Franchising is a house

CSLewisWikipediaImagine yourself as a living house.

God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to?

The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.

He intends to come and live in it Himself.

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, Image

2 Responses to Franchising is a house

  1. My husband and I own a business together and we were franchisees for 15 years before we were able to become independent.
    The franchisor was a greedy vulture, who became rich and had a huge corporate building with well paid employees, who did not have a clue what it was like to be in the trenches as a franchisee.They created and discarded mandatory programs, purchases, and expensive name changes, like they were spending monopoly money.
    We had 4 different owners, of our contracts, over 15 years, as our contracts were sold from one company to another. I felt like an indentured servant….to put it politely.
    Your comments are right on target. I hope your audience is listening.


  2. Les Stewart says:

    Thanks for the kind words. I think more and more people are concluding that THIS trademark or THAT trademark is not “good” or “bad”.

    Since all contracts are almost identical, it is only in DEGREE and within timeframes that makes one franchisor different from another. I tire quickly of people saying that this one is a rogue and this one is not-a-rogue.

    Life in franchising is much more complicated than that and they can turn bad overnight on ya.

    Thanks for the comment and check out for some more detail.



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