Paul Shillingstad, 11 Store Owner

I have been a Pro Image Sports franchisee for 12 years now and I enjoy being self-employed. My wife and I bought out the previous franchisee who had operated 1 small store. We have since grown to 9 stores in a 5 state area. Although it is challenging it is also rewarding being your own boss. For anyone who is a big sports nut like me it is a great career choice. Being part of a franchise group allows us access to many resources and services that would be unattainable if we were on our own.

Compared to my previous job, I was working 60 hours a week and I figured if I was going to work those kind of hours I want to do it for myself. I appreciate the freedom of having my own schedule and own business, and being my own boss.

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