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  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   1 year 32 weeks ago

    I hope you didn't sign on the dotted line.

  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   1 year 32 weeks ago

    Still a big fat no!!! Run far and fast

  • CertaPro Painters: VERY High Franchisee Failure rate   1 year 32 weeks ago

    I purchase a franchise about 20 years ago. I was told very similar ideas, but it does not work. Painting business is not a cookie cutter business. The fact that you are going to different locations and have to solve issues that can not be anticipated. Painting is just not that simple. Do not fall for their lies. I had to give up my franchises and ended up going to court to defend myself. I have started several businesses in construction and other businesses since my Certa franchise experience. The overhead cost and limitation by the franchise system just don't work in a construction/painting setting. DON'T FALL FOR THEIR LIES. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A FRANCHISE. YOU WILL BE COMPETING WITH SMALL BUCKET PAINTERS. THEY CAN WORK FOR NEXT TO NOTHING AND WIN THE JOB EVERY TIME, WHILE YOU HAVE TO PAY FRANCHISE FEES AND MARKETING COST THAT WILL TOP 20%. NO WAY TO MAKE MONEY.

    I settled my lawsuit and had to pay them some money to go away. I am certain even their coaches could not make money running a franchise. During my 2 year as a franchise owner they had many failures which they blamed on the franchise owners. Which was not true. It has been a long time for me, but I just don't want anyone to fall for their lies and lose money. Go out on your own and save the money. Ask a local painters to help you. Call your local Sherwin Williams and ask them to recommend a local painting company that can help you. It will significantly increase your chance of success. You do not need their training It was not worth the money. Just buy that painters a few lunches and dinner and spend one month working with him. That will work much better.

  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   1 year 33 weeks ago

    Where can i purchase this book?

  • MAACO   1 year 33 weeks ago

    Initial Public Offering Guy has left the company.

  • MAACO   1 year 33 weeks ago

    I wonder why none of these franchising corporate rock stars never leave their jobs to own the franchises they sell? They just seem to move around every couple of years pumping their resumes with all kinds of non-quantifiable accolades. They all move around as a crew. Why are a bunch of Burger King failures - they are all former executives of Burger King - traveling as a corporate crew? Why do none of them invest in the franchises they are managing/selling? What do they know that we do not?

  • MAACO   1 year 33 weeks ago

    These folks are typical scam artists. Ten years ago the big thing was rebates. You pay up front, only to find out later that you did something? wrong that disqualifies you for receiving the rebate. Bumper special for 129 after 50 dollar rebate. Who falls for that rebate crap anymore? The hacks that run corporate Maaco just keep recycling old bait and switch campaigns. Do you know how hard it is to "up-sell" customers on this crap?

    When you go to buy into Driven Brands the powers that be will be selling you on their ability to innovate and how they are taking things to the next level. The reality is they are just a bunch of overpaid hacks trying to sucker you into an outdated business model.

    Your business fails, they still make their bonus. Rebate on you franchise fees? Good Luck!

  • Franchise Horror Stories   1 year 33 weeks ago

    Here's the reality of buying a franchise. You can do all the research and ask all the questions you can think of, but if you ever have to face your franchisor in court, you don't have a chance. They have more money and can litigate you into the ground. Even if you are in the right. Don't buy a franchise unless you are prepared to lose everything you have worked for all your life !

  • Teeth Whitening Business   1 year 34 weeks ago

    Hi I also live in Frisco and wondered how this turned out. I was thinking of getting a mobile setup...I know this is 4 years old so wondering if your still doing it.

  • Franchise Horror Stories   1 year 34 weeks ago

    Research will only get you so far when there is a systematic way of obfuscating what the buyer needs to know.

    Education for franchise buyers tends to be supplied by sellers who want to train the franchisee how to be an easier mark. Does the Asia Pacific Centre rank franchise brands? Which brand's average franchise makes the most profit? Does a site or service rank contracts? Is a site afraid to do so for fear of offending potential franchisor clients. Does it make its money from the buyer, or does it receive kickbacks from the franchisor? Does it score which sectors are on a downward trajectory and which ones look strong?

    Research will only get you so far when the education you are getting is supplied by franchisors and franchise sellers.

  • Franchise Horror Stories   1 year 35 weeks ago

    There are multiple websites and organisations offering invaluable tips and advice to anyone looking to buy into a franchise. Each of these strongly recommend doing as much research as possible prior to signing on the dotted line. The Asia Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence (https://www.franchise.edu.au/) even offers a free online Pre-entry Franchise Education course aimed at helping you to understand the due diligence process and to create realistic expectations.

  • Jazzercise Franchise????   1 year 35 weeks ago

    What happens if you don't make the cut at the audition? Do you lose $2000??

  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   1 year 37 weeks ago

    Everytime I read this Blue MauMau - I notice that the majority of the articles are from 2011 and earlier. Is this a credible site or just a place for you to post advertising and make money off the advertising?

  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   1 year 37 weeks ago

    Please don't do it, for your sake, your familys' sake, your savings sake. DON'T DO IT.
    I have been tracking Real Deals since I bought one in 2008 and closed in 2011. Every Single Store that is open today is NOT any one of the owners who were open in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and now. They have ALL closed or been resold for a fraction of the price of only inventory on hand. There are now new franchisee's where there never were and NO Franchisees where there were. This means every single one of these franchisees and their families lost their life savings. Every One, except of course the ones owned by the Franchisor Family consisting of Five Sisters, their husbands and nuclear family.
    Open your own store, make your own connections with vendors, do your homework. This company is a tightly held family Ponzi Scheme. Nothing more. There are at minimum, SIXTY of us who all share the exact same experience. We are the original franchisees, and the first, second, third, and fourth round franchisees. We all went broke due to a complete failure of the franchisors to run a competent business. Of course that's giving them too much credit for just being stupid, when we wish that was the case. They are calculating, lying, manipulating, and charming as any sociopath. I don't care if it's 2011, or 2025, the scheme is the same. It's a failure of a business model with charming sociopaths at the helm. Their only goal is to separate you from your money, and they are quite adept at that.

  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   1 year 37 weeks ago

    Please don't do it, for your sake, your familys' sake, your savings sake. DON'T DO IT.
    I have been tracking Real Deals since I bought one in 2008 and closed in 2011. Every Single Store that is open today is NOT any one of the owners who were open in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and now. They have ALL closed or been resold for a fraction of the price of only inventory on hand. There are now new franchisee's where there never were and NO Franchisees where there were. This means every single one of these franchisees and their families lost their life savings. Every One, except of course the ones owned by the Franchisor Family consisting of Five Sisters, their husbands and nuclear family.
    Open your own store, make your own connections with vendors, do your homework. This company is a tightly held family Ponzi Scheme. Nothing more. There are at minimum, SIXTY of us who all share the exact same experience. We are the original franchisees, and the first, second, third, and fourth round franchisees. We all went broke due to a complete failure of the franchisors to run a competent business. Of course that's giving them too much credit for just being stupid, when we wish that was the case. They are calculating, lying, manipulating, and charming as any sociopath. I don't care if it's 2011, or 2025, the scheme is the same. It's a failure of a business model with charming sociopaths at the helm. Their only goal is to separate you from your money, and they are quite adept at that.

  • Franchise Horror Stories   1 year 37 weeks ago

    My opinion about franchising has not changed.  People be careful.  It has been almost 10 years since we opened a franchise.  We went through franchise fraud, financial hell and survived it.  Remember there is no way out of financial hell except to go through it.  I still believe franchising can be dangerous to your financial health.  Make sure you get to know the franchisor.  Signing a contract is just like a relationship.  You wouldn't marry someone usless you know them.  Get a franchise lawyer, a good CPA.  Solidfy the franchise agreement.  I am confident your zor will be against it.  If they are, you've got your answer.  DO NOT DO IT!!!! 

  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   1 year 37 weeks ago

    What came out of your situation?

  • PuriFry Vs Filtafry   1 year 38 weeks ago

    danny can help you with information give me a call 908-864-7954

    brett

  • Teeth Whitening Business   1 year 38 weeks ago

    I would like to start a teeth whitening business. Did you have to get any training?

    Thanks

  • PuriFry Vs Filtafry   1 year 38 weeks ago

    John,

    I have looked into the Filta Fry concept and after allot of research, it sounds like the Franchise stands the only thing to gain. I am interested on the servicing end of it and what you think would be my best approach if I did get into this industry? I have cash on hand and would be able to start off immediately with 7-10 locations that a friend of mine owns as a bar and grill owner. I like that you have obviously found a way to sustain a profitable business.

    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   1 year 38 weeks ago

    It was done when the franchisee was a Mail Boxes Etc. and chose not to convert to the UPS store. I also did that. Not a chance it can be done now. UPS Store will immediately file action against you.

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   1 year 38 weeks ago

    How did you kick UPS out the door? The franchise agreement has non-compete clauses. If I could figure out how to do what you did, I would do it today! Can it be done without the Home Office starting legal action?

  • Franchise Horror Stories   1 year 38 weeks ago

    100% agree with you.

  • Foot Solutions - Horror Story   1 year 39 weeks ago

    I am looking at making an investment and see many arguments in this forum for and against. I am looking for more detail than can be provided on this form. Can you please contact me at tefp99@gmail.com.

    Thank You

  • MAACO   1 year 40 weeks ago

    As a victim of Maaco / Driven Brands I am happy to tell my story, play devils advocate, talk you out of anything to do with this Horrible Company. Please provide contact information.

    If we do not get in touch you have to ask the question: Why is someone who spent a year or so opening a business and now only two years after making a 15 year commitment wanting out?

    "Been in operation for nearly two years" is not a positive. Most small business fail within 5 years. Open for less than 5 and the business is still a start-up.

    These folks at Maaco are professionals at CYA, well versed and heavily armed with Lawyers. Anything they say will be positive yet vague. Weigh everything with very heavy skepticism.

    Your next best line of defense, rather than me talking you out of it, find a small local bank with a commercial lending department and loan officer who is a longtime local resident. They will be invested enough in the community and knowledgeable enough to talk you out it.