FlatBread Grill: Tackling the 300-Franchise Challenge
Co-founders and sisters Arzu, Fusun, and Gonca Esendemir launched their business during the recession. Now they're aiming to open 300 FlatBread Grill locations around the world over the next 5 years.
GRIND In the early days of their business, the sisters slept in their restaurant to make more time to work.
HUSTLE As their business has grown, the Esendemir sisters have had to learn which tasks to leave to their franchisees and employees.
PAYOFF Many people predicted that the restaurant wouldn't last through the recession, but eight years later, the business is going strong.
A KEY MOMENT When Fusun Esendemir was let go from her engineering job, she realized it was time to become her own boss.
DELEGATE Before opening a new location, the founders use a comprehensive checklist to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
TRUST When you have a family business, it can be hard to trust that new hires will have the same values.
BALANCE Non-entrepreneurs don't always understand the demands of running your own business.
CHALLENGES The restaurant founders love seeing happy customers, but sometimes it's a reminder of how much time they spend working.
CHAOS Even if it seems like a slow day, you can never let down your guard.
INNOVATE It's better to be original and innovative than to focus too much on what your competition is doing.
TIME MANAGEMENT Starting a business isn't as glamorous as it sounds.
RELATIONSHIPS The founders get frustrated that some people ignore their business success to focus on asking why they aren't married with children.
CAPITAL In order to get the initial capital, the founders' father mortgaged his house.
INDEPENDENCE There's nothing like the feeling of being your own boss and holding yourself accountable.
FULL STORY Founded by three sisters, FlatBread Grill is a true family business.