Franchise Partnership: How It Works & Who to Choose

If you’re considering getting into franchising, understanding the ins and outs of a franchise partnership is crucial. This long-respected business model can be your gateway to entrepreneurial success, but like any significant decision, it requires careful consideration and a clear understanding of what’s involved.

A five-year study by the franchise consulting firm FranNet reported that 92% of their franchise placements were still in business after two years and 85% after five years. While there are no guarantees in business, we can tell you that Vicious Biscuit is a bold standout in QSR franchising, featuring Southern hospitality with an edge and already garnering a very devoted customer base.

But if you’re still exploring what franchising entails overall, both its benefits and drawbacks, let’s explore how it’s structured and what you should look for in a franchisor partner.

What is a Franchise Partnership?

A franchise partnership is a business arrangement where you, as a franchisee, enter into an agreement with a franchisor to operate a business under their brand and system. It’s not just about using a brand name; it’s about adopting a proven business model, receiving ongoing support, and being part of a larger network. This partnership allows you to run your own business while benefiting from the reputation, experience, and systems of an established brand.

With Vicious Biscuit, for instance, we’ve already proven out the concept with our flagship restaurant opening in 2018 and five more opened since. Now, with our reputation firmly established in the rebellious brunch segment (Is that a thing? Yes, and we own it.), franchisees are lining up. We have dozens of locations under development and many unexplored territories still available. –


With franchising, there are some advantages in store. Consider:

  • Proven business model: You’re adopting a business model that has been tested and refined. This reduces the risks associated with starting a business from scratch.
  • Brand recognition: Operating under a recognized brand can attract customers faster than a new, unproven entity.
  • Training and support: Most franchisors offer comprehensive training programs and ongoing support, helping you navigate the complexities of business ownership.
  • Purchasing power: Being part of a larger network often means access to bulk purchasing discounts, reducing your operational costs.
  • Networking opportunities: You become part of a community of franchisees, providing opportunities for learning and collaboration.


Of course, you should know about the downside, too, including:

  • Initial and ongoing costs: Franchising can involve significant initial investment and ongoing fees, including royalties and marketing fees.
  • Limited flexibility: You must adhere to the franchisor’s guidelines and systems, which can limit your autonomy.
  • Dependence on franchisor’s reputation: Your success can be tied to the franchisor’s brand reputation, which can be a double-edged sword.
  • Contractual obligations: Franchise agreements can be complex and may impose long-term commitments and restrictions.

How are Franchise Partnerships Typically Structured?

Franchise relationships are governed by a franchise agreement, a legal document outlining the rights and responsibilities of both the franchisor and franchisee. This agreement includes details on the use of trademarks, operational guidelines, training, support, financial commitments, and the duration of the franchise. Typically, you’ll pay an initial franchise fee and ongoing royalties, which are usually a percentage of your sales.

What to Look for in a Franchisor?

  • Reputation and track record: Research the franchisor’s history, financial stability, and reputation in the market. Look for a partner with a proven track record of success and support for its franchisees.
  • Alignment of values and goals: Ensure that the franchisor’s values and business goals align with yours. A good franchise partner should share your vision for growth and success. Are you looking for something different in the breakfast and brunch space? Some Southern hospitality with a little edge to it? Vicious Biscuit could be the right choice.
  • Training and support: Evaluate the quality and extent of the training and ongoing support offered. A good franchisor invests in your success through comprehensive training programs and resources.
  • Financial performance: Investigate the financial performance of existing franchises. Understanding their profitability can give you insights into your potential success.
  • Territory and exclusivity: Consider the territory and exclusivity clauses. Make sure you understand your operational area, the level of market saturation, and how much internal competition you might have to face.
  • Legal and financial terms: Review the franchise agreement carefully, preferably with the help of a legal expert. Understand all financial commitments, terms, and conditions.
  • Franchisee community: Engage with the existing franchisee community. Their experiences and insights can be invaluable in helping you make an informed decision.

Be Bold. Be Vicious. Explore Vicious Biscuit Franchising

At Vicious Biscuit, we’re bringing the fun back to brunch with our family-focused vibe. Our one-shift, brunch-only business model offers you a chance to create the kind of work-life balance that best suits you. We have a fun brand culture, but we’re still serious about our opportunity.

Multi-unit opportunities? Got that. Protected territories? You know it. Oh, and did we mention our 2022 AUV – of $2.5 million?
Partnering with a franchise like Vicious Biscuit offers the allure of experienced franchise leadership with the appeal of joining a ground-floor opportunity. Come and join the Biscuit Rebellion with us.

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