About five years ago – after years of training new franchise owners from a corporate office – Sharon Herd was ready to strike out on her own. She was tired of the commute, wanted to make her own hours, and was ready to be her own boss. Armed with her industry experience, she decided to launch Tropic Tan in 2007. Now a leading tanning salon in the Kennesaw, Georgia area, she has been steadily growing her business ever since.
Last month, she needed some extra working capital to purchase new tanning beds and upgrade her website. After deciding against a merchant cash advance (“It was 97 pages of paperwork!” she noted), she decided to check out On Deck late one night when she couldn’t sleep. She applied around 2 in the morning, and had the funding she needed less than 3 days later. Since closing her loan last month, Sharon has seen about 100 new customers walk in her door, and is having a grand reopening this week to celebrate. Of her experience, she said:
“Taking on a loan can be a pretty scary experience. But On Deck made it so incredibly easy and simple; I knew I was making the right decision. A merchant cash advance would have been more expensive and a lot more paperwork. I’ll definitely be coming back to On Deck for my next project.”
We wish the whole Tropic Tan Team luck this weekend with the grand reopening, and look forward to their continued success!