Franchising, with its promise of entrepreneurship within established brands, has long been touted as a pathway to success. Yet, beneath the surface of opportunity lies a myriad of challenges, often stemming from the actions – or inactions – of franchisors. From lack of finance to neglecting ongoing support, the sins of franchisors can inflict significant harm on franchisees, jeopardizing their viability and aspirations.

Here, we uncover ten fundamental problems plaguing franchisees and examine the implications of each:

Lack of Finance

Many franchisors, particularly at the outset, are undercapitalized, unable to provide the necessary support to franchisees. Neglecting  areas such as training, operational support, and marketing which can strain franchisee operations and hinder growth.

Rapid Growth Without Infrastructure

Growth at a rapid speed without adequate infrastructure in place can spell for disaster. New outlets may open hastily, relying on fee income to cover expenses, leading to compromised quality and support for franchisees.

Poor Site Selection Procedures

Franchise units placed in inadequately researched or substandard locations can struggle to thrive. Franchisees may face closure due to poor foot traffic or other site-related issues, exacerbating strain on franchisor support.

Poor Franchisee Selection Procedures

Accepting unsuitable franchisees solely based on investment capacity can be detrimental. Franchisees lacking necessary reserves may falter during business downturns, straining support systems and tarnishing brand reputation.

Lack of Testing

Bringing untested concepts to market violates a cardinal rule of franchising. Without pilot operations, franchisees are left to navigate uncharted territory, hindering duplication of successful models.

Neglecting Brand Building

Short-term marketing gains at the expense of long-term brand building can erode franchisee value. Franchisors must balance promotional efforts with strategies that enhance brand equity, benefiting franchisees in the long run

Insufficient Ongoing Support

Neglecting established franchisees while focusing on expansion neglects the core duty of franchisors. Adapting support to evolving franchisee needs is essential for sustained success.

Inadequate Training or Skills Development

Failing to train franchisees and their staff to replicate the pilot model undermines franchise consistency. Franchisees require comprehensive training in both operational aspects and business acumen.

Entering Saturated Markets

Oversaturation or proximity of franchise units diminishes individual viability. While it may bolster franchisor coverage and fee income, it undermines franchisee competitiveness and profitability.

Failure to Keep Up with IT Developments

Falling behind in technology places franchisees at a significant disadvantage. Franchisors must prioritize technological advancements to ensure the network remains competitive.

Retaining Buying Benefits

Withholding or mismanaging bulk buying advantages deprives franchisees of competitiveness. Franchisees must receive equitable benefits to maintain profitability and parity with independent competitors.


The sins of franchisors outlined above unveil systemic issues that imperil the viability of franchisees. Addressing these challenges demands a commitment to transparency, accountability, and ongoing support from franchisors. Only through concerted efforts to rectify these fundamental problems can the promise of franchising be fulfilled, empowering franchisees to thrive within established brands.

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