolving corporate landscape is the increasing disposability of even the most seasoned executives. Let’s address this head-on and explore a strategy that not only safeguards your career but also amplifies your influence.

Why You're More Vulnerable Than You Think

As you ascend the corporate ranks, your value increases—both in terms of your contributions and, unfortunately, your cost to the company. This reality poses two critical challenges:

  • Cost vs. Value: In efforts to slash budgets, companies might view veteran executives as financial burdens. This leads higher-ups to opt for younger, less expensive talent.
  • Keeping Pace with Change: The digital age demands fluency in technologies and trends that were nascent during your formative years. This can position you as out of touch compared to rising stars immersed in these innovations.

The Hidden Peril of Age Discrimination

While age discrimination is unequivocally illegal, its subtleties can manifest in rationalizations for workforce restructuring that disproportionately affect experienced professionals. Legal battles aside, the emotional toll and the blow to your professional identity can be devastating.

A Proven Strategy for Autonomy

The simple solution to make sure you don't get aged out is to own your own business.

Is creating and running a business simple?

Not usually, but there is a popular shortcut: franchising.

There are over 3,000 franchise business concepts available today. Of those, my company has reviewed over 1,000 and come up with a list of 200 that we've found to outperform the market.

Here's why I think you should consider franchising to avoid getting aged out: As a franchisee, your accumulated wisdom won't be a liability. Instead, it's your greatest asset.

Here's how franchising turns the tables.

  1. You're the captain. In owning your own franchise business, you take control. Whether you're hands-on or you prefer a semi-absentee approach, you dictate the terms of your professional life, unfettered by the whims of corporate restructuring.
  2. You can leverage your experience. Your years of navigating corporate environments, understanding consumer behaviors, and managing teams become the cornerstone of your success in franchising. A franchise business allows you to exploit your strengths.
  3. You get direct rewards: In the franchise model, your effort and acumen directly translate into your bottom line profits, not some other corporation's bottom line. This direct correlation between effort and reward is what drives many entrepreneurs to only work in businesses that they own.
  4. You contribute to your community: Beyond personal gain, franchising offers the gratifying opportunity to create jobs and economic growth in your local community.

Steps to Explore Franchising

To transition successfully into franchising, consider these strategies.

  • Evaluate your skills and passions. Align your franchise choice with areas where your expertise and interests intersect for a fulfilling second act.
  • Conduct thorough research. Investigate franchises with a proven track record and robust support systems to mitigate startup risks.
  • Network with existing franchisees. Gain insights from those already in the field to understand the challenges and rewards firsthand.
  • Seek professional guidance. Work with a franchise consultant (me or someone else) to show you the best opportunities for your local market.

Chart a New Course

Transitioning to franchising lets you reshape your future on your own terms.

The best part? You don't need to give up your corporate job. You can choose whether to be a full-time owner-operator or a semi-passive executive owner.

If you’re intrigued by the prospect of franchising, let’s start a conversation. Together, we can explore how your skills and experiences can be the foundation of a thriving business that you have control over.

Book a call with me today, and let’s architect the next chapter of your career.

Matt Frentheway

As a successful franchisee and entrepreneur, I can help you find the best opportunity to realize your dream of being a profitable franchise owner. Using my proven process as a franchise consultant, we’ll define your goals, narrow the field, and select the best franchisor for you to achieve financial freedom.