Making the decision to start a business is a big one, and the process of researching and investing in a franchise can be overwhelming. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent looking to start your own business, or an experienced entrepreneur seeking to expand your business portfolio, the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) is here to support you. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you make informed decisions and ensure your success.
What is a franchise?
A franchise is an agreement between an owner (the “franchisor”) and an individual or business (the “franchisee”) allowing the franchisee to use the franchisor’s proprietary marks, business model, and other intellectual property in an exclusive geographic area in exchange for an ongoing fee. The relationship is designed to create a win-win situation for both parties, with the franchisor reaping ongoing royalties and leveraging the franchisee’s local knowledge and relationships to build their brand.
How much does a franchise cost, and what are the fees?
The cost to purchase a franchise varies greatly depending on the type of business, industry sector, the franchisor’s discretion, and other factors. In addition to the initial franchise fee, there may also be ongoing royalties, advertising fees, and other expenses. It’s important to thoroughly research potential options and understand the overall costs before signing any contracts.
What benefits do franchises offer?
Franchises are an attractive option for those looking to start or expand a business, as they provide the franchisee with the knowledge, infrastructure, and support of the franchisor. This can include everything from proven business models and marketing plans to training and operational advice. In addition, many franchisors offer extra benefits such as financial assistance, discounts on purchasing supplies, and access to national and/or international networks.
What types of franchises are available?
Franchises come in many shapes and sizes, from retail and restaurant brands to service providers and home-based businesses. Some franchises specialize in a particular sector, such as automotive, health and wellness, finance, and much more, while others can be customized to meet the interests and needs of their owners.
How do I find the right franchise for me?
Finding the right franchise to invest in is often a daunting and overwhelming task. Joining the IFPG network is a great way to familiarize yourself with the available options and to get help finding the franchise that’s right for you. With more than 1,300 franchisors, franchise consultants, and vendor members, our team can provide expert advice and direction to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to make an informed decision.