I looked into them. I think that it would be a good opportunity for the right person. I spoke with a couple of guys who had the franchise and they had grown quite a bit and were quite happy with the franchise.
Yes, there is an upfront fee and your equipment has to be up to their standards. You might have to buy new trucks or that sort of thing.
It just wasn't for me. The reasons being that I pay my employees significantly higher than their model allows for. That would mean that I would have to likely start over in the employee department. I am also strongly committed to going cash only in my business and I was not ready to finance new equipment or finance the franchise fee.
The trouble with trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. -- C. S. Lewis
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