Friday, July 20, 2012

How to Choose a Franchise Opportunity

What's in the bag? Business of Software 2010(Photo credit: betsyweber)Starting a business from scratch sometimes can prove to be very difficult. You may be new to the business world and you may not have a clue where to start. Many people skip the whole process and look for a franchise to buy into. They feel that the extra hand holding and developed ideas can be a short cut to success. Jumping on the already established business model of an existing chain will get them where they want to be in a shorter period of time. 

When starting a new business from scratch or going the Franchises route the steps are some what similar.

1. There are many different franchise opportunities and with each there are different criteria and financial requirements. You need to pick a franchise that you can afford. Be sure to obtain a complete list of all franchise fees, taxes, licenses, payroll and employee benefits, for at least one year. Either have all necessary cash or financing ready to pay expenses for the first year because when becoming established, you may not make much income to pay all expense. Having a budget for the first year and seeking financial and accounting help in advance will help guarantee success.

2. Pick a franchise that matches your likes and goals. The first years will be difficult, having a franchise business that you enjoy will help you get through the tough times. When you are in a franchise that you do not particularly like but pick for the financial reward and it starts to have problems you may not be so motivated to see the process through.

3. Have marketing research done before putting any money down on a franchise. See if the area will support the business you are starting. Do you have the population and need for the franchise you are starting. Does the franchise have an appeal and provide something needed in the area? 

4. Visit other franchises owners. Talk to people who have already taken the steps you are about to take. Ask them about any possible problems that may come up. Ask them about the mistakes they made and what they learned from them. Even if you have to travel, this one tip is the most important because the people you talk to will help you make the final decision in pursuing this franchise business. Making this connection sets up a future friend/contact that you may later need for help or advice.

5. Review nationwide ratings on the franchise. The International Franchise Association is a trusted site for quality ratings on all franchise opportunities. Get as much information as possible about the franchiser's history, number of franchisees, support provided and the skills needed to run your franchise business using the franchiser's tools and training.

6. Compare different franchises in the business you would like to go in. Compare start up costs, expense and income information from more than one franchise in the niche you want to pursue. Check for different contingency's in the franchise disclosure documents. Find out what the procedures are for the different problems or circumstances the business may face.

Overall, go slow in the purchase of the franchise. Take all the time you need for full disclosure and planning.

2 comments:

  1. With so many franchise opportunities available on the market, it is very difficult to choose the right one. It is essential to do some self assessment before you select the franchise that will be effective for you.
    new franchise business

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  2. Franchise is one of the best ways for starting your own business. It is very important for everyone to choose the right type of franchise business according to their choice, interest and budget for achieving success.

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