Franchises Are Not Small Business?

Earlier today I posted about the exclusion of franchising from the upcoming American Express Small Business Saturday. In addition to my post on the franchisEssentials site and multiple social media, I also posted on LinkedIn within its Q & A forum. My objective was to learn what individuals outside franchising had to say. Well, the responses that have been coming in are quite interesting. Putting aside the American Express issue, I believe we, as franchise professionals, may need to do a much better job of educating the general public about franchising as evident by the responses. Read the following response and then, please share your thoughts.

“If the motive is to spur small business owners, then I see the logic in this. Franchisees aren’t small business owners. They primarily earn profit for the mega-brands they represent. That’s not a moral judgment, just a fact. Franchises are not small business. You’re the first person I’ve heard say that franchising is the cornerstone of small business. I’d disagree. It’s the antithesis of small business. Despite some fancy paperwork, a franchisee is earning money for someone else, just like an employee. The only difference is that risk is pushed to the franchisee. This isn’t small business. It’s big business writ large. Franchises are, by definition, independently owned, but there is nothing independent about their operation. Doing things yourself according to someone else’s strictly-enforced guidelines isn’t independence.”

For what it’s worth, the comment above is from an individual that promotes himself on LinkedIn within his profile as follows…

“I’m one of the founders of (company name withheld) and have over a decade of experience helping companies of all sizes multiply growth and outperform the competition. Business leaders who work with me get actionable strategic insight that contributes directly to the bottom line. I’ve worked with startups, small, medium and large enterprises and government agencies to set critical strategic goals and, more importantly, develop the roadmaps to get there. My focus is always on exploiting opportunities and eliminating obstacles wherever they are and not on employing a standard toolkit of proprietary models and methods.”

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