Reply Mon 30 Mar, 2009 07:10 am
I have been reading this forum for a long time now, I to was a franchise, and walked away a number of years ago, I remember the clean up group well. What I would like to remind everybody here, is that nobody forced you to sign the Jani-king contract, nobody held a gun to your head and said ‘sign on the dotted line’ If you did not take your contract to a contract lawyer for him to advise you on its contents and how it would affect you and the franchisor, then that is your loss. Do not go blaming Jani-king UK, it was up to you to go and do your due diligence and research before you signed the bottom line.
I joined the franchise because I was seeking a business that I could manage but before I could manage I had to learn and that meant putting my head in bogs and cleaning them. How could I point out to my staff how they should be cleaned if I could not do it?
If you have problems with contracts because they where under bid then again its up to you to work with your client to get the contract price raised to what you believe is a workable price I had contracts given to me that I believe where under priced so I worked with the client to get an increase on the contract. So do not think you can run a franchise by remote control, you will fail. Jani-king UK is a brand and it will do what ever it takes to protect that brand and they have the money and the lawyers to do it, you will just end up worse off and considerably poorer.
I ended up walking away as I could not pay my staff anymore I had run out of cash, basic line was that I did not manage may cash flow properly, at the time I did not fully understand cash flow and how it is vital to the operation of any business. Jani-king tried to persuade me to stay and offered to help me, but I decided to walk away, I lost a lot of money and when it was all totalled up it was over a 3 figure sum, so basically I was bankrupt, but I have not blamed Jani-king for my current position, yes I am sad at what I let my self do, signing the contract but like I said at the beginning nobody forced me to do it. A poor work man blames his tools , is a phrase that keeps coming to my mind when I read this forum.
Life leads us down many roads, the Jani-king road was one of the wrong turnings in life that I made, I am not a young man, I have done many things over the years, so it is a case of picking myself up dusting myself down and getting on with my future and forgetting the past but not the mistakes that I made.
Let’s keep this discussion civil having, a swipe at a fellow forum poster does nothing for you in my eyes but just makes my opinion of you very poor, the lowest of the low, and I suspect other members of this forum feel the same as I do about you. Just to be clear I am referring to the people that are attacking Mr Fick for daring to mention that his wife is in a wheel chair. The fact that his wife is in a wheel chair has no bearing on our discussions about Jan-king and there conduct.

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