One of the most common concerns raised by franchisees is that some franchisors "dump them" once they have signed on the dotted line.
They feel it is all love and cuddles up to that point, but once the deal is done, the franchisor loses interest and moves on to the next potential franchisee or conquest.
This leaves a new franchisee feeling a little used and abused.
In some circumstances this is just poor management of expectations by the franchisor. The time is always going to come, where the franchisee will be operating the store on their own, without the continual input of the franchisor.
However, after all of the attention the franchisee has garnered in the courting process, the one on one training process, the excitement of taking over or opening the store and the constant supervision and input of the franchisor, the franchisee may feel dumped at the point where the franchisee just has to get down to business.
So, how can a franchisor assist the franchisee in overcoming the feeling of abandonment at that point? Some suggestions are:
The feeling of abandonment can lead to other and bigger problems in the franchisor/franchisee relationship. Relationship management can be key in avoiding disputes between the parties.
Can you suggest other strategies a franchisor can employ?
Disclaimer: This article is of a general nature only and not to be relied upon as legal advice. You should seek legal advice specific to your circumstances and refer any questions to The Franchise & Business Lawyers.
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