Hello everyone –
I hate to even put my business name in the same sentence with the word “Franchise”.
As the sole owner of Mission Repair, LLC I am proud to say that we are NOT a franchise of any other business, nor are any of our locations franchises.
These are two different roads, but in the same neighborhood.
For years I have been approached by many investors and “idea” men telling me that I should franchise my business. Does this mean that I think all franchises are wrong? No…I support and use franchise businesses every day as a consumer. However that’s where my support for franchises ends.
I’m going to be honest with you. I personally might be able make a lot more money if I franchised Mission Repair. Heck, let’s put one in every city across America and I’ll charge each location a startup fee and a monthly royalty. I know others in the industry that have done it, but there is something lost when doing so. I’ve seen it first hand.
The issue that I have with franchising my business is that I’d lose the personal connection. We wouldn’t have a relationship. Yup, I’m talking about you and I, because franchise owners tend to put their “spin” on “their” business…which makes each of them just a little bit different. When each of them are different, you will see different prices, different repair quality, different parts (we know because we sell parts to a franchise here in Kansas City, funny huh? We even do some of their repairs as well!) and could receive a different experience.
Who’s the Owner of a franchised business? Well if there are several, hundreds, or thousands of stores…there could potentially be thousands of owners…all competing with one another as separate businesses. It’s clear that starting up a franchise is costly and not without rules and limitations and an extensive legal contract. Additionally bad management manifests itself everywhere in a lack of common vision systems, standards, motivating, communication, measurement, accountability and enforcement; as each location is directed by an entirely different team.
Franchising offers many advantages to those desiring fast growth. But it’s not without risk and it’s certainly not easy. And to me, it could potentially affect the good will and good name of Mission Repair which I have worked so hard to maintain.
The last thing that I’d like to point out is that when you call Mission Repair and ask for a price on a repair- it’s the same for EVERYONE in the country. We don’t ask “What state are you in? I’ll look up that price”. Our website is clear, concise and gives you all of our pricing up front and it’s for everyone.
Interested in a Mission Repair franchise? Sorry, we’re not offering them. Interested in a career at Mission Repair? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care, Ryan