Burning the candle at both ends used to be considered the only way to climb to the top of the corporate ladder. The idea of work-life balance was for those who didn’t care about getting ahead. Millennial businesses are changing that attitude. According to a 2016 Gallup poll, millennials not only want to hold engaging jobs, they want to lead purposeful lives outside of work. It’s a balance that can be difficult to achieve, but it’s part of the culture that makes Scooter’s Coffee a unique workplace and such an attractive option for owners with young families.
Take Scooter’s Coffee franchisee Jenna Moulton, for example. She’s a 32-year-old mother of three. Jenna and her husband, Kurt, signed on the dotted line and bought a Scooter’s Coffee location after working several years at different Scooter’s Coffee locations. Jenna admits the process was terrifying – but says that feeling was short-lived thanks to the outpouring of encouragement from people on the Scooter’s Coffee corporate team. Time and time again, franchisees describe the family-like attitude at Scooter’s Coffee as a crucial factor in their decision to take the plunge and become a Scooter’s Coffee business owner.
How does franchise ownership with Scooter’s Coffee help provide the work-life balance many seek? It puts you in control of your time. Your commute no longer steals hours behind the wheel, stuck in traffic, missing time with your family. That time is a gift to spend not only with your kids but with your spouse. It may sound counter-intuitive, but they are a vital part of your business. Talking about your day — your successes and your stumbles along the way — are all an important part of finding and keeping that important work-life balance.
On a grander scale, ownership offers flexibility to handle life changes. Soon after buying their own Scooter’s Coffee business, Jenna and Kurt’s young daughter became ill and needed to spend time in the hospital. Jenna clearly wanted to be available to her daughter and family during that period. Owning her own business allowed her a schedule she hadn’t had when she was managing a store.
It’s important to remember that the work-life balance Millennials are after doesn’t look the same for everyone. Your perfect balance may change from week to week or year to year. And balance means being in the right place at the right time, not giving half your time to work and half to your family. Scooter’s Coffee VP of Franchise Development Jen Chaney says it herself, Scooter’s Coffee values friendships, relationships and family. That makes all the difference.
Learn more and find out if Scooter’s Coffee is the right family-friendly franchise option for you.