Sometimes, a big change in your life leads you down the path of business ownership

Meet Philip Cornelison. He didn’t set out to own a franchise, but when his wife was promoted and they moved cities, he realized he had to re-evaluate where he was going with his career. That’s when he found franchising and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. Find out more about his journey into entrepreneurship below!

Q: What made you want to own a business?

I was in a transition period in my life: we were moving, and I knew I was going to have to start over with my career. It felt like a natural point to jump into business so that I could build something for me and my wife. 

Q: Why now - what was it that made you take the leap?

My wife got a promotion, so we ended up moving from Elizabeth City to Morehead City. That move really prompted everything, and it caused me to take a step back and evaluate what my next move would be.

 Q: In your opinion, what are the benefits of joining a franchise system? 

For me, it really came down to the support system. The company culture that comes with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING is truly amazing, and really stood out to me.

Q: Why WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, what made this the right fit? 

Once I started talking to other Franchise Partners, the enthusiasm and the culture just jumped out at me. It’s something you feel very early on, there’s just an energy that made me realize there’s something special here. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to about being a business owner?

I’m really looking forward to helping other people take charge of their careers. Not only that, but I think there’s a real opportunity here to teach a trade and teach a management style that can help us all. 

Q: What are your passions / interests / hobbies - what makes you happiest and motivates you? 

Before the pandemic, my wife and I used to play roller derby. There’s something about the sport -- the first thing they teach you is how to fall -- that really crosses over into business, especially as it relates to Brian’s “Willing to Fail” mantra. 

Q: Tell us about your territory, what makes it unique? 

The area that I’m in is known colloquially as Crystal Coast, North Carolina. It’s a really gorgeous place with lots of beaches, plus you’re just a few hours away from the mountains on the other side. In terms of demographics, there’s a nice mix of young people and retirees. 

Q: How has the virtual element of the process been - the fact you haven’t been able to visit the Junktion etc.? 

Overall, Zoom has been great when it comes to doing training. All the other franchise partners have been able to pick up the phone and set time for me, they’ve been really open to answering my questions. The only thing I feel like I’ve missed out on was doing Kick-Off in person -- it would have been nice to go see Vancouver!

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