Complaint Review: iFranchise
iFranchise iFranchise Group, Mark Seibert, iFranchise Consulting Took money, promised franchise results and success in growing my business model Chicago, Illinois Nationwide
*General Comment: Untrue Claims from Reviewer!
Mark Seibert and the IFranchise Group blatantly and aggressively pursued me to franchise my business several years ago. I am here to write about how terrible this company is, the poor experience I've had and how iFranchise ruined franchising for me entirely. I work so hard to build this business and have put in so many years, nights, time and emotional/physical commitment to get where I would consider growing the business. I met IFranchise over the internet and originally connected with a lady named Anne Anderson, she helped me with understanding franchising and how it worked. Little did I realize that this was a ploy for the first step in convincing me to spend enormous money on what has turned out to be the worst decision in my life. I am a service company who works in Florida and have a specialty market where it seemed like franchising would work. After speaking with ann, who seemed nice, she set me up for an appointment with Mark Seibert who also seemed nice and that he knew what he was talking about. I didn't know anything about franchising, so it's hard to tell whether someone is being genuine or not. Mr. Seibert told me all about how franchising worked and that they could support me. It required that I work with a local law firm in Florida, which I did. The expense was about $48,000 total to be paid to Ifranchise and another $25 paid to the lawyers which seemed expensive, but as Mark said, it was part of the process and part of doing this right. So we went forward based on Seibert's recommendations. That was wen it went bad.
My interactions with the company were always to the point and generally professional, but the work quality was terrible. Many times I felt like I was doing more of the work than they were and it required much of my time to get the model to where I felt we had a good franchise program. The manual loooked cut and paste, the website that Matt Jonas who is iFranchises digital marketing guy put together was a template which they charged me another $11k to set up. As the process went on, I felt worse and worse about my situation, then the legal bills started coming in for the attorney they recommended at $600 per hour. I just did'n't now any better so I kept paying.
I was fortunate to sell a couple of franchises and get some people into my brand, but the recommendations I had put into place from Seibert and iFranchise didn't make sense and none of my franchisees wanted to stay in the model any longer based on how it was set up. I called around to a bunch of people in the franchise industry and it seems like this is not uncommon at all for it to have happened to me. I've run into at least ten other companies who have the same type of experience as I did with iFranchise. Seibert needs to be stopped and needs to be told that he can't do this to people who have so much time and money put into their business just to pay it to some consultant.
It seems like everyone I speak with in the franchise industry when I mention Mark Seibert's name just kind of admits that they know what he does and how ifranchise works. One company told me about a trampoline franchise system who worked with ifranchise sales team and his words were that he felt like they bled him dry with fees and expenses in everything they did and that all the sales came from them but ifranchise still required commissions. Exact words were they said they didnt' help us at all in anything we did in franchising. Another ifranchise client worked with a guy named leonard and Mark seibert and said that they were happy with some of the documents, but in the end left frustrated and unhappy. They had a couple of employees quit during their work with ifranchise who told them that the entire company has no moral compass and that the people who run the business are just not good people. One lady in Florida told me about a spa company called face to face who had hired ifranchise and paid them almost a million dollars and had nothing to show for it. this lady was a spa consultant, but i can't believe that the client wouldn't do something about that when ifranchise clearly did so much wrong to them. Another ifranchise client did hair and wigs based out of Kansas City who spent over one hundred thousand with ifranchise and never sold a franchise at all!
This is my warning to you business owners, do not work with mark seibert or ifranchise, you will be happy that you don't have to go through this type of situatoin and lose the hard earned money you have saved up in your business.
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