Are you ten years away from retirement and looking to build something? Owning your own franchise is an intriguing prospect – one that can provide great potential for profits and satisfaction. However, as with any major investment, there are a few considerations and questions you should ask before you take the plunge. In this article, the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) provides answers to some frequently asked questions about thinking about, researching, and buying a franchise.
What is a franchise and what types of franchises are available?
A franchise is a business form where a franchisor (the owner of the business concept) grants a license to a franchisee (the business operator) to market a product or service under controlled conditions which are outlined in a franchise agreement. Types of franchises span multiple industries, including food and restaurants, automotive, retail, and professional services.
What are the benefits of owning a franchise?
One of the most attractive elements of owning a franchise is the support you receive from the franchisor. This includes developing and adhering to a brand and operational standards, providing training, marketing assistance, and ongoing advice. Most franchises also come with the support of the broader franchise network and a built-in customer base. The success rate for franchised businesses is higher than for other small businesses – a major advantage when starting out.
What are the biggest risks to consider when choosing a franchise?
The biggest risks to consider when selecting a franchise include choosing the wrong franchise for you, failing to thoroughly research the franchise, or overestimating the financial returns.
What should I consider when researching a franchise?
When researching a potential franchise, it is important to consider both personal and business factors. From a personal perspective, ask yourself if you have the commitment and motivation to run the business. What kind of lifestyle are you hoping to create with this business? On the business side, research the franchisor’s history to evaluate their track record, review their financials to understand their financial strength, vet the franchise agreement, consider customer demand, and assess the competition.
What financing options are available?
There are a variety of financing options available for franchises, including bank loans, private investors, franchise financing, and government grants and financing. The total cost of starting a franchise can range from $50,000+ depending on the type of business so it is important to understand the financial commitment before agreeing to a deal.
What is the process for buying a franchise?
The process for buying a franchise starts with researching franchises and identifying which ones are a good fit for you. You then need to formally inquire and apply with the franchisor and work with them to complete the documentation and necessary due diligence. Finally, you’ll need to complete the transaction and set up the franchise.
How can a franchise broker help me?
A franchise broker is a professional who matches a buyer’s financial and business needs to the right franchise opportunity. A broker can help you evaluate different options, provide guidance on the purchasing process, and assist with financing arrangements.
The decision to buy a franchise is not one to be made lightly. Making a thorough, informed decision on which franchise to invest in can mean the difference between success and failure. If you’re considering buying a franchise, connecting with a franchise consultant or broker can be a great place to start.