I've seen a couple of Courier Companies recently who have or intend to start selling Franchises.
Nothing new in that and I understand those that have or are about to get a National Contract and need to offer offices throughout the UK to be able to cover that contract. But with the advent of Exchange sites is there really a need for regional offices throughout the UK to cover said contracts?
And if thats the case what is it that the potential franchisee is buying into, apart from losing a %age of his business to the Franchisor in"fees"?
From where i'm sitting its a means to extort hard earned cash from whoever is daft enough to buy into one.
We are all in an increasingly internet based industry that allows you to compete with anything a larger Courier Company can tout for, so what do i get for my money?
Software? You can get an all singing all dancing web based bit of kit for less than £200 a month
Experience? Certainly has a value, but all you need to know is already out there if you look
Guaranteed turnover? Possibly, but for how long
You get to "buy" an area of the country thats all yours (your territory) but it isn't yours is it. There are dozens of other Courier Companies in "your" area who are touting for the same business as you are, AND with your own territory, you can't tout outside of it. Another franchsiee will own that area, so ineffect you're growth stops at the boder between you and some other equally naive franchisee nextdoor.
Lets be honest, its an avenue stream for the company thinking of franching, and little more than that.