By David Gray and Matthew Zuk The franchising model has become entrenched in recent years as a way of doing business across Canada. It has been applied to many types of businesses and industries with great success, including hotels, fitness centres, and a wide variety of retail stores.
By Shawn Saraga Knowledge is the most powerful tool you have when making the decision to invest in a franchise business. Verifying that a franchisor’s outside image matches reality can help you manage your expectations prior to purchasing.
By Paul Clissold In my family, owning your own business wasn’t a dream or a gamble—it was a way of life. With parents who were true entrepreneurial role models, it was no surprise when I followed in their footsteps. While I spent a large portion of my career as a food-service franchisee, I’ve now found an even better fit as owner of my own MVP Men’s Salon in Kelowna, B.C.
By Rob Lancit If you’ve always dreamed of branching out and starting your own business, then purchasing a franchise may be a worthwhile venture. As a franchise owner, you will have access to a brand name and a business model that already has a proven track record.
By Mike and Jackie Ouellette We’ve been together for 16 years, but only recently began working as a team with our new Speedy Auto Service franchise, specializing in while-you-wait repairs, maintenance and inspections. The business model fits our skill sets and our family’s needs.
By Shawn Saraga These days, customer service is the number one reason a business succeeds or fails; franchises are no exception. In the 1980s, McDonald’s made customer service and culture a priority by centring its advertising around ‘free smiles,’ a simple idea that made a big impact.
By Steve Iskierski Purchasing a franchised business is not an easy process. As a prospective franchisee, you must take your time, performing a great deal of research and due diligence before finally making the decision to buy.