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Geeks “Off” Call

A group of Geeks on Call franchisees are suing their franchisor for essential competing against with an telephone/online service.   I’m sure the FDD permits this.source All of the suits were filed by the counsel for a recently formed franchise association. The suits, all substantially identical, claim that Geeks on Call is responsible for a financial downturn allegedly experienced by the Plaintiffs. The suits point to the recent introduction of CalltheGeeks.com as a cause of diminished revenue. CalltheGeeks.com, remote technical support, is not offered in areas currently served by franchises. Company records show that many of the franchisees who filed suit are, in fact, showing year to date revenue exceeding prior year revenue.  Current economic data indicates that the small business community is choosing to repair rather than replace computers, a trend that bodes well for our franchisees within the IT sector. Unfortunately, rather than working with the Company to seek out and capitalize on this opportunity, these franchisees chose to file suit. Mark Baumgartner, General Counsel for Geeks On Call Holdings, Inc. stated “the allegations in the Complaint are without merit. Numerous Plaintiffs had previously been notified that they were in breach of their franchise agreements. We know that many of these Plaintiffs have been more focused on disparaging the Company than on building their business. Unfortunately, their disparagement harms the Company and the Geeks on Call franchise community as a whole.” It’s always hard franchisees to imagine the nice salesman’s boss would ever dilute your sales by competing against you, but it happens all the time. If you see a clause permitting the franchisor to compete with you even though they won’t open a location within your territory, negotiate that point before signing!!   Insist on restrictions on how they sell in your territory, even when the zor …

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The Moving Industry is Moving

The past decade has seen substantial innovation and entrepreneurship in the moving industry. As a general observation, there seems to be ample opportunity for franchise success in the trades and laborer market. The public typically responds to recognizable franchise names in an otherwise disorganized industry (see Roto-Rooter, MerryMaids, Handyman Network, Two Men and a Truck, Prospection, CertaPro Painters, Geeks on Call, Mac Tools, 1-800 Waterdamage). Low-margin, labor-intensive businesses in industries such as landscaping, painting, plumbing, moving, repair and installation, can earn premiums if professionally branded with the attempt (or illusion) of standardized, ethical business practices. Here are a few examples: Two Men and a Truck (and copy cat strategy Little Guys Movers): A simple yet successful branding strategy that made local moves less intimidating with the image of a trustworthy, hard-working team of guys. PODS franchise (plus copy cats UNITS and SmartBox) and ABF’s U-Pack: Most moves are local, yet people fear the scams, delayed deliveries, your stuff unloaded in a warehouse to make room for another move, etc. The selling point of large metal-box storage is that your stuff is always locked up, eschewing the chance of damage or loss from frequent unloading. I don’t like the fact that PODS charges a non-refundable $50 to even learn more about their franchise offering, but for a $2+ million startup cost, $50 is nothing to and it filters the inquiries to serious ones only? eMove.com, part of Amerco’s U-Haul, has cornered the market for laborers to help you move with an ebay-like service for hiring those needed strong bodies to load the truck. I have personally used this services and its become one of those “How did I ever do without it?” reliances.

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Franchisor Mentions

VERY OUT OF DATE.  Do a search instead.  This was manually updated March 21, 2006 Companies Mentioned in Posts (likely incomplete):Automotive 1-800 RADIATORS Oil Butler Lube N’ Go On-Site-Lube Business & Home Services 1-800-WATER-DAMAGE Bartercard Garagetek Help-U-Sell Home Instead Homewatch Caregivers My Girl Friday PropertyGuys.com Sears Carpet & Upholstery Tax Centers of America Cleaning & Maintenance none Computer & Internet (some are listed in “Retail”) Screenz Food and Restaurant Arby’s Auntie Anne’s Blimpies Cheeburger Cheeburger Chipotle Dippin’ Dots Dream Dinners Doc Green’s Gourmet Salad Dominic’s of New York The Dugout Durango Grill Fazoli’s Fire of Brazil Fogo de Chao Goldstar Chili Jamba Juice Jerq’zine Krispy Kream Lenny’s Sub Shops Mauwi Wauwi Original Hamburger Stand Panaderia Taza Papa John’s Pizza Factory Pizza Patron Pretzel Time Quiznos Red Rock Chili San Francisco Soup Co Shane’s Rib Shack Skyline Chili Smoothie King Smotthie Planet Soup Nazi Steak-out Subway Submarina Sub Station II Super Suppers The Soup Box Supercuts Suzanne’s Kitchen We’re Rolling Pretzel Company Wetzel’s Pretzels Z Pizza Zoup! Fresh Soup Co (List all sub franchises) Health & Fitness Curves Liberty Fitness Home Building & Repair Services See “Business and Home Services” above Personnel & Staffing none Pet Retail and Services Camp Bow Wow Doody Calls The Pet Pantry Wag My Tail Interquest Detection Canines Pets Are Inn Retail Franchises Ace Hardware AuctionDrop Battery Plus Best Cuts GNC Educational Outfitters Fantastic Sams Fastframe Foot Solutions Friendly Computers Geeks on Call GNC Hair Cuttery Herman’s World of Sports Imagine This Sold Orbit Drop Play It Again Sports QuikDrop Roosters Men’s Grooming Centers Screenz Snips Its Sports Clips Stone Mountain Carpet Mill Tom’s Foods We the People Categories: eBay drop offs (generally) Hair Travel & Hotel none Industry Lists & Research 2004 Same Store Sales Growth of QSRs (quick service restaurants) Royalty and Advertising …

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