April 25, 2017 // Franchising.com // Before Jareth started his career with Tikiz, he spent two decades running one of the largest automobile dealerships in Louisiana. Throughout his time in the retail business, he felt stuck with his customers – always having to wait for consumers to come to him. He was ready for a change, and found Tikiz’s fun and flexible business model to be a breath of fresh air from the typical 9-5 lifestyle he lived for years. Jareth was ready to not only hustle and get in front of his customers, but to also give back to his local community. He donates 20 percent of his sales to schools throughout his service area. Since launching his Tikiz business, Jareth has acquired a new truck every year.
Q: What were the most unexpected challenges of opening your franchise?
Dealing with the health requirements is a pretty difficult process. Tikiz is a mobile and vending business, so some towns and cities don’t allow you to operate because we are classified as an ice cream truck. When you own a brick-and-mortar business, you only have to deal with one town’s rules and regulations. There’s no uniform law in the mobile and vending business, so you must deal with each group individually. The Tikiz corporate team was a huge help in figuring out state regulations & different town rights; they helped me figure out how to operate within those parameters.
Q: What advice do you have for individuals who want to own their own franchise?
Talk to the guy that owns the company before you decide to get involved. I decided to become a Tikiz franchisee because of the owner, Brian Tollefson. If you’re looking at various franchise opportunities and you can’t talk to the owner, then find a new franchise. If you are able to connect with them, talk to them about their goals & objectives, and make sure they match up with yours.
Q: What do you like most about being a Tikiz franchisee?
I have six kids; my wife and I operate the business as a family. My 16-year-old daughter works many days and weekends with me. This business allows me to spend more time with her and teach the value of a dollar, hard work, and how to have the entrepreneurs spirit. My two boys who are 11 and 12-years-old help with washing and prepping trucks. They are also learning the same skills my oldest daughter is learning. It’s an amazing feeling to work together every day, doing something that you love. I’m very proud of my family and the business we’ve built together.
Since 2012, Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream has rolled into communities across the nation, providing locals with a hint of tropical-flavor with its fun, one-of-a-kind experience and delicious Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream treats. Founded and based in Boca Raton, Florida, the fast-growing mobile franchise is exploding across the United States with more than 20 trucks on the road and another 20-plus in development. Tikiz has franchise opportunities across the nation with year-round options for sales and business growth. For more franchise information, visit tikiz2u.com/franchising-info.
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Tikiz Franchising, LLC
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