After five years of conflict with franchisees fighting a fast food giant, northern and eastern India now finds itself without 169 McDonald’s restaurants.
Big Mac attacks do not exist in El Salvador. Residents of that country have Don Mac attacks. And don’t look for a McDonald’s. You will only find a Donald’s.
For two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005, Canadian Business magazine named Tim Hortons as the best-managed brand in Canada.
The poster read, “Can’t tell the difference? That’s too bad because Jimmy John’s workers don’t get paid sick days. Shoot, we can’t even call in sick. We hope your immune system is ready because you’re about to take the sandwich test.”
Similar to any form of business partnership, the franchisor-franchisee relationship presents significant risks. Once an agreement is signed, possible obstacles and disputes loom in the future.
Under the previous presidential administration, franchisors faced increasing pressure through “joint employer” classifications with their franchisees. Sharing employer status with individual and smaller business owners opened them up for more lawsuits over workplace discrimination or injuries.
One of the significant benefits of being a franchisee is that the franchisor has already blazed the trail. That entrepreneur has created a system based on key successes and costly mistakes that comes with establishing a business. Applying the plusses and minuses can help build a successful enterprise.
The franchise arrangement is a great way for both the franchisor and the franchisee to benefit from operating a business. The franchisor has already established itself as a stable brand with national, or even international, reach. So strengthening their position is a bonus, especially if they can franchise out their operations to an entrepreneur or someone who wants to run an individual franchise. For the franchisee, they get the chance to shine, being able to operate a business with an already-established reputation, previous tested safety and training regulations, and a robust set of other benefits.
The search for the right franchise for you can be both exciting and exhausting. As with job searching, you really have to be selective, do your due-diligence and ask the right questions before making a decision to sign a franchise agreement.
Owning a business is an incredible responsibility. Not only will an owner be responsible for daily operations and obligations, he or she typically has much more on the line than anyone else involved.