franchisees, however, mean
the system runs itself unsupervised. And sometimes it takes a
little more effort to convince experienced franchisees that a franchisor knows what doing.
with these more
serious franchisees you just
say, is the way going to
open to input and changes
in our systems. We listen to and
respect our franchise
Being a good franchisee
always come with tons of franchise
experience. But many great franchisees have skills that carry over
from other positions held.
Over the years, Kevin Barrie
has become a model franchisee. In
fact, one of his four Which Wich
sandwich shop locations in the San
Diego area does more catering than
any other unit in the country. But
he start out as a superstar
had no franchise
experience at all, and minimal
background was in corporate America working for a
he says. many people in the
corporate world, I got burned out.
always had a bit of a dream to
be self-employed. But I want
to figure everything out by myself
from A to Z. So I decided to go into
franchising, where all figured
out and you just need to find one
that meshes with your skills and
After visiting a Which Wich several times, Barrie decided the brand
was vibrant yet simple and had a
culture that he appreciated. After
a vetting process, he got the green
light to purchase two locations
in 2012. Now Barrie has four units
throughout San Diego.
would be amazed by how
many skills were transferable from
corporate he explains.
was a regional manager of 23 bank
branches, so I knew how to handle
multiple locations. I had managed
people, so I knew how to deal with
employee issues. I knew how to hire
people, how to work with numbers
and how to prioritize and handle
Barrie says that being able to
leverage those skills, along with the
extra energy he gets from working
for himself, has made multiunit
franchising very enjoyable.
you get efficient with things
and get into a routine, handling
more units take too much
extra he says.