I was looking for an opportunity to own my own business. I had previously worked in sales and customer service for the semiconductor industry, but took 14 years away from my career to be a full time Mom. With my kids growing up and nearing college, I wanted to return to the workforce. Owning my own business intrigued me – I liked the idea of setting my own schedule, working from home, and being responsible for my own success. I decided to look into CruiseOne after I had such a great experience booking a vacation with one of their franchisees. There were lots of opportunities to start a travel agency – multi level marketing, independent contractor, outside agent, but when I looked into the value that the franchise model brought and the ability for me to own my own business; I knew that was the route for me. With training, online tools and marketing support, their proven model gives franchisees everything needed for success. The work from home opportunity also allows me to operate extended hours, but still have the important time with family. I am proud to say that in just three years I have grown my CruiseOne business from a start-up franchise to a Platinum level, top 10% franchise nationwide. With CruiseOne, the sky is the limit. Owning my own business has enriched my life in so many ways. Financially it has allowed me to contribute to our family income, which will be especially important next year with two kids in college. Most importantly, owning a franchise has combined my passion for travel with a business focused on building relationships to create lifelong, loyal customers.