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Franchising is a business model that has led millions to financial success. Every franchisee has a singular story - of where they've been, how they chose franchising, and of the challenges they've overcome on their pathway to personal and business success. Franchising.com brings these real-life stories to you online. Someday your story may appear here as well.

After taking a body blow to his Aaron’s business in 2015, Spencer Smith has diversified and is on the growth track once again
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,089 Reads 5 Shares
Multi-brand franchisee and area developer Tim Gayhart has buying his franchisor firmly in his sights
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,263 Reads 8 Shares
How two multi-brand food franchisees are coping with Covid in mid-2021
  • Franchise Update Media
  • 2,582 Reads 1 Shares
Seeking more time with his newborn daughter, Matt Pendleton left his high-stress job with a restaurant franchisor and today owns 3 Screenmobile locations
  • Franchise Update Media
  • 2,669 Reads 28 Shares
Q&A with Sean Fitzgerald, president of TruBlue Total House Care, which boosted revenue 94% last year, part 2
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,781 Reads 17 Shares
Mike Philip, with 22 years in franchising, applies a light touch to his serious success
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,508 Reads 4 Shares
Q&A with Sean Fitzgerald, president of TruBlue Total House Care, which boosted revenue 94% last year
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,820 Reads 25 Shares
Mike Davis’ 1-800-JunkPro is gaining its share of a $50 billion industry
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,833 Reads 4 Shares
PuroClean 5-unit franchisee explains why he chose a service brand to invest in
  • Keegan Trudgen
  • 4,239 Reads 31 Shares
30-year-old Wasif Saddique, who learned the ropes growing up in his uncle’s restaurants, now operates two Wayback Burgers and is gunning for more
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,810 Reads 8 Shares
Yonas Hagos arrived in the U.S. after spending his childhood in a refugee camp in Sudan. Today he operates 27 franchised units – with more on the way.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,698 Reads 8 Shares
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Sajib Singha goes big, growing his 5 food brands across small-town Texas, with plans for 8 more in 2021
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,290 Reads 33 Shares
Robby Basati rises from delivery driver to franchisee and area development agent for Mountain Mike’s Pizza
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,512 Reads 60 Shares
Lynn Ann Zazzali’s passion for education and children led her from public school teacher to a top franchisee at The Learning Experience
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,296 Reads 9 Shares
Luis San Miguel, with 3 brands, is looking forward to 2021 and advancing toward his goal of 100 units 
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,454 Reads 14 Shares
Army veteran George Hart’s goal is to build a Dunkin’ on every military base in America
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,242 Reads 4 Shares
After a stellar career in sports and entertainment marketing, Elaina Watley is becoming a star franchisee with Amazing Lash Studio, promoting women in business, and building a school in Ghana
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 9,232 Reads 16 Shares
How a 33-year-old franchisee with almost 60 snack-brand units is dealing with Covid-19
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
  • 5,620 Reads 16 Shares
Covid-19 has taught third-generation franchisee Scott Rohrer (One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Mister Sparky Electric) that plumbing is his most “essential” business
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
  • 5,714 Reads 24 Shares
Veteran multi-brand franchisee Mitch Cohen has seen sales at his Jersey Mike’s Subs locations fall 25% since mid-March. He’s countered with discounts, and has gone above and beyond to support his employees and their families. He’s also signed a 6-unit agreement with Sola Salon Studios and is a co-founder of Performax Franchisee Advisors.
  • 4,406 Reads 8 Shares
During the Covid-19 pandemic we have been contacting franchisees, asking them what they’re doing to get through the crisis and, hopefully, come out the other side.
  • Franchise Update
  • 3,269 Reads 17 Shares
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How multi-unit Christian Brothers Automotive franchisee Jeff Toth is coping with being deemed an essential business in Texas
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
  • 3,319 Reads 26 Shares
Dawn Lafreeda, Denny’s largest individual franchisee, has seen sales drop as much as 90 percent in some of her restaurants. She is looking for a stronger government response as she tries to save her company and protect her employees until she’s allowed to reopen at full capacity.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
  • 4,223 Reads 12 Shares
Multi-brand franchisee Lee Kleiner (Dairy Queen, Which Wich, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh) shares what he’s doing to survive Covid-19
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
  • 3,252 Reads 26 Shares
Two Men and a Truck multi-unit operator Brooke Wilson shares what she’s doing to get through Covid-19
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
  • 3,520 Reads 8 Shares
Multi-brand franchisee Eric Danver – Papa John’s and Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – shares what he’s doing to survive Covid-19. While his spas are shuttered, his Papa John’s stores are carrying the load, with recent sales up more than 30% as demand for pizza delivery soars.
  • Franchise Update
  • 2,428 Reads 9 Shares
Multi-brand franchisee Eric Danver (Papa John’s and Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa) shares what he’s doing to survive Covid-19. While his spas are shuttered, his Papa John’s stores are carrying the load, with recent sales up more than 30% as demand for pizza delivery soars.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
  • 3,282 Reads 8 Shares
Michael Chalmers, a Spherion Staffing Services franchisee with 4 offices in Georgia and Alabama, says his clients—companies looking to fill essential jobs—are giving him a unique perspective on the employment market during Covid-19
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
  • 3,255 Reads 15 Shares
Michael Chalmers, a Spherion Staffing Services franchisee with 4 offices in Georgia and Alabama, says his clients - companies looking to fill essential jobs - are giving him a unique perspective on the employment market during Covid-19.
  • 2,661 Reads 7 Shares
Multi-brand restaurant operator Greg Cutchall had to furlough 350 employees at his casual brands, but has seen minimal to flat drops in sales at his QSR locations, which are helping to carry him through
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
  • 4,433 Reads 14 Shares

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