WSJ Seeks to Interview Franchisee Couples

I write the weekly "Work & Family" Column for The Wall Street Journal, and I'm researching a feature story profiling  couples who have gone into business together since the recession.

This column will feature several couples who have begun working together in their own business since the recession. This could be a husband and wife buying a franchise together, a husband joining a wife in her existing business, or a wife joining a husband. The point is that they are working closely together running a small business, and have all their eggs in one basket.

 The focus would be, how do they make it work? What is the key to working smoothly together and also sustaining a marriage? The couples must be willing to be fairly open about financial and personal matters, but the piece would also lend exposure to their business.

I would like to do the interviews and select couples for this column by Wednesday, June 23. Please respond to sue.shellenbarger@wsj.com or 503-524-8881. Thank you very much for considering my request.

WSJ Looks for Zee Couples

Sue,

The Asian American Hotel Owners Association is currently having its annual convention in Chicago. Their members own over 40% of America's hotels. Many of their franchise owner members are couples who own and operate a hotel franchise.

I'm sure some of them will read your post here and may respond. Because of the much larger size of the investment, between $4 to $8 million, these investors tend to be quite sophisticated about owning a franchise and what brand is best for their needs. They spend much of their days and nights together -- and yet somehow preserve their marriage.

This is also the kind of article in which franchisors, almost any franchisor, would be happy to give you the names of one of their outstanding and successful franchisee couples. They may call in as well.

on June 17th, 2010

what they are looking for...

I don't think they are just looking for just the "outstanding and successful" couples.

on June 21st, 2010

invitation for husband/wife small business partnerships

<p>My wife and I run a KFC franchise of multiple restaurants. It&#39;s just the 2 of us (she does AP/Payroll, I do Ops) and couple of field supervisors (one is our son) Things are tough (actually really tough) but we face the most threat from our franchisor YUM. I know this site has covered some of our lawsuit against them (NCAC vrs YUM) Our current issues are:</p>
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unrealistic reinvestment demands</li>
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territorial encroachment from new inexperienced franchisees recruited by our franchsor &quot;partner&quot;</li>
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franchisor mismanagement (believe me, we franchisees have been embarassed more than once by them - Ophra, UNTHINK KFC, Double Down and various publicity &quot;stunts&quot; etc etc)</li>
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Overall we are continuing to to business but the envoirment continues to becoming more and more hostile to small business owners like us. We really have no solution to ObamaCare. It will probably be the &quot;nail in the coffin&quot; for us.</p>
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thanks for the forum</p>
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Posted by Guest on June 22nd, 2010