From Welfare to 'Franny'

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Eva Young teaches us some lessons in commitment, hard work and determination in her efforts to leave her children a legacy other than welfare.

She's "been there and done that." As a child, welfare ruled her life, and she knew she had to get out. When she became an adult, Young shed her dependency on the state. But as a divorced mother of three children and expecting a fourth, she had to again seek aid.

"I wanted to stay home with my children," she said, "and that was the only way to do it." However, she quickly learned that the experience was "extremely degrading. Welfare workers came in unannounced and looked around my house to see who lived there. They asked questions about who slept where and what I did in the bedroom." The demeaning questions, the intrusion into her privacy and many other drawbacks provided Young with the motivation she needed to leave welfare forever. At that point, she vowed to never go back.

For the next 19 years, she worked double shifts as a custodian in the Los Angeles School District, but at age 46, she decided that just earning a wage wasn't enough. She wanted more, so she took a bold step of buying a Jani-King franchise, the world's largest commercial cleaning franchise, with over 5,000 branches in 50 states and eight countries around the world.

Jani-King provided her with support services such as billing and accounting, to help her build and maintain her business. Her efforts and commitment earned her the "Franny," the International Franchise Association's top honor given to individuals whose work has advanced the state of franchising in America.

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From welfare to billing $150,000 annually in a short period of time is truly a "made in America" story. "This," she says emphatically, "is what I want to pass on to my children." Having a goal and following it with persistence, commitment and dedication is a winning procedure that will take you to the top!


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