Question: What is the name of your business?
Your Answer: The Internicola Law Firm, P.C.
Question: Where is your business located (city & state)? Who are the customers you serve? What products or services does you company provide?
Your Answer: Staten Island, NY. Charles N. Internicola, Esq. is a National Business and Franchise lawyer - but he is also an entrepreneur and a managing member of a small but national franchise company known as ECOMAIDS. The Internicola Law Firm offers specialized business and franchise law services that are focused on assisting entrepreneurs in "expanding and protecting" their businesses. As a business owner and entrepreneur himself Charles understands the challenges, successes and, sometimes, inevitable failures (the ones you learn from and overcome) that business owners face. So he created a law firm that is focused on assisting his clients in achieving measurable goals.
Mr. Internicola has also developed informative and complimentary program designed to provide entrepreneurs to resources and critical information
about "Buying a Franchise", Franchising Your Business and Business Partnership Disputes. These programs include the Franchisee University Video Series (www.BuyingAFranchiseUniversity.com)
Question: When did you start your business? Why did you decide to start your own business?
Your Answer: Mr. Internicola, Esq. has been a practicing business and franchise lawyer for over 17 years. A big fan of entrepreneurship and franchising 2 years ago Mr. Internicola led a team in acquiring and redeveloping the ECOMAIDS franchise system. Mr. Internicola also serves as a managing member of ECOMAIDS.
Question: Did you quit your "day job" to start your business? How did you initially fund your business?
Your Answer: Sort of, but let me explain. First as an attorney years ago I did take an entrepreneurial leap in forming my own law firm and like many other left a well paying "job" with good benefits to "start my own business" faced with some uncertainty. But our law firm has grown and the "secret" has been strong relationships with our business clients. Then in 2012 I took another "entrepreneurial leap" in franchising with the development of the ECOMAIDS franchise system.
Question: What has been the biggest challenge in running your company?
Your Answer: There may be many "big" challenges but for entrepreneurs I believe the biggest and most important challenge is to "remain persistent" to stay positive to set goals and then to stick to them no matter way and to never get discouraged. There are always ups and downs and certainly there are times where you will be discouraged but you need to stick to and execute your plan.
Question: What’s been the biggest opportunity that came from owning your business?
Your Answer: Control and the pursuit of creating a business that affords opportunity for myself and our dedicated team members.
Question: What has surprised you most about being your own boss?
Your Answer: How important it is to "take action" - even if you get things wrong and make mistakes.
Question: Is there a success tactic you’d like to share that could help other business owners (i.e. implementing new software, tactic to grow sales, etc.)?
Your Answer: Sure, it is to set a plan and "take action" and, along the way, to understand that there will never be a "perfect time" to become an
entrepreneur or expand your business. But when you take action (assuming you have a plan and good intentions) positive things happen. Its
Question: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to other small business owners?
Your Answer: Taking action (see my answer from above).