How do you feel about a franchisor that promises you a "mutually beneficial relationship"?

Does it make you feel (choose only one):

  1. Warm, Fuzzy & Can't Wait To Invest
  2. Ambivalent: What's the franchisor really promising?
  3. Turned Off Because It's Not Good Enough

If you selected "C", I'm with you!

Franchise investments are expensive -- many require your life savings, plus your signature on a note for money that you will owe even if your franchise fails, and your legally binding commitment to pay the franchisor even if your franchise falters or fails -- so I'll pass on anything that's "mutually beneficial." In fact, does that even sound like it's "mutually beneficial"?

Instead, I want a franchisor who's going to do everything possible to make my franchise business successful. Even more, I want a franchisor who has proven time after time that he or she knows how to turn franchisees into success stories, even in the worst of circumstances.

I know a franchisor will not and should not promise to make me a success, but I want the franchisor's word for doing everything possible to help me. Beyond that, I want proof that the franchisor knows how to help me succeed.

I don't expect miracles -- I'll deliver on my end by meeting the franchisor's requirements -- but please, save the "mutually beneficial relationship" hype. That might attract neophyte franchise investors, but not me!

Am I asking for too much? You tell me.

 

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