At Jon Smith Subs, we are excited to offer our sub shop franchises to smart, hard-working people all over the country. We lend our expertise to help our franchisees thrive, and we expect that our franchisees are willing to put in the time and effort to grow their businesses.

So who are we looking for to own a Jon Smith Subs franchise?


The great thing about franchising with Jon Smith Subs is that we have a turnkey business model and thorough training, so you do not necessarily need experience owning a business or a restaurant in order to succeed with our brand. Although a background in restaurants or business ownership is a definite plus, they are not requirements.

People from a wide variety of backgrounds have found success owning sub shop franchises. There are skills you learn at many jobs that translate well into business ownership. Corporate workers, restaurant managers, and business investors all are great candidates to own a Jon Smith Subs franchise.


Much more important than your background are the skills you have gained throughout your life. Whether you learned them in school, work, hobbies, or elsewhere, the skills you possess are a greater indicator of whether you will be successful as a franchise owner. Here are some of the skills we look for:

  • Management
  • Customer service
  • People skills
  • Goal-setting
  • Budgets and finances
  • Delegating
  • Multi-tasking
  • Project management

These are just some of the skills that will be useful to you as a business owner.

Notice that things like sandwich making and running a restaurant are not listed among these skills. This is because those are skills that we can easily teach you in our training program.


In addition to skills you have learned in your career, your personality is a factor in your success as a franchisee. We are the first to say that owning a franchise isn’t for everyone because it requires hard work and dedication to our system. You are a great fit for franchise ownership if you are:

  • Willing to work hard: Even though we have a turnkey business model that we will teach you in training, there is still a significant amount of work to get your business up and running.
  • Ready to follow our system: We have built our brand on a set of principles and procedures that have earned us great success over the last 30 years. We share that success with our sub shop franchises, so we ask that our franchisees follow our system to maximize their own success.
  • Interested in learning new skills: Life is a constant journey of learning, and owning your own business is certainly no exception. Throughout the entire franchise process — from discovery day to training to opening your doors — there are new things to learn.
  • Can focus on the big picture: When you go through the process of opening a business and then running it every day, it can be easy to get bogged down in all the little things that need to happen daily. Focus on the big picture to follow your business plan and stay on top of your long term goals as well as the short term ones.

Owning sub shop franchises requires more than just the willingness to pay the startup costs; we want to ensure that you will be a good fit with our system, and that our brand is a good fit for you.

To find out more about who we are looking for to own a Jon Smith Subs franchise, contact us today!