Leaving the Holiday Retail Grind Behind: Steve Brunk Celebrates Second Million-Dollar Minuteman Press Franchise and Shares How He Went from Store Manager to Entrepreneur

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Steve Brunk once managed two Hallmark stores that took over his life every holiday season. This year, Steve is not only happy to work regular business hours, but he is also celebrating his second million-dollar Minuteman Press franchise.

Steve Brunk once managed two Hallmark stores that took over his life every holiday season. Now, he works regular business hours and owns his second million-dollar Minuteman Press franchise.

Working as a manager of two Hallmark stores, I knew I had the skillset required to run my own business. Minuteman Press gave me that platform to jump from the retail sector and become an entrepreneur, and I am forever grateful for that opportunity.

Minuteman Press franchise owner Steve Brunk was used to spending the holiday season like many other retail managers. As a manager of two Hallmark stores, Brunk was used to a lifestyle where working holidays, weekends and nights was the norm. “I could never imagine working on Thanksgiving Day,” laments Brunk, who once managed two Hallmark stores. “Thankfully, I got out when I did, because Black Friday was crazy enough.”

Today, Brunk is the proud small business owner of his second Minuteman Press franchise in Vero Beach, Florida, which is now a million-dollar per year business. Minuteman Press is proud of Brunk's latest accomplishment, which was achieved by taking what he learned in retail and applying it to his franchise business.

Using Retail Skillset as an Entrepreneur

As the manager of two Hallmark stores, Brunk was tasked with the very same challenges that retailers face today. “On one hand, you have to keep your store sales up and go all-in during holiday crunch-time. On the other hand, you have to balance a hectic work schedule with your family life, which is virtually impossible during the holiday rush.” He adds, “So much is on the line during the holidays, and I got to a point where I just didn’t want to do that anymore.”

Using his retail sales experience and customer service skills, Steve Brunk found a way to leave the retail grind behind and reclaim his free time on evenings, weekends, and most importantly, holidays. He did so by researching and ultimately investing in his first Minuteman Press franchise in Boca Raton, Florida. “Working as a manager of two Hallmark stores, I knew I had the skillset required to run my own business. Minuteman Press gave me that platform to jump from the retail sector and become an entrepreneur, and I am forever grateful for that opportunity.”

Building Two Separate Million-Dollar Minuteman Press Centers

After building up his Minuteman Press franchise to a million-dollar business in Boca Raton, Brunk sold his business and moved to Vero Beach. After relocating, Brunk then bought another existing Minuteman Press center, which he has now also built into a million-dollar franchise. “I love the short reorder cycle of print, especially compared to retail,” he says. “In retail, you sit in the store and wait for customers to come to you, and there are no assurances they will come back. With both Minuteman Press centers I’ve owned, the business model enables me to go out there and build my business while the reorders keep coming in. You can’t beat that.”

“Steve Brunk leveraged his retail experience, took the Minuteman Press business model and ran with it,” said Jeff Robey, Minuteman Press Regional Vice President for Florida and the Caribbean. “The fact that he was able to find success in two different locations doesn’t surprise me in the least because he followed the Minuteman system and like any entrepreneur, Steve simply knows how to effectively grow his client base.”

Happy During the Holidays

So what are the holidays like for Steve Brunk now that he is his own boss? “Amazing,” he said with a wide smile. “The difference is just incredible, and the feeling is indescribable.”

If you work in retail and are looking for the opportunity to grow your income and have a better quality of life, Minuteman Press just might be the franchise for you. Learn more (including investment and financing options) at http://www.minutemanpressfranchise.com.

About Minuteman Press

Serving the business community for over 40 years, Minuteman Press’ customer service driven business model provides digital print, design and promotional products and services to businesses from concept review through to completion. Today we are much more than just print; we can provide anything you can put a name, image or logo on! For more information, visit http://www.minutemanpress.com.

Minuteman Press International is a number one rated business service franchise that offers world class training and unparalleled ongoing local support. Minuteman Press opened in 1973 and began franchising in 1975. Today, there are more than 925 locations worldwide including the U.S., Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Minuteman Press aims to grow to more than 1,000 franchises within the next three years. Prior experience is not necessary to own and operate a successful Minuteman Press franchise. Learn more about Minuteman Press franchise opportunities at http://www.minutemanpressfranchise.com.

Learn more about Minuteman Press franchise opportunities at http://www.minutemanpressfranchise.com.

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