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Family ditches perfect life for pizza franchise, togetherness

I found this story interesting. It tells the story of a working family ditching their jobs for the life of a franchisee.

Are they making more money? No. Are they working less hours? No. Are they happier? Yes.

They’re living on less, spending more hours at work and couldn’t be happier.

They are saving money on business clothes, gas and travel costs, food, and other work related expenses.

How do they market and advertise the business?

With no advertising budget, the couple do their own marketing. Don and Kasey tour the nearby residential neighborhoods dropping off menus sporting their Z Pizza address. Don delivers small pizza boxes to nearby businesses with an invitation to bring it to the restaurant in exchange for a free pizza.

I find many franchisees are making less money but are more happy in the end.

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6 comments

  1. Item 12 of the UFOC discloses that you have a 1 mile territory, in which the franchisor can cherry pick certain excellent locations for their own. Wonder how long the family will stay happy?

  2. Are you sure?  Have you seen Z Pizza’s UFOC?

  3. I believe that Michael Webster is referring to this section of Item 12: As you can see, ZPizza will not cherry pick, excellent locations. Most university campuses, hospitals, shopping mall, stadiums etc. are run by companies such as Aramark or HMS Host and therefore the concept must build or already have a relationship with these companies to obtain restaurants in the "unique and separate frin /zPizza restaurants". If you are a franchisee concerned about the potential situation that Michael Webster describes, contact your franchisor for a detailed explanation8. We reserve the right to declare certain locations within your Exclusive Territory as unique and separate from other Z Pizza Restaurants, such as a university campus, hospital, public transportation facility, regional shopping mall, government facility, sports stadium, amusement park or metropolitan area.  We have the sole right to require that this type of location must be developed by You and if You fail or refuse to enter into a Franchise Agreement within 90 days, We have the right to construct, operate or franchise others to construct or operate a Z Pizza Restaurant at such a site without violation under your Franchise Agreement.

  4. Item 12 as you describe it sounds wide open for Z Pizza to declare a site as unique and seperate within your Exclusive Territory. It actually sounds easier than I think Michael Webster anticipated.  As Franchise Pundit warned before, when the franchisor (especially in mega-franchises like the Subways and Quiznos of the world) see a highly profitable location, they will try to place another one as close by to squeeze more sales from the area.  But really, how can you blame the franchisor, everyone is in business to make profit.

  5. We happened to find this article, which is about our family and our franchise experience, and felt the need to respond. We have been open almost four years and still couldn’t be happier! Sure, we’ve had out ups and downs, but our worst day here is better than our best day anywhere else! Life is good!

  6. We happened to find this article, which is about our family and our franchise experience, and felt the need to respond. We have been open almost four years and still couldn’t be happier! Sure, we’ve had our ups and downs, but our worst day here is better than our best day anywhere else! Life is good!

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