Entrepreneur Opens IFG Franchise, Fulfills Retirement Goal

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IFG welcomes former medical device salesman to the team

In the best scenario we’re helping businesses to grow to the point that helps them create jobs.

Mark Osborn participated in more than 5,000 joint surgeries during his nearly 20-year career in healthcare. Osborn is not a surgeon or operating room nurse; he owned a medical device distributorship that supplied doctors with the joint replacements or implants. As a medical device salesman, he worked as many hours per week as the number of employees he had, 80, and traveled frequently. However, a change in corporate leadership prompted him to sell his business and explore other opportunities. So, in February 2013, Osborn chose to relocate to Charleston and open a franchise with The Interface Financial Group (IFG).

Two objectives drove Osborn during his search. “My goals were to start over with no employees,” he said, “and to do it in a community and not travel as much.”

For those two reasons, Osborn chose to open a franchise with The Interface Financial Group (IFG). Another factor that attracted him to IFG was that he could make a nice income using his financial reserves as his product, not some asset he would have to buy, like equipment required for sandwich or yogurt concepts. After the training, which he said was exactly as advertised, Osborn and his wife, Madelyn, who have always wanted to retire in Charleston, moved there to start his franchise.

“You forget how many friends you have,” Osborn said about Charleston, “until you live in a destination location.”

Osborn believes IFG’s ability to help clients, including start-up businesses, is due in part to its business model which requires that franchisees bring business acumen developed from years—decades in Osborn’s case—of experience to rely on. “They all are bringing business experience,” Osborn said of the franchisees, “and don’t need hand-holding.”

Before starting this journey, Osborn realized the IFG opportunity was more secure than other alternatives. With IFG franchisees in control of their transactions and ongoing administrative support from corporate headquarters, franchisees tend to prosper while helping cash-strapped businesses expand.

About The Interface Financial Group
The Interface Financial Group (IFG) is North America’s largest alternative funding source for small business. IFG provides short-term working capital funding in the form of a unique Invoice Discounting service. The company serves clients in the manufacturing, service, and construction sectors. Interface operates from a base of 140+ franchise offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. IFG’s innovative Invoice Discounting service is a fast and easy way to turn receivables into cash. For more information, visit http://www.interfacefinancial.com.

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