Once a franchisee pays his or her fee and has opened a franchise, what recourse is available to a franchisor if the franchisee doesn’t follow the franchisor’s model?
This ties back to the whole concept of finding franchisees that ‘fit best’ into the franchisor’s system. In virtually every franchise agreement, there are definite causes for termination and tarnishing the franchisor’s brand through improper use would be high on the list.
Buying a franchise is a serious endeavor, and it should not be undertaken without critical analysis of at least two fundamental questions. Namely, is there evidence of a sound operating system, and if so, will I feel comfortable in using it?
No quality franchisor would allow departure from the system it has worked so hard to perfect. And I would go as far as to say that if a franchisor didn’t demonstrate a great protective nature toward its system, then no one should consider buying it.