Budget-Blinds-River-CityLuis Fontanez became a Budget Blinds® franchise business owner in Columbus, Georgia, after serving 23 years in the Army. Now a retired Lieutenant Colonel, he says, “I always knew I would own my own business one day. I just could not see myself working for anyone else in my second career. This time, my hard work needed to be for the benefit of me and my family, not for a corporation.”

Veteran or not, if you’re nodding your head, you may be ready to take the step of being your own boss and owing a franchise business! Read Luis’ inspiring story, Army Aviator Lands in Home-Based Business, in this in-depth interview with FranNet, a company dedicated to helping prospective business owners find the right franchise for their specific needs (by assisting them through the mine field that can be choosing a franchise business).

Building on Excellence

Luis entered the world of franchising in 2015, choosing one of the Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) franchise business opportunities because of important aspects of all three HFC brands:

hfc-business-modelHe shares why, after much research and serious consideration, he decided to become a Budget Blinds franchise business owner.

  • I wanted to run a business that would see positive cash flow quickly, so a home-based franchise business made the most sense. I wanted a proven system, training, support and a solid brand, which gave me an incredible head start.”
  • “I decided I wanted to stay in Georgia and build roots in Columbus. Growing my own business in the community I love with my family close by was my first priority.”
  • “I found that among Budget Blinds franchisees, 90% told me they were happy and would do it all again. The deal was finally sealed for me when I traveled to the home office for Discovery Day. I met the entire leadership team face to face and I said to myself, ‘I want to be happy like them.’”

The HFC family of brands has long supported veteran programs, believing in the strength that veteran franchise business owners add to the system. “The training, discipline, and teamwork instilled in members of the U.S. Armed Forces prepare every veteran for a successful role as a franchise business owner. Our goal is to provide significant financial incentives to make a veteran’s transition into the civilian workforce a smooth and successful one.” –Shirin Behzadi, CEO, Home Franchise Concepts

Choosing Your Own Path

With HFC, you have three franchise brands to choose from, each one offering a low-cost, home-based franchise business opportunity in the home improvement/home services industry:

Budget Blinds is the #1 window coverings franchise in the nation. You consult with homeowners and businesses to provide expert advice, quality products, and superior customer service for all types of window coverings for interior and exterior, including blinds, shutters, shades, drapes and more.

Tailored Living® is the largest home organization franchise in North America, offering some of today’s most highly-sought-after services such as in-home organization systems and custom closet design, along with garage storage cabinets and PremierOne® custom garage flooring.

Concrete Craft® is the only decorative concrete franchise. We use proprietary products and techniques to turn ordinary concrete into works of art with stained, stamped and resurfaced concrete. Serving residential and commercial consumers, we transform interior and exterior surfaces, including walkways, patios, driveways, pool decks, vertical surfaces and more.


If you believe business ownership is the right path for you, consider the Home Franchise Concepts family of brands. Call 1-800-420-5374 today or go online to Home Franchise Concepts and see what franchising is all about and how it puts you on the fast track to business success by building on proven excellence.

If you’re a veteran, visit our veteran franchise opportunities to learn how HFC helps veterans to become successful franchise business owners.