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Commonly Asked Questions about Franchises

Considering a franchise investment can be an overwhelming process for potential franchisees. There is a lot to consider and research, so asking questions and doing research is essential. The International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) understands the questions potential franchisees often ask. We can help you work through the ups and downs of the franchising process by providing our expert advice and services. Together, we can make sure that you feel confident when exploring your franchise options and making an informed decision.

For potential franchisees looking for answers, here are some frequently asked questions about franchises:

What is a Franchise?

A franchise is an agreement between a franchisor and a franchisee in which the franchisor grants the franchisee the right to use their trademark, brand and logo, as well as the right to market and sell their goods or services in a particular location. The franchisor typically provides the franchisee with training, assistance and support throughout the duration of the agreement.

What are the Benefits of Owning a Franchise?

There are numerous benefits to owning a franchise including: having access to a proven business model; the ability to use an established brand; the potential for greater financial rewards; the ability to set your own hours; and access to assistance and support from a franchisor.

Are There Franchise Risks?

Just like any new business venture, there are risks associated with owning a franchise. Depending on the franchise, these risks can include: a dependency on the brand; restrictions on what you can and cannot do; the risk of failure; and a lack of control.

How Much Does It Cost to Open A Franchise?

The cost to open a franchise will vary depending on the franchise and the location. Generally speaking, costs associated with opening a franchise include the franchise fee, the cost of purchasing or leasing a business space and outfitting it, other start-up costs (e.g. equipment, inventory, advertising), and working capital (e.g. payroll, taxes). Be sure to discuss all costs associated with opening a franchise with the franchisor.

How Long Does it Take to Open a Franchise?

The timeline for opening a franchise can vary depending on the franchise, the franchisor, location, and other factors. Generally speaking, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to open a franchise.

What is the Difference Between a Franchise Broker and a Franchise Consultant?

Franchise brokers connect potential franchisees with franchisors to help them find the right franchise for their needs. They will typically receive a fee from the franchisor for doing so. Franchise consultants, on the other hand, provide advice and guidance to potential franchisees throughout the process of selecting and purchasing a franchise. They may or may not receive a fee from the franchisor.

What Should I Look For in a Franchise?

When selecting a franchise, you should look at factors such as the financial viability of the business, the franchisor’s experience and track record, the franchise’s performance history, the quality of the brand and the potential for long-term growth.

The IFPG is here to help prospective franchisees make an informed decision and navigate the process of investing in a franchise. Our members are experienced and knowledgeable and can help you find the right franchise to invest in. Contact us today to get started.



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