Opinion: Bill Targeting ‘Gig Economy’ Will be ‘Death Knell’ for 80,000 California Franchise Businesses

Mike Lee

When I opened my first franchise business, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Diego County, in 2012, I made the same considerations most entrepreneurs do when considering a major investment: What kind of foot traffic could I expect in our location? What were the estimated earnings? What was my responsibility as an employer? And, perhaps most importantly, what laws and regulations would govern my business?

At the time, I felt secure in my decision to invest in San Diego and build a locally-owned business. And my venture has done well — I created jobs that support 19 families in our area, and we provide a needed service to hundreds more.

But there was one consideration no one could have planned for when starting a small business: legislation that would practically kill our business model.