OportoWomensWeek – She is Akanksha Taneja, multi store Franchise Partner at NSW.
Akanksha owns and operates the Oporto restaurants at Penrith and Glenmore Park, however it wasn’t always like this. Actually, she started as crew member in 2008 and it was 7 years later when it come across the opportunity to buy the first store.
What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Oporto Familia?
I love the word ‘Familia’. It is amazing how we all treat each other as family! We are always there to help each other no matter what the situation is. “UPS” are celebrated and “DOWNS” are dealt with emphatically and professionally.
How long have you been an Oporto franchisee and why did you decide to join the brand?
I have been a part of the brand since 2008 when I joined an amazing team at Penrith as a crew member. 7 years later when I got the opportunity to buy the same store, I thought how much better can this get. Growing in the same brand that gave me my first taste of the real world got me all excited and exuberant!
Why should someone consider buying an Oporto franchise?
If someone is passionate about food and loves experimenting with their taste buds, Oporto would be the best business to step in!
Oporto as a brand is the fastest growing food chain and who wouldn’t want to be a part of it!
Lastly, apart from the financial gains, Oporto definitely brings an edge to the food choices in the market and this helps us stands out!
What excites you about the future of Oporto?
All that comes to my mind when I think about Oporto’s future now is our aim to become ‘To become the most craved food experience on EARTH’.
What is one piece of advice you would give to anyone looking at buying into a franchise business?
I would recommend anyone planning to invest in a franchise business to not only look at the financials of the business as of today but also consider the ‘vision’ and ‘mission’ of the company for the future. The direction that the brand is headed in is equally critical to its present performance and position. This applies to both the brand as well as the particular store they are looking to buy.
Women in Franchise industry
What is it like being a female Franchisee in a male dominated industry?
In my experience working till date, I have never experienced any kind of discrimination for being a woman. Being a woman has never come in my way of achieving my goals and I couldn’t be happier. I believe women have shown immense talent and hard work to be considered equal to men and be given equal opportunities when it comes to anything and everything!
How does Oporto support you in relation to life-work balance?
Even though I’m not married yet and don’t run a family, I would like to take my mother as an example here. She works with me in the business and manages our house exceptionally well. It is all about setting our priorities right, putting together a to-do list and ticking it off!! We need to be fearless, confident and believe in ourselves, and then nothing will be impossible.