10 Quick Tips to Become a Franchise Owner
July 15, 2015
Franchising can be a wonderful opportunity for people seeking to become business owners without the risk of starting a firm from scratch. The possibilities of reaping a sizeable return on investment is higher and expertise, knowledge and technical know-how about the industry is readily provided. That being said, a franchise owner or a franchisee needs to choose the right business to get into.
Here are 10 tips to help potential franchisees in making the right move:
- Choose a business that matches your skill sets – While it’s great to find a business one is passionate about, a more advisable route is selecting a business that a franchisee is passionate about and has the required skill sets to succeed in.
- Do research of the industry and business – Franchise owners must so comprehensive research about the business and the industry in which it operates before signing on the dotted line. It makes it easier to understand what the owner is getting into and avoids any surprises in the future.
- Talk to franchisees – While doing research is a good thing, talking to existing franchisees of the business gives a clearer perspective on what should be expected before getting one’s hands dirty. Potential owners can also draw on the moral support and advice of existing business owners.
- Understand what is required as a franchisee – Several people think that franchising just involves giving a check, sitting back and watching the investment grow. A franchisee is a part business owner and needs to follow a set of rules and procedures stated in the operations manual. Although tweaks and suggestions are allowed, it is essential to understand what is expected from the franchisee.
- Ensure training, support and knowledge is provided by the franchisor – Some franchisors don’t provide the necessary support, training and knowledge needed to run the business. It is imperative to search for franchising opportunities that provide administrative and sales support or at the very least, training and programs to equip the franchise owner with market expertise.
- Go for a company that provides insurance coverage – It is highly recommended to opt for a business that provides insurance coverage.
- Get one’s finances in order – Finding one’s net worth, which is the difference between the franchisee’s total assets and total liabilities, is pertinent before investing. Franchisors may ask this to franchisees. If an owner is taking a small loan or investing their life’s savings, a judicious approach to investment works best.
- Understand the rules – Rules, guidelines and regulations need to followed, especially when getting into a business that sells products or food items such as fast-food chains. Understanding each and every one of them before signing the contract is crucial.
- Be sure – Only if a franchise owner is a 100 % sure should he or she enter into the franchising world. If a franchisee harbors doubts, it’s best to stay clear.
- Hire a seasoned franchise attorney before signing a contract – Some franchise owners may be stunned at the paperwork or need someone to explain the contract agreement before signing it. A good idea, in such a scenario, is to hire a franchise attorney.
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