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UnhappyFranchisee.Com: A Support Group for Franchise Owners

June 10, 2013

UnhappyFranchisee.Com has been praised as an indispensable resource for franchisees and former franchisees.

We have been told that mutual support, guidance and camaraderie that struggling, failed or failing franchisees find at UnhappyFranchisee.Com has played a critical role in helping them navigate and overcome the devastating emotional and financial hardships that resulted from their franchise investments.

Several former franchisees have told us that UnhappyFranchisee.Com literally played a role in saving their lives… by letting them know that they were not alone.

By connecting them with others who have faced the same adversities… and got through it.

And by directing them to resources that can help direct them through the greatest challenges that they and their families will ever have to endure.

UnhappyFranchisee.Com provides a safe and supportive forum where current and former franchise owners can share their views and experiences without divulging their identities.

We thank those who take the time to educate prospective franchisees as to how to avoid the mistakes they made… and provide encouragement and support to those who are grappling with the struggles they have overcome.

Has UnhappyFranchisee.Com been helpful in providing you with guidance and support during your franchise-related struggles?  Please share a comment below, or email us at UnhappyFranchisee[at]gmail.com.

“Thanks, UnhappyFranchisee.Com, for providing invaluable support.”

“this site is a wonderful place to come to for help and support… I believe the “world” needs to see and hear what the rest of us have suffered at the hands of these horrible people”  jmd

“I am just glad that I found this website… Still scary, but I’m really glad I’m not by myself in this.”  Casey

”During the past months, I have found you all to be a ‘Support Group.” Thank you. The different stories have made us realize we are not alone in dealing with a business failure.”  Change Stations Now

 

“I think this website has helped some of us start to heal from the humilating slap in the face [the franchisor] dealt many of us.”  Former Employee

 

“I am impressed with the participation of this site and the fact that it pops to the top of google search engines and is managed well.”  Trisha Grabert

“…it is somewhat comforting to know I’m not alone. I’m not sure I would have made it through this whole thing without losing my sanity if it hadn’t been for this site – so thank you ADMIN and everyone who posts here!”  udomatter

“I just now found this website, I thought I was the only one who was ripped off by these people. These people have screwed me out of so much money its not even funny.”  Dennis Braddock

“Love this site, pass it on to as many Liberty franchisees as possible.” mike

“This site is here to help those of us who lost our money to these companies” Guest

“Tell all current zees about this website!” mike

“I’m thankful to have found this website.”  Theresa

“…thanks to this site most owners are aware that the fear of retaliation from CI is just intimidation and nothing more…” unhappy

“I think it’s awesome that there’s a place for us to come together and vent and just be supportive. If nothing else, this site has been great for my wife and I because for a while there, we really felt alone.”  Ryan

DO YOU THINK UNHAPPYFRANCHISEE.COM PROVIDES A BENEFIT TO FRANCHISEES & FORMER FRANCHISEES?  PLEASE SHARE A COMMENT BELOW.

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13 Responses to “UnhappyFranchisee.Com: A Support Group for Franchise Owners”

  1. SanFranDan says:

    When Franchises sell you a “dog and “pony” show and then subsequently throw you under the bus once you sign on the dotted line and then blackmail you with lots & lots of legal letters to make sure you promise not to not say anything bad about the Franchise or your experience, you feel all alone.

    Since finding this website, “Unhappyfranchisee.com”, I have been given a breath of fresh air. A place to vent, to warn others of my unfortunate experience and to have them be very careful not to fall into the same traps I did, it is a godsend.

    Many thanks to AMIN Sean for caring enough to start this blog and for all of us to realize we’re not alone. It was a horrendous experience being part of this franchise and I have happily turned away dozens of others from signing on to this incredibly dysfunctional franchise and hopefully saved them from a ton of grief.

    This website was MUCH NEEDED and very much appreciated. Keep up the good work, Sean! :)

  2. ADMIN says:

    Thanks SanFranDan. Thanks for your regular contributions and the camaraderie and support you show other owners. You are not only there for your fellow commenters, but for the many who read and don’t ever leave a comment.

  3. Scammed1 says:

    What a great job this site is doing! I’m glad that we are able to help guide others into not making the same mistakes we did. Sean, it takes a lot of bravery to go after crooks like Liberty Tax. If there were a medal of honor for websites, this one surely deserves it! Keep up the good work.

  4. ADMIN says:

    Thanks Scammed1! You guys have posted nearly 2500 comments and definitely have the ear of management. Keep commenting and change will come.

  5. I cannot say enough good things about Sean Kelly. For the past seven years Sean has been an inspiration to me and has shown me that there is no higher calling for an attorney that standing up to franchise bullies. I took on a large franchisor on behalf of several defrauded franchisees. I was up against a mega lawfirm with unlimited resources and definitely in over my head. However, Sean took the time to talk to me and let me know I was on the right track. In the end, my clients were vindicated.
    He has not done it for the money. He’s done it because it’s the right thing to do. Now, these bullies are finally taking notice. Are they trying to improve their systems? No. They are suing and threatening Sean. For what? For giving franchisees a voice and exposing the fraud? I ask all of you who have benefitted from this site to closely monitor it over the next month or so. Sean has already been sued by one unscrupulous company for exposing the truth and other systems are making veiled threats that additional suits will be coming. I know that I will not sit back quietly while con men and thieves try to silence you, the franchisees. I hope you will join me in that fight.

  6. Trisha Grabert says:

    This site is very sentimental to me. I found support when needed and have been able to help others when I thought I could not even help myself. I cannot imagine how I would have coped without finding this website and all the active participation from everyone to answer posts or questions.

    I felt alone. I felt hopeless. I felt heartbroken. I felt fear. I felt abused. I felt humiliated. I felt intimidated. I felt weak. These people embraced me with the others and helped me. They gave me find strength, courage, comfort and hope. I thank them all and I thank you Sean Kelly!
    I can never repay you for even one night of peace you made possible for me.

    -Trisha

  7. Tanya says:

    [Tanya's comment moved to the appropriate Curves thread here:
    http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/curves-robert-lays-story/

  8. Jackie says:

    Fair and balanced is what comes to my mind when thinking of the unhappy franchisee. All parties involved in the discussion are given the opportunity to voice there thoughts, experiences and opinions. This process gives a community vibe where one is given the opportunity to speak in an open arena and others are given the chance to respond in a fashion that allows everyone to have a voice.

  9. Franchise scam says:

    This site has been a staple in my brain. Sean has done a great job. I am there for you anytime Sean.

  10. Rob says:

    I was very disappointed with my decision on the franchise I chose, and I lost a lot of time and money. All because I was misled from the start. Through this site, I realized I am not alone, and that a lot of similar situations exist. Nothing can change the past, but with the other franchisee experiences I’ve read, I was able to learn some valuable insights and suggestions on how to move forward. Thank you unhappy franchise for having this site I only wish I found it much sooner!!

  11. Rebel Ron says:

    It shouldn’t be any doubt about the importance of the service provided by the UF site.

    Why do we need the UF site? We lost our retirement savings, we lost our houses, and our course of life will never be the same. We come here to tell the truth and our bitter story. UF is the only place where the voice of VICTIMIZED FRANCHISEES is being heard. Regrettably, there are many of us and the number seems to grow. I would make UF site a mandatory stop for anybody thinking to invest in a franchise business.

    The UF site will close down only when the franchise business will get rid of those who tarnish the “franchise” name: the deceiving, unscrupulous and dishonest franchisors. My prediction? It is not going to happen soon…

    Rebel Ron

  12. Hope says:

    Thank you for being the light in a very dark place. I wish I had known about this site before I signed my life away, if I had been able to read the posts it would have helped me be better informed and prevented all this devastation. Its important to keep the truth out there, hopefully others can be saved. This site represents what greed and bad business practices do to people, how lives are destroyed….shame on anyone who thinks its just a place to whine, if you have a heart or conscious at all and read the pain, loss, suffering, fear, that fill these pages you would know this is a place that shouldnt have to exist, but it does because of all the greed and lack of heart that runs unchecked in these companies. Only those who dont want truth exposed, who have something to hide, who are hardened by their own self deception, due to their continued self justification and lack of accountability to whats fair and humane oppose this site! If they truly thought it was just whining, then they wouldnt be upset by it, but they really dont believe that themselves, they are upset because they know the cat is out of the bag! Because of them we are here, and here is where we will stay, to continue to bind the wounds of each individual, and offer whatever help we can, because we are human, and our hearts feel the pain. Thank you for being here.

  13. bill says:

    We who either owned a franchise or still do own a franchise need to form an organization to get our concerns heard. Through this site you see that many of the franchises suffer from the same issues and yet we have no collective voice.
    Franchiser’s should be required to give a franchise disclosure document and section 19 – Earnings Claim should be standardized and based on all their locations. The idea that they can cherry pick this information is an outright abuse.
    As I said in the past just like states inacted blue sky laws for the sale of stock
    there should be similar legislation for franchising.

    Everytime I see a commercial for $3.99 meal at Subway or $5.00 Pizza at Papa John’s it just shows how the franchisor has so little disregard for the franchisee. As a small business accountant I know that this type of pricing most hurt the bottom line of all their franchisees and kills the ones on the fringe.

    Franchising flourishes because the average person feels that they have an advantage through franchising but this isn’t bared out in the statistics. Without size and scale there are very fee individual franchise that flourish.

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